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Best Medical Careers for the Future

Which are the best medical careers for the future? It's hard to say, the health care industry is so vast and almost every job is important and also offers you a good pay package.
If you are thinking of taking up employment in the medical field, let me tell you that you're doing the right thing. Today the health care sector is the biggest employer in the United States by providing employment opportunities to more than 15 million people. Even in the recession, the health care sector was hiring at shocking numbers. Take a look at this article to know more about the best medical careers for the future.

Lots of technological inventions have happened in the last 10 years and most of them have happened in the medical field. Modern medicine has increased the lifespan of human beings by a couple of years and created millions of job opportunities.

Best Medical Careers in Demand

So you've decided that you love studying about the human body and have a deep interest in knowing about the cures of the various health ailments. There are many fields in the health sector where you can go and have a great career.

Surgeons
Almost everyday people suffer from terrible accidents. Some break their bones, someone needs a new liver or a kidney and someone is suffering from a major heart problem. Surgeons are specialized doctors which use surgical rules for effective treatment. After you complete your doctor's degree, you need to decide in which field you would like to specialize and continue your studies accordingly. After 2 to 5 years of experience of working under experienced surgeons, a surgeon works independently with his/her team of doctors and earns almost $100,000 every year.

Anesthesiologists
An anesthesiologist is a medical professional who gives or administers an anesthetic before surgery. This branch of medicine has always been in demand and continues to be one of the top careers for the future. Studying for this job is not easy as it stretches up to 11 years sometimes even more, depending on how soon you can complete it. However, once your academics are over, you will be provided with the most lucrative careers in the field of medicine. A 4 year master's diploma, 4 years of training and after that another 4 years of specialized training makes you a qualified anesthesiologist who earns almost $120,000 every year.

Nurses
As long as we human beings live on this planet, the demand for nurses will never go down. Aging people need nurses 24/7 to take care of them and people who keep getting sick need nurses by their side. The main aim of nurses is to serve the needy and sick. Doctors also want qualified nurses who have a detailed idea of what medicine is all about and who can also help him in handling patients. A great option for the future, a nurse has to have at least 4 years of medical schooling. A degree provides you an edge, the salary of a nurse depends on the place of her employment and on the several years she has worked. The salary range starts from $55,000 and goes up to $95,000.

Radiation Therapist
Currently the need for radiation therapists has increased considerably. Radiation therapists earn up to $60,000. A qualified radiation therapist has to complete a bachelor's degree program in radiation therapy and then opt for a 12 month certificate program for radiation therapy. Most radiation therapists work in hospitals and cancer treatment centers. They perform the X-ray and CT scans and give you a detailed update about the various operating procedures.

Pharmacist
The growth rate of a pharmacist is expected to grow by 16% in the coming years. The money is good, $90,000 annually. To be a qualified and licensed pharmacist, you need to have a doctorate in pharmacy called PharmD. This is a 4 year program and you can enroll for this degree once you have completed 2 years of college.

Best Medical Careers for 2011

If you ever make a list of the best careers, I guarantee that most choices in that list is going to come from the medical field. After all, service to humanity is service to God. Here are some more noble jobs.
  • Physical Therapist ($47,000)
  • Dentists ($65,000)
  • EMT and Paramedics ($47,000)
  • Respiratory Therapists ($47,000)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technicians ($38,000)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ($60,000)
These are the best medical careers for the future. If you're hoping to make your career in medicine, I suggest you go for jobs which are popular and shape up your life and career.
By Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi
Published: 3/11/2011
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