Fields within the Medical Path (Part8)

Fields within the Medical Path (Part8)

Do you want aA medical field careerFields within the Medical Path use EresumeX resume search, but aren’t sure what you want to do or where you will fit in? Thankfully, there are plenty of career options from which to choose, and not all of them require years of schooling and long residencies.

Perhaps you are interested in dealing directly with people and providing high quality customer service; if so, you might find working as a medical receptionist or hospital intake coordinator appealing. Medical assistants, nurse’s aides, and dental hygienists are just some of the careers that might appeal to those interested in medical field careers without investing years in school. If the idea of long-term training does not deter you, then any number of medical careers exists: physician, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physical therapist. Many of these upper level vocations require a minimum of four years in college, with most requiring graduate level work with clinical practice. These careers are challenging in both classroom and real life, but those who have the determination and discipline necessary to succeed in these areas will discover a lifelong, rewarding medical career.

Radiology Technician

Have you ever had an X-ray? The person who positions you for the X-ray and then takes the actual picture is a radiology technician. These medical professionals are educated and certified in the operation of X-ray machines, computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and mammography, although technicians need additional training for these last few. Radiology techs play an important role in the medical field. They must obtain clear, accurate images for radiologists (medical doctors who actually interpret the X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs) to examine and make a proper diagnosis. These visual exams allow doctors an inside view of our bodies; it’s important that the people taking these pictures know how to take them properly and how to produce the best images possible. Radiology technicians primarily work in hospitals, but many also work in private imaging centers and doctors’ offices. Similar to nurses, radiology techs stand on their feet for long periods of time and often have to position or turn patients. Physical stamina is a must for these professionals. It’s important for anyone interested in becoming a radiology technician to have good people skills. Having compassion for patients who may be anxious or worried about a health issue is imperative. Many patients are afraid of the big steel machines often used in these tests; this discomfort, compounded by a possible health scare, makes patients feel vulnerable. An understanding radiology tech is helpful in these cases. The radiology technician is often one of the first people patients encounter in the health care setting, so a friendly, outgoing personality is valuable.

As with other health professions, a radiology technician is expected to see continued job growth over the next ten years, growing by 17 percent over the next ten years (BLS, 2010). Radiology technicians occupied 214,700 jobs in 2008, 61 percent of which were in hospitals. The average salary for techs in 2008 was $52,210. Medical and diagnostic labs afforded the highest salaries at $55,210 per year.

Anyone interested in medical field careers that is adept with visual technology and attention to detail would make a promising radiology technician. This field should also appeal to those who enjoy working with people – patients as well as health care professionals. As with other health care professions, this field is challenging and stimulating, often providing learning opportunities on a daily basis. One can begin their career as a general technician then move on to specialized certification in CT scanning, MRI, and/or mammography. One will never be bored working as a radiology tech.

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~Dawn Krovicka