If you’re at a standstill when it comes to deciding what you want to do for a living, but want a stable career that has the potential to pay well, you might want to consider following a career path into medicine and healthcare. When you do this, you can rest assured that there will always be demand for your work, as there will always be people who need to be cared for. You will also get great career fulfillment, as you’ll be helping people in bad situations every single day. Now, to get into this field, you’re going to need to know what you’re doing and what you’re talking about. After all, people’s health and wellbeing are on the line! This means a lot of education in the lead up to actually practicing. Here are a few different options you might want to consider!

Medical Degrees

A complex degree, but one that will open a wide variety of doors into the medical professional field for you, is a medical degree. If you want to be a doctor, a surgeon, or another professional you’d see taking on a high level role in a general practioner’s surgery or a hospital, this is the degree you’re going to have to pursue and complete. You’ll have to be patient. These degrees will take longer to complete than almost any other course you can take at university. Believe it or not, the average medical degree will take six to seven years for you to complete. But see it as an investment. You’re going to want to have a huge backlog of knowledge behind you and plenty of practice considering the huge level of responsibility you will take on when you start working in your role of choice. It will be fun if you’re interested in people and the human body! You’ll see how we work and how different treatments and medications can help us to recover.

Nursing Degrees

Nursing degrees are what you should pursue if you’re interested in becoming a nurse. All nurses need to be fully qualified and registered, so there’s no other way into this field other than to study hard. These degrees teach you everything you need to know about the basics of nursing. You will find yourself taking on practical work (this could include taking blood, dosing medication for patients and taking care of IV lines) as well as a lot of theoretical work about how and why different things work. This isn’t as huge a commitment as a medical degree, as it takes three to four years of full-time study to complete them. But this is still a lot to take on and should be taken seriously! If you go into these roles, you may find yourself undertaking other specialist courses, such as breast ultrasound training courses, going forward – to expand your skill set.

Healthcare Degrees

Medical degrees can be intense and full on. If you want something that doesn’t necessarily have the responsibility of dealing with patients head on and treating actual injuries and illnesses, you may want to consider going into healthcare and trying out a healthcare degree. If you’re a little reluctant to head into the more physical side of medicine where you treat ill patients directly, you might want to head into healthcare. These qualify you to undertake administrative roles within healthcare environments and you will keep everything ticking over at doctor’s surgeries, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

These are some options you have when heading into medicine. Remember there are plenty more specific and niche roles you could consider too!

By Erica Buteau

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