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+ Able Seamen Job Description
Whether on inland waterways or on the high seas, able seamen or "deckhands" play an important role in the commercial shipping industry or merchant marines. When in port, they rig cargo booms and tend other machines used to load and unload a ship. When under way, they may stand watch, steer the ship, inspect, maintain, and operate life boats, anchors, cargo-handling machines, and other deck equipment > view more

+ Accountants Job Description
If you have a knack for numbers, you might consider a career as an Accountant. Some Accountants work for private citizens, helping them file their taxes and giving advice on general financial matters. Other Accountants work for companies, either as outside consultants or as full-time employees. They handle the company’s financial records, overseeing budgets, payments, expenses and taxes. There are accountants that work for the government > view more

+ Actors Job Description
Actors are entertainers. They bring a writer's words to life by portraying characters on stage, screen and radio. Though the career can be glamorous, the road to success is often long and difficult. Most actors have to compete for parts through auditions. They need to be able to handle criticism and rejection. Once hired, actors spend hours memorizing lines and rehearsing. The workdays can be very long, especially on film shoots > view more

+ Aerospace Engineers Job Description
Since the Wright Brother’s inaugural flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, aircraft have come a long way. Aeronautical engineers work on aircraft which operate within the Earth’s atmosphere, while Astronautical engineers deal with aircraft which operate outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The people who design, develop and air and space craft may be experts in a variety of disciplines, including aerodynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, structures, acoustics, or guidance and control systems > view more

+ Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers
The career of an artist, performer or athlete can be like a roller coaster ride. You can be an unknown one day, and on top of the world the next. A key to success is having a good Agent and Business Manager. An Agent is hired to represent a client. The agent does this by promoting the client’s work to contacts in the industry. It is the agent’s job to handle all negotiations with the potential employer, from specifying working conditions to determining the salary > view more

+ Agricultural Engineers Job Description
Developing a flood control system for a community threatened by a river… Designing a farm of the future for a major corporation… Supervising production of new strains of plants … These are just some of the varied jobs an agricultural engineer might do. This is a lifetime career, for which you must train at an engineering school or college department. If you decide to go into research and development, you might go on for a master’s degree, or PhD > view more

+ Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
From farms and ranches…to fisheries and forests, science plays a vital role in all aspects of agriculture. Training the next generation of specialists in this area is the work of Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary. These teachers are usually found at universities, colleges and community colleges. They are responsible for developing the course material for students interested in furthering their education in agriculture > view more

+ Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Job Description
People who work in Agriculture and Natural Resources are carrying on a tradition as old as civilization itself. Ever since humans made the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and building homes, they have relied on those who specialized in developing sources for food and shelter. The search for food, and the operation of tools for planting and harvesting, now uses the very latest technology > view more

+ Air Traffic Controllers Job Description
At first it looks like a video game…but this is very much for real. Each number on the screen represents an aircraft…and the passengers’ lives depend on your careful, swift, decisive, constant instruction. Most Air traffic controllers are employed and trained by the federal government. The pay and benefits are excellent, but the stress is high. Whether you work in an airport control tower to make sure planes stay a safe distance apart on the ground, taking off and landing… a Terminal Area Control Facility or an enroute control center monitoring travel through invisible highways in the sky, you must speak clearly, work in a team, and be constantly on the alert > view more

+ Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors Job Description
When we think of air travel, we tend to think of people on the go. But there are plenty of other things that travel by plane. In fact, there are entire fleets of aircraft dedicated only to cargo operations. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors are responsible for making sure cargo is properly loaded and transported safely. They need to be experts in calculating the maximum amount of cargo the plane can carry > view more

+ Ambulette Drivers and Attendants, Except EMT
This is a job that often requires speed, but always combined with the utmost care. Ambulette drivers and attendants drive vehicles and assist in transporting sick or injured people. Many of these jobs do not come with flashing lights and sirens, however. Often people who are getting over procedures, or need help getting to and from medical care, are also taken care of by ambulette drivers and attendants > view more

+ Animal Breeders Job Description
From the fastest racehorse...to the cat recognized as best in show...it often takes more than just Mother Nature to create an animal with superior qualities. Animal Breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to produce animals with specifically desired traits. Man has been selectively raising animals for thousands of years. But what was originally done by trial and error...is now governed by precise scientific principles > view more

