Chances are, you have read this title and clicked the “continue reading…” button because a career in healthcare in your mind means a) doctor, b) nurse c) surgeon or d) midwife. But this is the teeniest scratch on the surface of an industry that is absolutely packed with exciting careers that stretch beyond your wildest dreams (and your standard vernacular).
So, if you’ve always wanted to do something with your life that is above and beyond - something where you put others first - but has never discovered what, then you need to read on because we have pulled together a list of sensational healthcare careers that often fly under the radar. Whichever one piques your interest, we can guarantee one thing: your decision will be rewarded in more ways that one.
1. The Cardiac Perfusionist
There is no point trying to dress this up because this role doesn’t need it: cardiac perfusionists operate the machine that pumps a patient’s blood around their body while the heart is stopped for surgery. That’s right, we’re talking about open heart surgery. Financially, this is a rewarding job, but it is also a role that is in high demand with more and more people living well beyond the age of 65. It isn’t just open-heart surgery either. Both heart disease and diabetes are seeking the expertise of cardiac perfusionists. The demand is there, the question is are you willing to supply.
2. The Biochemist
To give you the straightest definition possible, a biochemist is someone who studies the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity. As you can probably tell, the career options available within this bell curve are aplenty. You could work in effective drug development for a company like Hera BioLabs, in hospitals analysing samples from patients to help advise on treatments, for the government as an advisor on the latest science issues or in university labs researching anything from gene editing to cancer treatments. That is one of the great things about being a biochemist; you can find work in a variety of places, each one allowing you to help those who need it.
3. A Dance Therapist
Yup, you read that right. There is a place for those who love dance to take a completely new tact with their career and start having a positive impact on the health and well-being of patients. That said, most of the time you are required to have a Master’s degree without promising the pay most other Master’s degrees offer. However, if there is one thing better than getting paid well, it is doing something that you love at the same time as helping others recover. The other career that we should mention because of the similarities to dance therapy, is that of a music therapist. The role music therapist has in healthcare is quite extraordinary, yet relatively unknown. Cognitive skills, mobility, depression and - as was made famous by Colin Firth - helping those with speech impediments.
And there we have it, three exciting careers in healthcare that you never knew existed.