When you trust a medical provider with your health, your family’s health, and occasionally your life, it’s important to know their qualifications. While we’re all aware that, to earn the title “Doctor”, one must hold a medical degree and license. There are several other medical practitioners, however, for whom medical education is not essential. These practitioners are, usually, highly qualified and able to provide you the best care possible. Keeping that in mind, it’s always good to know how much training and experience the person you entrust your medical care to has:
1. Cardiovascular Technologist
Cardiovascular Technologists work with physicians to perform both therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Some of the work will be lab analysis, and some will be directly with patients, particularly where the use of medical devices such as stents are concerned. This professions requires 1 to 4 years of education.
2. Clinical Laboratory Technologist
The Clinical Laboratory Technologist uses laboratory instrumentation to analyze body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum and stool, tissue samples, and cells. The purpose of the analysis may be to identify abnormalities, to analyze chemical constituents, to match blood for transfusions, or to evaluate the results of medical tests. Laboratory technologists normally do not work directly with patients. Typically, a bachelor’s degree is needed for qualification as a Laboratory Technologist.
The Dietitian is a nutritional expert who advises people on healthy eating, usually by developing and implementing nutrition plans. Dietitians usually consult with healthcare professionals as part of the development of these plans, so that the medical needs of the individual come into consideration. A dietitian may work in the food service department of an institution, in a hospital or in a nutrition center, and may work with healthy or sick people. A bachelor’s degree is typically required for this profession.
4. Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Language Pathologists work directly with patients who have trouble with clear speech, with making sounds, or with articulation. They may also work with people who suffer from swallowing disorders, and in some cases will work with individuals who wish to augment their speaking skills, for instance people who wish to develop a certain accent. It is the job of the speech language pathologist to diagnose, treat and analyze the conditions of their patients. The job typically requires a Master’s degree.
5. Ultrasound Technician
Ultrasound technology, or stenography, is the use of high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the human body that are otherwise inaccessible. An ultrasound technician use a device called a transducer to produce these images. This is a job that requires excellent communication with patients, because the transducer must be placed directly over the area of the patient’s body that requires analysis. Typically, stenography is associated with monitoring the health of developing fetuses, but the technology is also used to study organs and the spinal cord. This profession requires an associate’s degree.
There are many options for people who are interested in helping others. Thanks to the expansion of health care technology and a culture where regular Healthcare M&A‘s are creating larger companies, the demand for qualified health workers has never been higher.