+ Animal Control Workers Job Description
You need a lot more than love for animals to be an animal control worker—but that’s a good place to start. Animal control workers take care of animals who are abandoned, unattended, unlicensed, mistreated—or who pose a danger to the community. In addition to feeding the animals and cleaning their pens, the job will often include caring for creatures who will be put to sleep. But it also might involve arranging for the adoption of animals in your care > view more

+ Animal Trainers Job Description
People love animals -- and animals are even more lovable when they're well-trained. Professional animal trainers teach animals new behaviors… whether it's a complicated routine at a live animal show… a search and rescue operation… or simply training a puppy not to jump up onto visitors. Animals such as dogs, birds and monkeys have been trained to assist individuals who are deaf, blind or mobility-impaired > view more

+ Archaeologists Job Description
Finding and uncovering clues explaining the history of mankind. That’s the intriguing work of Archaeologists. The ruins of buildings, tools, pottery and other objects hold the answers to how people lived in the past. Archaeologists are the social scientists who study these objects to discover their significance. Many archaeologists specialize in a particular region of the world. They may travel to remote areas and live among the people they study > view more

+ Architecture and Construction Job Description
For people who like to be active all day, who like to take their skills to new challenges in constantly changing locations, the construction industry has an array of attractive jobs. You might work for a small construction company, or for the government, maintaining highways, or a big corporation. Some construction workers are highly specialized, and hire themselves out as free lancers, doing their particular piece of a large project > view more

+ Archivists Job Description
From a turn-of-the-century love letter…to an old map that settles a modern property dispute, important records of the past are collected and preserved in archives. They are organized and cared for by archivists. Archivists patiently sort historically valuable paper, film and electronic records, deciding what's worth keeping and what’s not. The work may require researching the items to verify their origin and value > view more

+ Assemblers and Fabricators, except Machine Job Description
People who like to work with things instead of words, paper and ideas are often more comfortable doing production work. An entry-level job is on a manufacturing assembly line. While you might start by turning out individual parts, if you show ability and reliability you might become an assembler or fabricator. This is a job that calls for careful repetition of a precise series of steps, as you assemble, or fit together, parts to form complete units > view more

+ Atmospheric and Space Scientists Job Description
It’s been said that everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it. Atmospheric or Space Scientists, often called Meteorologists, are trying to change that. By studying the elements that affect weather, their work can save lives...and property. The scientists gather and analyze data from on, and above, the earth’s surface. Using computer models, they develop forecasts for upcoming weather > view more

+ Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Job Description
From concerts…to sports events…to corporate meetings, specialized equipment is needed so the audience can see and hear what’s going on. The people who set-up and operate this sophisticated electronic gear are Audio and Video Equipment Technicians. Often called AV techs, they need to be familiar with the many components that make-up audio and video systems. For example, microphones, speakers, TV monitors and projection screens > view more

+ Audiologists Job Description
Hearing loss can be gradual or sudden. Either way it can be devastating. When it comes to problems with hearing or balance…people turn to specialists called Audiologists. They use sophisticated testing equipment and computers to measure the level and quality of the patient’s hearing. The audiologist then interprets the results, and makes a diagnosis and suggests treatment. For example, there may be blockage in the ear canal that needs to be removed > view more

+ Automatic Teller Machine Servicers Job Description
It’s amazing for some of us to remember, that we didn’t always have Automated Teller Machines as a ready source of cash. But just as we now take ATMs for granted, we also take for granted that they work—24 hours a day. To help keep them in action, we depend on the unseen work of Automated Teller Machine Servicers. Typically, when ATMs are not working correctly, computer networks alert repairers > view more

+ Aviation Inspectors Job Description
When you board an aircraft, it’s good to know that aviation inspectors have been on the job. They ensure that all United States registered aircraft meet federal safety regulations. One way this is done is by careful and extensive inspection of the aircraft. Aviation inspectors must also examine flight and repair records. Only aircraft that have a valid airworthy, certificate issued by the FAA, can fly > view more

+ Biological Technicians Job Description
Scientific applications in the biological and agricultural industries have enabled our country to become one of the largest food and medicine producers in the world. Much of this research occurs in scientific laboratories where biological, agricultural and food technicians are employed. Biological, agricultural and food Technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results > view more

