January - Health Sciences career pathway

January career pathway board

Spotlighted careers (click on names for career videos)

Biomedical Engineer       Radiation Therapist       Veterinary Technician/Technologist       Anesthesiologist

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer


Biomedical Engineer

biomedical engineer

In 2001, a doctor performed gall bladder surgery on a woman in France while he was still in the United States. Strange, but true. The surgeon used a remote to control a robotic arm that performed the actual work on the patient.

The surgical robotic arm is an exciting biomedical engineering achievement. But it’s far from the only one. Biomedical engineers work to make prostheses (artificial body parts) better, diagnostic procedures more accurate, and drugs easier to take. Thanks to biomedical engineers, becoming healthy and staying that way is getting easier every day.

Education needed: Bachelor’s Degree at least; a Master’s Degree is highly recommended

Annual Salary: $82,000


Radiation Therapist

radiation therapist

Are you equally comfortable around people and machines? Do you hope for a career helping others in difficult circumstances?

Radiation therapists use a machine to treat cancer patients, but working with the machine is only part of the job. As a radiation therapist, your role in the struggle against disease involves other duties as well. For example, you'll work with doctors and others to come up with a plan for shrinking or getting rid of tumors. Communicating with and supporting your patients is another key part of the job description.

Education needed: Associate or Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Salary: $80,000


Veterinary Technician/Technologist

veterinary technician

Veterinary Technicians and Technologists don’t go through the many years of medical and scientific training that veterinarians do, but they work just as closely with animals.

Much like nurses who help doctors during surgeries and make sure that patients are comfortable, veterinary techs assist veterinarians. They do so in a variety of ways, from vaccinating dogs and x-raying cats to sterilizing medical instruments and cleaning cages.

Education needed: Associate Degree (Technician) or Bachelor’s Degree (Technologist)

Annual Salary: $32,000 - $34,000




Even the most routine surgeries can be risky when a patient undergoes anesthesia. In some cases, irregularities in blood pressure or heart rate during surgery can lead to grave consequences. Imagine how important it is to administer just the right dose of medication to an infant whose organs are still underdeveloped and who cannot speak to tell you that he's in pain.

It’s the job of the anesthesiologist to take these factors into consideration and to monitor a patient's pulse, temperature, and other vital signs throughout surgery. 

Education needed: Bachelor’s Degree + 4 years of medical school + on-the-job training

Annual Salary: $208,000 +


Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

diagnostic medical sonographer

Would you like to do work that helps people? Are you detail-oriented and patient? Are you a good communicator? Would you enjoy analyzing technical information?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers -- operators of ultrasound technology -- combine these skills to provide a vital medical service. Every day they exclude some diagnoses, bringing good news to a patient. They may also be the first to discover bad news.

Education needed: Associate Degree

Annual Salary: $69,000

*Salary information taken from: https://www.onetonline.org/

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