There are many career avenues for doctors who don't want clinical jobs. Whether you're fresh out of school or at a fork in the road of your career, take an honest self-inventory of your skills and interests before you take the next step. Then decide what feels right for you and your circumstances.
Consulting for Marketing and Sales
Consider a consulting career. Medical technology firms have engineers that design their products, but your experience with patients can add insight to design and manufacturing that only a medical expert can offer. Talk to marketing executives at medical technology firms to discover what opportunities are available. Once products are designed, your insight into how patients can best use products can help sell them. Help marketing teams promote their technologies like orthopaedic implants or electronic devices to the doctors that will use them.
Look to colleges, universities and medical schools to spread your knowledge. Call schools and set up interviews with administrative recruiting staff. Find out what your workload will be and what subjects are available to teach. Many teaching positions have a research component that may suit your interests. If you decide on that additional avenue, ask about the school's publishing demands to discover how much extra work is required.
Health Care Administration
Experienced doctors can be valuable administrators. Job opportunities in health care administration are projected to have better than average growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2009. Doctors who also have health care administration degrees, MBAs or who want to work in budgetary roles can add value to health care institutions. Managed health care involves understanding patient needs, knowing what services and technologies to provide and how to deliver quality care within limited budgets. Your knowledge can help fine-tune the facility's assets and provide services that are most needed for patients.
Put your writing skills to work by writing for medical journals, publications or textbooks. Join the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) to gain or refresh your writing skills and get a feel for the scope of medical writing. Perhaps it's time to write that science fiction novel or children's book about encounters at the doctor's office. If you want to take charge of your work, take a seminar or check out books to learn how to self-publish your writing.