Non-Clinical Professions For Healthcare Professionals

When we hear the term 'clinical', the image that come to mind is that of a hospital, a clinic or a healthcare center. Until recently, a profession in healthcare meant direct involvement with patient care; which is not entirely the case today. The avenues in healthcare have broadened to include professions that don't necessarily mean working in a hospital or a clinic. These professions are non-clinical and require healthcare expertise outside the patient care settings. However, indirectly, the non-clinical professions work towards improving Patient Care- the basic motto of healthcare.

These non-clinical professions are a breakthrough in the conventional image of the healthcare sector. In a non-clinical setting, the doctor may become a healthcare business analyst weighing the pros and cons of setting up a medical device company. A nurse may play the role of a software analyst guiding a team of software professionals in preparing a software application for patient admission. A midwife may become a writer, educating expectant mothers through various informative articles on a related website.

The diversification of conventional roles in healthcare has attracted many aspirants from both- outside the sector as well as from within it. Not only are opportunities available for the first-timers, but also for seasoned clinicians who might want an alternate career option, in which case, their clinical experience is an added advantage indeed.

Non-Clinical Professions Are Designed For Professionals Who...

  • Do not go by conventional rules
  • Look around for new challenges
  • Wish to shift career paths
  • Wish to explore new options
  • Want to pave ways into lucrative non-clinical positions
  • Are nearing retirement and looking for further income
  • Are looking for a creative approach to healthcare
  • Are looking for a career transition
  • Are willing to accept change

Non-Clinical Career Options for Medical Professionals

  • Medical communications/writing/education
  • Medical marketing
  • Advertising
  • Promotional educational
  • Certified medical education
  • Medical publications
  • Paid blogging, and more
  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Health Information Technology (Health IT)
    • Ectronic health records (EHRs)
    • Personal health records (PHRs)
    • Decision support analysis
    • Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and more
  • Pharma/Biotech
    • Clinical research
    • Regulator
    • Writing and more

RIGHT-ING Information In Healthcare: Medical Writing

Many of you, in the course of your clinical practice, might have come across situations, where you thought you could have guided your clients in a better way. There might be instances when- as a doctor you felt that whatever you explained at length about cholelithiasis to a patient, not a single word was heeded to; as a nurse you felt that health education about care of a neonate to the new mother went unheard; as a physiotherapist you felt the patients do not exercise their muscles as per your instructions to or as a lab technician you found the patient has not prepared himself for the test as per the instructions All these scenarios point towards one common problem- COMMUNICATION GAP. We must understand that a patient represents the a common man who does not understand the medical terminologies and are rather scared of then. Mention of a single term that bounces off their head, makes them dis-interested in the content- how ever valuable it might be. In contrast, there is another group- the peers- people who are well versed with medical language and are comfortable using it. Same communication for both the groups does not work; the content should be customized for each.

These are very few examples from a limited setting in healthcare; there are plenty of instances where ends do not meet because the information was not expressed or written properly, in the way the target audience would understand. Expressing or writing information the right way may sound easy, but can turn out to be a Herculean task when you actually get down to doing it. Expressing scientific thoughts or writing medical information the right way- is what we call MEDICAL WRITING- it is an essential and indispensible quality in the healthcare sector- be it clinical or non-clinical professions. This quality of writing right is inborn is some and imbibed by others. And it is never too late- to polish the skill if you already have it or to learn it if you don't.

Contributing to Healthcare the WRITE way- Medical writing is one of the non-clinical ways to contribute to healthcare. It requires the art of a writer and science of a healthcare professional to make a complete medical writer.

Opportunities In Real: Non Clinical Healthcare Opportunities In Various Companies

The following table lists some companies and their opportunities in non-clinical area of healthcare.

Type of Companies

List of Companies


Healthcare education and communication

  1. APIC Institute of HealthCare Studies
  2. Institute of Clinical Research (India)
  3. Institute for Rural Health Studies (IRHS)
  4. Fortis Health Care
  5. Max Healthcares
  6. Nopany Institute of Healthcare Studies
  7. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS)
  1. Trainers/Faculty
  2. Program Director
  3. Medical Director
  4. Medical Writer Scientific
  5. Program Directors/Medical Editors
  6. Associate Scientific Director
  7. Scientific Supervisor
  8. Managing Editor
  9. Subject matter Expert


Medical device companies

  1. B. Braun Medical(I)Pvt. Ltd
  2. BL Life sciences Ltd
  3. Baxter India
  4. Bayer Diagnostics India Ltd
  5. Godrej Industries Ltd
  6. Johnson & Johnson Medical India (JJMI) Ltd
  7. Opto Circuits (I) Limited
  8. Philips Electronics India Ltd (Medical Systems Division)
  9. Roche Diagnostics India
  10. Siemens India Ltd
  11. Span Diagnostics Ltd
  12. Trivitron Medical Systems
  13. Wipro Biomed Ltd
  14. Wipro GE Medical Systems


