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6 Differences Emergency Medical Jobs Offer Over Traditional Hospital Work

Emergency medical jobs offer a great alternative to the traditional hospital jobs that most doctors choose. Here are some of the biggest differences you'll find between the two.

Finding the right position within a hospital is a great career prospect, as these are jobs that are never going to be going away any time soon.  That’s mainly because as long as there are people, there is going to be a need for emergency care under certain circumstances.  That’s why emergency medicine jobs can be a great career path for you to pursue.  They also afford you several different types of advantages and different approaches to the job than traditional practice offer.  It’s these types of differences that really make or break if this is the sort of career that you want to be a part of.

You’re really going to find that working in the emergency room is a whole different kind of animal than just about any other type of job, so it’s really important you’re prepared for what they entail.  Doing research on any type of job is always important, especially before being able to decide on whether or not that’s the right type of career path for you.  Here are 6 facets of emergency medicine jobs that you won’t find in many other positions:

1) Flexible and different types of hospital hours.

One thing that you’re going to find with jobs like these, is that there can be more availability, or they can just fit into your schedule that much better because of the way that they work.  What you’re almost always going to find is that there are three different types of shifts, the morning, midday, and then overnight types of shifts.  That means you can choose which type you’re most comfortable with, and which fits into your schedule the best.  This is a contrast to many more traditional 9-5 opportunities, and can provide for you better integration with your life outside of work.

2) Just about all emergency medicine jobs require working in shifts.

With these added opportunities for different hours, you’re going to find that also means working in shifts.  This is something that many doctors don’t have to do, so the higher up you are or the older you get, the more of a pain that this can become.  You’re required to be at the hospital for a certain amount of time, and there’s really nothing you can do.  Moreover, if the replacement doesn’t show, you really have no other option but to stay and wait in most cases, until a new replacement arrives.  That can be an annoyance that many doctors have trouble dealing with the longer they are a part of the career.

3) There are plenty of opportunities for different emergency room careers.

You don’t have to be a doctor to work in the ER, and you’re going to find that they have to be fully staffed like the rest of the hospital is at all times of the night.  That means if you’re a nurse putting yourself through school, this can be the perfect type of nighttime job for you to apply for, so that you can pay the bills at the same time.  The same is true if you’re a receptionist that prefers working at night, and so on and so forth.

4) Most emergency medicine jobs are high paying.

Especially on the physician side of things, you’re going to find working in an ER is just as fruitful financially as any other type of medical position.  In fact, as of 2010, the vast majority of doctors in these positions made $200,000 or more a year, and that’s some serious cash compared to many careers within the economy these days.

5) For doctors, emergency medicine careers are a great administrative transition.

If you’re looking to get out of the trenches of actually working with patients, and you find it’s time to approach a different type of job, like a desk job, this is a great chance.  That’s because hospitals always need doctors and managers for their late ER shifts, so managing the overnight shift is a great chance to show your administrative chops and then get the know how and experience that you need, to apply to the executive jobs as they come.

6) Most emergency conditions you encounter won’t be emergencies at all.

This is one of the annoyances of most emergency medical practitioners.  While the ER is reserved for emergencies, it’s also a part of the hospital that is required to treat everyone, or at least take a look.  That means you’re subject to hypochondriacs that really have nothing wrong with them.  But moreover, you’ll also find that you have to deal with those that just can’t afford to see a doctor, and only have minor problems but take this as their opportunity to speak with a doctor.

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