Military Medics

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With so many military personnel coming home and entering the workforce, what kind of career opportunities exist for the military medic? The experience the medic has attained is much in demand in the workforce as the medical community struggles to fill all their openings.

Training of Military Medics

There may be some question regarding the training of a military medic and what they are really qualified for on the home front. Each branch of the service has their own medical personnel and training programs. The very minimum training that any military medic receives is as a basic emergency medical technician along with nursing assistant certifications.

Medics in the Navy belong to the Hospital Corps and can serve in both the Navy and the Marine Corp.  The Army has Special Forces medics which are among the military elite in terms of training and experience for medics. Some receive training that is comprehensive for paramedic level and medical technicians.

Medics might be found in military clinics, in pharmacies and radiology. The 68W is the classification for military occupational specialists or MOS – these are the medics, the health care specialists including combat medics.

The kinds of in depth emergency medical training and experience that military medics gain through their service is well suited to many medical career opportunities once they leave the service.

Types of Opportunities Available

Civilian Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The 68W who has left the service is well suited to these types of jobs. Their skills and the training they received in combat is very close to what EMTs and paramedics do in any emergency or triage situation. In both situations the medical personnel is expected to be well versed in emergency procedures, transport, and high stress environments. The need for this type of personnel is excellent at the moment and expected to continue to grow. A 33% growth rate is expected to be the norm by the year 2020. Pay currently lands in the $30,000 to $35,000 per year according to information received from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical Assistant

Quite often the Army medic is not in the field caring for patients in a triage situation but rather is an assistant in an Army clinic or medical center. They might draw blood and prep it for analysis. They might prepare patients for surgery or set up surgical rooms and equipment. They might be assisting the military doctor with both outpatient and inpatient care.

If you think about it, these are the same skills and experiences needed by a civilian medical assistant. A medical assistant draws blood and preps it for analysis. A medical assistant prepares patients, equipment and surgical rooms for a variety of procedures. A medical assistant prepares paperwork, insurance forms, and patient records. They also work in radiology, outpatient and inpatient care. They take vitals, and assist with x-rays, injections and exams.

The field of medical assistant is also expected to grow by over 30% from now to 2020 and the pay is currently around $29,000.

Medication Aide

This is a position that many are not familiar with because they work mainly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and they are responsible for patient assistance and the administration of medications. They are responsible for keeping records of medications given in great detail and monitor the patient response. They report any medication issues to the nursing supervisor.

The Medication Aid is also known as an MDA and they earn about $13-15 per hour based on data published by the Metropolitan Community College of Omaha.

Conclusion

So the military medic has several career opportunities as a civilian without any additional education and training. On the other hand, if they choose to get additional education, they might become a physician assistant, a nurse or a physician.

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