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Career Finder


Welcome to the Career Finder Tool.  Below, you'll find a selection of different industries and the many careers available in each field.  Find the career field that you're interested in, then see how ASU-Newport can help you Start your Career Now!

Health Related Careers


Brief Description of Career and Program
Phlebotomists perfect the skill of drawing blood from people and also collect other specimen.  Their specialty skill helps patients reduce being stuck with the needle in several different places which could result in the patient experiencing pain as well as developing bruises.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Pathway (from Class to Career)

Career Possibilities
As with most other medical professionals, phlebotomists can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Draw blood from patients.
  • Collect specimen from patients.
  • Label vials of specimen and bring to laboratory.
  • Determine the best way of collecting samples.
  • Clean and sterilize equipment.

A Good Phlebotomist:

  • Is detailed oriented and maintains and keeps neat and careful patient records.
  • Keeps the cart/station well organized, supplied, and clean.
  • Has good communication skills.
  • Is empathetic to the patients from whom they are collecting samples.
  • Strives to make the collection of specimen as painless as possible.
  • Has an easy time interacting with people.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Understands and honors the confidentiality of patients.

Prospective and Salary/Wages
Beginning salary averages $9.78 per hour.

Emergency Medical Technician

Brief Description of Career and Program
The field of Emergency Medical Technicians, commonly referred to as “EMTs,” is a growing occupation. Currently, the Department of Labor foresees at least a 20 percent increase in EMT jobs in the coming decade.

  • Admission Requirements (available on the web site)
  • Pathway (Certificate of Proficiency Guided Pathway is completed)
  • Build on Existing Certificates and Degrees (not completed)

Career Possibilities
As with most other medical professionals, EMTs can work in a variety of settings; however, they are mainly employed with ambulance services.  Other possible career opportunities include working in the emergency department at a hospital or at a fire station. After completing the first level of EMT education (Certificate of Proficiency), EMTs have the ability to advance their education and career by taking an advanced EMT course or the Paramedic course.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Responds to emergency calls
  • Provides immediate care for injured people
  • Transports people in critical condition to hospitals
  • Restocks supplies

A Good Emergency Medical Technician:

  • Performs well under time pressure.
  • Knows how to quickly assess a situation and administer proper medical help to one or several people in need based on the nature of illnesses and injuries.
  • Pays attention to details.
  • Is able to quickly calm down injured people and possible close-by relatives.
  • Has good communication and listening skills so that they can quickly find out as much about the injury and/or injured person.
  • Attends continuing educational workshops/training programs to always stay up-to-date on developments in the medical field.
  • Keeps the medical transportation area clean, sanitized, and organized.

Prospective and Salary/Wages
$8.50-$9.00 per hour