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Careers in Health Science

Health Science is an applied science dealing with health, and it includes many sub disciplines such as general medicine, dentistry, ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine. It also encompasses paramedical fields such as speech and audiology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Entry to any of the health sciences is after HSC ( PCB) via a state or all India entrance test.

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Careers in Medicine

To pursue a career in the field of Medicine, one requires high intellectual functioning, and high spatial and analytical skills. A keen observation, the ability for quick interpretation, high stress resistance and the ability to work under pressure situations are also qualities that are important for success in this field. Above all, a genuine need to serve people and help them is very important. ABC will have to appear for state level or all India level entrance tests to qualify for a seat, after completing his HSC in science with PCB. This is a highly competitive test, and one needs to start preparing well in advance. The Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) is a 4-year course, with an additional year and a half of internship. A student can also consider opting for specialisation (either an MD or MS) if he is so inclined.

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Careers in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the alternative medical therapies, and is very popular in our country. Ayurveda uses the principles established during the Vedic period for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. To pursue a career in the field of medicine, one requires high intellectual functioning, and high spatial and analytical skills. A keen observation, the ability for quick interpretation, high stress resistance and the ability to work under pressure situations are also qualities that are important for success in this field. Above all a genuine need to serve people and help them is very important. ABC will have to appear for state level or all India level entrance tests to qualify for a seat, after completing his HSC in science (PCB). This is a highly competitive test, and one needs to start preparing well in advance. On clearing this exam, he can enroll in the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS).

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Careers in Dentists

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. This field requires manual skills and a high level of diagnostic ability. Good visual memory, excellent judgment of space and shape with scientific ability are equally important aspects of this profession. To be eligible for admission in dental college, one needs to appear state level or all India level entrance tests to qualify for a seat , after completing HSC in science (PCB).One can then go on to pursue one's Bachelor's in Dental Surgery (BDS), and then set up private practice. Alternately, one can also go on to complete post graduation (MDS) in the same.

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Careers in Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is a form of alternative therapy, which follows principles that are quite different from allopathy. Founded on the principle of 'like cures like', it places a lot of importance on the individual's immune system. To pursue a career in any field of medicine, one requires high intellectual functioning, and high spatial and analytical skills. A keen observation, the ability for quick interpretation, high stress resistance and the ability to work under pressure situations are also qualities that are important for success in this field. Above all a genuine need to serve people and help them is very important. ABC will have to appear for state level or all India level entrance tests to qualify for a seat, after completing his HSC in science (PCB). This is a highly competitive test, and one needs to start preparing well in advance. On clearing this exam, he can enroll in the Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS).

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Careers in Medical Laboratory Technologist

The job of a Medical Laboratory Technologist involves performing laboratory tests essential for detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They are trained to conduct pathological investigations ranging from the analysis of body fluids such as blood, urine and so forth, examining tissue samples, screening disease causing micro-organisms such as virus and bacteria, cell counts, chemical analysis and so forth. One can opt for a Bachelor's in Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT) after completing HSC in science. Alternately, one can opt for a diploma after class 12 (science), and become a medical laboratory technician instead. An analytical approach and a scientific bent of mind are necessary for succeeding in this field. In addition, precision and accuracy, ability to organize records well, and the ability to handle instruments are crucial.

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Careers in Nursing

To enter into the field of Nursing, one needs to have good mental ability as well as above average numerical and spatial ability. Patience, professional commitment, orderliness in work, and responsibility are essential characteristics for the nursing professionals. In addition, a genuine desire to be of service to people is needed. ABC can consider nursing after completing her SSC. Alternately, she can complete her HSC in science and appear for the MH-CET, which will give her admission into government medical colleges for nursing. Or she can opt for one of the many private colleges, either after HSC or after graduation. Specializations are also available such as medical surgical nursing, cardiovascular, neuro-medical, psychiatry and so forth.

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Careers in Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists usually work with people who are disabled (physically, mentally, or emotionally) or who are otherwise unable to engage in routine occupational activities. The work of an occupational therapist is to assist such people in achieving a healthy and balanced life, by primarily teaching them ways in which they can engage in meaningful occupations or daily activities. They are also concerned with the assessment of performance skills of such people, so that they can accordingly be prepared to take up certain kinds of activities that will increase their autonomy. One has to appear for the state level entrance test (MH-CET) after completing HSC in science in order to gain entry into this 4 year degree course. This field calls for the ability to work with considerable patience and perseverance with patients who may either be unable or unwilling to learn new skills. One also needs to be able to interact well with family members and other significant people in the person's life.

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Careers in Opticians and Optometrists

Opticians and Optometrists work in the field of eye care. While the job of an optometrist is to test eyes for visual defects using specialised instruments, and prescribing the use of relevant eye glasses or contact lenses; an optician is concerned with the preparation of lenses as per prescription. One has to opt for a Bachelor's degree in optometry or diploma in the same after HSC science ( PCB)

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Careers in Paramedical

Paramedical options cover vast fields such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics and orthotic engineering, audiology and speech therapy, ophthalmic technology and medical laboratory technology. To enter into this field, one needs to have good mental ability as well as above average analytical and spatial ability. ABC will have to appear for the state level entrance exams such as MH-CET after completing his HSC in science. He should keep in mind that this is a highly competitive field, and he needs to put in efforts and hard work to do well.

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Careers in Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is concerned with the treatment of various disabilities and diseases through the use of physical exercise. It seeks to restore or improve the movements of those parts of the body that have either suffered due to physical trauma or accidents, or due to degenerative disorders. This field has gained considerable value and importance in the field of rehabilitation today, and is a competitive field. One is required to have good spatial ability, the ability to interact with patients and their family members, an energetic, supportive and positive approach while working with patients. One has to appear for the state level/ all India level entrances tests after completing HSC in science in order to gain entry into this 4 year degree course (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, B.P Th ).

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Careers in Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are specialist medical practitioners, who are trained in treating individuals with psychological or emotional problems. They use medical intervention along with psychotherapeutic techniques. The field of psychiatry asks for sound spatial and reasoning abilities as well as above average intellectual functioning. One should pursue post graduation (MD) in psychiatry after the completion of MBBS.

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Careers in Speech Therapist

A Speech Therapist is concerned with the diagnosis, assessment and therapeutic work with people who have speech or language disorders. An Audiologist works with people who have hearing problems and is concerned in the assessment of the problem, creation of a therapeutic intervention plan and the actual therapy of such people. Since these two are usually closely linked, these professionals are trained simultaneously in both the functions. To be successful in this field, one needs to have a genuine desire to help people with such problems, and the ability to interact well with children, as often, speech therapists and audiologists work extensively with children. One has to appear for the state level or All India level entrance tests after completing HSC in science in order to gain entry into this 4 year degree course.

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Careers in Surgery

ABC wishes to consider the field of Surgery. A surgeon's job is to perform surgical operations in patients where medicine has failed to cure the underlying problem. This field is a highly demanding one, and calls for very high spatial and analytical abilities, precision, organised and meticulous approach, high focus and the ability to perform under highly stressful conditions. ABC will have to opt for a Masters' in Surgery (MS) after completing his MBBS. Admissions to this field are highly competitive, and ABC will have to put in considerable efforts and hard work.

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Careers in Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of health problems in animals. Veterinarians prescribe medicines or other treatment procedures such as surgical intervention, vaccinations and so forth for animals. Good analytical and spatial ability, and a genuine love and concern for animals are critical for success in this field. ABC will have to complete his HSC in science and then enrol in the Bachelor's course in Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.).

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