Lab Work and Imaging Careers

Careers in this cluster help care for patients by assisting to accurately diagnose patient problems, provide needed treatments, and keep complex healthcare equipment running properly.

Trends in lab work and imaging include:

  • New technologies and capabilities are increasing demand for services in this field, and may require more specialized training for particular occupations.
  • An aging workforce nearing retirement may mean increased need for these positions in the near future.

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What is it like to work in a Lab Work and Imaging career?

Many people who work in Lab Work and Imaging find it rewarding to be involved in and affect patient care without working in a direct care position with a lot of patient interaction. These positions are often part of a medical team, however, so an ability to work well with others is still very important.

When you are planning a career in Lab Work and Imaging, it is important have  strong STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math.

(Not sure if Lab Work and Imaging careers are right for you? Check out this personal interest inventory to help find potential careers that are a match.)

If you think you might want to work in a Lab Work and Imaging  career, it is highly recommended that you work with a career counselor or academic counselor to make sure that you create a career plan that is realistic and matches your goals.

Nursing is the fastest growing career in healthcare.
Question 1 Explanation: 
False. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that personal care aids and home health aids will be the fastest growing occupations through 2020.