How to Find the Right Job for You in Medicine

Are you looking for the perfect job in medicine? But don’t know where to start? Then you have come to the right place.

Here at Careers Connections International, our team of Senior Recruitment Consultants have nearly 30 years’ experience in helping candidates find the right job for them. Our team of experts has the knowledge and expertise that you need.

So, whether you are searching for a locum or permanent position, look no further than through our diverse portfolio of public and private hospitals and health clinics throughout Australia. Tap into the expertise our team of top consultants have; to help you find and secure the perfect medical career, with the best salary in Australia.

Let us help you. Send us your CV, and let our team of senior consultants with years of recruitment experience in their Medical Recruitment Specialty to make sure you not only land the interview but get the perfect job for you. So whether you are a physician, nurse, medical assistant, or medical scientist, it doesn’t matter here at Careers Connections International, we cover all jobs in the medical and caring profession. We are committed to helping you at every step of the medical recruitment process.


How Do I Pursue a Job in Medicine?

If you are looking to pursue a job in medicine, you may be asking yourself questions such as:

What is the easiest role in the medical field? Is it an assistant role, for example, Physical Therapy Assistant or nursing assistant?

What is the best course to prepare you for the medical field?

What is the shortest med career to study?


What should I study?

There are many courses that lead to medical careers. Although most have a common course structure, each profession will have their own specialised course study. However, it is worth considering that if hands-on careers are not your forte, the health care industry offer careers in management and administration. You can study online for a health administration master’s degree. It would be advantageous to have some experience and knowledge of medical services, especially for senior roles and positions close to the front line of service delivery.


Types of Jobs in Medicine

Some general information about the medicine field includes:

  • What is the highest paid job in the medical field? Physicians and surgeons can be some of the highest paid in the medical field, however, pays can vary by location and facilities which have a high demand
  • What specialty should I explore in med school? There‚Äôs plenty of time to decide when you do your compulsory two year rotations as an intern.

The first step is to become a Physician. Being a Physician is a challenging but highly respected and rewarding career. Some of the perks are an excellent income and the ability to improve and save lives.

To become a Physician, the RACP has various training pathways, linked to comprehensive training curricula, complemented by on-the-job training, while working with and learning from experienced clinicians. You will need to undertake a five or six-year undergraduate medical degree before you start your internship. Further study and specialised college assessments are required to undertake any specialty.

You must complete your medical education at a medical school accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Typically, a Physician’s pay is influenced by location and season, however, typical salaries can be in the range of

  • $250 000 – $500 000+ for permanent positions
  • $2000 – $3000 per day for locum consultant positions
  • $1500 – $2500 per day for locum junior position

Fellowship: Fellowship allows you to use the internally recognised Fellowship trademark and is what allows you to practice as a Consultant in that particular field of Medicine. Fellowship is attained from the respective College once you have passed their stringent exams.



Medical Specialists are doctors that have completed at least five years of additional education/training in a particular field of medicine. This additional training usually requires further internship and intensified practice, culminating in the recognition as a Fellow. Specialties can include, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine (Gastroenterologists, Endocrinologists, Cardiology, Oncology, Haematology), Psychiatry, Anaesthetics or Emergency Medicine.

If you are an International Medical Graduate applying for Specialist Recognition of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), then we can help. Please contact us and speak to one of our experienced consultants. They will also be able to assist you with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) or RACP registrations or applications. See further information below about the FRACP process and qualifiers.

Before applying for a Specialist opportunity or in a Specialist training program in Australia, you will need to have your qualifications and experience evaluated by the AMC as well as the respective specialist College.

RACP have two types of assessment programs – the Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) and the International Medical Graduates (IMGs). For more information, please contact us.


Types of Jobs in other areas within the medical field?

If medicine is not the right career path for you, there are many other career paths you can follow in the health care industry. For example, you could become a medical assistant, physician assistant, or maybe you would suit a career as a physical therapist or technologist. Other roles can include but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Community Child Health
  • Immunology & Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Palliative
  • Registered nurse


Patient-Focused vs Research Focused

Are you looking for a job in research?

Did you know that Australia is a world leader in medical research? So if you are interested in doing scientific research, then medicine and healthcare should be your first choice career sector. For a career in this sector, you’ll need a doctorate in a relevant discipline such as biology or medical science. Different positions have their own specific experience and expertise requirements.


Medical Research Scientist

If you love science; and want to be involved in exploring medical ailments to help improve treatments, then you would possibly love a job as a medical research scientist. A medical research scientist requires analytical skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and a highly developed capacity for focus and concentration. For a career in this sector, you’ll need a doctorate in a relevant discipline, for example, biology or medical science. So if you feel this is the career for you, begin by enrolling in undergraduate biology or related field program. You will then need to complete graduate studies and a Ph.D. program.

Job examples: clinical project coordinator, clinical trial coordinator, medical science liaison, postdoctoral fellow/research fellow, research scientist.


Research Assistant

To become a research assistant in medical science, which is usually a part-time position, you’ll need to have relevant research and laboratory experience and an undergraduate degree program in biology or a related field.

Job examples: clinical trials assistant, pathology assistant, research assistant, research assistant-immunology, research assistant/research officer, research assistant – bioinformatics.


Maybe you are more patient-focused?

Nursing is an excellent option to consider as nurses are always needed. With an aging population, nurses are needed for patient care across the healthcare system.


Clinical Nurse

A clinical nurse has advanced skills in their specialty area. To become a Clinical Nurse, you will need to be a registered nurse and be required to complete additional study in a specific area that you have several years of experience working in. A clinical nurse will have a greater level of knowledge in planning patient care. A clinical Nurse’s annual salary is higher than that of a Registered Nurse.


Here at Careers Connections International our team of ‘Senior Recruitment Consultants’ will help you find the right job. So whether you are searching for a locum or permanent position, look no further than through our diverse portfolio of public and private hospitals and health clinics throughout Australia.


Search all jobs or make contact with us today and allow one of our Senior Recruitment Consultants to discuss the Medical careers available to you.