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5 Reasons: To Consider a Non-Clinical Career

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Can non-clinical jobs provide work-life balance, more autonomy, and satisfaction? The answer is yes.

Over 40% of medical professionals leave the clinical field to pursue an alternative career. Have you considered a career change but don’t know where to start or why? 

Here are five reasons why non-clinical careers may be right for you!

There is no such thing as “normal” hours

Non-clinical careers offer the opportunity to have more time off! And set the tone of your work-life schedule.

No matter what your background is or degree(s) earned, there are often positions available for those interested in pursuing an alternative career path. The key to finding one that will be the best fit for you and your family is taking into account your passions, interests, and what you are looking for in a career. 

We put together a list of 42 non clinical jobs that may inspire you.

You want to focus on more than just your career

Non-clinical careers provide the opportunity to focus not only on your career but also your life while most clinical careers require a lot of work outside the office burning into your limited decision-making resources.

For example, many clinicians are on-call or have other responsibilities during nights and weekends. Non-clinical careers may allow you to have more balance between work and family life.

You will have more time for family, friends, and hobbies because you are working regular hours in a non-medical office with no shift work or overnight call responsibilities.

You want to work with other professionals

In many non-clinical jobs, you will be able to collaborate with various teams that have different skill sets from yours.

For example, if you want to work in consulting, there is a good chance that you will be interacting with people who can help you create and develop new programs for the company.

Non-clinical careers allow you to work alongside a diverse group of people from all walks of life on projects as varied and interesting as finance or marketing.

You have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy taking risks

Non-clinical jobs offer the opportunity for you to be entrepreneurial. You can explore your own ideas for a business, or you can take on freelance work with an established company that has similar interests and projects.

Healthcare is evolving

The new landscape of healthcare is increasingly driven by technology. This presents a huge opportunity for residents and young physicians to become multi-disciplinary giving them a competitive edge while also creating an impact in society.

This means that the number of jobs for clinical professionals will likely decrease over time. The emergence of these new technologies also has a lot to do with why doctors are becoming more common in non-clinical careers like medical research, pharmaceuticals, and tech start-ups.

The good news is that there’s never been a better or easier time to switch careers to non-clinical. It’s a great time to get ahead and consider other options, or even combine clinical work with another career that is more in demand today. Switching is easier than you might think so don’t hesitate!

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One thing is certain. The future is unpredictable.

At look for zebras we are not just trying to find you unique opportunities but also to help you with your decision-making. As a physician, your decision can affect thousands of lives one way or the other.

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