Interesting Medical Degrees You May Not Think Of

Published November 13, 2013

There are many interesting degrees one can get in the medical field. The obvious ones: doctor, nurse, physicians assistant, etc are too easy. We set out to find interesting and unique medical careers one can get into without paying an arm and a leg. While there are several great careers, the top two are expounded upon (the remaining 3 filling out the top 5). These medical field careers are vital in today’s world, high paying, and constantly growing; checking the most important boxes.

1. Mortician

A mortician is a trained medical professional who prepares the deceased for burial. Some morticians also lend their services to death investigations, such as determining the time of death and cause of death. However, these morticians are more highly trained in forensic pathology to sharpen their investigation skills. Some morticians just specialize in talking to family of the recently deceased to set the date, time and location of the funeral. These morticians do not necessarily have as much training and it’s less daunting when looking at how to become a mortician if you are going this route.

In order to become a mortician, one must complete a minimum 2 year formal eduction and must complete a 1 year apprenticeship to practice. Anatomy, physiology, business management, embalming techniques and accounting are some of the core courses of mortician school. Morticians must be 21 years of age or older in order to practice. Those interested in become a mortician should be compassionate and caring in order to be successful. They should also be able to cope with death… as that is, essentially, their job.

Morticians are interesting because it’s a deeper job than it appears on the surface. As explained, morticians deal with more than just preparing dead people; compassion, planning, keeping the books, and understanding business are all also part of a morticians skill set since many morticians are one-man shops. This makes it an interesting mix between business and medicine.

2. Dialysis Technician?

Dialysis technicians operate dialysis machines for patients with kidney disease. They work closely with doctors and nurses in a team for the patients treatment program. When looking at how to become a dialysis technician, you need to know that dialysis techs usually go through 1 to 2 years of formal education. During this period one will learn how to operate and perform maintenance on their machines. Depending on state regulations, one can even get trained on the job.

After formal education, or on the job training programs, one will have to get BONENT certification. This certification makes sure that technicians have completed their required coursework and also verifies that they can apply these concepts to real world practices. In order to take the BONENT exam one must pay a $210 fee for the paper version and a $240 fee for the electronic version, also in order to keep certification one must pay an annual fee of $55. With a projected growth of 13% the need for dialysis technicians will continue to grow with the baby boom generation continuing to age.

The dialysis technician salary is roughly $33,000 to $40,000 and is projected to grow with demand. As long as the population continues to age, these medical professions will always be in great need. These fields are highly paid and gratifying, while at the same time being relatively easy to get into. This helps peek interest in them, thus making them a few of the more interesting medical degrees out there today.

Rounding out the top five are (in order):

3. Medical Assistant

4. Dental Assistant

5. Health Administration

Hopefully a few interesting and less-common choices can be gleaned from this list. Doctors are important, but they couldn’t do their jobs without a ton of support staff that help them out day-in and day-out.

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