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Career Profile: Healthcare Professionals

 

Have you been thinking about a career in the healthcare field, but medicine is a little out of reach? You don’t have to be a doctor to have a rewarding career in the healthcare industry. In this post we will be talking about some of the different career paths that are available in the healthcare industry and how you can get started.

 

What type of roles are available in the healthcare industry?

 

Sometimes people in the healthcare industry are referred to as “allied health professionals” and this term covers lots of different types of positions. Some of these roles include:

 

  • Podiatrists – Podiatrists are specialists in foot and ankle health and provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ailments including foot fungus, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, ulcers, corns, callouses and foot injuries.
  • Dietitians/nutritionists – Dietitians and nutritionists are trained to provide nutritional support and advice. Dietitians and nutritionists may specialise in specific areas such as weight loss, diabetes, food intolerances or eating disorders.
  • Dental hygienists – Dental hygienists work independently of dentists and provide oral health care and advice, including cleaning and maintenance of teeth. Dental hygienists provide routine services and refer more complex matters to their dentist colleagues.
  • Diabetes educators – Diabetes educators are trained in the treatment and maintenance of type I and type II diabetes. Diabetes educators, who are often qualified nurses, educate patients on how to manage their condition. This may include providing training on using insulin devices and blood glucose meters.
  • Occupational therapists – Occupational therapists encourage patients to live fulfilled lives through activity. Occupational therapists work in a variety of industries including child development, rehabilitation, aged care, acute care, injury management and mental health.
  • Sonographers/radiographers – Sonographers and radiographers conduct ultrasounds, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other diagnostic scanning, to assist doctors to identify and diagnose injuries and medical issues.
  • Physiotherapists – Physiotherapists use massage and exercise to diagnose, treat and prevent physical injuries (for more information, check out our post on becoming a physiotherapist! – link to career profile post)

 

What qualifications or accreditations do I need to become a healthcare professional?

 

The qualifications and accreditations required vary from job to job – each healthcare role has different requirements and specifications. For more information about the qualifications you will need for each role, you can head to the Health Careers website  https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/Explore-roles/allied-health-professionals. This site will give you more detailed information about each of the roles we have mentioned, as well as a few more!

 

There are also individual accreditations that are available for each position, however, you may also like to get in contact with the Allied Health Professionals Federation of the UK  http://www.ahpf.org.uk), who provide collective leadership and representation for allied health professionals. Joining an organisation like this can also help you to build professional relationships that enable co-working and collaboration, with the purpose of providing exceptional patient care.

 

As a healthcare professional, how much will I earn?

The remuneration packages for healthcare professionals vary from role to role and are also impacted by experience, qualifications, location and specialty. The following annual salary details have been sourced from Prospects  https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/and are a rough guide, based on wages in the National Health Service. These salaries would vary for roles in private practice and would likely be at the upper range or higher.

 

  • Podiatrists – £21,909 to £28,462 per annum. Lead podiatrists may earn between £31,383 to £41,373.
  • Dietitians/nutritionists – £21,909 to £28,462 per annum. Specialist and advanced dietitians could earn in the region of £26,302 to £41,373.
  • Occupational therapists – £21,909 to £41,373 per annum. Consultant level occupational therapists earn between £40,028 and £57,640.
  • Sonographers/radiographers – £21,909 to £41,373 per annum. Consultant radiographers within the National Health Service could earn as much as £68,484.
  • Physiotherapists – £21,909 to £35,225 per annum. Highly specialist or advanced physiotherapists can earn between £31,383 and £41,373.

 

According to the National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/dental-hygienist Dental Hygienists general earn between £22,000 and £41,500 per annum.

 

Payscale.com  http://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Skill=Diabetes_Educator/Salary has the average salary for a Diabetes Educator listed as approximately £30,000. There is not a great deal of information available about Diabetes Educator salaries in the UK, so we suggest investigating this further if you are interested in this career path.

 

What do you think? Is a career in the healthcare industry for you? Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions!

 

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