Do you remember being asked as a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Perhaps you have even asked a child this very question recently. Chances are either you or someone you know has answered, “A nurse!” or “A doctor!” – the most familiar of healthcare professions. Today, opportunities for a career in the healthcare industry are extremely varied and broad. Many people intuitively know they wish to work in healthcare, but many do not have a good understanding of all the occupations that exist in this field.
Below is a sneak peek into the types of information you’ll find in the 2012 Healthcare Job Outlook from Rasmussen College.
What is the difference between a Medical Assistant and a Nurse?
A medical assistant is specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics and group practices, and perform both clinical and administrative tasks. The specific duties of a medical assistant can vary and depend on the needs of the office in which they work. Nurses are responsible for many duties in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and home health care, including taking vitals, feeding, dressing and moving patients, as well as performing various clinical procedures such as taking blood samples.
What is a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)?
An MLT collects and prepares specimens for analysis. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other laboratory and computerized equipment to examine the samples. After performing the tests, an MLT relays the results to the physician to help in diagnosing medical conditions.
What are some health-related occupations that don’t require direct, hands-on patient care?
Health information technology positions are some of the fastest-growing occupations and involve no direct patient care. These professionals are skilled in electronic medical records, including medical billing and coding, and the security of patient information. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare providers to clarify diagnoses or obtain supplementary information.
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