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5 Uncommon Career Options in the Healthcare Industry



  April 08, 2020

In conjunction with World Health Day, we would like to thank all the front-line healthcare workers in fighting against the COVID-19. 


At the same time, we would like to highlight the problem of talent shortage in the healthcare industry. According to a SHRM report, 46 percent of HR professionals reported it was “very difficult” to fill full-time roles for high-skilled medical positions such as nurses, doctors and specialists. 


The healthcare industry may not be a preferred industry for many youngsters because it’s a tough industry. When it comes to occupations like nurses and doctors, one needs to master high-level medical knowledge and skills to be qualified. However, the whole healthcare ecosystem is made of various roles. We would not say other occupations are easier, but it’s always good to explore more possibilities. 


Today, we’re going to introduce 5 uncommon career options in the Healthcare industry that are worth exploring! 


  1. Healthcare Data Analyst

What: Gather and interpret data from a variety of sources (e.g., the electronic health record, billing claims, cost reports, and patient satisfaction surveys) to help organizations improve the quality of care, lower the cost of care, and enhance the patient experience. 


Where: Hospitals, health systems, large physician practice groups, health insurance companies, electronic health record (EHR) and other health information technology vendors, healthcare consulting companies, federal and state departments and agencies, and other health organizations. 


How: Bachelor’s degree in health information management or relevant field such as mathematics, biostatistics, or data science. 


Why: To contribute your knowledge in enhancing patient outcomes and reduce the cost of providing healthcare services. This role is vital in achieving Health For All. 


  1. Industrial Hygienist

What: A professional who is capable of assessing and controlling physical, chemical, biological or environmental hazards present in the workplace, work environment or public space that could cause injury or illness. An industrial hygienist also can advise on how to minimize or control the worker exposure to harmful conditions and hazardous materials.


Where: Large industrial manufacturers, insurance companies, public health agencies, and consulting firms. 


How: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, nurses, or statistics. 


Why: Industrial workers are exposed to excessive noise or hazardous materials such as dust, vapors, chemicals, and more that can cause occupational diseases. Industrial Hygienists are people who can help in reducing environmental health hazards and providing a safer workplace for industrial workers. 


  1. Occupational Therapist

What: Health care professionals who utilize evidence-based practice, research, scientific evidence, and a holistic perspective to promote independence, meaningful occupations, and patients' functional ability to fulfill their daily routines and roles. 


Where: Hospitals, schools, physicians' offices, home health services and nursing homes. 


How: Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. 


Why: To help disabled children and injured persons to regain their confidence by helping them to pick-up essential self-care abilities. Patients are able to fulfill their daily routines and roles independently after treatments. 


  1. Epidemiologist

What: Public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education and health policy.


Where: Government, universities, health insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies. 


How: Master’s degree in public health (preferably with an emphasis in epidemiology). 


Why: To help the public in reducing or preventing diseases so that less people are suffering from avoidable diseases and injuries. 


  1. Geriatrician

What: A doctor who specialises in care of the elderly and the diseases that affect them, such as Dementia, Delirium, Alzheimers disease, Falls. 


Where: Hospitals. 


How: Geriatricians must complete a four-year undergraduate degree, followed by medical school and a three-year residency, usually in internal or family medicine. Following residency, the physician may practice for a while or apply directly to a geriatric medicine fellowship program. 

Why: In several studies, geriatrics ranks among the most satisfying health professions. READ MORE > Is Geriatrics Right for You? 


We hope that this article is shared among youngsters to provide them some new perspective about the potentials in the healthcare industry. There are many other interesting occupations in this industry that are waiting for you to explore. Let’s take some time to do your desktop research about the career options in the healthcare industry while appreciating the contribution of healthcare workers during this COVID-19 pandemic. 


Happy World Health Day! 

Thanks to all healthcare workers for protecting us against all known and unknown diseases and injuries. 


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