Top 10 Jobs in Health and Medicine in 2014

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Jobs in the health and medicine sector as so varied and so very sought after. If you have your heart set on a job in health and medicine but are unsure which job to go for then look no further. This is Strike Jobs guide to the top 10 jobs in the field! Find out what to expect from the job and which qualifications you will need.

1. Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers have a great mix of skills in both the fields of healthcare and engineering.

The role of a biomedical engineer includes designing, developing and testing new equipment, training medical staff to use new equipment and ensuring it is safe to use.

Biomedical engineers are also known as bioengineers, design engineers and clinical scientists.

A degree from an accredited course such as mechanical engineering or physics is essential, however if you wish to work on the NHS you will have to go through further training.

Starting salaries are anything from £21,000 to £27,000, with the potential to increase to £40,000 as you further your career.

This job would be perfect for those who particularly enjoy science and technology.

2. Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists have great people skills as the job requires that they help people to overcome illnesses.

The role includes working closely with people to help them maintain a normal life after a physical or mental illness. They help adapt their living environment, teach them how to undertake daily tasks, increase confidence and strength and offer mentoring and support.

Occupational therapists will have a degree in the subject, which allows them to study both the practical and theoretical side.  All occupational therapist courses in the UK are currently accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is essential.

Salaries start from £21,000 and increase with experience in the field.

This role would be perfect for someone who wants to work with people.

3. Urologist

A urologist is a specialist doctor/surgeon who diagnoses and treats infections and diseases of the urinary tract and reproductive organs.

Doctors and surgeons in any field of medicine are required to have an accredited degree from a medical school. A urologist requires these qualifications alongside specialist training within the field of urology.

Doctors with specialist training, such as urology, can expect to earn upwards of £30,000 a year.

This job requires someone with patience as you will be dealing with complex procedures.

4. Optometrist

An optometrist examines eyes and often works in high street optician pratises.

The jobs includes communicating with patients, examining eyes, using specialist equipment and issuing prescriptions. They examine eyes, test sight, give advice about diseases of the eye and prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

To gain a job in this field you must have a degree which is approved by the General Optical Council.

The wage ranges from a starting salary of £19,000 to senior level salary of £35,000 to £50,000.

The job requires someone who is willing to work with people, but may also require some sales experience as you may have to sell brands of contact lenses and glasses.

5. Dermatologist

Dermatology focuses on the treatment of hair, skin and nails. Dermatologists deal with diagnosing and treating diseases, however cosmetic treatments such as facial fillers are often dealt with too.

Dermatology is a medical speciality. You must have a medical degree with follow up specialist training.

As this is a specialist subject the starting wage is around 30,000 a year.

The job requires good communication skills and empathy as often clients have physical ailments.

6. Speech and language therapist  

Speech and language therapists help patients who have problems with communication and speech, and also those who have issues with eating and swallowing.

Speech therapists work with children and adults who have suffered from strokes, cancer, hearing problems and dementia. Patience and good people skills are required.

A degree in anatomy, linguistics, child development or similar is required and must be accredited by the HCPC. The course will include studying psychology, sociology, biomedical and behavioural science and education.

A starting wage when working for the NHS is around £21,000, rising to over £30,000 with an advanced specialism.

7. Respiratory therapist

Respiratory therapists treat patients who have disorders or diseases which affect the function of the heart and lungs, such as asthma, pneumonia, heart attacks and trauma.

A respiratory therapist requires similar qualifications as a speech therapist, but specialising in the heart and lungs.

8. Mental health nurse

Mental health nurses work with people who suffer from mental health conditions and their families.

The job includes caring for patients who are experiencing mental distress, building relationships and working closely with patients, administering medication and producing care plans.

Diploma courses used to be available for this, however if you wish to become a mental health nurse you must now gain a nursing degree that is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A newly qualified nurse can expect to earn £21,000 to £27,000.

Mental health nurses must be empathetic with strong communication skills and good physical fitness.

9. Radiographer

Radiographers must be knowledgeable about technology, anatomy and physiology. This job requires the use of x ray and ultrasound to examine bones and organs to diagnose illnesses and injuries.

To become a radiographer you must have a degree in radiography which is approved by HCPC.

Radiography is a long term career with the potential to go far, with a wage ranging from £21,000 to £60,000 plus.

10. Pharmacist

Pharmacists dispense and distribute medicines. A community pharmacist may work in a high street store dispensing prescription medicines to the general public, selling over the counter medical products and advising patients. A hospital pharmacist participates in ward rounds and works closely with hospital doctors to advise on dosage of medicines to patients.

To pursue this career you will need a degree in pharmacy that is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Further training may be needed dependant on whether you wish to work in the community or a hospital.

A starting wage for a pharmacist is £21,000 and a pharmacist consultant can earn up to £80,000.

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Claire Coward Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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