4 Exciting Healthcare Positions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

4 Exciting Healthcare Positions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
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    When most people think about jobs in the healthcare industry, the first thought that comes to mind is usually nursing or general practitioner.

    While there is still demand in these fields, there are also many less known medical fields with a large demand for qualified professionals.

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These fields often offer great job prospects and are wide open to anyone with the proper qualifications. In this article, we’re going to cover four medical professions you’ve probably never thought of.

Cardiac Perfusionist

If this is your first time hearing about cardiac perfusionists, you’re not the only one. The job of a cardiac perfusionist is to assist doctors during open heart surgeries. One of the tasks required from a cardiac percussionist is to operate the blood pumping machines that provide blood flow to the patient while the heart is being operated on. Jobs in this field pay between $70,000 and $90,000 on average, and all you need is a bachelor’s degree and an accredited formation in cardiac perfusion to get started.

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Clinical Social Worker

Clinical social workers are asked to work principally in healthcare facilities to assist patients struggling with a variety of personal issues such as addiction, mental illness or abuse. However, the job of clinical social worker isn’t confined solely to healthcare facilities, as clinical social workers might be required to work in private residences, offices, or with child protection services.

Job outlooks for clinical social workers are pretty good, with jobs expected to increase by 12% leading up to 2024. A master’s of social work degree is required in this field, with many institutions accepting online social work masters as well. However, if you’re thinking of getting a masters of social work online, make sure that it is accredited and accepted by most healthcare institutions in your area.

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Dosimetrist

The job of a dosimetrist is to perform radiation oncology on cancer patients. They will usually work as part of a team and will be in charge of designing and evaluating various radiation treatments. They will also have to work in close relation with patients, physicians and other members of their radiation oncology team. Dosimetrists usually work 40-hour weeks and salaries are between $81,000 and $112,000 on average.

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Dance Therapist

Yes, there is an actual medical field that is solely dedicated to dance therapy. If this is a personal interest of yours and you would like to help others in the process, then the job is perfect for you. However, even if you may think that this position isn’t as serious as others in the medical field, a master’s degree is still required and the program you join has to be accredited by the American Dance Therapy Association for it to be accepted. The average salary is also significantly lower than other master’s level medical professions, with salaries ranging from $38,000 to $47,000 on average.

As you can see, there are many more medical professions available to healthcare students than meets the eye. Next time you choose a major, don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path and see what one of these exciting healthcare careers has to offer.

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