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While most medical students train to work as medical practitioners, graduates are also prepared for careers in academia, medical research, and hospital and government medical administration. With further specialist training, graduates may also choose to branch off into any of the following professions:
Chiropractors work with the relationship between the structure and the function of the body, to improve health without the use of drugs or surgery.
Dentists diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and abnormalities of teeth and gums, undertake preventive procedures, conduct surgery and perform other specialist techniques.
Forensic scientists apply scientific procedures and techniques to the examination of physical evidence that may assist in legal investigations.
Hospital administrators plan, direct and coordinate health and administrative services provided by hospitals, community health services and other health service organisations.
Life scientists examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of humans, animals, plants and other living organisms to better understand how living organisms function and interact with each other and the environment.
Medical scientists conduct medical laboratory tests to provide information for diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.
Optical dispensers interpret optical prescriptions, and fit and service optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.
Osteopaths diagnose, treat and provide preventative advice on disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the body, and use manual techniques to alleviate stresses to improve the body's function.
Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury and disease.
Speech pathologists diagnose, treat and provide management services to people of all ages with communication disorders, including speech, language, voice, fluency and literacy difficulties, or people who have physical problems with eating or swallowing.
Sports scientists assist sports people to achieve the best possible sporting performance, by applying knowledge and techniques from the areas of medicine, physiology, biomechanics (the study of human movement), motor control and development, nutrition, psychology and physiotherapy/massage.