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