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Health Care Dream Jobs

10 Hot Medical Career Paths

What are the dream jobs in the medical field?

It’s the question facing thousands of young people who want to work in health care.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple. What sounds like a dream position to one person, may be a nightmare for someone else.

Do you want a clinical or non-clinical job? Do you want to specialize, or work with a wide range of patients? Do you want hands-on experience or are you better on the administrative side?

The key is to take a close look at what YOU want then match your interests to one of the many hot career paths in health care.

A good place to start is AllHealthCare.com. Their quiz - What Is Your Health Care Dream Job? – will help pinpoint your skills and attributes that are best suited for the different jobs in the health care field.

Next, take a look at some of these hot health care jobs compiled by AllHealthCare. One is sure to fit your dreams and experience level.

Dream Job #1 – Clinical Social Worker

Social workers can find employment in a variety of settings, but clinical social workers find their home in hospitals, schools, and clinics, providing mental health services to patients. Clinical social workers aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, as well as helping families and patients cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses.

Clinical social workers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree, but many jobs require an advanced degree, such as Master’s in Social Work. Social workers must also have a state license.

Dream Job #2 – Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers work in many different environments – they are on the playing field, in the hospital, and at the gym. Athletic trainers must be able to have frequent interaction with a variety of people, from clients to physicians. They may work 60 hours weeks, or teach just a few hours a day.

Athletic training typically calls for at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Most athletic trainers have a master’s degree with broad knowledge of health and medicine.

Dream Job #3 – Art Therapist

Art therapists use creative materials like paint, crayons, and chalk to help patients express themselves. Based in traditional psychotherapeutic theories, art therapy uses the creative process to evoke emotions and improve mental well-being.

Art therapists must be board certified and registered in order to practice. They typically hold a Master of Art Therapy degree, but may also have an education background in psychology, such as a Master of Family Therapy.

Dream Job #4 – Informatics Specialist

An informatics specialist works to organize large amounts of data, turning it into usable content. By processing information, informatics specialists can see trends such as cancer prevalence across the years. These specialists also develop software and electronic tracking systems.

Informatics specialists need an advanced degree in biology or genetics, with a lot of experience in computer languages and programming.

Dream Job #5 – Interpreter

Medical interpreters are generally required to listen and speak (or sign) at the same time. Ideally, they should be so familiar with a subject that they are able to anticipate the end of the speaker’s sentence. Because they need a high degree of concentration, interpreters often work in pairs, with each interpreting for 20- to 30-minute periods.

Medical interpreters do not require advanced degrees, but must be fluent in their native language and their second language. A strong grasp of the health industry and medical practices is also necessary.

Dream Job #6 – Medical Illustrator

Medical illustrators create graphic representations of bodies, or body parts, for textbooks, posters, and legal proceedings. They use computer programs to help develop their art, so knowledge of graphic design programs is imperative.

Medical illustrators must have detailed knowledge of both biological sciences and fine art. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement, but most employers will want a Master’s in Medical Illustration.

Dream Job #7 – Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists do more than investigate DNA left at the scene of a crime. These problem-solvers are also found in the field of health care, interpreting medical facts and presenting them to courts, or studying the human body to establish time of death.

The path to forensic science in health care involves at least two years as an intern after medical school, and possibly a master’s degree in your area of specialization. An advanced degree is mandatory.

Dream Job #8 – Travel Nurse

Travel nurses are contracted to move from place to place depending on an areas’ need for health care professionals. Moving costs and housing are often covered, and overall salary is higher than a permanent staffing position. Travel nurses get the rewards of a nursing career, on top of the ability to see the country and explore.

Most travel nurses must be RNs.

Dream Job #9 – Environmental Health Director

Environmental health directors consider how the health of the planet is affecting the health of the people living on it. They deal with sanitation, sewage, and public facility issues. They also investigate public health problems, and try to find solutions.

Work in environmental health involves at least a bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental health or science, or a related field. For some jobs, an advanced degree, such as a Master’s of Public Health, is required.

Dream Job #10 – Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance abuse counselors work with individuals who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or eating disorders. They help people understand their addictions and the problems related to substance abuse. Counseling can be done one-on-one or in groups. This is a demanding and stressful job that involves intense emotions.

Substance abuse counselors require an advanced degree, such as a Master of Substance Abuse Counseling, Master of Family Therapy or Doctorate in Psychology.