+ Biologists Job Description
If you enjoy developing scientific theories and devising tests to prove them, a career as a biological scientist could prove challenging and rewarding. Biological scientists study living organisms. They specialize in a particular area of biology, such as the study of animals: zoology, or the study of tiny organisms: microbiology. Their research can lead to improvements in medicines and the environment > view more

+ Boat Builders and Shipwrights Job Description
A craft as old as civilization itself, now uses methods both ancient and modern. Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct and repair ships and boats of all kinds from small pleasure craft to commercial and naval vessels. These boats are built from a range of materials including metal, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and plastic. They work from designs on paper—blueprints—to make sure the work is “ship-shape > view more

+ Bus Drivers, School Job Description
A friendly person in many young children’s lives is the School Bus driver. These individuals are responsible for safely transporting children to and from school every day. Students are picked up and dropped off at designated locations on a set route and schedule. School bus drivers are trained to operate their vehicles safely and maintain a safe atmosphere on the bus. Drivers must be especially careful when children get on or exit the bus > view more

+ Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity Job Description
Whether cross-town or cross-country, bus drivers are people movers. Inter-city bus drivers operate vehicles that go between regions or states, transit bus drivers operate busses in large metropolitan and suburban areas, and motor coach drivers take people on charter excursions or tours that may last several days. Some drivers are responsible for collecting fares and issuing transfers. Bus drivers are expected to keep to fixed routes and schedules > view more

+ Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
The world of cameras and photography is becoming increasingly complex. What once was a simple mechanical matter of allowing light to enter a box and engrave an image… now can involve complex electronics and computer chips. So camera and photographic equipment repairers need very specific knowledge and training. Career schools offer classes in subjects like computer or film technology. Manufacturers and retailers offer on-the-job training > view more

+ Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Job Description
To accomplish the everyday miracles of modern care for heart patients, it takes a team of professionals. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians are essential members of that team. Technologists are trained to prepare patients, and assist physicians during procedures such as cardiac catheterization, and open-heart surgery, balloon angioplasty and open-heart surgery. They also monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate > view more

+ Cargo and Freight Agents Job Description
Businesses need orders filled and shipments moved as quickly as possible. Cargo and freight agents are the people who help make that happen. Whatever the size, route or nature of the shipment, these agents handle the details of getting cargo from place of origination…to destination swiftly and efficiently. Cargo and freight agents take orders from customers and arrange getting the freight to the loading platform > view more

+ Cashiers Job Description
Cashiers account for the sale of a store’s merchandise - an important responsibility in helping businesses run smoothly and efficiently. To be considered for this kind of job, a store manager must believe an applicant to be trustworthy, since cashiers are given tremendous faith in safeguarding a business’s money. Duties include weighing produce and bulk food, receiving money, totaling bills and returning any change, and filling out charge forms and giving receipts > view more

+ Chemical Technicians Job Description
If you’re fascinated by the intricate science of chemistry, you may want to consider a career as a Chemical Technician. Chemical Technicians work in laboratories and manufacturing facilities. They work with-scientists to study various substances, with applications ranging from a new product development…to a major medical breakthrough. Some collect and analyze air and water samples to monitor pollution levels > view more

+ Child Care Workers Job Description
Nothing is more important than the proper nurturing of a child. And whether serving as a day care center employee, camp counselor, or teacher aide, nuturing is exactly what a child care worker does. Finger painting, show-and-tell, and group projects, are much more than just activities to keep kids busy. They help children develop communications skills, build self-confidence, and learn how to work with others > view more

+ Chiropractors Job Description
Many people with aches, pains and other health complaints depend on chiropractors to help them cope. Also called Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractic physicians, they diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but they are thoroughly trained through two to four years of pre-professional college education, with a bachelor’s degree recommended > view more

+ Claims Takers Unemployment Benefits Job Description
Finding a new job is difficult enough. Having to support yourself while looking for work makes being unemployed all the harder. That’s why the work done by Claims Takers for Unemployment Benefits is so important. They help people get access to funds made available through state unemployment insurance. Working in state unemployment offices, claims takers usually spend their days in phone banks, fielding calls from applicants > view more

