What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

Medicine and nursing degrees involve many of the same transferable skills and give graduates specialist knowledge that can be an advantage in other careers.

Whether you have decided that hands-on nursing isn’t for you, or that you don’t want to be stuck in medicine training for years on end, there are a number of possible routes.

This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.

Some of the skills you should have acquired include:

  • adaptability and flexibility
  • analytical skills
  • problem solving skills
  • providing person-centred care
  • risk management skills
  • teamworking skills
  • verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

You may be able to put your medical or nursing background to use in a range of other careers where your specialist background is likely to be an advantage:

  • Healthcare manager
  • Health and safety officer
  • Personal trainer
  • Investment analyst specialising in healthcare
  • Health journalist
  • Medical photographer
  • Medical legal advisor
  • Community worker
  • Medical sales
  • Pharmaceutical research scientist
  • Lecturer or teacher

If none of these are quite your thing, then there are still plenty of other options. These medicine and nursing students all went in different directions:

  • Jo Brand
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Abi Titmuss
  • Harry Hill
  • Che Guevara