Healthcare professionals keep us healthy. The opportunities in this field are endlessly varied across a manner of entry levels, from working on the frontlines in A&E to the behind-the-scenes roles that keep the sector functioning. Whether you want to deliver babies into the world as a midwife, get patients ready for surgery as an anaesthesiologist or care for people’s teeth as a dentist, there are loads of great career paths to follow in this sector. These roles demand empathy, great communication, teamwork, and a strong work ethic – if that sounds like you, then a future career in healthcare may be a great option for you. If you’re eager to make a difference in people’s lives, keep reading below to find out more about what you’ll need to get started in these occupations.
Acupuncturists insert needles into pressure points on clients' bodies to help relieve everyday stresses, and improve their wellbeing.
Ambulance care assistants take patients to and from hospital for appointments.
Anaesthetists are doctors who give anaesthetics to patients before, during and after surgery.
Anatomical pathology technicians (APTs) help pathologists carry out post-mortems in mortuaries.
Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.
Audiologists work with children and adults who suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus, or have problems with balance.
Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.
Care home advocates make sure the views and wishes of residents in care homes are heard.
Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.
Children's nurses provide care for children and young people with acute or long-term health problems.
Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from re-occurring.
Clinical engineers design, develop and maintain equipment for diagnosing illness and treating patients.
Clinical psychologists help people to deal with mental health issues, phobias and addiction.
Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioners use talking therapy to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour.
Community matrons provide care and support to people with long-term or complicated health conditions.
Cosmetic surgeons treat people who choose to alter their appearance. Plastic surgeons repair tissue damaged through illness or injury.
Counsellors help people discuss their problems and feelings in a confidential setting.
Critical care technologists (CCTs) make sure equipment used in the care of critically ill patients is safe and effective.
Dance movement psychotherapists use dance and movement to help people deal with emotional, psychological and physical issues.
Dental hygienists offer advice, information and treatments to prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental nurses help dentists to treat their patients and do reception work and other tasks in the practice.
Dental technicians design, make and repair the dental appliances used for improving patients' appearance, speech or ability to eat.
Dental therapists carry out routine treatments prescribed by a dentist.
Dentists diagnose and treat teeth and mouth problems, and work to prevent dental disease and promote oral health.
Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and dietary decisions.
Dispensing opticians give advice on vision care, and supply glasses and contact lenses to suit their customers needs.
District nurses care for people outside of hospital in patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes.
Dramatherapists use group work, role play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.
Emergency care assistants drive ambulances under emergency conditions and support paramedics.
Emergency medical dispatchers handle calls from the public and GPs requesting an ambulance.
Geneticists study genes to work out how cells and organisms behave.
General practitioners (GPs) are doctors who provide medical services to people in their local community.
Health play specialists understand child development and use therapeutic play activities to help children cope when in hospital.
Health promotion specialists educate and inform people about health issues.
Health service managers run local healthcare services like hospitals, GP practices and community health services.
Health trainers promote healthy living and help people make healthier lifestyle choices.
Health visitors work with families in their own homes to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.
Healthcare assistants look after patients in hospitals or in patients’ own homes.
Healthcare science assistants support healthcare professionals.
Homeopaths believe that you can use homeopathic remedies to stimulate the body to heal itself.
A hospital doctor diagnoses and treats illness and disease in patients admitted to hospital.
Hospital porters move patients, equipment and medical supplies around a hospital.
Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their health, lifestyle and behaviour.
Learning disability nurses help people with a learning disability to live as independently as possible.
Maternity support workers help midwives provide care to women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth.
Medical herbalists use plants and herbal remedies to help improve their clients' health and wellbeing.
Medical illustrators produce photographs, videos and graphical images for use in healthcare.
Medical physicists are specialists in healthcare science, also known as clinical science.
Mental health nurses work in hospitals and the community, to support people with mental health issues.
Microbiologists study micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae.
Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.
Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.
Naturopaths believe in improving their clients' health through natural therapies and education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.
Nurses care for adults who are sick, injured or have physical disabilities.
Nursing associates care for sick people of all ages in hospital and in the community, working closely with registered nurses.
Nutritional therapists help people by giving advice on diet and nutrition.
Nutritionists share scientific food knowledge and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.
Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.
Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, disability, accidents or ageing.
Occupational therapy support workers work with occupational therapists to help sick, injured or old people to be as independent as possible.
Operating department practitioners (ODPs) provide skilled care and support to patients at all stages of an operation.
Optometrists test vision, identify eye health problems, prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses.
Orthoptists work with a team of specialists to diagnose and treat eye problems.
Osteopaths move, stretch and massage their clients' muscles and joints with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing.
Paediatricians diagnose and treat health conditions that affect babies, children and young people.
Palliative care assistants provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families.
Paramedics respond to emergency call-outs and give people life-saving medical help.
Pathologists work in hospitals and laboratories on different areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Patient advice and liaison service (PALS) officers give support, advice and information about NHS services.
Patient transport service controllers arrange transport to take frail or vulnerable people to and from medical appointments.
Pharmacists provide expert advice on the use and supply of medicines and medical appliances.
Pharmacologists study the effects of drugs and other chemical substances on cells, animals, humans and the environment.
Pharmacy assistants serve customers and patients in chemists and hospital dispensaries.
Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.
Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients, and send them off for analysis and testing.
Physician associates support doctors to diagnose and manage patients in hospitals and GP surgeries.
Physicists study matter and try to work out why it behaves like it does.
Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their range of movement, and promote health and wellbeing.
Physiotherapy assistants help physiotherapists work with patients to restore or improve movement.
Pilates teachers help clients change and improve their body strength and posture through breathing, stretching and conditioning exercises.
Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility and quality of life.
Podiatry assistants provide general foot treatments and nail care under the supervision of a podiatrist.
Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.
Prosthetists and orthotists use the latest technology to create aids to help patients move without pain.
Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.
Psychological wellbeing practitioners give treatment and support to people with mental health problems.
Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.
Psychotherapists use talking techniques and therapies to help people who are distressed, or have mental health problems.
Radiographers use equipment to diagnose or treat patients who are ill or injured.
Radiography assistants help radiographers with their day-to-day duties.
Reiki practitioners use their hands to help people relax and improve their wellbeing.
School nurses work with schools and families to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Sonographers use ultrasound equipment to screen and diagnose medical conditions.
Speech and language therapists help children and adults who have speaking and communication problems.
Speech and language therapy assistants help support people who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing.
Sports development officers organise projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and have a healthier lifestyle.
Sports physiotherapists diagnose and treat sports injuries.
Sterile services technicians clean and decontaminate equipment used in hospital operating theatres, clinics and wards.
Surgeons carry out operations and medical procedures on patients.
Yoga therapists use yoga to help people with physical issues, emotional issues or specific health problems.
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