Retooling Work in the Medical Field

I have been working in different areas of the medical field on and off for the past 10 years. I have been diagnosed with arthritis of the knees which prevents me from standing for long periods of time. I would like to get a job in a new field but all of my experience and education is in the medical field which makes it difficult for me to find jobs in other fields. I am going back to school in the spring, but I need to find a job right now to provide for my family. What do you suggest?


Finding a job is often difficult and for each of us, we deal with our own variety of challenges. I commend you for seeking additional education. You do not indicate what kind of school you are returning to, how extensive the program is, etc.

It sounds like your question seeks advice on making a quick switch to something that will provide some income for your family - right now! There are many positions available within the medical field - administrative, supportive as well as technical. For you to find a suitable position quickly, it is important that you know your skills and only apply to jobs where you will be a fit. It is important to determine what transferable skills you have and have used in previous jobs that are needed in another area of medicine or are needed in other areas of the workplace. Since most of your experience is in the medical field, see that as a strength and take advantage of it.

If you were a lab tech, might you be able to obtain a position as a registrar or an administrative assistance on a floor. Might you transfer your skills to work in a doctor's office, if previously you've been in a hospital. The key is to use your background to make you more valuable to the employers.

You might also consider searching for a job in an area that will apply towards your school aspirations. I rarely recommend that anyone take a job without thinking about it being a stepping stone to something bigger and better.

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