In the UK, the biggest employer of health workers is the NHS. It has over 1.3 million employees and more than 350 different careers on offer. There are also lots of private medical employer ranging from care workers to plastic surgeons
Individual organisations do their own recruitment. But many employers advertise their job vacancies on NHS Jobs, the online recruitment service for jobs in the NHS.
For some jobs you need to do a medical degree, for others you can start an apprenticeship.
It's not just jobs in healthcare either. There are also opportunities for people to work in healthcare but specialise in business, finance or IT.
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Different kinds of careers
There are many different careers on offer. Here are some, but you can find more by following the links of the bottom of the page.
Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.
- Salary £12,500-£25,000
- You can get this job through an apprenticeship
- You can progress to a supervisor, or even run your own care home
Anaesthetists provide anaesthetics to patients before, during and after surgery.
- Salary £26,350 to £102,500
- You will need to study medicine at university and then do specialist training alongside your job
- You can progress to teach or to senior and consultant roles
- Salary £26,000 to £48,000
- You need to go to university and then do an postgraduate course.
- You need a high level of musical ability and knowledge as well as the ability to cope with challenging situations.
Careers in the NHS - Not just Doctors and Nurses
This video from the NHS describes some of the careers on offer.