assist dentists in their offices, educating patients and providing cleaning and preventative care. According to a report in U.S. News and World Report
, the average annual salary for these professionals is around $68,000, and many only work part time. You can launch your career as a dental hygienist with a two-year degree at your local community college. Many schools feature dental laboratories, where students work with actual patients for practical, hands-on experience
. In some states, hygienists must also pass an examination to practice, but community colleges often provide the preparation and opportunities for testing as part of the degree program.
Medical Laboratory Technician
This medical professional performs routine laboratory tests for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Tests might include blood and urine tests, as well as examinations of tissue and other bodily fluids. Medical laboratory technicians
typically work in the lab of a hospital, according to the website for the MHA Health Careers Center
. They might also work in the laboratories of public health clinics, universities and biomedical companies. The average annual salary for a medical laboratory technician is around $32,000, and job . . . read more