Health Care Career - Zinny Factor

We all want to find satisfaction in what we do even if it’s a health career. Hence why we look for a ‘rewarding career’. We want to know that the job we dedicate our lives to will make at least some difference to others.

And, when it comes to careers which fit that bill, it doesn’t get better than healthcare. After all, those on the health frontlines save and change lives with every move.

So, on the outset, this is the perfect thing. Why is it, then, that many of us are reluctant to take the plunge?

In truth, fear of stress is often behind reluctance here. We’ve all been on hospital visits when staff rush and respond to emergency calls. We imagine their days filled with crash carts like those found at see And, while we like the idea of making a difference, the stakes in these scenarios seem too high.

We want to make a difference, but not THAT much of a difference.

The good news is, medical careers aren’t all as high-stakes as these. It’s possible to break into this field without putting yourself right on that frontline. So, stop letting fear of stress flatline your medical career. Instead, consider the following less-stress options.

General practitioner

There’s nothing easy about being a general practitioner. Long hours and never-ending patients mean you’ll certainly struggle to get on top of that work-life balance.

However, in the grand scheme of healthcare, this is a relatively stress-free option. The work is undeniably hard, and the hours long. But, regarding life and death situations, the stress will be much more manageable.

For the most part, people visit their GP for health complaints which aren’t urgent. You may have to deal with cuts and scrapes and early-stage diagnosis, but you won’t have to grab that crash cart and respond to an emergency.

And, while there will be times when you have to refer patients to the hospital, you don’t have to worry about going with them and mopping up the blood.

In fact, the most stressful thing about this job (aside from the workload), is the diagnostic aspect. You’ll be many people’s first call when they start experiencing issues. So, if you’re a thinker but not a doer, this could be a much less stressful course to pursue.

Lab technician

If even the life of a general practitioner sounds like too much, you could pursue the path of a lab technician. The main benefit here is that you’re behind the scenes.

As such, you don’t have to deal with patients in any shape or form, other than to work with their test results. There’s no chance of an unexpected emergency or a sudden turn for the worse here.

Instead, you’ll be able to rest easy in your lab. Yet, you can still gain the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your bit. Thanks to your work, patients receive the correct diagnosis. They can then go on to obtain the necessary treatment.

What’s more, this job is only increasing in demand as the number of medical tests available grows. If you enjoyed the experimental aspects of science in school, this could be the ideal healthcare option for you.


With more than 40% of American adults now obese, it should come as no surprise there’s an increasing demand for dietitians in the healthcare world.

As can be seen from listings like those on, there are a whole host of jobs available here. This role is what it says on the tin.

It would be your responsibility to work closely with overweight patients. Your job would involve developing a diet plan which would help them get on top of things.

For the most part, you’ll be working with patients who have yet to experience real health issues. This is a preventative step, rather than a treatment. As such, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to face a real front-line emergency.

Given the plan-based nature of the role, this is ideal for people who have a knack for planning. Forget writing spreadsheets in an office; you could be out there saving lives with your planning prowess.


Business News Daily recently rated sonographer as the second least stressful job in America. So, it makes sense to give this role a mention.

Most of us relate sonography to pregnancy. And, ultrasounds are a significant part of the job. But that’s far from the only thing sonographers study.

In fact, this field is primarily concerned with the diagnosis of disease. Using sonography, it’s possible to view and thus diagnose a whole host of internal diseases.

A sonographer will routinely look at everything from the heart to the kidneys in a standard day. As with the job of a GP, this is a role which is about diagnosis rather than emergency treatment.

However, it brings even less stress than a general practitioner role would. A sonographer diagnoses. They don’t have to develop treatment plans or communicate with patients past the sonography session itself. While there may be times when you have to deal with difficult situations, it’s your job to spot them, not to deal with them.

Even if an emergency occurs on your watch, you’ll need to phone a doctor rather than deal with things yourself. As if that weren’t enough, you don’t even need to attend college to apply for roles like this.

Instead, a certificate program like those found at should see you through. When you consider all that, it’s fair to say this is the best job of the lot. It’ll undoubtedly suit individuals who have a mind for mystery or a soft spot for babies.


Admittedly, the very nature of healthcare is always going to bring some stress. Lives will be in your hands no matter which path you choose to take here.

But, as you can see, not all the roles available involve being on the emergency frontline. If you have nightmares about an A&E call coming in, these could well be the ideal roles for you.

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