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Diagnostic services cover a range of health conditions. Some may be concerned with monitoring or preventative medicine. Some examples include blood tests, mammograms, bowel screening. Others may be concerned with establishing the extent of ill-health or disease using investigative techniques and technologies e.g. radiography.
Working in this field will vary considerably and is very specific however some daily tasks and responsibilities undertaken include:
People may start a career in the diagnostic medical field in different ways. Some might start by working as a technical assistant to a radiographer, for example, and others may begin as a lab assistant where they learn about the practical side of storing and testing samples forwarded to the lab. From here they may go on to learn about how to interpret test results.
What people in diagnostics have in common is knowledge and interest in sciences, as well as practical skills in using equipment and assessing findings. Therefore, to start out in this field you might consider:
Taking foundation courses in sciences.
To get started you might think about studying a short course such as Cell Biology or Medical Terminology or browse our range of relevant courses here.
Looking for assistant and technician type positions - where you can learn on the job.
Taking sales type roles, e.g. for medical supplies companies, where you can learn about equipment.
Joining clubs or societies where you are exposed to science.
Volunteering to work at science and technical trade shows.
Once you have started a career in diagnostics there are opportunities for advancement so long as you remain open to learning. There are many things you'll need to know which can make it both interesting and challenging.
To continue your development, you can:
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