The 5 Most Unique Healthcare Jobs
October 11, 2016
When most think of healthcare jobs and hospital careers, positions like surgeon, nurse, or pediatrician quickly come to mind. While these are fantastic jobs, there are many other interesting opportunities within the healthcare field that go unnoticed. And some of them don’t even require that you complete medical school!
If you’ve found this article, you’re likely unsatisfied with the general career options and are searching for a more unconventional path. Does becoming a nurse practitioner or physician sound too general for your interests? You may better off choosing a more specialized field of study that revolves around a more focused, central issue.
The first step in narrowing your options requires evaluating yourself and your personality honestly, and then eliminating those careers that don’t align with your nature. The importance of being sure about your career path cannot be understated, particularly in healthcare. It can be tremendously expensive and time-consuming to make a career change down the line.
Below, we’ve compiled a few of the most unique healthcare jobs and a brief overview of the responsibilities and areas of expertise in which they engage. If any grab your attention, browse our job listings to see who’s hiring in your area.
The 4 Most Unique Healthcare Jobs:
Not your average pharmacy job, nuclear pharmacy is a pharmaceutical specialty that prepares drugs that involve radioactive materials. According to Purdue University’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, nuclear pharmacy is “a specialty area of pharmacy practice dedicated to the compounding and dispensing of radioactive materials for use in nuclear medicine procedures.”
In practice, a nuclear pharmacist prepares and handles any form of medication that involves radionuclides. These medicines are used to treat many illnesses involving the heart, lungs, bones, and brain. Nuclear medication is also commonly used to treat many kinds of cancer.
Accreditation in nuclear pharmacy can be obtained post-graduate through a certification program offered by many universities throughout the country.
When people think of the team that performs major heart surgery, most people think of the surgeon, or anesthesiologist. While these are certainly key components of the team, an equally important member is the perfusionist.
This highly trained individual is responsible for operating the cardiopulmonary bypass machine or the “heart-lung” machine. This machine is responsible for performing the function of the heart during heart surgery. The perfusionist is responsible for maintaining the patient’s circulatory system and respiratory systems during surgery.
To become a perfusionist, one must complete a perfusion training program. Programs are offered all across the U.S. and take a minimum of four years. And although this may seem like a long time, the median salary of $121,995 makes it worth the effort.
The specialty of wound care revolves around the treating, bandaging, and treating of patient’s flesh wounds such as burns, unhealed surgical incisions, and bed sores. The primary concern of a wound-care specialist is preventing infection and speeding up recovery time.
Most wound-care specialty clinics require that applicants be a licensed, registered nurse, PT, OT, or related healthcare professional. If this requirement is met, applicants are eligible to complete the wound-care certification.
A pedorthist is a healthcare professional who is trained to make specialized footwear for patients with conditions involving lower extremities and feet. A pedorthist assesses the patient’s condition and makes the necessary modifications to their footwear or corrective devices in order to assist in their recovery or rehabilitation. Other, less severe cases that can require the expertise of a pedorthist include instances of flat feet, bunions, or diabetes.
In order to be awarded the title of Certified Pedorthist (C. Ped.) one must meet the following criteria: A high school degree, GED, or college degree. You must complete the National Commission of Orthotic and Prosthetic Education education course. And you must also complete 1,000 hours of pedorthic care, either before or after completing the education program.
Cytotechnologists are healthcare professionals that focus on cells and cellular anomalies in order to diagnose diseases that could be terminal, such as cancer, while they’re still in the early stages of development. They can significantly improve the probability of patient recovery by effectively discovering illnesses early.
To become a cytotechnologist, one must complete a cytotechnology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASPC).
If this is the career path that you choose to pursue, you can expect to earn, on average, $70,800 per year. And with about 165,000 cytotechnologist currently employed, growth trends are expected to continually increase over the next 15 years to an estimated 250,000 by 2030.
If you’re interested in pursuing the education necessary to begin a career in one of these fields or if you’ve completed the requirements and are actively seeking a position, let us be your healthcare resource.
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