Health science careers are often associated with waiting rooms, stethoscopes and years of undergraduate study, but there are a bunch of health-based gigs that require a different kind of white coat.
Health scientists work behind-the-scenes in the medical world, on everything from making sure equipment is working safely to carrying out in-lab testing and medical exams. They conduct MRI scans, biopsies, blood and hearing tests and operate some pretty impressive tech. Here are five of the coolest jobs in the field:
1. Medical lab technician
These guys work alongside physicians in hospitals, general practices, private clinics and research labs, carrying out tests to diagnose and treat patients. An average day might involve collecting blood samples, performing blood counts, carrying out tests to determine blood type and analysing fluids.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Science
Salary: Average $71,000 a year
If specialising is your jam, then perhaps focusing on the one medical field is for you. Audiologists work with patients on assessing, identifying and preventing hearing impairment, prescribing and fitting hearing aids and drafting ongoing treatment plans. They often score gigs at hospitals or healthcare centres where they work closely with other specialists in ear, nose and throat fields.
Study: Bachelor of Human Science or Bachelor of Clinical Audiology
Salary: Up to $102,000 a year
3. Pharmacy technician
Every chemist has at least one in-house pharmacy technician dispensing medications, reviewing prescription requests and liaising with patients. But the career also extends into hospitals, where there’s a little more lab time and work with IVs.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Science or specialised TAFE certificate
Salary: Up to $89,000 a year, with hospital-based techs earning a little more
4. Radiation therapist
Playing with simulators, CT scanners and an impressive line-up of medical imagining equipment is all in a day’s work for a radiation therapist, whose job is to draft, plan and execute radiation treatment for cancer patients.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Applied Science
Salary: Up to $108,000 a year depending on experience
5. Biomedical engineer
Biomedical engineers spend their time creating solutions to problems involving both biology and medicine – think: designing artificial limbs, crafting and installing medical equipment and producing new systems to diagnose and treat patients. Problem solving smarts, attention for detail and high-level tech skills are all must-haves when competing for jobs.
Study: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Biomedical)
Salary: $93,000 a year is about average
Salary information sourced from payscale.com
Want to know more? Career crush on some real-life health scientists:
- Sports psychologist, Luke Stutter
- Health data analyst, Kudzai Kanhutu
- Hearing engineer, Anastasia Miros
Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital assistant, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.