by Danielle Wagner
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Dietary, engineering, physical therapy and the ER.
Sixth grade students with Hansen Elementary in Cedar Falls got to explore many types of jobs in hospitals, and some don't require a medical degree.
"A lot of them didn't think I would ever work in a hospital and now after they've been there they're really surprised that all the different opportunities hospitals provide for careers," said teacher Michelle DeGabriele.
About 70 students visited a variety of departments at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls.
Sartori and Hansen Elementary are "Partners in Education."
"We got to go into the kitchen and sample some of the food if people have different eating needs," said student Michael Nelson.
The students listened to presentations and had an opportunity to ask questions.
"I enjoy listening to the salaries. Just because it's kind of interesting to see what they make," said student Kelly Olsen.
So, why should sixth graders be thinking about the age old question: What do you want to be when you grow up?
"It gives them an opportunity to think about classes they could take in high school to prepare themselves and it never hurts to have a goal to shoot for," said DeGabriele.
Whether students are thinking about medical careers or not, teacher Michelle DeGabriele said this is a great way for students to see first hand what's it's like to work in a hospital, no matter the job.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner