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Featured Allied Health Careers

If you are looking for an allied health career that is predicted to have a promising future, one of these three featured careers might fit the bill.

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants are professionals in health care that perform both clinical and administrative tasks in order to help physician, chiropractic, podiatrist, and other practitioners' offices running in a smooth manner.

Medical assistant duties can change depending on the office that they are working and what kind of specialty the doctor has. They may answer phones, greet patients, update and file the records of patients, fill out forms for insurance, handle any correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for patients to be admitted to the hospital, or attend to billing and bookkeeping.

Educational Requirements - Medical assistants typically earn either a diploma, a certificate or an associate degree before starting their careers.

Cardiovascular Technicians and Technologists

Cardiovascular technicians and technologists help physicians to diagnose and also treat ailments in blood vessels and the heart.

There are three specialties that these professionals can go into: vascular technology, invasive cardiology, and echo cardiology. The specialists whose specialty is invasive procedures are known as cardiology technologists. They prepare patients for balloon angioplasty and cardiac cauterization. While the procedure is going on, they monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of the patient using an EKG machine and let the doctor know if anything is wrong. They may also monitor patients during pacemaker or stent insertion and open heart surgery.

Education Requirements - Cardiovascular technicians and technologists typically pursue associate or bachelor's degree programs in the subject for their education.

Medical Sonographers

People in this professional are also known as ultrasound technicians and ultrasonographers. These professionals use equipment that directs sound waves -- which are nonionizing and high frequency -- into the body of a patient. They operate equipment that collects the reflected echoes and puts together an image that can be videotaped, photographed or transmitted, so that this image can later be interpreted and diagnosed by the patient's doctor.

Requirements for Education - Medical sonographers typically attend school to complete an associate or bachelor's degree program in radiology or a related subject.


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