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Physical Therapist Assistant: Going Back to School

I wonder how many adults ever considered going back to school, much less physical therapy assistant schools to enter the healthcare industry? We know that the economy in America today has become the noose around many families that have lost jobs, and are suffering from a severe lack of employment opportunities

There are so many citizens that have seen the demise of once prosperous industries, and are faced with the fact that those jobs will never make a comeback. What can they do, how will they cope? The answer is, that the only thing that will save them is, to be retrained into a new career field.

Continuing Your Education

What that often comes down to is, going back to school. For many, this situation has produced a silver lining in discovering new unknown aptitudes in different industries. Some have found that they are actually happier and thus more successful with new careers and occupational opportunities that have changed their lifestyles for the better.

The Job Description of an Ultrasound Technician

We call those individuals tasked with the job of operating a specialized equipment called ultrasound, you are referring to the job of a diagnostic medical sonographer. You might have heard about this job with a different name, an ultrasound technician. 

According to Ultrasound Exchange, a sonography career site, it is the task of the diagnostic medical sonographer to operate the machine called the sonogram (ultrasound). Basically, it is also part of the job description of an diagnostic medical sonographer to explain to the patient what the procedure is and what he or she should expect during the procedure. 

This is to allay any unnecessary anxiety brought about not knowing what to expect with the procedure. Not only will this calm the patient down, it will also make the job of a diagnostic medical sonographer easier. This is a therapeutic way of making the patient feel comfortable in a very new environment and procedure.

Salary Comparison Between RN's and RRT's

The average annual salary for an RRT is over $58,000 as of January 2011, according to a highly respected online jobs site. Half of all RRT's receive salaries between $54,000 and $63,000, although the top-earning 10 percent earn well over $67,000 each year. 

A good number of Registered Respiratory Therapist positions are paid on an hourly basis because many therapists are contracted as part-time employees, and the average hourly wage for a registered respiratory therapist ranges from $20.00 to $27.00 as of January 2011, according to a leading industry salary-rating site.

Average Registered Nurse Salary

The average registered nurse working as a staff nurse rather than aiding or assigned to a medical specialist earns over $65,000 as of January 2011, according to Nursingcareersearch.com, with approximately 50 percent of all RNs earning salaries between $59,000 and $72,000. 

The Future Is Bright For Pharmacy Technician Jobs

Pharmacy technician jobs have a very bright future. Unlike many jobs, pharmacy technicians work in an area that has been relatively untouched by the economic downturn so far. Some predictions for growth in the field state numbers as high as an increase of 25% over the next seven years.

This is good news for people with limited education, or the financial means of getting education. Needing only a high school diploma or GED, a young person or anyone for that matter can spend a few months getting formal training as a pharmacy technician and find employment in a retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy or any of the other places pharmacy techs are employed.

After completing their formal training, prospective pharmacy techs can pass one of two exams and become certified as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Once they have accomplished that, they will find many pharmacies willing to employ them. Pharmacy technician jobs are a bright spot in the economy.


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