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Old 12-09-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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I'm tired of my current go-nowhere career(15 years in the health insurance field) and seriously considering changing over to something else. I was considering going back to school to become either a Dental Hygienist or X-ray/Ultrasound tech. Just don't know if these fields are worthwhile to consider as I don't know if the market is flooded. Anyone who can attest to whether or not I should or should not pursue either of these two avenues, please tell me the good and the bad . I've researched all that I can online, but would love to get input from those that are currently in those fields.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Default Anyone have any suggestions or know about the job market for either of those two fields?

Anyone? I just don't want to make a jump then discover that I just wasted my time and energy for a new career only to discover that there isn't any real market for it because there isn't enough demand in this area.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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I don't have an answer for you. I would research it yourself by looking at the want ads. Looking carefully at what they require in the want ads. Most places want experienced techs and not a newly graduated one. Some degrees have different stages and most jobs might require the higher degrees. For an example, I know a lot of people thought getting a CNA would be an easy ticket into high paying jobs only to find out that they are looking for RN's.

If you have time and inclination to go back to school, I would study to be a Nurse Practitioner. They are in demand and get paid well.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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I don't have an answer for you. I would research it yourself by looking at the want ads. Looking carefully at what they require in the want ads. Most places want experienced techs and not a newly graduated one. Some degrees have different stages and most jobs might require the higher degrees. For an example, I know a lot of people thought getting a CNA would be an easy ticket into high paying jobs only to find out that they are looking for RN's.

If you have time and inclination to go back to school, I would study to be a Nurse Practitioner. They are in demand and get paid well.
Soon they are requiring them to have Doctorate's fyi....
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Soon they are requiring them to have Doctorate's fyi....
It's such a different place nowadays than it was years ago in the workforce. Jobs that used to only require basic degrees for entry level positions now want the higher ones for basic jobs. It's a minefield to find something that pays well and enjoy doing. I know the reasons why since college is so much more accessible nowadays but still, it's tough and I am not looking forward to navigating it when it comes time for my kids to choose what they want to study.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'd get a degree in some security related field or upon reflection I should've gone into the army during college.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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If I was going back to school it would not be for an a x ray tech career. I probably have talked to 10 people in the past year that all mentioned being an x ray tech.

Nursing is pretty competitive also, I have a family member that just spent 2 years in nursing school. She graduated top of her class and is working, but....she has to work long hours, nights and weekends. if you do not mind putting in the time and working these kinds of hours afterwards then I say go for it.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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OP.

Are you looking to make money or to be fulfilled by your career?
Be honest with yourself regarding this question.
Granted, there are always more variables to consider.
Is the job you want a means to an end?
Is there a career or financial destination goal that means very much to you?

What I am saying is that if you are really just trying to make money or reach financial goals, you can always do that by learning about investing and money management. The more educated you are on both, the faster you will get to reaching your goal, no matter what career path you have or choose.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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I don't have an answer for you. I would research it yourself by looking at the want ads. Looking carefully at what they require in the want ads. Most places want experienced techs and not a newly graduated one. Some degrees have different stages and most jobs might require the higher degrees. For an example, I know a lot of people thought getting a CNA would be an easy ticket into high paying jobs only to find out that they are looking for RN's.

If you have time and inclination to go back to school, I would study to be a Nurse Practitioner. They are in demand and get paid well.
and are required to have at minimum, a Master's degree in nursing. There is a great deal of responsibility that goes along with the profession, beyond being "...tired of my current go-nowhere career..."
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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I'm tired of my current go-nowhere career(15 years in the health insurance field) and seriously considering changing over to something else. I was considering going back to school to become either a Dental Hygienist or X-ray/Ultrasound tech. Just don't know if these fields are worthwhile to consider as I don't know if the market is flooded. Anyone who can attest to whether or not I should or should not pursue either of these two avenues, please tell me the good and the bad . I've researched all that I can online, but would love to get input from those that are currently in those fields.
If you are planning to go back to school these are a few things that you would have to consider. 1. Time-another couple of years wasted. 2. Money- how much will it cost to go back to school? 3. Are you guaranteed that you will be making money in that field when you graduate? Now a days you have to go into business for yourself, like an entrepreneur. Go and work hard for yourself create and build your own dreams instead of doing all of that and building someone else's. You know what I have a friend that is expanding a business teaching people how to own there own business in the financial field and you don't need a degree. Go to yahoo business and the #1 career to be in the next 10-15 years is financial services advisor. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about it.
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