Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Top 10 Highest Paying Non-Clinical Careers

The other day, I was having a discussion with a physician about non-clinical careers and salaries. The person asked, "what are the highest paying non-clinical careers for physicians?"

If you search on Google, you won't find the answer. You may find this article on that lists 10 non-clinical careers (but most of these positions are not for physicians).
1. Healthcare Administrator
2. Health Educator
3. Medical Social Worker
5. Medical Equipment Preparer
4. Mental Health Counselor
6. Athletic Trainer
7. Rehabilitation Counselor
8. Medical Records and Health Information Technician
9. Medical Secretary
10. Medical Transcriptionist

If we were to look at physician careers, here's the general trend:
  • Non-clinical jobs in the biopharma industry generally pay well and some pay very well.
  • Non-clinical jobs in the venture capital/investment banking pay very well.
  • Non-clinical jobs in consulting can pay very well.
  • If you're a successful entrepreneur, then you'll get paid very well.
So, if salary potential is your top motivator, then my suggestion would be to pursue non-clinical career opportunities in:
  1. Venture capital/investment banking
  2. Consulting
  3. Pharma/biotech
This way, once you get bored or burned out, you'll have enough money saved to be an entrepreneur and you'll get to experience some fun and excitement.

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