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    Healthcare Careers for Biology Grads

    If you dissect the healthcare job market for people with college degrees in biology, you discover something intriguing: There's abundant variety in both the types of health-related careers you can pursue with a biology background and in the day-to-day activities of the jobs themselves. For example, Shelly Feaver, a 1998 biology graduate of North Central College, is now an epidemiologist ...
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    Find Your First Medical Assistant Job

    Find Your First Medical Assistant Job
    Are you a new medical assistant (MA) who's ready to dive into the working world but can't seem to get off the starting block? Jump-start your job hunt - and land your first MA position - with these tips. h4. Ace Your Externship Excelling as an extern can greatly improve your chances of finding a job after graduation. "Many, many students ...
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    Retail or Hospital Pharmacy?

    Retail or Hospital Pharmacy?
    While their career options have broadened over the years, most pharmacists still work in either retail establishments or hospitals. In which environment would you thrive? Here's a look at pharmacy work in each setting. h4. Retail Reality Retail pharmacists prepare and dispense medications, advise customers about how to use medications and warn them about possible drug interactions. Retail pharmacists also consult ...
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    Hospital Pharmacists Play Bigger Role in Patient Care

    Hospital Pharmacists Play Bigger Role in Patient Care
    A decade or so ago, patients could leave the hospital without seeing, speaking with or even thinking about a vital member of their healthcare team: The pharmacist. Tucked away from patients, pharmacists typically dispensed medications that physicians prescribed and nurses administered. Today, pharmacists have more clinical training and are eager to use it as they step onto patient floors and assume ...
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    Postgrad Residencies Help Put Pharm Grads on the Fast Track

    Postgrad Residencies Help Put Pharm Grads on the Fast Track
    Sure, earning a PharmD prepares pharmacy grads to obtain their license and get a job. But will the degree open doors to the opportunity they really want? In their quest for plum positions, heftier paychecks, exposure to state-of-the-art practices and other perks, approximately one in seven pharmacy grads takes a step beyond their degree and opts for a postgraduate residency, says ...
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    Radiologic Technologists Explore Career Options

    Radiologic Technologists Explore Career Options
    While the paths in rad tech careers hasn't been as clearly marked as in other healthcare professions, radiologic technologists (RTs) can still pursue a variety of career options within and outside healthcare. In the clinical environment, RTs can branch out into one of the imaging specialties. In industry, RTs can develop rewarding - and lucrative - vocations in sales, training, consulting ...
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    Which Rad Tech Specialty Is Right for You?

    Which Rad Tech Specialty Is Right for You?
    Are you a hands-on person who likes a lot of patient contact? Or do you prefer to keep a little distance? Are you supercharged, or do you prefer a slower pace? Intrigued by watching live images, or are you content with still shots? Your answers to questions like these can help you choose a post-primary certification in radiologic technology (RT) that's ...
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    Career Profile: Physician - Kara Odom

    Career Profile: Physician - Kara Odom
    h4. What do you do every day? Family medicine is pretty diverse, so we do everything from delivering and taking care of babies to taking care of people in our clinic. A typical day might be going into the office at about 8 a.m. and seeing about 10 patients in the morning. Usually at the lunch hour, we’ll have a lecture ...
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    Career Profile: Cardiovascular Technician

    Career Profile: Cardiovascular Technician
    h4. What do you do every day? [widget:training_channel_cardiovascular_tech] We do cardiac catheterization on individuals who come in and possibly have heart disease. At Sentara, cardiovascular technicians work in three different roles with the cardiologists. We pass sterile equipment and help them do the procedure. We monitor and chart the vital signs and the hemodynamics (blood circulation). We also hand off sterile ...
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    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick

    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick
    h4. What do you do on a typical day? I start my day by reviewing my caseload. After that, I spend the entire day seeing patients. Because I work with patients who have brain and spinal cord injuries, I work with them mostly on functional mobility. I help my patients work on getting out of bed, regaining balance and navigating stairs. ...
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    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White

    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White
    [widget:1102] h4. Why did you become a paramedic? I’m also a part-time volunteer firefighter for a suburb of Minneapolis. A few years ago, I took an emergency medical technician course and realized there was so much more to learn. So I did a few ride alongs. That’s where you ride with an ambulance team to see if paramedicine is something you ...
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    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse

    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse
    h4. How did you get interested in nursing? Actually I started out in radiology, but I realized right away it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to start over, and my mom suggested nursing because there are so many areas to specialize in within the field. So I switched to the LPN program at Riverside Regional Medical Center. I liked it ...
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    Career Profile: Interpreter

    Career Profile: Interpreter
    h4. What do you do every day? We are responsible for everything [the patients] need from the moment they arrive in Cleveland. We go to appointments with them and interpret for them. Even if they know the language, we escort them to their appointments. If tests are ordered we make sure they are scheduled. And we tell patients if there’s any ...
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    Career Profile: Informatics Specialist - Erik Stuckart

    Career Profile: Informatics Specialist - Erik Stuckart
    h4. How did you become interested in health informatics? I was working on a biology degree, and a friend told me about the health informatics degree program at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). I researched it, and I liked that it included business and computer courses. Plus, I would be able to use my anatomy and biology knowledge as an ...
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    Career Profile: Home Health Aide - Leayana Hall

    Career Profile: Home Health Aide - Leayana Hall
    h4. What do you do every day? We go out and see our patients. We do daily baths and oral care and comb hair and take blood pressure, pulses and respirations. Basically we are doing patient care. On a regular day, we see five or six patients. Most of my patients are elderly, but we also get teenagers and babies. We ...
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    Career Profile: Health Educator - Kate Squire

    Career Profile: Health Educator - Kate Squire
    h4. What do you do at your job? I run the First Breath program, which helps pregnant women quit smoking. I travel around the state and meet with the people who counsel pregnant women. They need resources on how to motivate women to make healthy lifestyle choices. One of the challenges our public health nurses and other educators face is how ...
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    Career Guide: Dentist

    Career Guide: Dentist
    h4. At a Glance • Most dentists are solo practitioners. • Dentists usually complete at least 8 years of education beyond high school. • Average employment growth will generate some job openings, but most openings will result from the need to replace the large number of dentists expected to retire. • Job prospects should be good. • Nature of the Work ...
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    Career Guide: Chiropractor

    Career Guide: Chiropractor
    h4. At a Glance • Job prospects should be good; employment is expected to grow faster than average because of increasing consumer demand for alternative health care. • Chiropractors must be licensed, requiring 2 to 4 years of undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course, and passing scores on national and State examinations. • About 52 percent of ...
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    Career Guide: Pharmacist

    Career Guide: Pharmacist
    h4. At a Glance • Excellent job opportunities are expected. • Earnings are high, but some pharmacists are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. • Pharmacists are becoming more involved in counseling patients and planning drug therapy programs. • A license is required; the prospective pharmacist must graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy and pass a series of examinations. ...
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    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic

    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic
    At a Glance • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers. • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State. • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours. h4. Nature of the Work People’s lives often ...
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