What it is
Jobs in medical care vary greatly and can include work directly with patients, with medical equipment and medicines or creating items such as artificial limbs. Aside from doctors (general doctors and specialists), many jobs in medical care are available for physician assistants, radiation therapists, respiratory therapists and anesthesiologists/anesthesiologist technicians.
Physician assistants do much of the same work as a doctor but work under the supervision of a doctor. They should not be confused with medical assistants, who do some clinical tasks and office work. Physician assistants take medical histories, examine patients, order lab tests and X-rays and make diagnoses. They can treat minor injuries, such as providing stitches or making a cast. Radiation therapists operate the machinery that treats people with cancer, and respiratory therapists evaluate people with breathing problems and so that they can receive medical care. Anesthesiologists monitor pain relief for patients, many anesthesiologists work in hospital surgical settings to provide medical care.
What it's like
Lead Medical Assistant
Medical care jobs are available in hospitals, community clinics and private practices. To learn more about what it’s like to work in medical care, see what Nicole and Eli have to say about their work as medical assistants, or read about Atul's experience working as a physician assistant.
What it takes
Physician Assistant, training to be a Physician
Training requirements for jobs in medical care vary greatly and range from positions that offer on-the-job training to medical care jobs that require doctoral degrees.
To learn more about medical care jobs, check out the job options to the right.
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