The population is aging, and the article Choosing a Career in the Health Industry looks at some healthcare opportunities, with the promise of more options. You may have heard of some of these, and others you may not have. Keep an open mind to the future of healthcare.
Love the idea of preparing medications for patients, but don’t want/have the extra time to study to be a pharmacist? Being a pharmacy technician means you DO all those preparations, but under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. This is a two year program at most colleges, and often those credits will be applied towards a future Bachelor of Health Science degree. Depending on where you end up working (hospital or private store) your potential earning power ranges from $31,000 to $45,000.
This is more from an alternative perspective or holistic approach to health, and really comes under massage therapy. Practitioners must first be schooled in massage techniques, and aromatherapy uses oils and scents (aromas) while massaging for varying effects. Schooling will take anywhere from two to three years, depending on the licensing agreement in your state/province. Massage therapists earn about $45,000.
Like helping people but no time to invest in medical school? Consider becoming a hospital porter or an orderly. These are the people who transport patients within the hospital, ensuring their comfort and getting to the right place at the right time. Often this job will also deliver meals to patients. Orderlies also help getting patients onto x-ray tables, so there is a bit more knowledge/training involved. Sometimes this position is called nursing assistants (this is not to be confused with a nurse’s aid or practical nurse assistant). There are no formal courses at a college, but some trade schools offer a short course to introduce the student to expected job conditions and offer some limited training. Salaries range from $21,000 to $36,000.
Public Health Inspector
Yes, you do need a four year science degree, usually within environmental health or similar discipline. There are also certification exams to pass for most states/provinces which require more training. Yes, you do inspect any place where food is served or where health could be in jeopardy, including air quality complaints. You’ll need a strong stomach, good people skills, and excellent problem identification as well as problem solving skills. Expect to earn anywhere from $31,000 to $52,000.
Although both deal with feet, the chiropodist deals mostly with more of a healing, cosmetic nature – and is involved in the treatment and prevention of foot disorders. The elderly often see podiatrists to help maintain their outside feet health such as bunions. The podiatrist deals more with the structure of walking – and refer a patient for needed surgery or perform that surgery themselves; they can deal with sprains, fractures, tumours etc. A medical degree is required for both, and salaries range from $72,000 for a chiropodist to over $100,000 for a podiatrist.
The healthcare industry supports continued growth due to an aging population. Some alternative or not-so-usual choices within this industry include aromatherapy, public health inspector, chiropodist./podiatrist, pharmacy technician, and hospital porter/orderly. Some of these professions require medical school, some require basic science degrees, and some just a short training course at a trade school. The choice is yours!
How to Qualify for Ultrasound Technician Jobs
Ultrasound technician jobs are becoming available at a faster rate than most professions. This is partially due to the fact that a growing number of medical professionals are moving away from radiological procedures and are choosing to use ultrasound technology instead. The job growth in this field is expected to continue for the next several years (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 Edition).
Ultrasound technician jobs involve using x-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRI) to look for abnormalities inside patients’ bodies. The imaging machines reflect sound waves to make images that offer an internal view of what is going on inside of a patient. Physicians use ultrasounds to analyze fetal development, or to look for tumors and other problems.
Find an Accredited Ultrasound Technician School
It is important for students to attend an ultrasound technician school that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP ensures the quality of ultrasound education programs and services, making sure the programs meet the standards to give students the training they will need to be successful in the profession.
Students will need at least a high school diploma in order to get accepted into an ultrasound technician school. Most programs prefer students who have a background in science and math, or some type of experience working in the healthcare field. Students can get training through a two year program, which will earn them an associate’s degree, or they can enroll in a four year program and get a bachelor’s.
According to the CAAHEP, there are approximately 2000 accredited programs throughout the United States that provide courses in ultrasound technician education and related fields. The curriculum includes physiology, patient care, basic physics, instrumentation, and medical ethics. Specialty areas include breast sonography, neurosonography, abdominal sonography, obstetrics/gynecology sonography, echocardiography, and vascular technology.
Students can search for opportunities for scholarships through the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Educational Foundation. This foundation awards scholarships to students who are aspiring to become ultrasound technicians. Students wanting to be considered must enroll in a school that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or from the Canadian Medical Association. In some cases, students can receive scholarships directly from the ultrasound technician school they are attending.
Students looking for ultrasound technician jobs can find work at private and public hospitals, diagnostic and medical laboratories, physicians’ offices, as well as mobile imaging services. Graduates can refresh their skills and learn about technological advances and changes in the healthcare field, by becoming certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. This is not required, but it can increase their chances of getting hired.