How to Get a Job in Medicine
So you want to work in Medicine?
The medical industry is one of the fastest growing and largest in the world, absorbing over 10% of the gross domestic product of most developed nations. It involves a wide range of services offered by different kinds of hospitals, physicians, laboratories, pharmacies and nursing homes and is also concerned with the research, development, production and supply of drugs, pharmaceutical products, chemicals and medical equipment.
The industry provides an enormous range of employment opportunities. As well as medical professionals, it also comprises IT professionals, sales and marketing professionals, public policy workers, medical writers, health insurance providers and clinical research lab workers.
The industry is highly fragmented, comprised of various sectors. They are namely pharmaceutical, medical equipment and supplies, biotechnology, healthcare services and the alternative medicine sector. The Pharmaceutical Industry is comprised or organisations working on researching, developing, marketing and distributing medicines or drugs. The Biotechnology Industry is a research-intensive segment engaged in making a wide range of biotech products. The medical and dental instruments industry is involved in the development, production and supply of surgical and medical instruments and supplies.
The medical industry as a whole has very high growth rate and that is expected to increase in Australia with the ageing of the baby-boom population.
Types of jobs in the Medicine industry include:
- Nursing Assistant
- Registered Nurse
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Clinical Laboratory Technician
Five key skills that will help you score a job in the Medicine industry:
- The ability to accurately observe a patient and acquire important information
- The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively
- Advanced cognitive skills and memory
- The ability to effectively deal with physical, emotional and mental demands
- A demonstration of integrity, compassion and concern for others
Interview and Job Hunting tips
- Be completely prepared to discuss your academic background, your employment and research experience, your views on ethical issues or medical problems and why you want to work in medicine.
- Some medical schools use the interview to see how you respond to stress, so take your time, try not to be ruffled by difficult questions, just relax, don’t be afraid to take your time, ask clarifying questions and then give a considered response. By doing this you will come across as thoughtful and articulate.
- Ask intelligent questions, not ones that you could find answers for on their website. Use this opportunity to have more of a discussion as opposed to just answering questions. You could ask about the faculty, or research opportunities, or access to internships etc.