The health sector is made up of many organisations providing a variety of health related services to the public. There is a wide range of occupations within the industry, with the most common being medical practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other specialists. Health service professionals are found in private practice, hospitals and other public and private organisations, including surgeries and clinics.
Many graduates begin their careers in the public health system by building their skills and knowledge before moving into private practice. Working in a large institution gives graduates broad experience and the opportunity to work closely with other related professionals.
Private practice is becoming more popular as a long-term career option; it offers greater control and flexibility in hours, and the opportunity for practitioners to apply their own approaches to treatment.
Lifestyle factors can vary considerably between occupations and fields within this sector. Many professionals, especially those working in hospitals, are required to work after-hours shifts and be on-call for emergencies.
What you need
- Accreditation by registering with the relevant associated board prior to practising
- 12 months of clinical practice before you can register (applies to medicine, medical imaging technology, nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy)
- Entry into some specialisations requires postgraduate study, hospital experience and passing examinations that lead to membership of the appropriate professional college
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