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About the Health Professions


Cardiovascular Invasive Procedures Technologist

Required Education & Licensure

The education requirement is a bachelor’s degree. Licensure requires credentialing from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (AART), basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate, and successful completion of course work in cardiac arrhythmia and EKG and two (2) years of experience in invasive cardiology procedures.

What do they do?

They help diagnose and treat blood vessel and heart diseases.

Where do they work?

Hospitals and physician groups who diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases and work within cardiac catheterization departments, electrophysiology laboratories, and angiography departments.

Professional Associations

Salary

According to the Department of Labor, median annual earnings of cardiovascular technologists and technicians were $53,990 in May 2013. The middle 50 (25th to 75th percentile) earned between $37,200 and $69,090.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in cardiovascular/interventional science.


Health Services Administration

Required Education & Licensure

An associates or bachelor’s degree is required to be a health services administrator. Health care administrators are not required to be licensed; however, voluntary certification is available through a variety of associations, including the American College of Healthcare Administrators and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

What do they do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health services administrators work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services, keep up to date on new laws and regulations so that the facility in which they work complies with them, supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them, manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing, create work schedules, represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards, keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used, and communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads.

Where do they work?

The administration and management of health care programs in a variety of settings, including hospitals, group practices, the private sector, the health and fitness industry, sales, gerontology, and public health.

Professional Organizations

Salary

Data from the BLS shows that medical and health services managers earned a median annual wage worth $98,350 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelors of Health Sciences.


Medical Laboratory Scientists

Required Education & Licensure

Medical laboratory scientists complete a baccalaureate degree program that includes courses in chemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, mathematics, statistics and specialized courses devoted to knowledge and skills used in the clinical laboratory. Many programs also offer or require courses in management, education and computer applications. An integrated university based program provides professional coursework prior to a shorter clinical experience, e.g. 5 to 6 months. Such a program usually is found in a major university or academic medical center.Accreditation of medical laboratory science or technician programs by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences ensures that the programs maintain high educational standards (visit www.naacls.org for a list of accredited programs and contact information). Upon completion of a medical laboratory science, graduates are eligible for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist, CLS, by exams offered by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA).What do they do?

Medical laboratory scientists, often called medical scientists, are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health). They use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Medical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. In addition, we monitor testing quality and consult with other members of the healthcare team.

Where do they work?

The medical laboratory scientist typically works in a hospital setting but can also work in medical and diagnostic laboratories or doctor’s offices.

Professional Organizations

Salary

Data from the BLS shows that medical laboratory scientists earned a median annual wage worth $51,700 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.


Registered Nurse

Required Education & Licensure 

To become a registered nurse you must pass the national licensing exam, NCLEX-RN administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and met all other licensing requirements mandated by the state you will be practicing in.

What do they do?

Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate educate patients and the community about various health conditions and provide support to patients and their families.

Where do they work?

The registered nurse works in hospitals, home healthcare services, doctor’s offices, schools and nursing care facilities.

Professional Organizations

Salary

Data from the BLS shows that registered nurses earned a median annual wage worth $70,000 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.


Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Required Education & Licensure

This profession requires an associate’s degree. Licensure is acquired through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam and the Nuclear Medicine Technology certification exam.

What do they do?

Technologists administer small amounts of radioactive pharmaceuticals into the patient. The radiation emitted by the body is detected by specialized equipment, which converts the radiation measurements to images which are used to detect abnormalities.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, public health service agencies, and private industries.

Professional Organizations

Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median annual wage for nuclear medicine technologists was $75,660 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in nuclear medicine.


Physical Therapist

Required Education & Licensure

A doctoral degree must be earned and a passing score on the National Physical Therapy Examination in order to become a physical therapist.

What do they do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapists review patient’s medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors or surgeons, diagnose patient’s dysfunctional movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods, set up a plan of care for patients, outlining the patient’s goals and the expected outcome of the plan, use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness, evaluate a patient’s progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed, and educate patients and their families about what to expect from and how best to cope with the recovery process.

Where do they work?

Private practice and rehabilitation centers.

Professional Organizations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapists was $82,850 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in rehabilitation sciences.


Radiation Therapist

Required Education & Licensure

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level work as well as a passing score on the Certified Health Specialist certification examination.

What do they do?

Radiation therapists deliver daily radiation treatments to cancer patients to ensure the treatments are accurately and safely administered.

Where do they work?

Radiation therapists work in hospitals, offices of physicians, and outpatient centers.

Professional Organizations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiation therapist was $80,570 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in radiation therapy.


Radiographer

Required Education & Licensure

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree and a passing score on the American American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination.

What do they do?

They examine the patient for broken bones, ulcers, tumors, diseases, or malfunctions of various organs through the production of consistently high-quality radiographs (x-rays) ready for the radiologist’s interpretation.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, public health service agencies, and private industries.

Professional Organizations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiographer was $58,440 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in radiography.


Sonographer

Required Education & Licensure

The education required varies, but it usually requires an associate’s degree. The licensure required is a national certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

What do they do?

They image organs, tissues and vessels to be imaged with high frequency sound waves emitted into the body. These waves bounce off tissues and send back “echoes” that are converted into images. The most common sonograms are of fetuses, body organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, physician’s offices, and medical laboratories

Professional Organizations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for sonographer was $71,410 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in sonography.


Respiratory Therapist

Required Education & Licensure

Licensure is required through the Georgia Composite Medical Board. A graduate must earn his/her Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, in order to be eligible for a state license. Graduates of advanced Therapist programs are eligible for both the entry-level (CRT), and the advanced practice Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials in Respiratory care.

What do they do?

Respiratory therapists work with gases stored under pressure, and adhere to safety precautions and testing of life support and diagnostic equipment to minimize the risk of injury.

Where do they work?

Respiratory therapists work hospitals, offices of physicians, hospice care, nursing care facilities, long-term acute-care facilities, and home healthcare services.

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Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for respiratory therapist was $59,710 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in respiratory therapy.


Speech Language Pathologist

Required Education & Licensure

A master’s degree and a passing score on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification examination and other state examinations are required for entry level employment.

What do they do?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have the expertise to help individuals with a variety of communication disorders. SLPs may work with individuals with developmental delays, such as autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy; language-learning disabilities; stuttering; and speech sound production errors, such as a “lisp.” SLPs also routinely assist in the recoveries of people who have had head injuries, strokes, and cancers of the head and neck. Others who benefit from these services are individuals learning English as a second language and those who seek to improve their communication skills for the corporate world. SLPs assist individuals of all ages by working with them and their families in their schools, their hospitals, their homes… anywhere they need communication facilitation.

Where do they work?

Speech language pathologists may work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health care, and private practices.

Professional Organizations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for speech language pathologists was $76,610 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders.


Athletic Trainer

Required Education & Licensure

A degree in athletic training from an accredited athletic training program, successfully pass the Board of Certification and obtain any be credentialed within the state.

What do they do?

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Where do they work?

Athletic Trainers may work in a variety of settings such as college, universities, elementary schools, hospitals, fitness centers, for professional sports teams, and physician offices.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for athletic trainers was $46,630 in May 2017.

Learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

Last updated: 7/31/2018