A lot of people dream of being a doctor. Unfortunately, the journey towards a degree in medicine poses quite a number of obstacles to any aspiring student. One of these blockage in having a medical career is of course, money. People who are not that rich but still pursue medicine mostly end up having great debts by the time they graduate from medical school. Sure, there may come a time that they will be earning a lot of money but having large debts may also pick their pockets clean along the way.
Fortunately for some, there are medical careers out there that do not necessarily require having a degree in medicine. In addition, the salaries of these jobs are not bad for careers that do not involve doctors.
Medical perfusionists are the ones responsible for operating bypass machines involved in heart surgeries and other medical procedures. They also work on monitoring the patients’ circulation and respiratory functions while undergoing surgery. To become a perfusionist, one must simply complete a masters or certificate program and then be certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
CLINICAL TRIAL MANAGER
Clinical trial managers oversee ongoing clinical trials and make sure that these experiments follow the protocols set by the FDA. Though there are proprietors who require a master’s degree for this position, some can get the job by just finishing a certificate program.
HEALTH CARE PRODUCT MANAGER
A health care product manager controls the flow of health care products. They make sure that the products they manage are handled and marketed effectively. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, administration, marketing, or any health related industry.
MEDICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Sales representatives of pharmaceuticals promote and sell medical drugs to various hospitals and doctors. People who have marketing skills can be very lucrative in this industry.
Organ transplant coordinators are the people involved in organ transplants. They work mainly in the evaluation of patients, pre-transplant workups, post-surgical care, and follow up on the patients. Normally, the job requires a bachelor’s degree in any medically-related field.
RADIOLOGY/DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING DIRECTOR
People who specializes in radiology and/or diagnostic imaging work by interpreting the results from various imaging techniques and procedures like X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound. They also make sure that protocols and guidelines are thoroughly followed when conducting such tests.
Hand therapy is “the art and science of the rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle.” People who major on this field help patients before and after surgery or by providing the necessary preventive care and pain management. Certification from HTTC (Hand Therapy Certification Commission) requires five years of practice as an occupational therapist or a physical therapist.