Does the world of medicine fascinate and enthrall you? Are you an individual who thrives on walking to the beat of your own bongo–longing to embark on a career that is interesting and unique? If you would love a career in the medical field, but have a hankering to carve out a niche of your very own, there is good news. There are several out-of-the-ordinary medical careers that may be exactly what you are looking for.
Here are a handful of the many unusual, but promising medical careers that you may wish to check out.
1. Laughter Therapist
If you lend credence to the old adage that “laughter is the best medicine,” you may wish to bring giggles to the masses by becoming a laughter therapist. In “The Most Unusual Jobs and Crazy Careers,” Psychologist and Laughter Leader, Dr. Steven Wilson, encourages patients to “connect with the joyful, zestful, exuberant laughter we all had as babies” as laughter is proven to lower stress levels, aid the immune system, and maintain youthfulness. The best route to take to ensure your career success is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology or social work, secure a therapist license from your state, and complete a laughter therapy certification program. Keep in mind, that some states may require you to complete a master’s level degree to become a licensed therapist. If all goes well, you will be laughing all the way to the bank.
If slapping some Crayola on the Human Anatomy Coloring Book is your idea of a good time and you are fascinated by the mechanics of the human body, you may enjoy a career as an Orthotist. Yes, your love of kinetics will be put to good use creating and fitting devices that will help assist patients who suffer from physical disabilities or injuries. According to the “The Complete List of Careers in Health Care,” you will need to complete a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics followed by a one-year residency to qualify for certification in this field.
3. Medical Fraud Investigator
In “10 Popular Health Care Provider Fraud Schemes,” Certified Fraud Examiner, Charles Piper, recalls a medical psychological facility that filed insurance claims for “group therapy” sessions that consisted of plunking Alzheimer’s patients in front of the TV to watch Forrest Gump. If you would love to put a halt to this and other fraudulent medical claims, you may enjoy a career like Piper’s as a Medical Fraud Investigator. Yes, your investigative abilities could be put to good use looking for suspicious claims, conducting investigative interviews, and combing medical records for clues. While compulsory credentials vary from employer to employer, many require you to possess skills from both the criminal justice and health care administration fields. “Become a Medical Fraud Investigator: Education and Career Roadmap” recommends pursuing a major in one field and a minor in the other to ensure your success.
4. Professional Hypnotist
While it is unethical to make your patients cluck like a chicken at the sound of a bell, hypnotists can use their skills to alleviate stress, help patients conquer irrational fears, treat conditions such as obesity or addiction, manage pain, aid in the treatment of allergies and high blood pressure and more. According to “The Best Programs for Clinical Hypnosis: How to Become a Professional Hypnotherapist,” you will need to train as a medical practitioner or counselor first–top picks are a masters degree in clinical psychology or counseling–and, then, continue your training by pursuing courses in hypnosis. This exciting career is bound to keep you from “becoming very sleepy.”
This is just a small sampling of the many unusual careers that exist within the medical realm. You can find an employment path that is as unique as you are. So grab that bongo and march to whatever beat you like. Your exciting–and one-of-a-kind–future awaits.
What unusual career do you have your eye on? What makes it appealing to you?