Medicine is one of the most lucrative areas of practice in the world. It does not matter what kind of medical practice you find yourself in, you are likely to be paid quite well in just about all fields. However, there are some fields of medical practice that tend to pay better than others. There are others that tend to be more popular that even the high paying fields. Choosing an area of specialty in medicine is all about proper decision making. Before choosing it would be prudent to discover whether you are cut out for the demands of the top ten medical careers that are listed here.
Surgery is by far the most lucrative medical career one can ever undertake. Operating on people to cure, remove or repair disease or injury is what surgeons specialize in. Due to the diversity and complexity of the human body, surgeons specialize on particular body parts or organs. However, there are general surgeons. These ones deal with virtually all parts of the body. The highest paid surgeons are undoubtedly neurosurgeons (dealing with the head) and cardiac surgeons (heart surgeon).
These people seem to be doing such a simple job but in truth it is a really complex task. They examine patients and determine the exact amount of anesthesia that should be administered. The will also do the administration, monitor its effects and make adjustments during the surgical procedure.
Cancer patients will pay a visit to one of these people. They are specialists on diagnosis and management of cancer. Clinical oncologists are the one you find when you go to radiotherapy session. Medical oncologists deal with drugs to treat cancer.
Here is a fun fact, psychiatrists and psychologists are very different- just that the movies never got the memo. In their defense, the difference is quite minute. Psychiatrists deal with mental disorders. They will study, diagnose and treat disorders and illnesses of the mind using psychotherapy and/or medication. You can think of them as psychologists who have gone to medical school and studied human anatomy.
They are probably the most dreaded doctors in the world. Kids across the globe hear of the dentist and they shiver. These practitioners focus on treating everything that is found in the oral cavity including teeth, gums and all other parts of the mouth.
They are closely related to dentists but their work is mostly in restoration. They will repair damaged or missing teeth and other structures that are related to the jaws and the mouth. They work to correct and preserve a person’s appearance.
Also related to dentists they work focusing on prevention and treatment of teeth irregularities, jaw relationships and all the structures that are located around the mouth. They are the people who prescribe braces to children. Instead of thinking of them as dentists, you can count them to be cosmetic surgeons who work to augment physical appearance and also close up any gaps between teeth.
Specialty is in women’s health. They are specifically in the practice to handle issues that are related to the female reproductive system- pregnancy, childbirth, menstrual cycles and menopause. It is hard than it sounds.
Do not be fooled by the name. They are not interns, in any way. These are practitioners with adequate knowledge of treating the internal organs without employing surgery. They mostly focus on adult treatment providing comprehensive care to their patients as well as dealing with acute and chronic conditions.
Their expertise is in matters pertaining to the leg, foot and ankle. They will work to solve problems like corns, injuries, arch problems and diseases that affect the feet like diabetes, arthritis etc. They can also specialize in surgery.
These are generally the top ten medical careers but there are so many other areas of practice including pediatrics (dealing with child healthcare), veterinary care etc. To become a medical practitioner of any kind is a calling. Do you have the calling?