The health sector supports millions of patients across the UK every year - you might have even been one of them yourself! There are lots of roles in health - doctors and nurses are just one part of the story. In comparison to the rest of the UK, people in Essex are quite healthy, but serious conditions like dementia are on the rise (as much as 85% from 2014 - 2034) so the health sector needs more support and that's where you come in!
What could I do in health
You can do so much in health. Every part of your body requires a different kind of specialist - from your ear, nose and throat, to your muscles or your bones. It's easy to forget, but dentists, opticians and physiotherapists are all part of the health sector too, which means that there are many different ways to look after a patient - it's not all about surgeries and operations!
What if I don't want to deal with patients? Don't worry, it's not for everyone, but you can still get involved. There are many lab or office roles where you can still contribute to the sector, without having to touch a body! Geneticists, researchers and pharmacists do high level work behind the scenes using their scientific knowledge.
- Mental health support
- Patient Care
Top advertised jobs
- Medical Technician
- Dental Technician
- Public Health Manager
What's out there for me?
We've put together a quick list of some of the things you could get into in health. If you can't find your thing here, you can always have a look at the NHS's Explore Careers page to get the complete picture of all of the health-related careers you will ever need to know!
Dentist: £30k - £38k+
Not everyone’s favourite person, but dentists are important people in the world of health. We all know they attend to dental problems but what you might not know is that they’re trained to identify diseases and dental conditions, manage their staff and research the latest developments in the business.
Optician: £25k - £34k+
Opticians make sure your eyesight’s perfect, but when it’s not - they prescribe glasses or contact lenses to make everything better. Some of the other roles include: vision examinations to check for abnormalities, meeting sales targets, raising awareness about eye care. It’s all in a day’s work for the optician.
Nurse: £21k - £27k+
Nurses plan and provide medical and nursing care to patients in hospital, at home or in other environments. They take care of patients who are suffering from a mental or physical illness and also promote good health by educating people on how to best take care of themselves. Not all heroes wear capes.
Physiologist: £18k - £30k+
When your body’s not moving quite the way it should, these experts will help you out. Physiologists know all the muscles in the body and just what they need to get better! Sports stars all have physiologists to make sure they can perform to the best of their ability at all times.
Geneticist: £30k - £40k+
There are loads of reasons to study genetics, but one reason relevant to the health sector is to discover how certain illnesses change our DNA (that’s the stuff that makes us the way we are). With this knowledge, various illnesses can be cured and even prevented completely.
Learning about health
If you check out this little infographic for a couple of minutes, you'll know more about health than any of your family or friends... probably. Result!
The health sector is using more digital technology in its daily work. From 3D printing medicine, to engineering prosthetic limbs - having a creative mind to solve problem and use technology is becoming very important.
Can I work for the NHS?
Fancy working for one of the world's biggest employers?
The NHS employs more than 1,000,000 people and there are still many opportunities for young people to get involved too!