Certain careers demand very high standards of performance, both in a physical and mental capacity. In this article, we are going to take a look at several of those and shine a light on what will be expected of you.
Some will require special assessment by dedicated specialists. For others, you can get clearance with medical certificates from a doctors clinic. If you are looking into any of these careers, then you should find out about the medical requirements first, as your application may not get past the first stage if you fail to pass. Let’s get started right away.
Soldiers – and indeed all members of the armed forces – are required to be exceptionally fit. Even minor problems that don’t affect you on a day-to-day basis can call a halt to your forces application. It’s easy to understand why: any slightest doubt that you are unable to perform in a conflict situation is going to be dangerous to you and your fellow soldiers. If you are confident there is nothing wrong with you medically, then you should think about getting your fitness up to scratch. To get an idea of what you will need to do, check out the Army fitness test for yourself.
As a police officer, you will be pushed to your physical and mental limits on the job. You will undergo an extensive checkup that looks at your BMI, blood pressure, eyesight and organ function. Needless to say, you will also have regular checks to ensure you are not under the influence or have used – certain substances. You will also need to be reasonably fit – it’s a little more lenient than forces fit, but will still push you hard. You can find out more at the official UK Police website.
To become a private pilot, you will need to pass a number of medical examinations. Your Class 2 medical examination should be completed by UK CAA approved Aeromedical Examiner (AME). You will also need to provide a complete medical history and have your hearing, and eyesight tested. If you are colour blind, then you may have difficulty in passing the test – it could cause issues distinguishing red and green colours in real life situations.
It might surprise you, but train drivers are also subject to stringent medical tests. Given that they handle the safety of so many people it’s no real surprise. You will need to be in healthy condition and have a BMI of no more than 28. You have to have good vision (and not be colour blind) excellent hearing and no history of medical incidents such as blackouts or epileptic fits. You will also have regular checks for diabetes, heart conditions and blood pressure levels.
Air traffic controllers
Air traffic controllers are also responsible for the lives of thousands of people at any one particular time. So, it’s no surprise that you have to be in good shape, even though the job doesn’t require much standing up. Colour blindness is one of the biggest issues – you simply won’t be able to do your job. But you will also be given an ECG, have your blood pressure tested, and get a checkup for your organ function. You can find out more over at the Civil Aviation Authority website.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this piece on careers that need medical certification and assessment. Check out the rest of our blog for more career advice.