5 Exciting Careers in the Medical Field for an Adrenaline Junkie

The information for this article was provided by 911 Industrial Response Inc., a safety company in Calgary who specializes in emergency response services.

If you plan to pursue a career in the medical field, you should know right now that your life won’t be nearly as dramatic as Grey’s Anatomy or General Hospital. But, if you are worrying that your career will only consist of scheduling appointments, reading charts, and prescribing pills, fear not! While television makes things look much more intense than they actually are, you can still have an exciting and fulfilling career in the medical field if you desire. There are many opportunities in the medical field at all levels of education and experience that appeal to even the most die-hard adrenaline junkie—read on to get a look at some of the most thrilling jobs in the field.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

An EMT’s job is a constant high pressure, do-or-die series of tasks. As the first responders to medical emergencies, a career as an EMT is not for the faint of heart. However, it is well-suited to people that thrive in fast-paced, high pressure situations and live for the personal satisfaction of saving lives. In the U.S., all states require EMTs to be licensed, which is earned by completing an accredited technical college program followed by 100 hours of training.

Military Physician

Most military physicians provide services to veterans on the home front, although many perform lifesaving operations in combat zones. When treating soldiers that have been injured on the front lines, military physicians are thrust into demanding, critical situations. In order to be a physician in the military, you must have completed an M.D. program and have an unrestricted license to practice medicine before enlisting in the armed forces.

Trauma Surgeon

Trauma surgeons are the civilian equivalent of the battlefield doctor in the military. They must be ready at any time to perform intense, life-saving operations as quickly as possible. This is a fast-paced job that requires quick thinking and the ability to stay calm under pressure. You’ll be placed in stressful, life-or-death situations, and must have the ability to keep a steady hand through it all.

Emergency Room Physician

While many aspects of being an ER physician are similar to that of a trauma surgeon, the responsibilities are not quite the same. ER physicians are responsible for assessing patients in critical (although usually non-trauma) situations. They must have poise and the ability to perform under duress, and as the word “emergency” suggests, an ER doctor will need to make decisions quickly and formulate plans within seconds in order to save lives.


Childbirth is one of the most intense common medical procedures. The lives of both mother and child hang in the balance during this critical time, and the ability to keep a level head under pressure is an absolute must. Those who work well under pressure and want a rewarding and honoring career should look into this option.

As you can see, the medical field is the perfect place for an adrenaline junkie who thrives on pressure. The intense nature of the medical field is the only reason that those soap operas and TV dramas about hospitals have even been created in the first place. If you thrive on adrenaline and stress, you can likely find a career in the medical field that suits your interests and talents, and allows you to save lives at the same time.

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