Have you ever considered a job in health care?

Even if you don't have a medical degree or background, you could still be qualified for one of many positions in the health care industry.

If you’re a recent graduate or you’re thinking about making a career change, have you considered a job in health care? Often, people who don’t have degrees in medicine, dentistry, nursing or a science discipline assume that they are unqualified for a role in the health care industry but this is not the case. There are plenty of jobs in health care that are available to people from non-medical backgrounds, such as in administration or marketing, as well as other patient support roles that provide on the job training. So what exactly can you offer health care organisations, and what will you get out of a career in the industry?

First, think about your personal skills and experience and the kind of role you would be suited for in the health care sector. For instance, if you have marketing experience and you’re passionate about health awareness issues, you may want to consider a role in health care marketing. Health care marketing campaigns tackle a variety of issues, from anti-smoking and alcohol awareness to encouraging people to regularly check for signs of cervical, breast or testicular cancer. Alternatively, you may want to consider a role in health care finance if you have a financial background. In both the public and private sector, health care finance is an instrumental part of ensuring that hospitals can afford the latest surgical equipment and the best medicines available.

There are also options to work with patients if you’re from a non-medical background. Care assistants, for example, do not need a degree in nursing but are provided with on the job training. Past experience as a care giver – for instance, for an elderly relative or sick family member – will be a boost to your application, as will a genuinely caring personality, the ability to be resourceful and work independently, and vast reserves of patience.

Ultimately, working in the health care industry can be taxing but there are many rewards to be had as well. Working in health care finance, for example, may offer finance graduates a more fulfilling emotional path than a career in the city. And as a care assistant, you’ll certainly feel the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping someone live their daily life, as well as offering companionship and emotional support where necessary. Some health care jobs, particularly those in the private sector, may also offer significant monetary and welfare benefits. These may include competitive salaries, a yearly bonus scheme, health insurance and life insurance, among other advantages.