What's the correct sentence?

I'd like to get a job in the medical career.


I'd like to get a job in the medical profession.

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    I would suggest something like medical branch/ medical sector. – rogermue May 23 '15 at 18:00

Since career means a job field over a long period of time, you can't really say job in a career.

I'd like to get a job in the medical profession.

is fine. You would have a job in a job field/profession.

You could also say:

I'd like to have a career in the medical profession.

have would be used since it is a condition over a period of time, while get refers to starting something.

  • This is a good answer, but I'd like to add that the medical profession is that of "doctor"; though I am a medical professional, you would not say of me that I work in "the medical profession" because I am not a physician. Since we do not speak of "getting a job in doctoring" the way we do "getting a job in sales", while the first example is fine English, it's not actually something a native speaker would say. We might say, "...a job in the medical field" or "...a job in a medical field" or "...a job in the medical sector" or even "...a job in healthcare". – Codeswitcher May 23 '15 at 19:12
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    @Codeswitcher Well I was not trying to get quite that detailed, and the OP did not state what actual job was meant. But a medical profession does not have to be a doctor. In any case, more common phrases nowadays are healthcare industry or healthcare careers, which refer to any healthcare related occupation. – user3169 May 23 '15 at 19:48
  • We typically say in AmE that someone "wants to enter the medical profession". (books.google.com/ngrams/…) – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 24 '15 at 12:16

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