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:
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.
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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