When we were kids, I was the serious one, and my little sister was the fun one. I never dreamed that when we grew up, she would be the one who landed a solid career and a decent income first. As an x-ray technician, she works harder than most people I know. These are the reasons I’m proud to be her big sister:

1. My sister has mad skills.

When my sister enrolled in an x-ray technician program, I had no idea that she would acquire so many skills along the way. Not only can she name all the bones in the body, rattle off lists of creepy-sounding diseases, and lift people twice her size, but she can also operate some pretty complicated machinery. Her x-ray technician program taught her real, practical skills that directly applied to her future career.

2. She solves problems creatively at work.

My sister works with people who are often in pain or have mobility issues. After all, patients aren’t usually sent to the x-ray technician because everything feels great. Often, she has to come up with ways to position people on the table who can’t hold their limbs in the appropriate places. The other day, she was telling a story about something funny one of her coworkers said, In the middle of this story, she described how she propped up a patient who was in severe pain with sponges to get the x-ray she needed. This kind of problem-solving comes so naturally to her now, she doesn’t even realize that what she does at work is the most interesting part of her story.

3. My sister can handle things that would make me barf.

When we were kids, my sister said, “Ew!” and “That’s gross!” all the time. When she was in school to become an x-ray technician, my sister learned that she could handle just about anything. She saw operations during her clinical rotation and didn’t freak out. She regularly sees grisly injuries and deals with it well. I won’t go into too many details, but becoming an x-ray technician made my sister a much stronger person.

4. She and her co-workers are close.

When my sister goes out after work, she hangs out with the group of friends she’s had since high school. But she also formed lifelong friendships with people who were in her x-ray technician program. Her co-workers are now her friends, and her boyfriend is also an x-ray technician. They form a unique group, and they all have a language all their own. It seems like so many people hate the people they work with, or at least feel nothing in common with them. But x-ray technicians definitely stick together.

5. She makes more money than me!

My sister and I took very different approaches to education. I figured that if I spent enough time in school, eventually I would end up in a stable career. My sister, on the other hand, wanted to get specific, hands-on training that would lead directly to work. Though she only has an associate degree and an x-ray technician certification, she makes more money that I do with a master’s degree in writing. And while I love my life and the path I’ve chosen, I’m proud of my little sister and hope to someday do something that makes her as proud of me.

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