+ Commercial Divers Job Description
We usually don’t see them, but below the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers, Commercial Divers are doing a lot of important work. Divers are used to inspect and patch the hulls of ships. They’re specially trained in how to attach cables to sunken objects so they can be hoisted to the surface without damage. Divers help install pilings for construction projects…check underwater pipes and cables for breaks…and they maintain underwater machinery such as pumps > view more

+ Computer and Information Systems Manager Job Description
Information is power. The more information a company's employees have, the better decisions they can make. But for information to be useful, it must be accessible. That’s the job of computer and information systems managers. They’re often referred to as "I-T people," for Information Technology. IT managers keep computer systems working properly and efficiently. They meet with employees to determine a company's computer needs, and then work with senior management to put in place the resources to meet those needs > view more

+ Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary Job Description
Computer skills are an asset for almost any career. That fact fills the seats in computer science classes every semester at vocational and technical schools, colleges and universities. People on the leading edge of computer technology are as prized on campus as they are in the corporate world. As in other fields of study, computer science instructors teach classes and do research. They often specialize their courses in a particular area, like computer engineering, programming, or information systems theory > view more

+ Computer Software Engineers Job Description
Now that so many of us have computers, we tend to take them for granted. We turn them on and expect them to do work perfectly. But without computer software engineers we’d be staring at empty screens. Most of these engineers are driven by an eager desire to learn what makes the box come to life—and ideas for expanding the machine’s reach. Basically, software is to computers what programs are to television > view more

+ Cooks, Fast Food Job Description
Fast food cooks work in local diners, bars, and restaurants, and in locations operated by national fast food chains. They prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries, fried chicken, deli sandwiches, and other basic menu items. The hours are long. The work is often part-time. The pay is not much above the minimum wage. And there are usually no benefits. Yet being a fast food cook has a lot to offer those with their eyes on a career in food services > view more

+ Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee
If you like working around food, can deal with pressure and are neat and friendly, you probably have the ingredients to work as a counter attendant at a cafeteria, food concession or coffee shop. This is usually an entry-level position for people with high school degrees. Training takes place on the job. An experienced worker will show you how to take an order… prepare food and beverages… and how to properly serve them > view more

+ Court Clerks Job Description
Before a judge can bang the gavel to call a court to order…a court clerk organizes the whole procedure. It is up to the clerk to prepare a calendar of cases to be called in court, and to contact every person who will be needed to try the case. All the documents submitted for the case have to be pulled together and distributed. And the all-important procedures must be explained to those who will participate > view more

+ Court Reporters Job Description
When it is essential to have an exact legal record of what people said, the services of court reporters are needed. They are trained to quickly create a record of testimony, speeches, conversations, legal proceedings and other events. Court reporters even take down the words of our nation’s lawmakers in Congress. In courtrooms, the court reporter makes the only legal record of events. He or she might be called upon to read back testimony during the trial…and the court reporter’s work is cited during legal appeals > view more

+ Credit Analysts Job Description
If you or someone in your family uses a credit card, a decision had to be made about whether you could be trusted to pay back the money you charge. That decision depends on the work of a credit analyst. A credit analyst examines the financial statements and credit history of individuals or companies. Based on that information, the analyst determines the degree of risk involved in extending credit, or lending money > view more

+ Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks Job Description
Companies know that extending credit is risky business. Credit authorizers, checkers and clerks work to reduce the risk. Credit clerks assemble the documents and process the transactions for people applying for loans or credit. Checkers verify what people put down on application forms. By phone or computer, checkers contact banks, credit bureaus and other sources for facts about an applicant's earnings, spending and bill-paying > view more

+ Dancers and Choreographers Job Description
While dancing may seem to spring spontaneously from emotion and music, experts know that it’s usually the result of hard work and long practice. The person who designs the dance, literally step by step, is called the choreographer. Usually dancers--or former dancers-- themselves, choreographers need a strong knowledge of movement and music, innate rhythm and artistic creativity. They need to be able to communicate their ideas to the dancers expected to execute the movements > view more

+ Data Entry and Information Procesing Workers
Our world is overflowing with numbers and information. Now that most businesses and institutions store that data in computers, we need an army of people to put the information into the system …and get it out again. That’s the job of Data Entry and Information Processing Workers. They often learn their skills in high school, or through career school courses. Once hired, employers also provide training on particular systems > view more

