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Exploring the Different Kinds of Health Care Professionals

The medical industry is extremely diverse. For this reason, there are many health care professions who specialize is certain areas.

Individuals working in this field fit into a variety of categories. For the purposes of this article, we will explore the jobs of those working in primary care, nursing, drug therapy and specialty areas.

Primary Care

Physicians working in this area perform many types of routine examinations to arrive at a diagnosis. Included in this category are:

Nurses — Nurse practitioners complete graduate training in the fields of adult care, geriatrics, pediatrics and family medicine.

Generalists — These medical doctors work in the areas of internal medicine, pediatrics or family care. Physician assistants work closely with general physicians to care for patients.

OB/GYNs — These physicians specialize in women’s health and work in the fields of gynecology and obstetrics.


Professionals in this field include:

LPN — A licensed practical nurse obtains a license from the state and has the training necessary to provide health care for many conditions.

RN — Registered nurses are required to pass a state board exam to receive a license to operate.

Advanced Practice Nurse — These individuals have completed more education and have more experience than registered nurses do. They may receive training to specialize in psychiatry, cardiac health, community health, prenatal care or anesthetics.

Drug Therapy

These medical professionals are college graduates and attend higher learning facilities that specialize in pharmacy. They are responsible for receiving prescriptions from primary care physicians and fulfilling them for patients.

A pharmacist can provide information about prescription drugs and provide whatever your primary care doctor prescribes for you. Pharmacists are also responsible for informing patients about dosage and interaction with other drugs. Patients also receive information about any side effects that are typical with the use of specific medications.

Specialty Care

Specialists receive advanced training in a specific field such as hematology, allergy, nephrology or dermatology in addition to many others. If you have a problem that requires specialized care, these healthcare professionals have the knowledge and skills to provide it for you.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Douglas says:

    The way I see it, even if you have ambitious goals and plans, you should view your career as a marathon and not a sprint. Business is constantly changing, as are the requirements to succeed in any given field. Highly effective leaders and employees spend a lot of time and energy understanding themselves, their own strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Once you assess your challenges, strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be able to play to your strengths. Consider these tips to help you succeed.

  2. Vaughn says:

    Health care environments attract a diversity of caregivers and patients. Being able to work effectively with colleagues of different backgrounds, as well as deal appropriately and competently with patients from all walks of life, will help you be a valued health care provider. Part of dealing with diversity in this type of workplace includes developing a sense of tolerance, respect and understanding for the differences in others. The good aspect of this field is that you as a worker have options.

  3. Austin says:

    Deciding what occupation in the health care field to pursue can be a difficult task for many young people today. There is a vast range of occupational areas available in the modern work force, and it is by no means limited to the health care industry. You can say this about any competitive job market that you can imagine. They require many different types of educational programs. I hope that when it is time for my younger cousin to enter this field, she knows which path she wants to pursue

  4. Cynthia says:

    One way to get started, is to explore these websites and learn about various health care professions. They have articles and resources to explore, and often the most helpful way to get a real world view of what it’s like to work in this field are the webcasts and videos. If you search the web for more information about professions like these and others you hear about, you will find many more websites and videos in addition to these. It’s easier than ever before to find a health career that you will like.

  5. Richard says:

    One field I recently discovered and which is rather interesting is that of Health care interpreters. They facilitate communication between patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) and their physicians, nurses, lab technicians and other healthcare providers. Because of the growing number of LEP patients, the need for healthcare interpreters has grown swiftly in the last decade, so there is good career potential in this profession.

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