Careers in this Job Family
Dental Specialists
Medical Care Technicians
Medical Emergency Technicians
Optometric Technicians
Physical and Occupational Therapy Specialists
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Physician Assistants
Physicians and Surgeons
Registered Nurses
Speech Therapists
Health Care Practitioners
Photo 1: Therapist checks patient's foot. Photo 2: Surgeons perform procedure.

The military is responsible for the overall health of its Service members and their families across a wide range of medical specialties, such as oncology, psychiatry, cardiology, pediatrics, dentistry, aerospace medicine, family practice, preventive medicine, surgery, wellness education, etc. The Services provide the opportunity to work with top-notch people and state-of-the-art equipment on exciting projects around the world. It takes a high degree of personal responsibility and confidence in the field of medicine to manage the dual mission of providing health care in a field environment, as well as in a hospital or clinical setting, and ensure that all personnel are ready for combat at all times. During combat, health care practitioners may work with an airborne infantry battalion, a Navy SEAL team, an armored cavalry squadron, or one of many combat arms or combat support units to render emergency medical treatment and transport the sick and injured. The military must also formulate policies, procedure, directives, and medical training programs for both medical and non-medical personnel in a variety of health-related topics.

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