  1. Medical Director
  2. Medical Device Marketing
  3. Writer (User guide, protocols)


Healthcare consulting companies

  1. Accenture
  2. ACE Vision Health Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Astron hospital and health care consultants, New Delhi, Haryana, Kolkata
  4. Avalon consulting, Mumbai, New Delhi & Chennai
  5. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
  6. Daou Systems Inc
  7. Deloitte consultancy
  8. Feedback ventures, New Delhi
  9. First consulting group
  10. ForerunnersHealthcare
  11. Fortis healthcare, New Delhi
  12. Frost &Sullivan
  13. IBM healthcare & life sciences
  14. Oyster International Healthcare Consulting, Chennai.
  15. TCS healthcare & life science consultancy
  16. Techno-pak


  1. Researcher
  2. Business analyst
  3. Market analyst
  4. Health educator
  5. Finance manager and consultant
  6. Quality assessment officer

Pharma and Biotech companies

  1. Alembic Limited (Formerly - Alembic Chemical Works Ltd.)
  2. Actavis Pharmaceutical
  3. Alcon Laboratories India Pvt.Ltd
  4. Aurigene Discovery Technologies Ltd.
  5. Advinus Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd. - A TATA Enterprise
  6. ABL Biotechnologies Ltd
  8. Analab
  9. Anu Biotech International
  10. Aries Agro-Vet Industries Limited
  11. Arihant Agro Corporation
  12. Avestha Gengraine
  13. Astrazeneca Pharma India Ltd.
  14. Advanced Enzyme Technologies Ltd.
  15. Advanced Biochemicals Ltd
  16. Anil Starch Ltd
  17. Advanta India Limited (formerly IT Zeneca)
  18. V. Thomas & Co. Ltd
  19. Aventis Pharma Ltd. India
  20. Ajanta Pharma Ltd.
  21. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
  22. Banglore Genei
  23. Bayer India Ltd.
  24. Bharat Biotech International Ltd.
  25. Bharat Serum and Vaccines Ltd.
  26. Biotron Healthcare (India) P. Ltd
  27. Biocon India (Irish Group)
  28. BioGenex India Life Sciences
  29. Biotech India Pvt. Ltd.
  30. Biozeen (Bangalore Biotech Labs Pvt. Ltd.)
  31. Bommidala Bhanumurthy, (BBM Group)
  32. Cadilla Healthcare
  33. Cipla Ltd.
  34. Colgate-Palmolive India Ltd.
  35. Camson Biotechnologies Ltd.
  36. Dabur India Ltd.
  37. DuPont India Pvt Ltd
  38. Dr Reddy's Group Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (DRL)
  39. Erica Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
  40. Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  41. Genotypic Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  42. GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd.
  43. Godrej Agrovet Ltd.
  44. Greenearth Biotechnologies Ltd.
  45. Growmore Biotech Ltd.
  46. GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (GSK India)
  47. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  48. Harrisons Malayalam Ltd.
  49. Hindustan Livers
  50. Imperial Life Sciences
  51. Intas Pharmaceuticals
  52. Indfrag Ltd.
  53. Indian Immunologicals Ltd.
  54. Indo-American Hybrid Seeds (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  55. Ipca Labs Ltd.
  56. Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited ( IDPL)
  57. Johnson & Johnson India Ltd.
  58. Jubilant Organosys Science Active
  59. Jubilant Biosys Ltd. (JBL)
  60. Jupiter Biosciences Ltd.
  61. Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (KAPL)
  62. Kopran Limited
  63. Khandelwal Labrotories Pvt. Ltd.
  64. Lupin Ltd.
  65. LifeCell Ltd.
  66. Lumis Biotech Ltd.
  67. Magene Life Sciences
  68. Matrix Laboratories Ltd.
  69. Max India Ltd.
  70. Mediclone Biotech Pvt Ltd
  71. Monsanto India Ltd.
  72. Novartis India Limited
  73. Nicholas Piramal India Ltd.
  74. Nycomed Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
  75. Omega Biotec
  76. Ocimum Biosolutions Ltd.
  77. Orchid Pharmaceuticals
  78. Origin Agrostar Ltd.
  79. Panacea Biotech
  80. Pragati Biocare Pvt. Ltd
  81. Praj Industries
  82. Procter & Gamble India Ltd.
  83. Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.
  84. Raj Biotech India Pvt. Ltd.
  85. RFCL Ltd.
  86. RPG Life Sciences Ltd.
  87. Reliance Life Sciences
  88. Roche Scientific Company(India)Pvt.Ltd.
  89. Serum Institute of India Ltd.
  90. Semi Labs Ltd.
  91. Shantha Biotechniques Ltd.
  92. Shreya Life Science
  93. Strand LifeSciences.
  94. Sudershan Biotech Ltd.
  95. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  96. Suven Life Sciences Ltd.
  97. Syngene International Ltd.
  98. Titan Biotech Ltd.
  99. Transgene Biotek Ltd.
  100. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  101. Themis Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.
  102. Unichem Laboratories Ltd.
  103. USV Ltd.
  104. Vimta Labs
  105. Wockhardt Healthcare
  106. Zenotech Labs Ltd.
  107. Zydus Cadila Ltd.
  1. Medical affairs
  2. Manager -Business Analytics
  3. Medical Writing
  4. Regulatory Affairs Manager
  5. Scientific Business Officer
  6. Director, Biostatistics
  7. Research Scientist
  8. Publication Writing
  9. Subject matter Expert- Medical Review


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