+ Dentists, General Job Description
Open wi--ide. Dentists diagnose and treat problems that occur in teeth and the tissues of the mouth. They fill cavities, repair broken teeth, perform extractions and clean teeth. They make molds for dentures to replace missing teeth and advise patients in good dental hygiene. Dentists use drills, x-ray machines, forceps, mirrors and brushes to do their jobs. They wear masks, gloves and safety glasses to protect themselves from infectious diseases > view more

+ Desktop Publishers Job Description
Many print materials that used to take an entire team and lots of equipment to produce…can now be created by one person at a computer. Called Desktop Publishers, they are revolutionizing the printing industry. From books…to newspapers…to brochures and even business cards, new software technologies are making it easier for tasks to be accomplished with a mouse and keyboard. A desktop publisher writes and edits text, designs graphics and develops layouts > view more

+ Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Job Description
Using sound to see…that’s the short way to explain the science of sonography. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use special equipment to direct safe, high frequency sound waves towards a particular part of the body. The echoes of those waves are collected and turned into moving images. The sonographer is trained to select particular images, and record them for a physician to use in making a diagnosis, or in monitoring a medical condition, such as pregnancy > view more

+ Dietitians and Nutritionists Job Description
The positive health and lifestyle effects of a healthy diet are very much in the news. The people behind the headlines are dietitians and nutritionists, who work to help all kinds of people, take better care of themselves, by making wiser food choices. For someone being treated for high blood pressure, a consulting dietitian or nutritionist in private practice, or associated with a clinic, can help design a diet that tastes great with less salt and fat > view more

+ Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
A quality education can make a real difference in people’s lives. An educational administrator plays a critical role in setting educational goals and standards in the education system. An educational administrator provides leadership and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools, colleges, day-care centers, museums and even correctional institutions. They can be principals who interact with teachers, coaches, students and parents, or work in a broader capacity in a school board office or as a department head at a university > view more

+ Education Administrators, Postsecondary Job Description
A quality education can make a real difference in people’s lives. An educational administrator plays a critical role in setting educational goals and standards in the education system. An educational administrator provides leadership and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools, colleges, day-care centers, museums and even correctional institutions. They can be principals who interact with teachers, coaches, students and parents, or work in a broader capacity in a school board office or as a department head at a university > view more

+ Educational Teachers, Postsecondary Job Description
There are few careers more challenging and more rewarding than being a member of a college faculty. Teaching at a college or university means dedicating yourself to not just the pursuit of knowledge…but to passing on that knowledge. It requires the ability to plan course objectives, prepare instructional materials and evaluate the work done by students. In small groups or large lectures, being a faculty member demands strong communication skills > view more

+ Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians Job Description
Technology evolves at such a rapid pace that keeping up with the latest products can be a challenge…especially for Electrical or Electronic Technician. They help design, develop, test and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as radios, radar, sonar, television, industrial and medical devices, navigational equipment, and computers. Technicians may also work in product evaluation and testing, where they use measuring or diagnostic devices to adjust, test and repair equipment > view more

+ Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
Today, home entertainment can go way beyond a CD player and a VCR.…to elaborate home theaters. To set up these systems, people often turn to experts: Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers. These technicians often work right in the customer’s home, designing, installing and repairing the systems. Components such as large screen TVs can be heavy, requiring physical strength to carry and position them > view more

+ Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs Job Description
One of the great things about America is that it offers help to its residents in need. There are many government assistance programs and agencies that provide benefits. For example, welfare, social security, public housing and employment and training. Determining who is qualified to receive this assistance is the job of Eligibility Interviewers. An interviewer usually works in an office. There, he or she meets with an applicant > view more

+ Emergency Management Specialists Job Description
When a crisis occurs, whether an act of war or terrorism, a technological emergency such as a nuclear power plant accident or hazardous waste spill, or a natural disaster, someone has to coordinate the response. Emergency Management Specialists work for law enforcement agencies, the military, local, state or the federal government and for private industry, to imagine the worst—and plan for it. When times are good, these specialists prepare emergency plans, provide training, develop warning systems, and run drills > view more

+ Environmental Engineering Technicians Job Description
Pollution is a major problem in today’s world. But we can breathe a little easier if Environmental Engineering Technicians are on the job. Working with environmental engineers and scientists, these technicians test the air, water and soil for pollution. This involves setting up and monitoring sophisticated equipment. If findings indicate that pollution levels need to be further investigated, these technicians become environmental detectives > view more

