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Clinical Laboratry Technician

Average Salary: 
$39,800
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Clinical laboratory technicians provide an essential role assisting in detecting and diagnosing disease and managing treatments, even though few patients directly encounter them.

Working in laboratory settings either in hospitals or outpatient clinics, clinical laboratory technicians collect samples, prepare tests, and maintain records to help clinical laboratory scientists perform advanced analysis on samples.

Some examples of common laboratory tests are complete blood count (CBC), liver function tests (LFT), lipid profile, blood type, prenatal blood tests, and comprehensive metabolic panels.

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Medical Assistant

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Average Salary: 
$29,000
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Medical assistants are often one of the first health care professional patients see in during an office visit, recording the patient’s height, weight, and taking some samples.

In smaller offices, medical assistants may be responsible for a wide range of patient care and administrative tasks, while those in larger practices may specialize in a smaller area of patient care, medical records, referrals, or other area.

Medical assistants may also assist the physician during an exam or procedure.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Average Salary: 
$47,000
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA’s) work directly with patients to learn and perform exercises developed by an occupational therapist to regain lost everyday function.

This may include playing educational games with children who have developmental disabilities, teaching a stroke victim how to do hand-strengthening exercises, or showing a patient with Parkinson’s disease how use devices to assist with eating or bathing.

OTA’s receive an associate degree and often work if offices, but also work in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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Paramedic

Average Salary: 
$30,000
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Who needs an office? Not paramedics. These health care professionals are the first to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency or accident, by ambulance, bike, or helicopter.

As physically demanding as it is exciting, a career as a paramedic can be a very rewarding experience.

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