Important Jobs in the Medical Field
Most people do not realize that some of the most important jobs performed in hospitals are done by individuals who have been highly trained to perform one task. While it is easy to imagine that x-ray technicians have a very specific training and certification process, we think less of medical assistants and surgical techs. During surgery, there are usually a number of people in the room. Some have the job of handing the surgeon the tools they need quickly and carefully. Others monitor the patient’s life signs and speak up if something seems to be going wrong. These jobs are performed by people who we rarely honor or recognize, and yet they are as critical to the success of each procedure as anyone else in the room.
Ultrasound techs, x-ray techs, surgical techs, and medical assistants are all trained to do one thing right. Of course, each job is more complicated than that. X-ray techs must know about the proper safety precautions to take when taking images of patients, for the safety of the patients and co-workers, as well as for their own health. Ultrasound techs are trained to look for specific abnormalities or handle delicate tasks like capturing images of a baby in its mother’s womb.
None of these jobs should be done by someone without the proper training and education, which is why specific training programs exist for each of these professions. Handling the concerns and fears of patients, preparing doctors for delicate procedures, and monitoring the big picture are duties often left to the medically trained professionals that you never hear about on TV or in the movies.
But it looks like in the next ten to twenty years, these professionals are going to get more recognition. An entire generation of people called the Baby Boomers is aging. This is the largest generation in the United States, bigger than subsequent generations. What that means is that the elderly population will be bigger than it has ever been, putting more pressure on our health care system than ever before. The good news is that this will create a whole slew of jobs, especially in these unknown jobs. X-ray techs and ultrasound techs will start to be in demand more than every before.
The next time you get an x-ray, remember to thank the x-ray tech, the receptionist, and all those people you come into contact with. They are doing important jobs for you and your community.