There are many different kinds of technician’s in the medical field. No matter what your area of expertise is there is a place for you in the medical field.
A dialysis technician brings new life to kidney disease patients. It is the kidney’s job to clean toxins from within the blood. Sometimes due to disease or kidney failure, the kidneys can no longer perform this function. If that is the case, dialysis is an option. Dialysis acts helps to clean the toxins in the blood when the kidneys fail or become incapable of doing so.
The first step in becoming a dialysis technician is to obtain your high school diploma. The next step would be to apply to a community college or vocational that offers a certificate or degree program. During that time the student would have to complete hands-on clinical training to put to use what they have learned.
A dialysis technician must be certified and licensed in their home state. The program typically takes about 12-18 months and require lab work as well as lecture. A lot of the class time requires going over every aspect of the dialysis machine so that the technician knows how to maneuver it properly. A dialysis tech’s salary is about $33,000 a year and they are in high demand in hospitals and dialysis centers. On occasion, the technician may also perform dialysis in the patient’s home if they are unable to visit a hospital or clinic.
Another interesting career choice is that of an ultrasound technician. An ultrasound technician has responsibilities such as explaining the ultrasound to the patient as well as prepping them for the exam. It is crucial that that they are familiar with the history of the patient as well as the equipment that is being used. Technicians are also trained to analyze the ultrasound information and provide summaries on the data and findings.
Becoming an ultrasound tech requires a student to attend a community college or trade school to obtain an Associate’s degree or certificate in their program. In 2008 over 150 ultrasound tech programs had been accredited. An ultrasound tech’s salary can range anywhere from $30,000 to $80,000 a year depending on experience and qualifications. This is a highly sought after profession because babies are always going to be born! If you feel so inclined, you can obtain a Bachelor’s degree as well which would open up more opportunities for you.
What a couple of amazing options for you! I hope this makes you see your future more clearly and from a different perspective. We are all unique in our own ways and what might be a perfect fit for one is a complete question mark to another. Discovering your passion is the key to knowing your goals and then discovering what makes you successful and creative. Knowing your goals and pursuing them is the true key to success.