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When we were still young, about toddler-sized, we often wished we were older so we could do the things that everyone else could do. It just looked FUN at that point in life.

But now, as we get older and attend high school, we are exposed to the different aspects of occupations that we may like. However, sometimes we may just think, do we really need to know this subject? One day in this class and I’m already hoping the school year is over.

Everyone probably has had that situation happen to them before. Each school district enforces that a grueling number of classes are required to be passed for students to graduate. This rule is great in that we can figure out what jobs we may like to undergo in the future, but at the same time, it may cause us frustration when we find out we are horrible at a certain subject, like mathematics, for example. Even when we attend college, there are core classes or GEs that are required to be taken other than our respected major courses.

These following jobs are good jobs in the workforce that do not require a bachelor’s degree and that are predicted to have a great employment growth within the next few years.

Pharmacy Technician

People sometimes think that all technicians do is stand at the counter and pass out medications to the patients. In fact, they do so much more than that! They input the data for each patient and make patient profiles. They even do some sterile compounding such as IV compounding, which is usually located in hospital settings.

The normal way to enter this profession is typically a pharmacy technician program with an externship. Students tend to obtain their pharmacy technician license after the program and have a job that will pay for their certification exam. However, people can obtain a license after taking just the certification exam as well. Of course, it depends on the state where each individual decides to practice. I have friends which entered this occupation through both paths, and they both were accepted by the first place they applied to! However, do not undermine the certification exam! You will have to memorize the top 100 drugs, their brand and generic names, and its uses. There are also the pharmacy laws, processing of prescriptions, and many other topics.

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants do basically what its name says — they assist a dentist. There are many tasks involved, ranging from taking x-rays to even working the first desk. However, it mostly depends on the dentist a DA is assisting.

A dental assistant can actually be unlicensed, but these assistants can only do the most basic work. However, they would still have to take approved courses in areas such as infection control. Still, especially in times of economic downturn, having a license improves one’s job prospects. There are two ways to get certified. The first pathway includes graduating from a dental assisting program and completing CPR training. The other requires the completion of high school, 3500 hours of work experience (in a dental office), and complete CPR training. After each of these pathways, one must take exams where they will be tested on the different aspects of this specific job.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

A diagnostic medical sonographer is someone who uses ultrasound technology. Yes, these are the people that parents look forward to visit since they are the people who can show them images of their dear child before the child is born. Sonograms are also used for creating images of other certain body parts and organs, so that doctors are able to see if there are any troubles with a patient. Sonographers tend to specialize in their own field, which includes abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography, obstetrics and gynecology, and several others.

Unlike the other two jobs mentioned before, becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer requires at least an associate degree. When deciding to become a diagnostic medical sonographer, a student will tend to choose a degree in either sonography or radiology, since most programs allow students to choose their specialization and have hands-on experience, which is valued by most employers. This is also the route to get started in this field since most students tend to not have prior experience unlike people who are already in the health profession and decide to have a change. It is important to graduate from an accredited program, though, since this is beneficial from gaining licensure and certification.  Not every state requires to be certified and/or a licensed, but most employers require certification.

Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about these three jobs in the medical profession!

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