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Exploring Diverse Career Opportunities for MBBS Graduates

Sep 27, 2023 3 min read
Career Opportunities for MBBS Graduates

Key Takeaway:

  • Choosing a career path that aligns with your passion and aspirations for the future of healthcare is important for the growth of your career.
  • Being a doctor is an impactful profession and can be taken to greater heights by migrating to countries with top-notch healthcare systems to learn and gain experience.


Completing an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree is a rigorous process and requires a great deal of passion, commitment, and hard work. Becoming a doctor or practising as one cannot be considered to be a piece of cake. 

Doctors have always played a crucial role in healthcare and have contributed massively to patient care and the overall well-being of society in the past. Their functions are more advanced now and will continue to progress in the future. 

After the meticulous education and training to get into this noble profession, these Graduates deserve nothing short of a rewarding career. 

MBBS doctors can choose to specialise further and pursue MS or MD.

Who are MBBS Doctors?

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) is an undergraduate degree that includes two specialised degrees. Upon completion of this program, the graduates will be eligible for the title before their names. 

The common areas covered by an MBBS program include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Cytology
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Orthopaedics

Opportunities After MBBS

There are various career opportunities that an MBBS graduate can pursue. Most doctors start their careers by joining a hospital or a medical institute. Starting a private practice is another common career move by doctors. Those individuals aiming to polish their skills further opt for a master's degree or higher education. Those who don't work with patients are usually researchers or lecturers, imparting their knowledge to future doctors. 

Who are MS Doctors?

MS (Master of Surgery) is a postgraduate medical qualification. This program can be opted for after completing MBBS. This will enable doctors to further specialise in certain fields. These are the various streams that MBBS doctors in India can choose from.

  • MS (General Surgery)
  • MS (ENT)
  • MS (Orthopaedics)
  • MS (Ophthalmology)
  • MS (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • MS (Anatomy)
  • MS (Anaesthesia)
  • MS (Neurosurgery)
  • MS (Traumatology and Surgery)

Opportunities After MS

Completing an MS course can lead to incredible career opportunities. An MS graduate can work in private or government hospitals. They are also fit to work in academics or take up teaching jobs in medical colleges. They also are eligible to work in the military as surgeons. Some MS graduates commit to research and pursue their careers in that manner.

Who are MD Doctors?

MD is the abbreviation for the medical degree called Doctor of Medicine. This is a postgraduate program that can be taken up after completing MBBS. MBBS doctors can choose their branch of specialisation while pursuing their MD. Possessing an MD opens the door to various career prospects and opportunities to grow. The specialisation options include:

  • MD in Aerospace Medicine
  • MD in Anatomy
  • MD in Anesthesiology
  • MD in Biochemistry
  • MD in Biophysics
  • MD in Community Medicine
  • MD in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy
  • MD in Emergency Medicine
  • MD in Family Medicine
  • MD in Forensic Medicine
  • MD in General Medicine
  • MD in Radiotherapy
  • MD in Respiratory Medicine
  • MD in Sports Medicine
  • MD in Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion
  • MD in Marine Medicine
  • MD in Medical Genetics
  • MD in Microbiology
  • MD in Nuclear Medicine
  • MD in Paediatrics
  • MD in Palliative Medicine
  • MD in Pathology
  • MD in Pharmacology
  • MD in Psychiatry
  • MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • MD in Physiology
  • MD in Infectious Diseases
  • MD in Tropical Medicine
  • MD in Hospital Administration
  • MD in Radiodiagnosis

Opportunities After MD

The major employment areas for doctors who have completed the Doctor of Medicine include hospitals, healthcare facilities, universities, and private practices. The most common titles opted by MD doctors are doctor, surgeon, and general physician.

How to Kickstart Your Career Abroad as a Doctor?

An MBBS degree is extremely powerful and has the potential to lead you to a wide range of career opportunities beyond the borders of your country. Let us look at a few pathways that will lead you to your dream career in countries like Australia, the US, the UK, etc.

USMLE: Migrate to the US as a Doctor

USMLE stands for the United States Medical Licensing Examination. This examination thoroughly evaluates the candidate's theoretical knowledge, concepts, and principles, and their application accompanied by patient-centred skills to deliver safe and effective healthcare.

The US is a great place to set up a healthcare career and have it flourish. Doctors from across the globe flock to the US to enjoy a better career with better benefits and quality of life.

AMC Exam: Migrate to Australia as a Doctor 

The AMC stands for the Australian Medical Council. The AMC Exam is the gateway to migrating to Australia as a doctor. The Australian Medical Council invites skilled and qualified doctors from around the world to serve in the Australian healthcare industry. Candidates with MBBS/MS/MD are eligible to attend this exam. Clearing the AMC exam indicates the eligibility of the doctor to become registered in Australia. 

PLAB Exam: Migrate to the UK as a Doctor

The PLAB exam stands for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board Exam. The PLAB exam consists of written and clinical assessments. Clearing both assessments of PLAB can make you eligible to apply for registration with a licence to practise.

Practising as a doctor in a country like the United Kingdom is sure to expose you to incredible opportunities and accelerate your career journey.

DHA Exam: Migrate to Dubai as a Doctor

As we all know, Dubai is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world and to migrate to Dubai as a doctor, passing the Dubai Health Authority exam is the key. The quality of life, the standard of healthcare, diversity in culture, and commendable safety are a few of the reasons doctors from around the world find it attractive in Dubai.


In conclusion, the journey after MBBS is filled with exciting career opportunities awaiting passionate doctors. Whether you choose to dive deeper into medical specialisation, venture into healthcare administration, contribute to public health, or commit to research and academics, your MBBS degree is, undoubtedly, a great foundation.

To prepare yourself for the exams to migrate to your dream country, drop a mail to contact@academically.com

Dr. Akram Ahmad
Dr. Akram Ahmad
about the author

Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.