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Thursday, October 12, 2006

angry doc: Career Counselor

A kind reader has provided angry doc with a topic to blog about today.


what are the prospects for life sci grads in the healthcare sector?

would one be able to work as a MT/phlembotomist(eg)after training on the job or would they require further certifications in that area before they can apply for it.

it's already been noted that there's an oversupply of life sci grads and apart from alternative careers in teaching and medical/pharm sales not much has been said if there are jobs suitable for a bio grad within the healthcare industry.

-future test tube washer"

angry doc must confess he didn't have the answer - he was pretty sure that if he ever got struck off the register he would do something else totally unrelated to the medical field, so he never bothered to find out.

Thanks to Google, however, he now knows there are lots of exciting career opportunities for Life Sciences graduates in the medical field, at least in the two healthcare clusters.

You can google up Singhealth and NHG and check out their offers - there are in fact many positions posted just this month!

Some of the jobs which might be suitable are:

Transplant Counsellor (SH) - requires 'Degree in Science, Life Science or arts or Diploma in Nursing'

Medical Technologist (SH) - requires 'Bachelor of Science or equivalent/ Diploma in Biomedical Science or equivalent'

Epidemiologist (NHG) - requires 'Preferably a medical-related basic degree (MBBS or MD or BSc Nursing) but non-medical candidates may also apply. At least MSc qualification. The postgraduate degree should be in Public Health or Epidemiology.'

Research Assistant (Infection Control) (NHG) - requires 'Degree in Paramedical or Health Science discipline or foreign MBBS'

Executive - Tissue Repository (NHG) - 'Candidate must possess a degree with at least 1 year of working experience, preferably in a healthcare setting'

Medical Technologist (Molecular) (NHG) - requires 'Mininum Bachelor of Science majoring in molecular biology'

The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Many of them require some IT know-how, 'team player'-ness, and that elusive 'prior experience' (imagine if they required that before you could become a doctor...), but there *are* jobs out there. You might even consider applying for and working in a Diploma position first so you can get the requisite working experience in a hospital or healthcare setting first and apply for a degree position when you have a better idea of how work conditions are like (except the other diploma-holders wouldn't like you very much for competing with them...).

And I haven't even searched under the private sector yet. Don't expect me to do that for you too - you *are* a university student, afterall...


  • thanks :) perhaps a better qns would be, would there be a greater demand for such grads in that area in the future.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 12, 2006 10:39 pm  

  • It's hard to say; career counseling is not an exact science...

    On the patient-care sector demand should continue to rise, which should bring with it an increase in demand for auxiliary and support services and personnel.

    On the research front things are probably more unpredictable. It is also less locality-dependent, which means your job can easily be outsourced to an overseas centre.

    Depending of course on your temperament, I would say there would probably be more openings for jobs involving direct patient-contact; they are probably also less susceptible to outsourcing (generally local patients will still want local carers).

    By Blogger angry doc, At October 13, 2006 5:15 pm  

  • these jobs may not seem attractive, but they sure are necessary for the medical sector to function.

    as I learned after cambridge forced me to learn epidemiology...I'd rather burn in hell than spend life as an epidemiologist, but it's a VERY important job.

    P.S. time for a blog update, angry doc?

    By Blogger The Angry Medic, At October 17, 2006 9:05 am  

  • You got any post on PATIENT counselling or not ar? I think it would be an intersting take on the doctor's perspective in SG.

    By Blogger OJ - Da UNlicensed Pharmacist, At October 25, 2006 12:03 pm  

  • Nothing specific, Gabby, but I'll post when something comes along.

    By Blogger angry doc, At October 25, 2006 5:21 pm  

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