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The medical field is booming. Advances in technology are expanding the medical field, and with it demands and jobs. As jobs increase so do salaries and the demand for careers in various specific medical careers.

Choosing the right career in this ever-expanding field is crucial. It must agree with your strengths and interests. While the money is generally quite good, if you're only in it for your bank account, it's sure to show in your performance and work satisfaction. Here are four careers in the medical field that don't always get the attention they deserve. One of them might be the right one for you.

Dental Hygienist
It's almost unthinkable that you can enter an excellent career like this with only an associate's degree. But you most certainly can. Dental hygienists typically work only daytime hours in comfortable office surroundings, says the BLS. Many of them only work part-time for one dentist, often working for more than one dentist to make full-time hours. Hygienists clean teeth, identify problems, take x-rays and educate patients on good oral care. In 2016, hygienists averaged $72,910 a year, says the BLS.

Healthcare Administrator
Healthcare administrators are the managers of the healthcare field. They do a variety of tasks in healthcare settings like doctor's offices, laboratories and hospitals. Administrators evaluate the efficiency and quality of care given to patients and create plans to improve them. While it's possible to enter this career with a bachelor's degree, in today's competitive market it's better to hold a master's degree. If you already hold your bachelor's, going through a MHA program can be a great idea. As of 2016, the average annual salary for healthcare administrators was $96,540, according to the BLS.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Again, this is a career that only requires an associate's degree, although you may want to pursue further education to remain competitive. Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs to patients that will highlight areas of their bodies during diagnostic imaging. Technologists are in great demand as cancer screening methods become ever-more sophisticated. Technologists averaged $74,350 a year in 2016, from the BLS.

Orthotists and Prosthetists
If you're passionate about helping people overcome catastrophic events that have robbed them of limbs, this is the healthcare profession for you. Orthotists and prosthetists assess patients' needs and fit them for prosthetic devices to help normalize their everyday lives. This career requires a master's degree, the completion of residency training and licensure. Orthotists and prosthetists averaged $65,630 a year in 2016, says the BLS.

Sometimes, we think the medical field is made up of hospital nurses, doctors and surgeons. But there are a plethora of careers within this field, including school health counselors, all necessary and all doing good, useful work. Find the one that answers your needs and pursue it will all your energy. That's how you become truly successful.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Thursday, June 8th 2017 at 10:54AM
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