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Career in Medical Sector

Medical and healthcare sector is one of the most sought-after careers. Estimates from the career watchers predict that this sector will continue to grow through the decade.
With technological advances in medical science, more people survive severe illness and injury. Life expectancy is higher than the last decade, and it is going to increase the need for therapy and care. The medical Industry growth also will occur because of the shift from inpatient to less expensive outpatient and home healthcare because of improvements in diagnostic tests and surgical procedures.

Some of the top non-physician or surgeon careers in the medical sector are:

1. Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist:
Physical Therapists help people recover physical mobility, find relief from pain, and prevent long-term injury from accidents or disabilities. This very hands-on world of medical care requires people specialized in working with different age groups and conditions. Given the wide-open nature of the profession, many PTs also function as social workers, teachers, or in related roles.

2. Radiologist:
Radiologists are specialists who operate the complex machines that use radiation to scan and image the human body. They are trained in specialized medical practice.

3. Laboratory Technician
Lab technicians perform all the testing requested by doctors when diagnosing and treating patients. People become laboratory techs through a variety of degree programs, from biology to computer science. But there are now dedicated Medical Technology degree programs that train students in highly specialized laboratory skills.

4. Paramedic
Paramedics are first on the scene in emergencies and disasters. They are trained specifically in caring for patients between the site of a crisis and a hospital. A current national shortage of paramedics should make this a high entry on future career lists.

5. Dental Hygienist
A dental hygienist is a person who works in a dentist’s office, cleaning patient’s teeth before, during, and after a dental procedure. Dental hygienists work side-by-side with dentists, orthodontists, and other dental professionals.

6. Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat patients with communication disorders, such as lisps and stutters. Many workers in this profession are employed at elementary schools and private daycare facilities, but work is also available in hospitals and clinics offering speech therapy.

7. Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists have to listen to recordings from doctors and other medical professionals and write down the words they hear. This provides a written record for audio information that medical staff can refer to in the future. Medical transcriptionists must be excellent listeners and typists, but they are not required to go through much training for work.

8. Dietician
A dietician or nutritionist is a person who helps patients create specialized dietary plans. This may be in an effort to lose weight or compensate for a medical condition, such as diabetes or lactose intolerance. Many dieticians find work in fitness and weight loss centers, but they may also work in hospitals and health clinics.

The minimum salary, if employed can be estimated to be around Rs.4.5Lakh to 6 Lakh per year and for a specialized surgeon it could be double. However among Medical professionals, general and thoracic surgeons, psychiatrists and gynecologists earn highest.