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10 motivational career quotes

Sometimes you hit a point in your career when you need a little motivation. You might be stuck in a rut, worried about your job security, nervous about taking on a new challenge, or just feeling a little lost.

To provide some inspiration for those times when you need it most, here are 10 quotes from athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, intellectuals and visionaries to motivate you – no matter where you are in your career.

1. "Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it." – Katharine Whitehorn, British journalist, writer and columnist

2. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." – Henry Ford, an American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company

3. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." – Steve Jobs, inventor and co-founder of Apple

4. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." – Thomas A. Edison, American inventor and businessman

5. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." – Albert Einstein, physicist and scientist

6. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." – Michael Jordan, professional basketball player and winner of six NBA championships

7. "If you're hurt, lick your wounds and get up again. If you've given it your absolute best, it's time to move forward." – Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group

8. "It is never too late to be what you might have been." – George Eliot (real name Mary Ann Evans), an English Victorian novelist

9. "One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." – Arthur Ashe, professional tennis player and activist

10. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." – Maya Angelou, American author, poet and civil rights activist

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An inside look at careers in diagnostic medical sonography

Going by titles like ultrasound technician, cardiac sonographer and vascular technologist, diagnostic medical sonographers perform different functions with one common purpose: They provide a window to the inside workings of the body and play a critical role in helping physicians evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.

At a time in which Americans are living longer and chronic health conditions are on the rise, demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to climb an impressive 46 percent nationwide from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That makes it the sixth fastest growing occupation in the country, and means plenty of job opportunities could await new grads in the field.

“I graduated from school in December and started working a week later,” says Shelley Heussner, a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer based in Petoskey, Mich.

One career, many specialties
Diagnostic medical sonography encompasses a number of specialties. Obstetrics ultrasound technicians, who help monitor fetal development, are probably the most widely known professionals in the field. They use non-invasive technology to capture images of babies in the womb, allowing physicians and expecting parents to see a child before it’s born.

However, this isn’t the only application for sonography technology. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers four credentials for sonographers that span seven practice specialties:

  • Abdomen
  • Breast
  • Echocardiography
  • Neurosonology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Vascular technology
  • Musculoskeletal

A sonographer’s work day varies depending on their specialty or employer. Heussner splits her time between a heart and vascular services office and the local hospital.

“I might stay in the clinic area all day with patients, typically seeing one per hour, or I may go down to the hospital and do inpatient imaging,” she says. “Sometimes I travel to another clinic and do tests there.”

Ready to work in two years?
For students exploring their career options, diagnostic medical sonography may be an attractive choice, in part because individuals can potentially be ready to enter the field in two years.

“An associate’s degree is the normal education,” explains Heussner. “You can go up to a bachelor’s degree, but most people do an AAS and that’s all companies really want.”

The Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography recommends students look for an accredited program, such as one approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The CAAHEP currently accredits diagnostic sonography programs in 43 states and the District of Columbia, including several online degree options.

Credentials may lead to higher income
After graduation, individuals may want to apply for one or more of the ARDMS certifications. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers in the U.S. was $65,860 in 2012, the SDMS says certification could lead to a higher income.

Currently, the ARDMS offers the following credentials to sonographers:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Vascular Technologist
  • Registered in Musculoskeletal

The 2013 SDMS Sonographer Salary and Benefits Survey found having multiple certifications was linked to higher base salaries among those surveyed. Specifically, those with a combination of the RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentials reported the highest median annual salaries. Looking at the certifications individually, SDMS data indicates the RDCS may be the most profitable.

Is a career in sonography right for you?
Heussner advises students exploring their career options to shadow sonographers in several specialties to find the right fit. “I always knew I wanted something in medical, but I was never sure exactly what I wanted until I job shadowed,” she explains. “As soon as I shadowed in cardiac, I knew that’s what I wanted.”

As for her job today, Heussner says even though she is imaging hearts all day, everyone’s heart is different and each patient’s situation is unique, which makes for a work day that is anything but tedious.

“I love my job,” she says. “Talking with the patients, seeing what’s going on with their hearts… it’s so fascinating.” If working closely with patients in a dynamic medical environment sounds like an engaging career path, you could be just two short years away from having one of the hottest jobs in the country.

Maryalene LaPonsie is a writer for OnlineDegrees.com. This article was originally published on OnlineDegrees.com

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