The healthcare industry is so broad that there are a host of career opportunities available to those who wish to make a difference in the lives of others, and there are advanced degrees, such as a master of science in nursing from Bradley University, that can take an existing career to new heights. Whether you prefer to work behind a desk or you want to be out in the field, working directly with patients to make them well, there are so many choices. But there are also several careers that you probably haven’t even considered. Keep reading to learn all about them. 

1. Dental Lab Technician

You may not have ever heard of a dental lab tech, but this professional will work closely with a dentist in order to prepare the materials that will be used to treat patients, including dental prostheses. In order to become a dental lab tech, you will need about two years of education after high school, and you will also need to have good hand-eye coordination, a bit of an artistic side, and an eye for color because you will often be asked to prepare mixes and match colors. 

2. Respiratory Therapist

The field of respiratory care is growing, so there is an increased need for professionals known as respiratory therapists, or RTs for short. In this position, you can be employed as a part of an anesthesiology team so you can monitor a patient during surgery, or you can even work in a field that allows you to diagnose sleep related disorders. An RT can also work in rehabilitation departments, home care settings, and emergency settings. 

3. Medical Machinist

If you have a mechanical aptitude, you can get an education to become a medical machinist. In this field, you will work on repairing, as well as constructing, a variety of medical equipment. You can begin working in this field with an associate’s level degree in a major like biomedical engineering, and the pay will be rather good. Just beware that this work can also be quite stressful. 

4. Healthcare Manager

Those who enjoy business related tasks but want to work in the medical field should consider becoming a healthcare manager. These professionals will be employed at a healthcare facility, and their job will be to take care of everything from accounting and budgeting, to evaluating personnel, analyzing data, managing risk, and more.  A masters of science in nursing is the place to start for this career.

5. Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy techs will work alongside licensed pharmacists, helping with providing prescription drugs to the patients who need them. If you do not want to become a pharmacist but you like the field, this could be the next best thing. Many pharmacies will provide on-the-job training, and there aren’t any federal licensing requirements either, so this job is accessible even if you do not want to pursue a costly college education.

These are just five of many careers in the medical field that most people don’t immediately think of. See which ones appeal to you, as you may be able to enter the medical industry in a capacity that you never thought possible.

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