A medical career is a noble profession because you are able to help those who are ill. As medical science has improved through the years, it has opened a lot of opportunities for those who want to be part of this specialized field.
But for those that want to become doctors, you must first complete 4 years of undergraduate training, another 4 years of medical school, then 3 to 7 years working as an intern and as a resident. That is a long time and if you want to sub specialize, that will be another 2 years.
You will have to do well even during your undergraduate years and do well in the MCAT or medical college admissions test because only a handful are accepted every year in the best medical colleges in the country.
If you got into medical school and are now working on getting your medical license, you will have to take the US medical licensing exam during your sophomore and senior year in school and during your internship. The exam itself is challenging but studies have shown that 90% of those who take it usually pass.
For those who find becoming a doctor too long, there are other options. You may pursue a medical career as a nurse. From working at the bottom, you may soon find yourself being in charge or a wing in a hospital or caring for patient in the privacy of their homes.
You may also become an emergency medical technician who is on call and assigned to rush to a scene should there be someone injured. These individuals are responsible for stabilizing the patient before he or she is brought to the hospital. It’s a hectic job given that the medical equipment inside the ambulance can only do so much.
Another job that is less stressful is being a pharmacist. All you have to do here is dispense the medication that is written on the prescription pad. You will also need to know how to explain to the patient how to use it. In some cases, the pharmacist may advice the doctor on the dosage and the side effects.
The only downside to this job is that you will have to work on holidays and weekends. If you don’t feel happy working in such a place, try getting a job at a mental institution, nursing home or neighborhood clinic.
For those that want to work in a lab, they can do so by being a laboratory technician. They are the ones that test samples given by the patient and also help doctors who are conducting scientific research. Given that we now live in the digital age, most of the testing is done using machines so all the have to do is wait for the results to come and out and analyze it.
You can also work as a medical assistant who just takes care of the paper work and makes sure that the doctor’s clinic is running smoothly.
The various positions mentioned are just some of the options you have if you are seriously considering a medical career. Though how much they earn varies, the important thing is that each person is part of something big as the doctor, the nurse, the technician or the assistant contributes something to improve the lives of those who are sick.