There are so many different occupations in the healthcare industry that any personality type will find the right career. The following programs may be offered through these colleges and universities.
Biotechnologists combine bioengineering and science to create new products such as vaccines or pharmaceuticals. They also develop factory processes to reduce pollution or treat waste products.
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES/MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Various specimens from the body are analyzed for the indicators of disease—microorganisms, normal and abnormal chemicals, and blood cell counts, to name just a few. The medical technologist also identifies donor-recipient blood compatibility, and may also be involved with the use of genetic techniques to identify disease.
Human body specimens are sent to the cytotechnologist and histotechnologist in the lab for processing and staining for interpretation—useful in identification of cancer cells and various microorganisms. A cytotechnologist will examine the sample for identification of cancer or other diseases, whereas the histotechnologist will send processed and stained specimens to the pathologist for interpretation.
The hygienist checks the oral hygiene of the patient as well as cleans teeth.
Dietetics cover a range of duties, from devising hospital patients’ diets to educating diabetics about the proper diet.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) TECHNOLOGIST
MRI technologists use magnets and radiowaves to produce a diagnostic image of an organ or a structure within the patient’s body. The technologist takes the image and processes it, giving it to a physician to interpret.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST
Nuclear medicine technologists use computers, scanners, and radioactive drugs to create diagnostic images of the patient’s body or an organ. The technologist prepares the radiopharmaceutical, administers it to the patient, and uses a camera to identify the radioactive uptake in the body. The images are the interpreted by a physician.
Nurses cover a wide spectrum of work areas–occupational health in corporations to school nurses to nurse anesthetists. The nursing programs span a large educational range, from licensed vocational nurse to post-graduate programs.
PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS
These hands-on professionals assess patients’ injuries, develop devices to aid their physical abilities, and fit them.
Radiologic technologists take X – rays and administer nonradioactive materials into the patient’s bloodstream for diagnostic imaging. Fluoroscopy utilizes a contrast medium which enhances the resolution of the image. The technologist takes the image and processes it, giving it to a physician to interpret. Some specialize in computerized tomography (CT) or mammography.
Rehabilitation counselors determine and coordinate services for people with physical as well as psychiatric disabilities. Services might involve employment, disability management, employee assistance, and mental health counseling.