Medical Jobs That Appeal To The Lighter Side Of Things

Medicine is very serious and much of it can mean life or death for patients, but much of it can also be a little bit more lighthearted.

There are jobs in medicine that require a lighter touch and a lighter sense of humor to make sure that patients and medical staff are kept upbeat and in good spirits. Sometimes we don't think of specialization in these areas, but they are out there and many times these folks do the best job of keeping people positive in a place where things can get negative really quickly.

First off, if you're a Doctor you can have any personality you like, but there are certain Doctors who MUST be ready to deal in the lighter side of things. Now, a Pediatrician would be one of those. Pediatricians deal with kids who--are funny--and the Pediatrician really needs to be able to get down on a kid's level and deal with them in their funny kidness. Of course, some things get serious, but even so it's better for a Pediatrician to be a lighthearted and upbeat person. I can't imagine anything worse than a dreary pediatrician's office.

Next is a Psychiatric Technician. Psychiatric Technicians deal with people who may be depressed or not have a great deal of self-esteem. Perhaps you are the only person who makes your patients laugh all week. Perhaps you're the only person that tells them a joke and says something off-color. Maybe you're the only person who will make light of something in their life in a funny way. If you're willing to take a step on lighter side you could gain your patient's trust AND accomplish things with them because they see you as a real person and not some robot who sits people on a couch and listens to their problems.

One more place you can easily find the lighter side is the Dentist. Dentists work in a profession that they know no one likes. Plus, no one even wants to GO to the office, much less have some work done. A nice and funny/jolly Dentist is the best thing in the world. Yes, the Novocain syringe still looks scary, but if the person holding it is funny and has a nice personality and a good sense of humor it doesn't seem so bad because that person doesn't look like a scary menace--they look like a funny guy who's also a Dentist. You know what I mean. You've got to take that lighter-side to Dentistry because of the bad rap it gets in the public.

All in all it's one thing to have a sunny disposition, but it's quite another to apply it to your work. Everyone thinks of working as such a serious thing, but that means that YOU can change things up and really surprise people--and maybe even make their day--when you bring humor to the table.

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  • Dentists, General
    Salary: $142,870
    Job Prospects: B
    Education After HS: 8 years
    # Employed: 85,910
    Part Time: 17%
  • Pediatricians, General
    Salary: $146,040
    Job Prospects: A-
    Education After HS: 11 years
    # Employed: 29,170
    Part Time: 8%
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
    Salary: $161,468
    Job Prospects: A-
    Education After HS: 11 years
    # Employed: 262,850
    Part Time: 8%
  • Psychiatric Technicians
    Salary: $29,250
    Job Prospects: A-
    Education After HS: 1 years
    # Employed: 54,800
    Part Time: 23%

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