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Diagnostic Professions Schools

Specializations in Diagnostic Professions

Some of the most critical work in health care goes on behind the scenes. Diagnostic professionals, for example, perform lab tests or exams and interpret results. Diagnostic careers are available in many different areas of medicine.

Types of Diagnostic Professions

Some of the specialties that may be pursued by someone interested in diagnostic professions may include:

  • Cardiovascular technologist
  • Respiratory therapy technician
  • Ultrasound technician and/or sonographer
  • EMT/paramedic
  • X-ray technician/radiology technician

Each of these diagnostic careers may allow the individual to do hands-on work helping to determine what is medically wrong with patients in need of help.

Job Outlook for Diagnostic Careers

Employment opportunities and wages vary for diagnostic careers depending upon the specialty that is selected. Some examples as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics include:

  • EMTs earned a median annual salary of $30,000 in 2009. Employment is expected to grow as fast as the national average between 2008-2018, and job prospects should be good for trained EMTs.
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers had median annual salaries of $63,010 in 2009 and should see 18 percent employment growth between 2008 and 2018.
  • Radiology technicians earned a median annual salary of $53,240 in 2009. Employment is expected to grow by as much as 17 percent between 2008-2018, nearly twice the rate of the national average, making job prospects good in this area.

How to Become a Diagnostic Professional

Diagnostic professions schools are usually two-year associate's degree programs. However, this is a career-focused education so it is also possible to get diplomas and certificates in some diagnostic professions. Advanced degrees are also available, although they are less common among working professionals. Students usually must take a licensing exam after graduation to begin working in their fields.

Diagnostic Professions Schools