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#4442183 - 06/26/17 06:20 PM Medical field options
ram_man Offline


Registered: 03/15/13
Posts: 3204
Loc: southern mo
Hey everyone so I've been doing quite a bit of research in different career paths and it's very obvious medical field is booming.
The college spoke with me about doing healthcare management information..... it sounds kind of boring but I'm open to opinions. What I think sounds more enjoyable is being a medical assistant but from what I can gather they do not get paid all that well. Most I ever made being a mechanic was 18 per hour. I had tool bills and no health insurance. I was content making around that oer hour. I'd be very happy between 20-25 per hour that's not big money by no means but I'm ok with just being average and happy. That being said I would prefer a 2 yr degree just because while going back to school I'll be pretty broke. And I'm not really sure I'd be comfortable being an actual nurse. What's your thoughts and opinions?
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#4442187 - 06/26/17 06:22 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Hook up with a temp agency to do health care billing. Don't spend money to make money at the Devry institute.

The temp agency will figure out your aptitudes as you're kind of all over the place.

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#4442193 - 06/26/17 06:26 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3039
Loc: NJ
Someone needs to fix those expensive medical instruments when they break or need PM. Or look for a job in metrology in a pharmaceutical company or a third party that services pharmaceutical companies. My little pharmaceutical company uses like 20 different companies to perform metrology services for us.


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#4442237 - 06/26/17 07:20 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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IT is one of those hit and miss fields. One way to cut costs is to hire offshore visa applicants and let go the locals. You never know when. Medical equipment might be something to look into.

The health care sector is booming but the employment picture within is drastically changing. Doctors and nurses are safe but the ancillary positions can be gone tomorrow as automation and technology continue to grow within the sector. Pharmacy technicians were a hit item ten or so years ago. Automation is decreasing the jobs while increasing productivity. I was one. Educational requirements are also growing for many fields. Before, a 1-2 year course would get you a license in some areas. Now they are 3-4 years or a degree to get in. It depends on the individual state in most cases.
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#4442250 - 06/26/17 07:35 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 09/12/04
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An associates degree can do a few things in healthcare such as:
Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology Tech, IT Dept, Biomed, etc...

You just have to find what interests you the most and continue learning no matter what career field you get into. The more education and training = More $$$

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#4442297 - 06/26/17 08:32 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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You have to be a special person to be a nurse. A doctor is like a mechanic. A nurse cares for you.
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#4442301 - 06/26/17 08:33 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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If I could do it all over again I would be a surgical nurse. Having said that check Steris out to see if there are any field service openings in your area.
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#4442314 - 06/26/17 08:42 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 03/18/08
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Loc: South Florida
Being a run of the mill floor nurse SUCKS. You'd get burned out pretty fast. I'd look into radiology or some similar field. Perhaps the one where they scan your cat.
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#4442351 - 06/26/17 09:05 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: bubbatime]
fields Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
Posts: 120
Loc: TX
Girl running CAT scan and MRI just told me she made $80,000 a year.

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#4442387 - 06/26/17 09:45 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: fields]
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Registered: 01/14/13
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Originally Posted By: fields
Girl running CAT scan and MRI just told me she made $80,000 a year.
This is what I would do if I was going to enter the medical field. My wife is a medical assistant and I can tell you it's not the greatest position. You do all the work nobody else wants to do and get paid the least in the clinic or hospital other then the receptionist. They run their [censored]'s off.
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#4442413 - 06/26/17 10:54 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
ram_man Offline


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Besides that an ota doesn't sound bad
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#4442418 - 06/26/17 11:15 PM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 1761
Loc: SD
Take a look at the Biomedical Equipment Technology field. BMETs are in short supply in many parts of the country.
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#4442489 - 06/27/17 05:16 AM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3532
Loc: New England
Respitory therapist is a 2 yr degree and a tech type job that pays close to $30/hr look at assistant jobs. Also running various machines pays well.

My wife works as a physical therapist 20hrs/week and the benefits for insurance and paid time off are incredible at a hospital outside Boston she commutes to.


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#4442503 - 06/27/17 05:56 AM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 18947
Loc: Sunny Florida
OT's are the hardest for my wife's home health company to find. Even in Fl they get tremendous money.

OTA's are also in great demand but make far less of course.

Many med techs that run expensive diagnostic equipment are paid very well, too...
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#4442544 - 06/27/17 07:18 AM Re: Medical field options [Re: ram_man]
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Originally Posted By: ram_man
What's your thoughts and opinions?


What are YOUR thoughts and opinions?
What do you WANT to do? ..... why ?
If you can't answer those questions you may want to seek help.

You remind me so much of me about 40-50 yrs ago.
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