Despite all the ongoing recent controversies surrounding the NHS, medical healthcare jobs are still some of the highest paying professions in the country.
The NHS has been strapped for cash for years but as a new scandal broke out in the news earlier this month about the UK healthcare system having to borrow millions from private investment companies, medical students and prospective NHS staff can be left wondering if this career path is still viable.
However, with upcoming plans to modernize the NHS with better buildings and equipment, the public medical sector still has some good days ahead. Private healthcare, including smaller specialist clinics, is also playing an increasingly important role, helping the NHS facing the needs of a rapidly aging population.
What’s more, salaries for medical practitioners and healthcare specialists featured in the top 10 highest paying jobs in 2016 in the UK, alongside chief executives, marketing directors, aircraft pilots and in-house lawyers. Ranking 8th on the list, medical practitioners including anesthetists, hospital consultants, GPs, pediatricians, psychiatrists, radiologists, and surgeons, are paid a yearly average of £78 386 before tax, despite the budget cuts.
Plastic and cosmetic surgery
With the recent plastic surgery boom and increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures such as botox and laser treatments, many medical practitioners choose to take on a course such as Mata in London, to specialize in aesthetics. There is big money to be made of course, but in recent years, an important issue has come to the surface, because of the lack of regulation of the sector and recrudescence of unskilled professionals offering to their customers poorly executed plastic and cosmetic services. High salaries aside and far from the superficial clichés of the cosmetic and plastic surgery world, there is something much bigger at stake here: the responsibility to help and educate the public about the possible dangers of such treatments falls onto medical specialists too.
One of the most in-demand specialty in the UK, orthopedic surgery still comes on top when it comes to salaries. With a salary that comes to a yearly average of £97 889, it’s one specialty that takes many years of training. Orthopedic surgery is an intensive and highly pressured sector that deals with injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system, including fractured bones, torn ligaments and muscles, hip and knee replacements and bone deformities.
Anesthetists make an average of £88 517 per year in the UK. It’s also one of the highest salaries compared to other health care professionals, but it also comes with a high price tag: long studies and being able to deal with extremely stressful surgery situations.