You’ve heard of general practitioners, dentists, nurses… and the list for medical jobs in Singapore can go on. But within the medical industry are some of the most vital jobs that you may not even know exist. Some of these jobs will leave you wondering why you’re in your boring old desk job old. And they pay pretty well too!
Maybe it’s time to consider a change in careers?
Have you ever wondered how the Ministry of Health knew what factors will affect our population’s health and how they always seem to have a preventive measure for each of them? This is the job of epidemiologists.
They study diseases by looking at their processes and how societal factors can influence their influence and rate of growth. Then they map their research down into patterns to refine and enhance public health—basically everything to prevent a pandemic from happening.
2. Triage Specialists
Triage specialists have one of the most important jobs in societies with insufficient resources to treat everybody at once—which is pretty much Singapore, where its hospital beds and A&E doctors cannot match the population’s demands.
Triage specialists look at the severity of each patient’s condition and determine if they should be treated immediately. They work in emergency departments or call centers, prioritising patients who are in critical need of care.
Probably a hemophobic’s worst nightmare, phlebotomists are people who draw blood from a patient for medical, research or donation purposes. You would think that this is part of a doctor’s or nurse’s job, but phlebotomists are trained professionals in the art of venepuncture, which is making an incision in the vein with a needle.
Their jobs also require them to record the blood samples and despatch them to various clinics and wards.
4. Sleep Technologists
The job title is pretty self explanatory—sleep technologists study sleep patterns of patients by analysing, monitoring and recording the physiological aspect of the body. It sounds like something out of Inception, yet it’s an occupation that exists.
The collected data of sleep technologists usually help a physician with evaluation, treatment and follow-up of sleep disorders.
There are specialists for every part of the body, so why not one for the lower extremities? In layman’s terms, podiatrists are also known as foot doctors. They are the ones you consult when you have foot or ankle injuries. Some podiatrists, with further training, even perform reconstructive surgery.
They cover all sorts of fields, from sports medicine to pediatrics to anyone that requires a foot doctor.
Its tongue twister name gives otolaryngologists some semblance of mystery. What do they do exactly? They deal with diseases afflicting the ear, nose and throat (or better known as ENT to the medical world). These organs are intimately connected, where one can affect the other deeply—like if your sinuses are acting up, your ears might be blocked too.
Otolaryngologists also deal with head and neck surgery, particularly for removal of tumours.
7. Clinical Coders
You would think that clinical coders are the hackers of the medical industry. In some ways, they are. Clinical coders analyse patients’ conditions and assign codes using standardised classification. These codes can cover anything from procedures to population health.
Clinical coders are required to have a certain level of knowledge on the medical world such as terminology and health data analysis. They sound more and more like hackers, don’t they?
Orthotists provide care for anyone who needs specialised mechanical devices to help with mobility. Orthosis, from which the job title derives from, means device to support the body—think braces or even special footwear to aid movement. They also find the right fit of prosthetics for patients who were born without or lost limbs.
They are the people who watch their patients stand up and walk again or for the first time. How much more fulfiling can a job get?
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