Medical Roles in Saudi Arabia

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Sarah Peddie

In different countries around the world there are certain roles that are in more demand than others due to the variety of health issues surrounding different countries. Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at what roles are most in demand in the countries that our clients are based in.

In this article, we will take a look at what medical roles are in demand in Saudi Arabia and why these roles are attractive to doctors all over the world. 

Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors within the Middle East which is why mass amounts of money are being invested into big projects to help the sector grow and develop. Despite the sector still growing, the standards are very high with many hospitals being JCI accredited and other hospitals striving for the JCI accreditation. 

There are plenty of opportunities within Saudi Arabia to work alongside a global workforce, use the latest technology and state of the art facilities.

However, you should be made aware that expat doctors will not be given contract renewals after ten years of working in the medical sector in the Kingdom. 

Attractions to the jobs

The salaries in Saudi Arabia are one of the most attractive factors as to why medical professionals move overseas to work there. Salaries are typically 10-20 percent higher than western countries and due to medical professionals being in high demand globally - salaries have been increasing recently. An average salary for someone working in the medical sector is SAR 110,000.

There are a number of benefits such as tax free salaries, furnished accommodation, yearly bonuses and free medical and emergency healthcare. 

Roles available in Saudi Arabia

1 - Radiology

Radiology is a speciality of medicine where images of the body’s organs are interpreted in order to diagnose disease. Radiologists have specialised training so they can interpret the images and give reports to surgeons, pediatricians, obstetricians and internists to work as a team and provide the best healthcare possible.

In Saudi Arabia, breast cancer is one of the most prevalent in the country with it being the cancer that causes the most deaths in Saudi women. The key to treating breast cancer is catching it early which is why radiologists are needed.

2 - Dermatology

A dermatologist specialises in conditions involving skin, hair and nails. They can identify more than 3,000 conditions which can be things like eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer. 

Dermatologists are in short supply and there are only a few per every 100,000 in Saudi Arabia which makes the job in high demand.

3 - Paediatrics 

Paediatricians are doctors who manage medical conditions affecting infants, children and young people. 

Paediatricians are seen as jack-of-all-trades and someone who can do a lot of things. However, you can specialise in different areas of paediatrics like paediatric emergency physician, paediatric endocrinologist and paediatric gastroenterologist. With many specialist paediatric hospitals across the Kingdom, there should be some gaps to fill in terms of finding a job in that specialist area. 

If you are interested in any of these jobs then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and you could be jetting off to Saudi Arabia!