The medical field is one of the steadiest job markets out there today, as well as one of the highest paying. It is possible to find the right career without having to get a master's degree. You could work in the dental field as a dental hygienist or in the world of medicine as a medical sonographer, radiologic technologist, or a registered nurse. The sky is the limit when it comes to the healthcare industry.

Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists work alongside dentists to help provide a full dental care experience for clients. They perform tasks including evaluating the oral health conditions of patients, developing x-rays, eliminating plaque from the exterior of teeth, applying defensive materials like sealants, and building impressions of the patients' teeth. Dental hygienists also educate patients how to sustain superior oral health and strategies with flossing, brushing, and nutritional counseling.

You have to attain at least an associate degree from a program accredited by the American Dental Association. There is a state licensing test that requires a two-year degree, written exam, and clinical exam in order to complete. Bachelor's programs are available, as well as master's programs, for those wanting to advance their career.

Medical Sonographer
Sonographers, otherwise known as Ultrasound Technicians, are medical professionals who work the diagnostic ultrasounds for various purposes in the medical field. There are associate and bachelor's programs available, as well as accredited programs through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. There is licensing available for this career that requires an exam.

Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic technologists use diagnostic imaging equipment such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and mammograms. They aid physicians in diagnosing various illnesses and injuries. They have to maintain the equipment, use radiation on patients if needed, prevent patients from exposing their body to radiation if not intended, and assist physicians in evaluating the images taken by the machines.

There are numerous radiologic technology programs available for those who have a high school diploma, as well as programs for associate and bachelor's degrees. Some bachelors degrees in radiology are even available online, like through Adventist University of Health Sciences. There are different programs specializing in various radiologic areas including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or mammography. After primary training, additional continuing courses are required every two years.

Registered Nurse
Along with treating and educating patients on medical conditions, registered nurses are almost everywhere in the medical field. They keep and tend to patient medical charts and observe patients, as well as assist in setting up treatment plans and administering medication.

Registered nurses are required to have either an associate or bachelor's degree. There are approved nursing programs and the National Council Licensure Examination that you need to pass in order to continue in the field.

Regardless of the path you choose, there are so many great options in the health care world. The medical industry is not going anywhere, no matter what the economy looks like. Whether you choose a career as a registered nurse, dental hygienist, medical sonographer, or radiologic technologist, you are bound to find happiness doing something you love without having to get a master's degree. How much better does it get?

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A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.