+ Environmental Engineers Job Description
Just about everything we do has an impact on the environment. Measuring that impact is the job of environmental engineers. They apply their engineering skills to assess the effect of projected or actual human activity from the use of off-road recreational vehicles…to housing developments. They also work to manage natural resources, and control pollution. They are also involved in recycling, waste disposal and public health issues > view more

+ Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Few careers leave so little room for error as that of an explosives worker. This is a job with conditions that are not only challenging, but often dangerous. Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts and blasters prepare and detonate explosives to move large amounts of earth or rock…or to demolish structures, such as buildings. They’re involved in every step of the blasting process, starting with a careful evaluation of the job and the materials needed to do it safely and effectively > view more

+ Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals Job Description
Automation is increasingly replacing manual labor down on the farm, but there are still many tasks best performed by people. Called Farmworkers, the tasks they handle depend on the size of the operation and what the farm grows. On a livestock farm or ranch, these workers provide for the care and feeding of the animals and poultry. At the first sign of disease, injury or poor weight gain, farmworkers give the ailing animal medical attention or arrange for veterinary care > view more

+ Fashion Designers Job Description
Do you love looking at clothes, and imagining outfits that you put together yourself? If you’re passionate and persistent you might have what it takes to be a professional. Fashion designers work in an exciting but fiercely competitive industry. They must be creative, imaginative, persistent, and able to communicate their ideas in writing, verbally and visually. Designers need to be open to new ideas and influences and quick to react to changing trends > view more

+ Film and Video Editors Job Description
Between the camera…and the audience… comes a very important job. Film and Video Editors edit soundtracks, film and video for the motion picture, cable and broadcast television industries. They select the scenes captured by the camera operator…and put them in a sequence. It sounds simple. It isn’t. In addition to creativity, a thorough understanding of what needs to be communicated drives each decision > view more

+ Finance Job Description
Financial Services professionals are people who do for business, what most of us have to do for ourselves: keep track of money. Just as individuals have to plan for expenses, and figure out how to live on the revenue coming in, so do corporations and government. Providing financial services requires training, skill, and an ability to be unemotional about business. The world counts upon the people who “do the numbers” to provide clear, objective information > view more

+ Financial Examiners Job Description
The nation’s economy depends on businesses that are sound and trustworthy. But we don’t depend on trust alone. Financial Examiners help to make sure that the laws and guidelines regarding money are being properly followed. For example, when a bank claims it has a certain amount of cash reserves… …or when a company plans to sell shares of stock to the public… …a Financial Examiner checks the records > view more

+ Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrator
For centuries, art has been a means for people to express themselves and communicate ideas. Fine artists continue to convey thoughts and impressions through their art...in the hopes that appreciative collectors will buy their work. Fine artists usually specialize in an area such as painting or sculpture. New technologies have given rise to art forms such as computer printmaking and video art installation > view more

+ Fire Fighters Job Description
Fire fighters have one of the most hazardous of all occupations. But it is also one of the most essential, for nothing is more damaging -— or more deadly -—than fire. Swinging a fire axe or aiming a fire hose that shoots water at 300 pounds per square inch requires strength and stamina. But fire fighting isn’t only about physical fitness. Most calls to fire departments involve medical emergencies > view more

+ First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing
Farms…fish hatcheries…and commercial forests share a common need: to produce with efficiency, they require a support team of trained workers. Leading those teams are first-line supervisors of farming, fishing and forestry. Most often, these managers have spent time on the front-lines, performing many of the same duties they oversee. But in addition to hands-on expertise, they've demonstrated superior organizational skills and the ability to motivate other workers > view more

+ Flight Attendants Job Description
It’s a job that looks glamorous on the outside, but on the inside there’s lots of hard work. Flight Attendants are important people: they are responsible for making sure safety regulations are observed onboard their aircraft. They instruct passengers in the use of equipment like seat belts and oxygen masks and they’re trained to help passengers evacuate in the event of an emergency landing. All of that comes on top of greeting passengers, helping them find their seats and stow their bags, serving meals, and coping with turbulence, airsickness—and occasionally with disruptive travelers > view more

