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Careers in medicine and health science that you should consider

by on August 24, 2016 | Top Stories, Career Guide

Careers in medicine and health science that you should consider

Are you comfortable working in a healthcare facility like hospitals, clinics, laboratories, nursing homes, pharmacies and surgeries?

If you are, there are many careers in medicine and health science that you could consider. Some jobs may require you to cope with emergencies on a daily basis, while other careers involve routine work in a laboratory. Read on to find out which career sparks your interest.

If you’re thinking about studying a course in medicine or health science, check out the different occupations you can consider. Do note that the possible occupations listed require various entry level qualifications, with some requiring additional registration or licence from a professional body.  As an example, a diploma in pharmacy would enable you to work as an assistant pharmacist whereas to become a registered pharmacist in Malaysia, one would need a degree in pharmacy followed by a year of training, and a year of compulsory service. In addition, you would need to sit and pass the Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination during your training before being registered with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia.

Healthcare administration

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Healthcare coordinator
  • Medical record administrator
  • Medical record technician

Clinical laboratory sciences

  • Cytotechnologist
  • Histological technician
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical technologist
  • Phlebotomist

Healthcare communications / Information

  • Biomedical illustrator
  • Biomedical photographer
  • Biostatisician
  • Health science writer/editor
  • Health science librarian
  • Pictures archiving communication manager

Counselling and therapy

  • Cognitive behavioural therapist
  • Clinical social worker
  • Counsellor
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Clinical therapy support worker


  • Dental assistant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental laboratory technician
  • Dentist

Sciences (Life science, physiological science, physical science, informatics)

  • Clinical scientist in medical physics
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Critical care technologist

Healthcare education

  • Health educator
  • Lecturers and tutors

Emergency medical services

  • Emergency medical technician
  • Paramedic
  • Clinical director of service


  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biomedical equipment technician
  • Safety engineer
  • Maintenance mechanic
  • Research engineer


  • Chiropractor
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical doctor
  • Scientist
  • Surgical technologist


  • Assistant nurse
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Health aide
  • Midwife
  • Registered nurse


  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacy technician

Public health

  • Environmental and occupational health technician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Occupational therapist

Radiological technology

  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiographer
  • Sonographer

Rehabilitative therapy

  • Audiologist
  • Orthotists and prosthetists
  • Physiotherapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Speech/Language pathologist

Technical instrumentation

  • Cardiovascular technologists
  • Dialysis technician
  • Electrocardiograph (EKG) technician
  • Electroencephalograph (EEG) technician

Vision care

  • Ophthalmic laboratory technicians
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Opticians
  • Optometrists
  • Orthoptist

Wellness and sports medicine

  • Athletic trainer
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness trainer
  • Health and wellness practitioner
  • Sports medicine technician


  • Dietetic technician
  • Dietitian



Adapted from “What can I do with a major in the health sciences?”

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