5 Careers in Health you may not have considered

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Doctors and nurses are the headline careers in the health industry, but let’s not forget that there are a host of other interesting paths you could follow should you choose to pursue a career within the health sector. The career options available to you may depend on what degree you choose to study, although some careers are available to anybody with a relevant postgraduate degree. In this article, we take a look at five careers in the health sector that you may have overlooked.


A career in Psychotherapy is open to anybody with a relevant undergraduate degree, although it is also possible to secure a career in the industry through a postgraduate conversion degree. As a Psychotherapist, you would be trained to work with clients/patients to help them with psychological issues. A role as a psychotherapist involves considerable periods of one to one time with your patients to identify and resolve mental health issues. The issues involved can be varied and you may find yourself with patients who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and substance misuse amongst others.

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The role of psychotherapist is a very personal role that requires you to engage closely with a limited number of patients. Due to the nature of the problems you will be trying to address it can be a demanding job, however it can also be extremely rewarding, helping others resolve life inhibiting problems.

You could find yourself working with children and teenagers, helping them to overcome emotional problems or bad habits. Equally, you may decide to focus your role with working with adults, aiding them to tackle stress or relationship issues. You could find yourself working in a variety of settings and environments, including group work or an individual basis.

Postgraduate degrees are helpful to progress your career if you are a practising psychiatrist, mental health nurse or social worker, but not vital, so long as you hold a relevant undergraduate degree.

The University of Dundee, along with the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regents College offer a vast range of options, both at undergraduate and postgraduate, making them ideal choices if you wish to pursue a career in Psychotherapy.


Nanomedicine is a relatively new sector of the health industry that sits on the cutting edge and is likely to grow considerably over the next few years. Nanomedicine combines technology, science and medicine, enabling us to understand and treat many diseases. The application of nanotechnologies (typically referring to materials under 1,000 nanometres) in a healthcare environment offers a wealth of opportunities for improved diagnosis and treatment that would previously have been impossible. At present the bulk of nanomedicine activity is focussed on improving the efficiency and efficacy of drug based treatments, however the disorders treated are highly varied.

Roles in this field require a holistic understanding of a large number of subject areas including (but not limited to) medicine, physics, materials science and biochemistry. For those with the right experience and training there are a number of opportunities available and typical of many research fields, these can be financially lucrative too.

It’s a role that will place you in the lab on most days, developing your own ideas and technologies. But a degree within the field of Nanomedicine won’t necessarily restrict you to such a career should you decide that it isn’t for you. Such is the nature of Nanomedicine, you could equally fit into a number of government organisations, or even end up within a higher managerial role or consultant role within a variety of healthcare industries.

A postgraduate degree in Nanomedicine, such as the one offered by Cranfield University, provides essential training for new graduates in the nanotechnology and medicine arena. Of course, you will need to hold an undergraduate degree in a relative subject within technology or science.


We’ve previously looked at social care as a potential career, but there is more choice than just working within the social field. Care work can be extremely demanding, but immensely rewarding and it is a constantly growing sector as life expectancy increases around the world; for example the American population aged 55 and older will increase by almost 30 percent by 2018, more than any other age group.

Degrees, both at undergraduate level and postgraduate level are plentiful within the care industry. You could opt for a focused, specified course, choosing to study within one particular field of care, such as Childrens care, or Aged care, though you may wish to consider a broader option, which may allow you more flexibility later on in your career. Institutions such as Charlton Brown in Australia specialise in community services vocational education and as such are an excellent option for anybody pursuing a career within care.

Tropical Medicine

Traditionally linked with specialists working with infectious diseases, tropical medicine professionals usually hold research roles, making this career ideal for those who revel in lab work. It may seem to be a rather obscure career, but will be bound to spark up interesting conversations, as well as provide you with an interesting job for the foreseeable future.

If a career in tropical medicine is what you are looking for, you need look no further than the UK which hosts two specialist institutions in the form of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. These niche providers offers a range of courses designed to help you enter the field or increase your expertise within a specific area, this is mainly studied at postgraduate level (taught masters degrees or research based degrees), however short courses and continuing professional development are offered for working professionals in the field.

Dental Sciences

Studying for a career within dental sciences doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up with the job title, ‘Dentist’. In fact, there are a host of other opportunities within the dental industry, including hygienists, technicians and therapists. Many of the careers within dentistry all have a few things in common; similar to the rest of the healthcare industry, dentistry is a very social career dealing with a spread of people from different backgrounds everyday. It’s also a rather flexible career route that also offers good job security; almost everyone has teeth!

The University of Portsmouth in the UK offers an undergraduate course in Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy, which is an excellent choice for those who wish to keep their options open, as many courses within the dental sciences tend to be fairly focused.

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This short list is designed to open your eyes to the expansive nature of careers within the broad healthcare and medicine sector. Far from just being doctors, dentists and nurses this field offers a variety of rewarding and challenging careers which can be discovered with a little research. It is also important to note that progression within the sector is easier if you choose the right course at undergraduate level as this is frequently a prerequisite for job roles and further study.

Regardless of your future career you will want to ensure you make your choice carefully, so it would be worth visiting our Health, Medicine and Veterinary Directory.

SEE ALSO: Study an MBA in Healthcare Management

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