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Careers in healthcare are often highly sought after because not only do they allow you to do good in the world by looking after the sick, but because we all have healthcare needs, they are always going to be in demand.

That being said, there are definitely some healthcare career paths that are more often pursued than others, whether because they command a bigger salary or because people simply haven’t heard of some of the other opportunities out there.

If you want to gt into healthcare, but you don’t want to be, say a doctor or nurse, here are some other healthcare careers that you may not have considered so far, but which you really should:

Hospital Chaplain

Chaplain jobs aren’t often the first thing you think about when you think about careers in healthcare, but they are a really important part of the system. Why? Because many people who are in the hospital are feeling scared and lonely;  a few kind words from the resident chaplain who is willing to sit with them and listen can really make all the difference to them. It is probably one of the most satisfying non-clinical healthcare roles there are, and it’s perfect for those of you who are very caring and compassionate who perhaps want to combine your spirituality with the work you do.


Nanomedicine is a relatively new career prospect in the healthcare industry. If you are interested in working at the cutting edge of healthcare, it could be the career path you have been looking for. What is nanomedicine? It’s the combination of medicine and technology with a view to helping us all understand more about the disease so that we can treat it more effectively. As you would expect, it uses nanotechnology to explore the body and learn more about how we function and how we can change healthcare right now to improve it in the future. If you are scientifically minded, this could be the perfect job for you. 

Medical Transcription

This is a career path that is often overlooked because it is office-based and therefore deemed less interesting or important. The fact of the matter is, having accurate notes about a person’s medical history is vitally important if they are to be treated safely and correctly. So the role of a medical transcriber is far from unimportant. If you have an eye for detail and the ability to organize large data sets effectively, it could be an excellent career move for you.


Cytotechnologists are individuals who investigate tissues samples to check for disease. This is a really interesting and varied job where you can do a lot of good by effectively detecting cancers and other diseases. If biology is your thing, you could definitely do worse than to train in this profession.

You may not have considered the above healthcare professions before, but you definitely should if you’re serious about finding an interesting career that plays to your strengths, which there is not an oversaturated market for already.

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