A CAREER IN MEDICINE IN NIGERIA

Medicine is one of the most practical courses that are available in most Nigerian universities, with different areas of specialization for choosing a career path as a doctor.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

With a degree in medicine, depending on the level of tertiary education and area of specialization, you can work in any of these sectors and fields.

  • Neurologist
  • General practice doctor
  • Opthamologist
  • Pathologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Surgeon
  • Cardiologist
  • Clinical Radiologist
  • Paramedic
  • Medical Associate
  • Scientist / Researcher

WHERE CAN YOU WORK?

A degree in Medicine aligns your typical career path to be anywhere in the health field. These may include;

  • Hospital
  • Laboratory
  • Research Institute
  • Consultancy
  • Government Ministry/Parastatals
  • You could also work as a Lecturer or Academician

PAY RANGE

In any of these sectors, the average salary range for someone with a degree in medicine in Nigeira is N300, 000. The scale can be broken down as;

  • Low – N100,000
  • New Entry – N200,000
  • Mid Entry – N350,000
  • Senior Level – N500,000
  • High – N1m+

QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING NEEDED

Before you can pursue a career in Medicine, you need to have the following training and qualifications.

  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree
  • Completion of Medical School
  • Housemanship
  • NYSC completion
  • Residency (For specialization)
  • Further education (optional)

KEY SKILLS

Other than the Educational requirements, there are some additional skills needed to excel in Medicine as a career.

  • Attention to detail
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership and accountability
  • Communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of software tools
  • Ability to use medical and diagnostic equipment

Becoming a doctor in Nigeria is not beyond reach. With the right education, dedication and opportunities, you can achieve your dreams.

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