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    School Speech Therapists

    School Speech Therapists
    If you like teaching children but don't want to manage an entire classroom, working as a school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) might be a good career alternative. Unlike classroom teachers, school SLPs typically work one-on-one or in small groups, helping children overcome communication or swallowing disorders. About half the country's 96,000 SLPs work in schools, according to the US Bureau of Labor ...
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    Nursing Careers Beyond the Hospital

    Nursing Careers Beyond the Hospital
    Mid-career nurses who want to reinvent themselves without starting over can apply their clinical skills and experience outside of the hospital. Take a look at these career possibilities. Perhaps one of them is the key to helping you rediscover your passion for nursing. Consultant Want to strike out on your own? Many nurses carve out lucrative niches as consultants, offering data ...
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    Career Guide: Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

    Career Guide: Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
    Nature of the Work Radiologic technologists take x rays and administer nonradioactive materials into patients’ bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes. Radiologic technologists also referred to as radiographers, produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x rays ...
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    Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

    Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
    Nature of the Work Nursing and psychiatric aides help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm individuals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and mental health settings. Home health aides have duties that are similar, but they work in patients’ homes or residential care facilities. Nursing aides and home health aides are among the occupations commonly referred to as ...
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    Career Guide: Nuclear Medicine Technologists

    Career Guide: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
    Nature of the Work Diagnostic imaging embraces several procedures that aid in diagnosing ailments, the most familiar being the x ray. In nuclear medicine, radionuclides—unstable atoms that emit radiation spontaneously—are used to diagnose and treat disease. Radionuclides are purified and compounded to form radiopharmaceuticals. Nuclear medicine technologists administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or ...
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    Career Guide: Medical Appliance, Dental Lab, and Ophthalmic Lab Technicians

    Career Guide: Medical Appliance, Dental Lab, and Ophthalmic Lab Technicians
    Nature of the Work When patients require a medical device to help them see clearly, chew and speak well, or walk, their health care providers send requests to medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians. These technicians produce a variety of implements to help patients. Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, maintain, and repair braces, artificial limbs, joints, arch supports, and other surgical ...
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    Emerging Areas in Occupational Therapy

    Emerging Areas in Occupational Therapy
    The demand for occupational therapists (OTs) - professionals who help individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional limitations achieve independence in their daily living or working environments - is on the upswing. [widget:occupational_therapy_quiz] After a period of layoffs and hiring freezes spurred by federal legislation that limited reimbursement for therapy services, the OT profession has bounced back and is branching out in ...
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    Career Guide: Opticians, Dispensing

    Nature of the Work Helping people see better and look good at the same time is the job of a dispensing optician. Dispensing opticians help select and then fit eyeglasses and contact lenses for people with eye problems, following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists. (The work of optometrists is described elsewhere in the Handbook. See the section on physicians and ...
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    Fight Cancer as a Radiation Therapist

    Fight Cancer as a Radiation Therapist
    Medical advances have made radiation therapists among the most sought-after specialists in the field of radiologic technology. "Improvements in cancer treatment have enhanced survival rates, so there are more patients requiring therapy," according to a study by Allied Consulting, a national healthcare staffing firm in Austin. Indeed, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster-than–average job growth for radiation therapists ...
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    Career Guide: Respiratory Therapist

    Career Guide: Respiratory Therapist
    Nature of the Work Respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy technicians—also known as respiratory care practitioners—evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Respiratory therapy technicians follow specific, well-defined respiratory ...
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    Pharmacy Specialties

    Pharmacy Specialties
    Pharmacists seeking career opportunities beyond traditional pill-dispensing roles at the local drugstore or hospital have many options available to them. From education and research to pharmaceutical production and consulting, the pharmacy field encompasses many disciplines, all of which relate to knowledge of drug therapies. Here's a look at some of these pharmacy specialties: [widget:quiz_pharmacy_technician] Academic Pharmacists These specialists work in colleges ...
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    Career Guide: Massage Therapist

    Career Guide: Massage Therapist
    Nature of the Work The medical benefits of “friction” were first documented in Western culture by the Greek physician Hippocrates around 400 BC. Today, massage therapy is being used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. This is done by manipulating the soft tissue muscles of the ...
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    Diverse Opportunities Await Pharmacists in Industry

    Diverse Opportunities Await Pharmacists in Industry
    Hospitals, retail, long-term-care facilities -- are those all the options available for pharmacists considering the full range of career settings? Absolutely not. One important sector employs PharmDs in a range of functional areas: Pharmaceuticals. "Pharma loves PharmDs, because they're trained with pharmaceuticals, and they know how to apply them to human health," says William Sietsema, vice president of clinical and regulatory ...
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    Career Guide: Dental Assistant

    Career Guide: Dental Assistant
    Nature of the Work Dental assistants work closely with, and under the supervision of, dentists. (See the statement on dentists elsewhere in the Handbook.) Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. Dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform different clinical tasks. [widget:1102] Dental assistants sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, ...
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    Pharmacy Associations Offer Customized Benefits

    Pharmacy Associations Offer Customized Benefits
    Thinking about joining a professional pharmacy association? Beyond free publications, networking and leadership opportunities -- all standard benefits of association membership -- these groups can offer valuable, career-specific No matter what your specialty, there's likely an association for it. Consider the following organizations in your quest for career resources: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) This professional society is for pharmacists ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare

    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare
    Whether you're a social worker, therapist, visiting nurse or another type of home healthcare practitioner, you will undoubtedly face an ethical dilemma at some point in your career. These quandaries can relate to a patient's safety, competency or confidentiality, reimbursement or a host of other issues that force home healthcare workers to act. Three home healthcare professionals shed light on issues ...
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    Career Guide: Psychologist

    Career Guide: Psychologist
    Nature of the Work Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in health service fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private settings. Psychologists employed in applied settings, such as business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations, provide training, conduct research, design organizational systems, ...
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    Where Can You Work with a Master's in Healthcare Administration?

    Where Can You Work with a Master's in Healthcare Administration?
    A master's degree in healthcare administration is mostly a blessing with a bit of a curse tossed in. It's a blessing in that you'll be able to explore management-oriented careers in a wide range of healthcare-related organizations and settings once you've finished your program. You'll also have the potential to oversee an assortment of essential activities: financial matters, regulatory and legal ...
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    Career Guide: Registered Nurse

    Career Guide: Registered Nurse
    Nature of the Work Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and ...
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    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
    Nature of the Work Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. (The work of physicians and surgeons and of registered nurses is described elsewhere in the Handbook.) The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by State and job setting. ...
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