The A-Z of health jobs

The A-Z of Health Jobs

Wondering where a health science or related degree could take you? Kick off your career research with this A to Z list – which barely even scratches the surface of all the health jobs out there!

A is for Audiologist

Identify, assess and manage hearing and balance disorders.

B is for Biomedical scientist

Do lab tests to help docs diagnose and treat people. Check out the study and career path of Dr Richard Charlesworth, a biomedical scientist studying gluten and celiac disease.

C is for Cardiologist

Diagnose and treat heart disease and abnormalities. Dr Clara Chow is a cardiologist and digital health expert – find out how she keeps her patients heart-healthy.

D is for Dietician

Be an expert in nutrition and human diet. Meet Tim Cassettari, an accredited dietician. 

E is for Epidemiologist

Study disease and health at the population level.

F is for Forensic scientist

Collect, interpret and analyse evidence related to crimes. Not strictly health science but there’s a big overlap in skills and bodily fluids! Take a look at Dr Kari Pitts’ study and career path in forensic science.

G is for Genetic counsellor

Help patients understand and cope with genetic conditions.

H is for Health information manager

Plan, manage and maintain health information systems including patient records

I is for Infectious disease expert

Treat patients with rare infections.

J is for Journalist

A science communicator or a journalist specialising in health-related news.

K is for Kid’s health specialist

Also known as a paediatrician. That’s what Dr Valerie Sung does! Why not have a read about how she’s using her STEM smarts to improve the lives of children with congenital hearing loss.  

L is for Lab technician

Work in pathology labs to help doctors and scientists diagnose and treat disease.

M is for Molecular geneticist

Detect, analyse and interpret disease-linked genetic abnormalities.

N is for Nuclear medicine technologist

Use radioactive materials to diagnose physiological and metabolic changes within the body and treat diseases.

O is for Ophthalmologist

Identify and treat eye disorders and diseases. Say hello to Kristopher Rallah-Baker is Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist. He’s breaking new ground for Aboriginal health and showing kids their potential.

P is for Prosthetist

Make and fit artificial limbs (prostheses) for people who have a disability.

Q is for Quality and risk coordinator

Ensure practices are safe and up to standard in a hospital or medical setting – saving patients’ lives and hospitals from lawsuits!

R is for Radiation therapist

Draft, plan and execute radiation treatment for cancer patients.

S is for Sports and exercise scientist

Study how the human body works during sports and exercise to promote health and performance.

T is for Toxicologist

Study the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms (and humans!)

U is for Urologist

Specialise in the study and treatment of the urinary system.

V is for Vaccine scientist

Prevent or cure diseases by attempting to develop, trial and execute effective immunisation programs.

W is for Ward assistant

Get exposure to the hospital environment before you graduate or commit to a career in the health sector – you’ll assist hospital staff with non-medical duties such as transporting patients.

X is for X-Ray specialist

OK so they’re actually called radiologists – but there aren’t many words that start with X, and X-Ray specialist really does a better job of explaining what these peeps do (although the equipment they use extends to other medical imaging devices including MRI and CT scanners).

Y is for Youth mental health expert

A mental health professional – such as a psychologist or counsellor – working specifically with young people.

Z is for Zoo veterinarian

Humans aren’t the only animals that get sick! Zoo vets provide medical treatment to the many species of animals kept at zoos.

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Looking for even more health jobs? Check out these five awesome jobs you could get with a health science degree, or our A to Z of medical jobs.

This article originally appeared in Careers with STEM: Science 2021

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.



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