The medical world consists of an
unfathomable amount of careers. These
careers are characterized by the
educational requirements and the salary
offered by the profession.
Several examples of medical careers
include: Neurologists, Pediatricians,
Orthopedic surgeons, Orthodontists,
Physicians, Pathologists, etc.
The educational requirements vary from
simple vocational degrees to specialized
medical degrees. A prospective medical
student should begin to consider the
medical careers that would benefit them.
Many of the careers require an immense
amount of dedication and time.
A medical degree or (M.D) is obtained through attending a
university for four or more years and then completing a
rigorous application process in order to become admitted into
what is known as medical school, there the student would
begin an academic program in which he/she will explore the
basic aspects associated with their interests. This phase
consume two years of the students time. The next two or more
years consist of clinical and laboratory training. If the student
wishes to proceed into specialization he/she will have to enter
a residency program which will consume 3-10 more years of
an individual’s time based upon their specialization. Examples
of such careers are: Allopathic Physicians, Specialized
Physicians, Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Chiropractors,
Psychologists, Neurologists, etc.
Bachelors and Under:
These careers require 2-4
years or less of training or
Health Information Manager
Physical Therapist Assistant
These careers require 5-7
years of training and
Medical Library Technicians
Those who seek to obtain a career in the
medical field will require the following
Linguistic abilities (must be proficient in at least one language other than
Medical specialties can be defined as a
branch of medical science that consists of
several careers. Medical specialties usually
require multiple years of residency and
internship after the completion of Medical
School. Internship and Residency’s time span
depends upon the specialization of the
occupation. Medical specialties are organized
into the following categories: Surgical,
Medical (diagnosis and non-surgical
treatment), and Diagnostic specialties.
Only individuals that are entitled a medical license
either by a government approved professional
association or a government agency. Medical
School graduates must receive a license before
he/she can be deemed a physician in legal terms.
Medical graduates are not automatically granted a
medical license, they must participate in a process
(which spans from 3 to 6 months) that requires
thorough examination by the medical board. The
medical license is referred to as a legal
documentation that allows an individual to practice
medicine within a certain geographical region.
As depicted in the illustration many of the applicants did not matriculate/
were accepted into a medicinal institution due to the competitive aspect
of the application process which prompts academic excellence in the
applicants. This proves to be an obstacle for the institutions admitting
Medical careers offer many financial advantages
due to the demand for healthcare. For example,
the median salary for an anesthesiologist in the
state of California is $221,990. Although many
medical careers require extensive education and
training some only require a minimal amount of
training/education. An example of this is the
medical assistant profession which requires a high
school diploma or an equivalent of a diploma and
the median salary for this profession is $28,860.
Medical Careers offer numerous benefits
Variety in career selection.
Provides interaction with multiple individuals.
Allows you to select from various educational requirements needed for a
certain profession in the field of medicine.
It is a stimulating career.
Sadly there is a wide range of negative
aspects associated with medical careers
Stressful working environment/conditions.
Irregular working hours.
Extensive and rigorous education required for prestigious medical careers
(Example: Medical School.)
Medical school tuition fee is excruciatingly expensive which leaves most
Decisions impact lives.
Responsibility for multiple patients since some can be disruptive.