The medical field is a vast industry, full of exciting careers. When presented with so many options, many of our students question which career path is right for them. It’s important to first decide whether you want to be involved in hands-on patient care or work behind-the-scenes while still making a difference.
Hands-On Medical Careers
Some of the most common medical careers, hands-on positions involve working with patients directly. In direct-patient care, you may find yourself taking a patient’s vitals or even obtaining blood samples for testing. Some of the hands-on medical career paths include:
- Nurse: As a nurse, you’ll work directly with patients to provide and coordinate care for patients with various health conditions. From taking vitals to giving injections, every day is different as a nurse.
- Medical Assistant: Medical assistants prep patients for exams, chart vital signs, perform injections and even code and bill insurance procedures when needed.
- Sonographer: Sonographers use digital sonography to support medical providers by conducting diagnostic procedures and reporting findings to diagnose and treat patients.
- Radiology Tech: Radiology technologists position patients for x-ray imaging, perform the x-ray, and analyze the resulting images to help professionals diagnose and treat medical conditions.
- Phlebotomy Tech: As a phlebotomy technician, you’ll draw and test blood, perform venipuncture procedures, prepare bodily fluids for testing and more to help other professionals diagnose various medical conditions.
- Radiation Therapist: Radiation therapists administer radiation therapy to cancer patients as well as support patients throughout their delivery of care.
Hands-Off Medical Careers
If you don’t want to work in direct patient care, there are still plenty of career opportunities available for you, including but not limited to:
- Medical coder and biller: As a coder and biller, you’ll manage patient data, code diagnoses and procedures for insurance billing, and much more.
- Medical laboratory technician: Lab technicians analyze bodily fluids such as blood and urine in a laboratory setting to help other professionals diagnose various medical conditions.
Medical Careers Focused on Patient Care and Technology
The medical field is ever-evolving thanks to technology. As a result, many facilities need individuals in various tech-based disciplines outside of direct patient care, including:
- Health Information Technology
- Data and Network Management
- Cyber and Network Security
- Computer Networking
Find the Right Career Path for You With Cambridge
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