What Can Doctors Do With a Medical Degree

While you need a medical degree to become a doctor, a medical degree can lead to other careers such as researching, medical journalism and more. In fact, Medic Footprints Malaysia has interviewed Malaysian doctors who have transitioned to the insurance industry, pharma companies, healthy food industry, health tech companies, private emergency services, clinical administration, hospital management, health journalism and more.

 Here is a list of careers compiled by Prospects, a UK Company, which include clinical and other careers for those with a medical degree.

Clinical Pathways

  • Anesthetist
  • Cardiologist
  • Clinical radiologist
  • General practice doctor
  • Hospital doctor
  • Neurologist
  • Ophthalmologist’
  • Pathologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Surgeon

Other Careers Where Your Medical Degree is Valuable

  • Academic researcher
  • Clinical scientist, genomics
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health service manager
  • Higher education lecturer
  • International aid/ development worker
  • Medical sales representative
  • Medical science liaison
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Naturopath
  • Physician associate
  • Research scientist (medical)
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist

According to Prospects, doctors and medical students  are encouraged to  keep developing their CV, engage in volunteer work, and gain clinical placements or internships which could open doors for them. Medical students are encouraged to take electives while in university to stand out and have more doors open for them.

Doctors are Encouraged to Develop Their Transferable Skills

Transferable skills include:

  • Listening, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Critical appraisal
  • Observation
  • Logical reasoning and problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Research
  • Conflict-resolution & negotiation
  • Teamwork & leadership
  • Time management

These skills are great assets  for doctors in both clinical and nonclinical careers. Read more of the Prospects  article here:

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To find out more about non-clinical jobs for doctors in Malaysia check out our job vacancy and find inspiration from medical doctors who’ve made a career change in our case studies.

If you’re thinking of a career transition, do download Dr Selina’s Switching Careers for Doctors eBook here to get you started on your journey.

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