The career opportunities within health sciences are diverse. You can train to be a...
Working in this field, you would use radioactive materials to diagnose and manage disease in patients. You would likely work in the nuclear medicine department of a hospital, performing a wide variety of diagnostic tests on patients, as well as on patient samples. You might also prepare radiopharmaceuticals, record test results, deal with radioactive materials and perform quality control procedures on a wide variety of instrumentation and imaging devices.
As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you would perform ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a physician. Moving a probe (transducer) over areas of the patient’s body (for example, the abdomen, the pregnant and non-pregnant female pelvis, the vascular system or the heart), you would capture images containing valuable diagnostic information. This information can help to identify any abnormal condition or disease that may be present.
As a radiation therapist, you would be responsible for delivering a therapeutic dose of ionizing radiation in the treatment of malignant disease. You would be involved in all aspects of treatment planning, delivery, and care, using advanced computer software for treatment planning in 3D, CT scanners and MRI for identifying critical structures and tumor volumes, and state-of-the-art linear accelerator equipment to deliver treatment. Radiation therapists interact with patients on a daily basis throughout a course of treatment, typically four to seven weeks, looking after the patient’s emotional and physical needs.
Cardiology Technologists work in the hospital or clinic setting and are involved in the performance of vital cardiac testing such as ECG's, Ambulatory Monitoring and Exercise Stress Testing. They utilize a wide range of sophisticated medical equipment that is essential for providing the cardiologist with valuable diagnostic information. Cardiology Technology is a fast-paced, constantly changing medical discipline with opportunities to branch out and train to work in other disciplines such as Pacemaker Technology, Cardiovascular and Adult Echocardiography. Once trained and certified, opportunities for employment are vast and available throughout Canada the US and Australia.
You can use the following resources to further research careers in health sciences fields:
- Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
- Biomedical Engineering Society
- Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
- Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
- Health Sciences Association of BC
- Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- College of Registered Nurses of BC