Medical Jobs You May Not Have Considered

There are some jobs in medicine that don't quickly come to mind (and some that are not even listed on this site because they are so obscure) but we must shine a light on them to make sure they get the attention they deserve.

Some are odd...some seem normal (but you never would have thought of them)...and some seem outdated and outmoded but they are not. Come into the catacombs of and find some stuff that you never knew existed.

Let's start with the strange/odd/weird. lists "Yawn Counter" or Sleep Technician as an actual job title, but I think it gets more "oohs and aahs" than it deserves. If you're working at a sleep center and you're a sleep technician then you may well have to count yawns (however, you're probably really a Medical Assistant who works in a sleep center.

Some people might consider laboratory work to be "weird" but it's the things you're testing that are weird...not the job itself. Lab Techs may be specialized in working with testing on certain types of specimens like Bacteria or Infectious diseases, but that's only weird because it kind of makes you go "eewww". Perhaps you work in the lab of an IVF Clinic and you work with IVF specimens all day. I mean, it may (like on the "Golden Girls") make you want to say "eewww", but it's really not THAT weird.

You also may not have considered some smart variations of "standard" medical jobs like Nursing. Instead of walking the Hospital floors all day you could be a Travelling Nurse. You would spend your days in the car making the rounds to different patients who are in convalescent or hospice care. These patients are being cared for by Home Health Aides and those Home Health Aides would be under your direct supervision.

Or, you could be a Flight Nurse...and yes it is exactly what it says it is. Somebody has to fly the "Life Flight" helicopter and someone has to be the nurse inside the helicopter. Once again, if you don't want to spend your days walking the halls of the hospital then flying to your patients might be just the things for you!

Finally, we have a job that is not weird or unusual, but it is not the first thing you think of when you think of medicine. Art Therapy and Music Therapy are burgeoning fields in medicine that employ art and music to get favorable responses from their patients who might otherwise have issues with depression, motor skills, anxiety attacks, or dementia. There are only a few Music and Art Therapy schools in the country, but it is a fulfilling job if you enjoy music or art and want to get into the medical community without sitting through 4 grueling years or med school (you just don't enjoy all that anatomy and nursing and chemical/biological stuff.)

So, consider some jobs you've never considered. Look in every nook and cranny of medicine to find the right fit for you and everyone will raise an eyebrow when you tell them what you do for a living...and you can just smile.

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