According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the medical profession will be among the fastest growing and most lucrative jobs in the future. From the physical therapy assistant to ambulance drivers and even doctors, there’s a medical position that’s just right for most people interested in a medical career. Here’s a look at some of the most intriguing career tracks for the would-be medical professional.

Physical Therapists

For those medical professionals who want some hands-on experience working with patients recovering from various injuries and illnesses, physical therapy has much to offer. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists develop plans to help patients manage or reduce pain, restore function, and improve mobility. A physical therapist requires an advanced degree, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The average salary for the position is $85,000.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners fill many of the functions of a physician and work under the supervision of a doctor. They educate patients about their conditions, provide mentorship to staff, aid in research, and participate in creating health policy. The primary benefit for the person working in this position is a chance to work with patients, and of course, provides a good income. The average pay for nurse practitioners is $98,000 per year. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a person must complete an advanced degree at the master’s or doctorate level, depending upon the work the person will do.

Medical Assisting

For those who know that they want a career in medicine, but haven’t yet made up their minds about which branch of medicine, medical assisting provides a good income and a chance to start a medical career immediately. Some schools, like ASA College, know that medical assisting students receive primary training in anatomy, physiology, medical emergencies, and other associated areas. According to an article on the Chron website, medical assistants can expect to make over $30,000 a year. The curriculum for an associate’s degree in medical assisting gives students an excellent overview of the medical profession, including coursework in CPR, pharmacology, phlebotomy, and medical terminology. These course provide a solid basis for a continuing career in medical assisting or give medical assistants job skills that they can use while working on an advanced degree in medicine.

Nurse Midwives

For nurse midwives, the salary – $92,000 a year according to BLS – may just take a backseat to helping bring babies into the world. At over 24%, it counts among the jobs that will see the greatest rise in popularity until about 2020. A nurse midwife requires a master’s degree or higher plus at least one year of midwifery experience.

The medical profession offers many rewards for those interested in starting a career in the profession. The opportunities to work in the field are many, and not all positions require a person to become a physician to have a rewarding and well-paying career.

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