Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services

This pathway includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.

Diagnostic Service Careers

Histology Technicians

Histology technicians are specialized medical lab workers. They play a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by turning tissue samples into microscope slides. Histology is the study of microscopic structures of tissues.

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Physician Assistant

Physician assistants practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other health care workers.

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Cardiovascular Technologist

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests.

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Radiation Oncologist Technologist

Radiation therapists are part of the oncology teams that treat patients with cancer. Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.

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Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests.

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Clinical Lab Technician

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

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Laboratory Assistant

Lab assistants are responsible for helping technologists and scientists during lab tests and research. Duties include processing samples, classifying results, and recording findings.

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Phlebotomist

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.

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Medical Technologist

A medical technologist is a highly skilled health professional who tests and analyzes blood, other body fluids, and tissue samples. Medical technologists are responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment used to analyze specimens and ensuring that tests are completed in a correct and timely manner.

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Radiologic Technician

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.

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MRI Technologist

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.

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EKG technician

EKG Technicians, also known as EKG Technologists and Cardiovascular Technicians, are an integral part of a cardiovascular health care team. EKG technicians are responsible for administering a variety of vital tests on a patient's pulmonary or cardiovascular system for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes.

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About Diagnostic Services

High Demand Jobs

The District of Columbia has identified five high-demand, high-growth career occupations: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse and Pharmacy Technician.

Employment in health care occupations is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.6 million new jobs. Health care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for health care services.

Perhaps the biggest reason to pursue a health career is to make a difference in the lives of others. You will contribute to creating a healthier world whether you work as a medical assistant, pharmacy tech, administrator or home health aide, there are many opportunities right here in the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia has identified five high-demand, high-growth career occupations: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse and Pharmacy Technician.