after much heming and hawwing over the past year about switching careers and trying to decide what it is i would like to do ...... i have taken the plunge and am going back to college to become an X-ray tech , ( in the human medical field ). last night i spoke with the professor who heads the program and found out everything i need to take this year so i will have the requirements to apply for the program in the spring.
i am pretty excited but also nervous as all heck since it has been twenty years since i have been to college. so hopefully not only will i gain a new career .... maybe someone can help fix my horrible grammar and run on sentences ;)
i am going to seriously miss working with animals. being a vet tech is my soul, a big part of who and what i am. its going to be really hard ..... really really hard .
if you are, or know anyone who is, feel free to give me the dirt on the job.
so on my day off this week it is off to register for college ....... wish me luck =)
Thats great! I've thought about going back to study some thing new but I hated school and really dont know what I'd love to do enough to start all over again.
One of my friends started out in the x-ray field but moved to radiology doing something and now shes does ultra sound for pregnant wemon. She makes great money but works allot of shift work, which can be good and bad. She turely enjoys it and finds it rewarding.
You go girl! and don't take short cuts and go to one of those TV trade schools. I did and took the surgical technology course and it's almost worthless because the college course is the one that hospitals prefer. One of the reasons I'm having trouble finding a job is i live 65 miles away from the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex and in surgery, you have to take call and be able to be at the hospital in 30 minutes. I do work at a surgery center in Dallas on the weekends, when gas went to 2.00 a gallon (!) I couldn't afford to drive to Dallas everyday, which is why I'm driving a school bus. Between the 2 jobs, I'm almost making it, lol. One of these days, there'll be an opening in a suburb closer to my home, but guess what? they hire the interns from the COLLEGE. Sounds like you're doing it right, and good luck, it's hard but worth it.
i often wondered whether there was any real merit to those schools advertised on TV ... but no this program is accredited through the community colleges in my area ...
thanks eveyrone =) good luck to you husky !!!
duchess .. i went through researching TONS of things before i finally decided. ultrasound was one of the things i researched and went to an interview for at a school ... but all these years of seeing them odne on animals it still looks like snowy TV to me and i dont think any amount of training is going to change that lol. its been more then a year of it but now that i have finally decided it is such a relief.
imsdac ..... the major turn off is the salary of a vet tech. that is my only gripe with the whole profession. last i had heard the national median salary is 12.00 an hour. health benefits, pension plans, etc. are not standard. it is all what any individual employer wants to offer you and right now there are still many employers who don't offer anything at all .... and those who do make you pay a percentage of it, often a large percentage of it, and it can be near impossible to do so on such a low salary.
if you do not need to support yourself , or a family, it is a great field to get into.
thats the only negative i can htink of. i absolutely love it otherwise .
***Edited By: Scout1 on 7/18/2006 3:04:05 PM*** Reason: x
Congrats for making the decision. I know you can do it. My uncle (who just turned 50 last week) decided to go back to school for his masters two years (after not having been in school for I guess about the same time as you), and he'll be finished by the end of this year. I'm all for encouragement. You can do it!!! By the way, once you finish the program and get adjusted, maybe it'll be possible to do some vet work on the side (if you still have the strong desire).
Anyway, good luck. Congrats! And a final, YOU CAN DO IT!
*now someone convince me to enroll next semester ;) *
Scout, Thats great, I'm so happy for you. I have often thought about going back and getting my degree but have always had something keep me from doing it. I worked as a medical secratary for a large clinic in Alb. NM and the girl that was our xray tech really loved her job, not to mention the money. She worked weekdays at our office of 6 docs and then weekends at the hospital. She made more money at the hospital than with us. So you might want to keep that in mind(hospital = good money terrible hours or clinic = so so money and great hours) either one I think youll love it.
Vet techs are definitely underpaid!! Best of luck to your career choice. I agree about the ultrasound pictures, it looks like a whole lot of nothing to me! BTW- I would be quite chilly in the lower 90s. It is 104 here now!
congrats scout I am so jealous fo you for figuring out what you want to be and an X-Ray tech sounds very interesting, and while you are are out to better yourself dont forget us here at TP, LOL. But seriously huge CONGRATS.
Working in a family physicians I work really close with the Radiology techs and our Organization has there own Radiology tech classes that the teach here. I want to wish the best of luck with going back to College I done this myself last fall when after being out of school 35 years I am going back for full 4.5 years of college to get my BSN in Registered Nursing. Then after work a year I am going back to get my master as a NP. I think you will love your new found career. Keep in touch