Not all heroes wear capes, and not all healthcare practitioners wear coats. The nursing profession is, arguably, often labelled as the most overlooked and underrated in the healthcare industry, but what are some others that deserve higher praise as well?

1. The dosimetrist

Dosimetrists often work with radiation oncology teams to treat cancer patients via radiation therapy. They specialise in knowledge on radiation and its usage as a remedy.

Due to the high risk nature of the job as they are often exposed to radioactive materials, dosimetrists have to undergo intense training and have sound knowledge of safety measures and precautions for both patients and practitioners alike.

2. The dental technician

Ever wondered who manufactures the crowns, bridges and caps you often see? No, contrary to what you may think, they are not factory-made. Each part has to be custom-made to fit patients according to specifications given by the dentist. A technician, called the dental technician, makes all these for patients.

Due to the nature of their work, that is that they often work behind the scenes, it is no wonder that they are one of the jobs that are most unheard of in the dental industry.

3. The cardiac perfusionist

Before you begin to wonder, no, this job has nothing at all to do with the application of perfume whatsoever. Admittedly the most “funky-sounding” on the list, cardiac perfusionists operate heart and lung machinery that assume the functions of patients’ organs when they are being operated on.

This is often during surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass. They are in charge of monitoring the patient’s status during the duration, so as to ensure that the operation goes on smoothly.

Similarly to phlebotomists, cardiac perfusionists often work on an on-call basis, although they are, in fact, certified professionals.

4. The sonographer

Sonography involves the application of sound waves to the body to see internal body structures such as muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. Sonographers not only need to know how to operate the machinery required, but they are trained to understand and diagnoses the images as well, so as to be able to differentiate a healthy patient from a critically ill one.

The sonographer was listed on a Forbes’ list in 2016 as being one of the most underrated jobs of the year, with its justification being that it did not even require a bachelors’ degree for the profession, but yet earned its practitioners an annual salary of $63,630 USD (roughly $89,000 SGD).

5. The medical technologist

A medical technologist (alternatively also known as a medical laboratory scientist or medical laboratory technologist) analyses and tests sample of fluids and tissues of patients.

The name of the profession is derived from the operating of extremely complex machines that are used for the process of analysis. They also have to upkeep a keen sense of efficiency so as to ensure that the delivery of results to clinics and hospitals is smooth.

6. The genetic counsellor

Quite possibly the newest job on the list, genetic testing is a rising industry in the healthcare sector that involves testing clients for gene mutations that may result in medical disorders in their children.

It is a sad but true fact that doctors often fail to refer patients to genetic counsellors. A study published by Allison Kurian, a Stanford University Medical School professor, found for instance that women were interested in genetic testing but often failed to receive referrals from doctors as “two thirds of the women said they wanted to be tested, but only a third had received it.”

Closer to home, however, it was reported in 2015 that more Singaporeans were looking for genetic counsellors – a good sign that it will not stay underrated and overlooked for long. MIMS

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