Medical Jobs to Consider if You Need a Career Change
Posted By: Dixie Somers on December 01, 2022 |
Changing careers can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking. It means taking a leap of faith and making a major commitment to something new. But, with the right career, it can also mean discovering an entirely new passion and having the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives. If you're considering a career change and have an interest in the medical field, here are five promising positions that you may want to explore.
A medical assistant is responsible for providing administrative support within a healthcare facility. This includes scheduling appointments, billing patients, updating patient records, and other clerical duties as needed. Medical assistants often work closely with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure that all paperwork is completed accurately and on time. Find medical assistant programs near you if you are interested in this field.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Nurses provide direct care for patients in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings. They assess patient health needs, develop treatment plans based on those needs, administer medications or treatments as prescribed by doctors or physicians' assistants, monitor patient progress during treatments or surgeries, answer questions from patients or family members about their health concerns or medications they are taking, and provide emotional support when necessary. To become an RN in most states requires passing the NCLEX-RN exam which assesses knowledge related to patient safety and nursing practice standards.
Medical technologists/technicians are laboratory professionals who play an important role in helping diagnose diseases such as HIV/****, cancer, diabetes mellitus (DM), hepatitis B virus (HBV), etc., as well as detect drug levels in the body for therapeutic purposes or monitor organ function (e.g., kidney). Medical technologists/technicians analyze samples of bodily fluids such as blood or ****, prepare culture media, count cells, perform tests using specialized equipment, use computers for data analysis, interpret results, communicate findings with other healthcare personnel, maintain accurate records of data, use sterilization techniques, handle hazardous materials safely, troubleshoot problems with lab equipment, and more. Most states require individuals pursuing this profession to obtain certification before being eligible for employment opportunities.
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists to dispense prescriptions medications according to doctors’ orders. They also answer questions from customers regarding prescription refills or general medication information while ensuring accuracy of drug orders prepared by pharmacists before dispensing them to patients. Pharmacy technicians must also stay up-to-date on changes in medication regulations while maintaining current knowledge of over-the-counter **** so they can provide appropriate advice when needed. Most states require pharmacy technicians to complete some form of formal training program before obtaining licensure/certification required for employment opportunities within the field of pharmacy technology services.
A career change can be incredibly rewarding—especially if it's into something like the medical field where you get the chance to help others every day! Whether you decide on becoming a medical assistant, registered nurse (RN), medical technologist/technician ,or pharmacy technician—all these jobs come with their own unique set of rewards that will make changing careers worth your while! With some research into each profession’s requirements along with education programs available online or through local colleges—you should be able to find one that fits your interests and skill set perfectly! Good luck!
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
More From This Author