The number of career paths available today can be overwhelming for those trying to decide which path to follow. This is actually quite fortunate as it enables the job seeker to become involved in a career that really moves them, as opposed to performing work they care nothing about. There are so many career paths available today that many of us do not even know what the title of a job pertains to, such as an Ocularist who creates artificial eyeballs, or a Chick Sexer who determines the sex of chickens.
One career with a not-so-unusual title is that of an ultrasound technician; also known as a sonographer an ultra sound technician helps to conduct exams to help physicians diagnose and determine medical conditions for patients. Ultrasound equipment utilizes high-frequency sound waves which reflect off of the body’s internal structure. A computer then will take the sounds reflected back and create an image of the patients’ internal body structure. Ultrasound equipment and technicians can help physicians to diagnose cancer patients, heart disease, and what they are most known for which is monitoring fetal development during pregnancy.
An ultrasound technician will prepare a patient for the ultrasound exam and explain how the procedure will progress, and they may also gather patient history. They will utilize the ultrasound equipment to scan the area of the patients’ body which is under examination, analyze the data they receive from the exam, archive the images in their computer system, and provide a written report of their finding for the physician in charge. An ultrasound technician can choose to become a specialist in several different areas such as vascular technology, neurosonology, the abdomen and breast, and fetal, pediatric, and adult echocardiography.
Another career path with an unusual name is that of a phlebotomist, which is a professional that draws blood from patients for medical diagnosis. Obviously this career path is best for an individual who does not have issues with needles or blood! When one becomes a certified phlebotomist the career paths available are varied such as that of a certified nursing or medical assistant, or licensed practice and vocational nurses (LPN and LVN). While most of the work performed by a phlebotomist will be in a hospital or doctors office, they may also be found at local blood drives helping to collect and properly store blood in order to preserve it. Because of the fact that coming into contact with blood can be dangerous, there are strict procedures which must be followed for proper handling and disposal of blood. This is the reason that anyone who wishes to become a phlebotomist must become certified through a national recognized group such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology, or ASCP.
Healthcare is an industry that is growing exponentially due to the over 76 million baby boomers entering their later years of life. Literally every sector of the healthcare industry is hiring and projections show this to continue well into the future. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the healthcare industry to grow by 29 percent through 2022, well above the 11 percent expected growth in other industries.
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