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Not all medical jobs require years in the library – there are plenty of exciting roles you can do without a degree in medicine! If you’d like to help people get better but don’t have the money (or patience) for years of study, take a look at these seven roles*…
*All of these are examples are from our NHS world but most also exist in private healthcare
Maternity support worker
Maternity support workers work closely with midwives (that is, carers for pregnant women). Your job is to make the midwife’s day as stress-free and efficient as possible. That way, all mothers and babies receive the very best care possible. Every day, you will welcome expectant mums as they arrive onto the ward, make them comfortable and do basic health checks.
What’s it worth? Most midwives work for the NHS. The set salary is £18,838 but this can rise up to £22,016 with experience.
Interested? You don’t need any specific qualifications for this role but some good GCSEs will definitely help. GCSE maths and English at Grade C or higher, and an NVQ in health and social care might be useful, but they aren’t essential. Find out more on the maternity support worker role page.
Paramedics respond to emergency 999 phone calls from members of the public. They arrive on the scene to help people who have taken ill suddenly, suffered an injury or are in distress or shock after an accident. As a paramedic it’s your job to check a patient’s condition, give immediate first aid treatment and make on-the-spot decisions about providing drugs, dressing wounds or resuscitating patients.
What’s it worth? Student paramedics earn about £15,500 to £18,600 a year. With training and experience, qualified paramedics will earn between £21,200 and £27,500 a year.
Interested? You’ll need to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC). To do this you’ll need to complete an HPC-approved qualification that includes clinical placements with an ambulance service and various other health services. Discover more here.
Prosthetic technicians make artificial limbs and body parts – otherwise known as ‘prostheses’. A patient will see a prosthetist first, who will design a specific prosthesis based on their specific measurements and needs. Your task as a technician? To create a tailor-made model of the body part – and change the patient’s life in the process.
What’s it worth? The salary of a prosthetic technician starts at £21,388 and can rise as high as £27,901 with experience.
Interested? You’ll need a flair for maths, sciences, technology and engineering and five GCSEs grade A-C (or equivalent) including English, maths and a science or engineering subject. Discover more here.
Assistant technical officer
When a blood sample is sent for testing, who labels and logs it? Who mixes the drugs that hospital patients are given through a drip? Assistant technical officers do all these things. In this role, you will be involved with the technical side of diagnosing and treating patients, usually working in a laboratory.
What’s it worth? The salary for an assistant technical officer ranges from £16,271 and £19,268, depending on experience and training.
Interested? You don’t need any specific training for this role – you’ll be given on-the-job training instead. Of course, it’s always good to have some decent GCSEs (or equivalent) under your belt. Find out more here.
Enjoy helping and looking after people? Healthcare assistants work with people suffering disabilities, illnessness or old age, and help them do the things that they struggle to do by themselves. The patients you care for will rely on you for both physical and emotional support.
What’s it worth? Healthcare assistants usually earn between £12,000 and £16,000 a year, but this can increase to about £21,000 with experience. Doing evening or weekend shifts can also increase your pay packet and, in some cases, employers may offer you free or low-cost accommodation.
Interested? You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a healthcare assistant (unless you want to work with children) and you will receive training on the job. However, you will benefit from having experience of caring for people professionally or within your own home. Find out more here.
Porters play a crucial role in hospitals. You will move injured and often very ill or frail patients between wards. And you’ll transport complex and valuable equipment between departments so that doctors and surgeons can carry out operations and procedures in time. Another important part of the job is delivering emergency drugs to the right wards.
What’s it worth? As a porter, you can expect a typical salary of between £14,294 and £15,013.
Interested? You don’t need any specific qualifications for this role and – even better – you can gain some while doing the job! However, you will need to show you're an enthusiastic, helpful, fit and trustworthy person. Take a look at the full job description here.
Cardiographers operate the electrocardiograph (ECG) machines that monitor patients’ heartbeats. You’ll be based in the cardiac department of a hospital and work alongside doctors, surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals to make sure the patient gets the best treatment possible. It’s an important support role that carries plenty of responsibility.
What’s it worth? Salaries typically start at £14,294- £17,425 but can rise to £19,268 depending on experience and training.
Interested? You don’t need any formal qualifications to work as a cardiographer – instead you’ll get on-the-job training and the chance to complete NVQ Level 2 certificates. However, you will need a clean and presentable appearance, and you’ll need to show that you’re capable of handling important information. See the full job description here.