Healthcare Jobs in the Armed Services

The Navy

If you join the navy, you may have an opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare. The Navy hires physicians, dentists, nurses, and healthcare administrators to serve enlisted members and keep soldiers healthy. As a physician, your job would look a lot like that of a civilian doctor, but you would get a broader spectrum of experience faster because you would be working at the forefront of medicine and see patients all over the globe. You will have an opportunity to take part in humanitarian relief efforts and work at top military medical facilities. Dentists have access to the most advanced technology on the planet at top dental facilities both on shore, at sea, and in the field. As a nurse, you would attend to the needs of your fellow servicemen, would receive specialty training and scholarship opportunities, and would lead educational and policy initiatives. Healthcare administrators in the navy oversee all health needs, set up facilities for humanitarian missions, manage budgets and construction, and train others. The navy also offers jobs to people in research, psychology, physiology, clinical care, and medical support.

The Army

The Army has five separate medical corps for soldiers: physicians, dentists, allied health, nurses, and veterinarians. Physicians get to practice medicine without worrying about the "business end" of the profession that usually requires doctors to think about insurance, staffing, and costs. Doctors get to attend continuing education courses, seminars, and conferences, and are given numerous opportunities to perfect a specialty. Dentists have a similar experience and can focus solely on fixing patients' teeth. Dentists have the choice of serving full-time or practicing a community and staying in the Army Reserves. Allied health professionals work with the latest treatments and technologies and can benefit from a host of research. Opportunities are available in clinical positions, research, community hospitals, or in other specialties. As a nurse, you would get all the prestige of being a commissioned army officer, would be able to work in an environment with greater autonomy than the private sector, and would participate in vital research. Veterinarians serve the soldiers' pets as well as go on humanitarian missions to eradicate diseases in third world countries.

The Air Force

There are also five main healthcare groups within the Air Force: doctors, nurses, dentists, allied health, and administration. If you become a doctor, you will be able to perfect a specialty and become either an aerospace physician/flight surgeon, allergist, anesthesiologist, critical care physician, dermatologist, diagnostic radiologist, emergency medicine physician, family medicine physician, geneticist, internal medicine physician, neurologist, OB/GYN, occupational medicine specialist, ophthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon, otolaryngologist, pathologist, pediatrician, preventative medicine physician, psychiatrist, surgeon, or urologist. There are also a number of positions for nurses, who get to focus on quality patient care and work in state-of-the-art medical facilities and aeromedical evacuation units around the world. Dentists, endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists oral surgeons get to focus on solving medical problems and serving the Airmen and their families. If you work in Allied Health you could have a wide range of careers, from working as a physiologist or audiologist to a social worker, dietician, or physical therapist. Health Service Administrators utilize their skills to plan, program, and provide for all operators that keep the servicemen and women healthy.



About the Author:

Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.

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