These days, medical careers are not just for doctors and nurses. This is great news for those with an interest in healthcare, but who aren't interested in the rigors of attending a traditional medical program. There are many avenues to having a medical career that do not require that you go to medical school.
Many people find childbirth fascinating. You don't have to be an OBGYN in order to work with expectant mothers. In Greek, "doula" means a woman who serves, and in a sense, that is exactly what they do.
Doulas are not doctors, or midwives, but they are professionals who are trained to offer support to pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women. Most doula programs are self-paced and can be completed in anywhere from six months to two years, depending on how long it takes you to complete the reading, testing, and hands-on requirements.
Most doulas are independent professionals, not salaried employees. According to Childbirth International, most birth doulas charge between $300 to $700 per client, whereas postpartum doulas usually charge $10 to $35 per hour.
Sonographers use equipment to produce images of the human body. These images help doctors to diagnose and treat patients. While sonograms, or ultrasounds, are commonly used in pregnancy, there are many other areas of specialty that a sonographer can choose to work in: for example, the brain, the heart, and the eyes.
Sonographers usually complete an accredited two-year program. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that some hospitals offer ultrasound technology training programs; however, these are mostly for those already working as healthcare professionals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in 2008 was $61,980, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $43,600 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $83,950.
Message therapists provide treatment in both medical and non-medical settings. Common workplaces include hospitals and fitness centers, but some message therapists choose to come to clients' homes.
The educational requirements vary by state. Some states require that you attend an approved school or training program, whereas others do not have this requirement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that massage therapy training programs can require 500 hours or study or more.
Most states require that massage therapists have a license, but there are eight that do not: Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Wyoming.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the median earnings for massage therapists in 2008 were $16.78 per hour, including tips. However, earnings can vary and it must be noted that most massage therapists are part-time workers.
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