Hi beautiful people! My last post on alternate careers for doctors garnered a lot of interest, and I decided to follow up with another one!

30 Career Alternatives for Canadian IMGs who Want to Remain in the Medical/Humanities Field

Like I mentioned before, many of these jobs require you to be retrained. I did, however, find a few that do not require any training.

1. Medical Scribe. They act as physicians’ personal assistants by providing simultaneous documentation of the patient encounter while he is interacting with the patient. They also help in managing the physician’s workflow and tracking down medical records pertinent to the case at hand. The job can be physically demanding because since you are working very closely with a physician, you are basically doing the same hours he/she is doing and you might even take night shifts if you are ‘scribing’ for a doctor-on-call. In addition, you should have legible writing and good typing skills (at least 50 words per minute). If you want to improve your typing skill, I recommend Typing.com, Ratatype, and/or Typing Trainer Online. You will probably not require extra training. However, if you want to be a member of an organized group of medical scribes, please visit the Medical Scribes of Canada website.

2. Medical Transcriptionist. This also involves typing but the difference here is that you type patient care notes & healthcare records while listening to voice recordings. (Low demand)

3. Health Information Management Professional. They have a wide variety of roles including converting information from paper documents to electronic records, reorganizing patients’ information into a standardized format, ensuring the accuracy of records and databases, and protecting this information. They are also responsible for classifying, analyzing and presenting this health data so it can be used for healthcare research, planning, and education. You will need to do a 2-year diploma program in Health Information Management. (Average wage of $37/hr. Low demand)

4. Health Information Technology Specialist. If you like IT, this might be a good fit for you. Called many names including Clinical Informatics Specialist, Clinical Information Systems Specialist, Health Information Analyst, etc. They design and manage healthcare-related software and information technology that is used to organize health-related databases, records, and information. It might be a lengthy process to acquire the educational requirements for this job as some employers require that you have a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems-Canada (CPHIMS-CA) certification. To qualify for this CPHIMS-CA, you need a health-related degree, plus 3 – 5 five years of associated experience(of which 2-3 years are in health informatics). Well-paying (Average wage of $ 45/hr). High Demand.

5. Clinical Esthetician & Laser Technician. Estheticians offer facial and body treatments to improve the physical appearance of their clients. Even if you like beauty and skin care, you still have to get a diploma/certificate in esthetics as most salons and spas require this. If you like the idea of working for yourself, think this occupation might give you an opportunity to start your own salon/spa. (Average wage of $ 16/hr. Low demand)

6. Ophthalmic Medical Personnel. They assist ophthalmologists with eye care. Many ophthalmologists prefer to hire someone who has graduated from an Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, or Ophthalmic Medical Technologist program. For more info on this, please visit the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) website. (Average wage of $ 24/hr. Lower demand)

7. Optical Laboratory Technician. They are involved in the manufacture, assemble and repair of prescription eyeglasses. This occupation doesn’t usually require any prior certification and you receive on-the-job-training from your employer. (Average wage of $ 23/hr. Medium demand)

8. Sterile Processing Technician/Surgical Processor. This requires any of the following: completion of an accredited Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) program, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management(IAHCSMM) certification or Central Service Association (CSA) certification.

9. Child and Youth Care Worker. If you enjoy working with young people, you might like this occupation but you would definitely need to graduate from a certified program. (Average wage of $ 22/hr. Medium demand)

10. Disability Case Manager/Community Disability Services Practitioner. This group of professionals works with persons with different types of disabilities ranging from physical to mental. Autism Therapists and Behavioural Specialists fall into this category of workers. Diploma or degree in disability studies or other humanities course required. (Average wage of $ 21/hr. Medium demand)

11. HospitalSupply Management Professional. Procurement Specialist. I have a friend whose husband is a medical doctor but is now doing a similar job. Certification required. To be known as a registered supply chain management professional, you must be a registered member of the Supply Chain Management Association in your province.

12. Medical Insurance Claims Specialist. You can use your medical knowledge effectively in this job without undergoing further training.

13. Hearing Aid Practitioner. To become one, you have to take a 2-year diploma course and then be registered with the College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of the province you reside in. (Average wage of $ 24/hr. Lower demand)

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14. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. This occupation is a good fit for individuals who are outgoing and have excellent verbal communication skills. You will probably not need any further training except your ability to talk.

15. Community Health Representative. Also called Community Health Promotion Worker, Community Relations Specialist, and/or Community Liaison Worker. These professionals promote health within their communities and serve as Community health representatives. They should also be knowledgeable about the diversity of indigenous culture. May or may not require further training. (Average wage of $ 21/hr. Medium demand)

16. First Aid Instructor. In my opinion, this job is a good fit for any doctor who is looking for a side gig while still working on the process to become a doctor. It will help you interact with a wide variety of people, build your confidence and aid in the improvement of your communication skills. It does require a very brief training. For more info, please visit the Canadian Red Cross Website.

17. Medical Content Writer/Editor/Technical Writer. Do you enjoy reading medical articles and journals, to learn about the latest medical news and advancements? This type of job might interest you as there is no requirement for further studies or qualifications. You only need to provide evidence of your experience with your writing reports, abstracts, research/journal articles, protocols, etc. Even if you don’t have experience, you can still get the job as they can assess your writing skills by giving you an article(s) to summarize. (Average wage $ 24/hr. Low demand)

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18. Medical/Clinical Terminology Specialist. I think everyone who has a degree in medicine is highly qualified for this job and I would like to believe that you will not need to take a course for this.

19. Rotation Consultant. This role requires you to plan and build rotations for health staff. If you have worked as a resident or chief resident in your home country and you were responsible for doing this, then this might be a good fit for you. You don’t need any further qualifications for this job except prior experience, excellent communication, and analytical skills.

20. Physician/Surgeon Scheduler. In this position, you work closely with physicians to help to coordinate surgical procedures, process related paperwork, and obtain authorizations, etc. Depending on the employer, no further qualification might be needed. You have to possess good knowledge of medical terminology and be able to demonstrate good organization skills.

21. Health Promotion Facilitator. You might need to have a Masters degree in Public Health for this job.

22. Natural Products Advisor/Natural Choice Advisor. You can work in a Natural Product store or even open yours with this Certified Natural Products Advisor Course. If you’re into natural products, this might be a good fit for you. The diploma course is delivered online. Visit the Canadian Health Food Association website for more details.

23. Patient Care/Client Coordinator. If you are friendly and enjoy meeting new people, this might be for you. You will be expected to establish professional relationships with patients, keeping them informed, providing them support and collaborating with clinic staff to ensure that the patients’ needs are met. No further training is required for this jobexcept previous experience with patients (which you probably have as a doctor anyway).

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To receive job alerts, these are some of the websites I use.

  1. Indeed Jobs Canada (I prefer this)
  2. Government of Canada Jobs

Much of the information above was culled from the website of the Alberta Careers, Learning and Employment Infomation.

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