Finding a career that you are passionate about combined with one that pays well is a difficult task. Many students turn their backs on careers simply because they do not feel that they will make a good living off of that particular career. You should never turn your back on what you are passionate about because there is always a way to make your dreams happen if you really want them to. You may have the passion to get into the medical field but do not want to spend years and years in college and you also don’t want it to hinder your pocketbook. Here are some options for you if you want to get into the medical field but still haven’t decided what to do next.
An electrocardiograph (EKG) technician is an expert in equipment that will measure the heart activity of a patient with the purpose to treat and diagnose diseases and issues of the heart. The proper use of these machines is crucial to accurate diagnoses. An EKG technician must also study a patient’s medical history to also assist in proper diagnosis as well as following the doctor’s orders. There are many steps you must take in order to become an EKG technician. You must first start out by obtaining your high school diploma.
Some community offer programs that are only one semester while others offer two year Associate Degree opportunities. Once you obtain one of these degrees or diplomas, you must then become a certified EKG Technician. You can obtain certification through National Health Career Association and the American Certification Agency for Health Care Providers. Testing is free and can sometimes be administered online for student convenience. To be best prepared for the exam it is highly recommended that you obtain your Associate’s Degree before taking it. While there are some accelerated programs available they will fully prepare you for the required externship or the exam itself. You can come out of college making up to $80,000 a year.
Phlebotomists are professionally trained to a patient’s blood for medical or clinical testing, donations, research, or transfusions. I am sure you have been to the doctor and had someone who was new to the field and had to poke you several times to get a vein, it is definitely can be frustrating. A phlebotomist can come out of college making about $22,000 a year or more.
If you want to become a phlebotomist you can do it with hands on training or by obtaining a degree or a certificate through a trade school or college. You can obtain a certificate typically in about eight months or less and find a job very easily. This is great for the student who wants to get into the medical field but doesn’t want to take a lot of time in school.
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