+ Food Preparation Workers Job Description
Although there are few formal requirements for food preparation workers, but not everyone has what it takes to keep a busy kitchen running smoothly at mealtime rush hours! Being able to perform tasks in the most efficient manner is essential in this profession. As is the ability to follow instructions and work well with the rest of the kitchen staff. Duties include scrubbing, peeling, and preparing vegetables, de-boning fish, and making sandwiches or mixing bread and pastry dough > view more

+ Food Scientists and Technologists Job Description
Most of us take the safety of the food we eat—and its availability--for granted. Yet many visitors to America marvel at the variety and abundance on display in our grocery stores. Making sure that the food supply is steady and safe is the work of agriculture and food scientists. They are involved in just about every aspect of America’s diet. From the farm…to the processing plant…to the packagers…to the table, scientists work to make what’s good even better > view more

+ Food Service Managers Job Description
Food service managers are not only responsible for putting food on the table at colleges, large restaurants, and institutions; they're also responsible for the preparation of how the table is to be set up, as well as for the preparation of the server who takes the order and delivers the meal. In fact, food service managers do everything that restaurant owners do but on a much larger scale: they confer with chefs and cooks regarding the items on the day's menu, the size of the portions, and the price to be charged; they keep a sharp eye out for waste; and they do their best to maximize profitability without sacrificing quality > view more

+ Forest and Conservation Technicians Job Description
They are all around us, creating beauty, providing timber, and even helping to clean the air. But we too often we take trees...and the forests where they grow...for granted. Once ubiquitous and self-sufficient, our nation’s woodlands now require special management and care. That’s the job of forest and conservation technicians. They usually work outdoors, often in remote locations, checking the health of individual trees – and tree populations > view more

+ Forest Fire Fighters Job Description
Forest firefighters battle blazes in forests and rangelands. These fires can grow to the size of a small country, threatening wildlife, as well as homes and businesses in their path As soon as flames are spotted, forest firefighting crews mobilize. They drive or fly to the fire scene with hand tools, chainsaws, pumps and hoses, and heavy earth-moving machinery. A basic principle in fighting forest fires is to create a gap, or firebreak, to stop the spread of the flames > view more

+ Foresters Job Description
Healthy forests provide us with clean air and water, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty we can all enjoy. They also supply the paper and wood products we use everyday. A forester is a professional trained in the art and science of managing this vital resource. Foresters are outdoors a great deal. Typical duties include measuring trees and supervising timber harvests. Foresters look for signs of insects and disease > view more

+ Gaming Managers Job Description
There’s a lot going on in a busy casino. Strict laws and smart business practices require close supervision of every aspect of a gambling establishment. Casino and Gaming Managers supervise the supervisors. The manager decides what kinds of gambling will be offered at the casino, and how the games will be operated in accordance with gaming laws. When complaints or questions arise, the manager is the judge of whether house rules and policies are being interpreted correctly > view more

+ Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
Glass making is an art…a science...and an industry. Glass blowers are skilled in a craft that takes strength, steady hands and care. A glass tube is heated to the melting point, then breath or compressed air is used to give the tube shape. The blower uses special tools to manipulate this molten glass into the intended form. Glass blowers may learn the job as an apprentice to a master glass blower > view more

+ Glaziers Job Description
Handling glass requires a combination that might seem strange: strong gentleness. Glaziers have to be strong to work on their feet, lift sheets of glass, and handle the frames of windows and doors with ease. Yet they work with a material that can shatter in an instant—so they must be very gentle. This is also a precision craft. Glaziers measure the space to be filled, and then mark the sheet of glass > view more

+ Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators Job Description
Few jobs in the construction industry are as exciting as a heavy equipment operator’s job can be. Grader, bulldozer and scraper operators maneuver bulldozers, front-end loaders and other vehicles that have shovels or large plows and scrapers attached to them. They prepare the land at construction sites, by uprooting trees, grading terrain, and removing boulders. Bulldozers and scrapers are controlled by levers, foot pedals, switches and dials, which often need to be operated at the same time > view more

+ Grips and Set-Up Workers, Motion Picture Sets, Studios, and Stages Job Description
There’s more to making a movie or television show, than what the audience sees. Behind the scenes there are workers responsible for moving equipment and building sets. Called Grips, or Set-up Workers, they are the “muscle” on a film or TV shoot. Grips are “jacks of all trades.” They assist the electricians with lighting. They help move and set up camera equipment. Working under the guidance of the set designers, grips handle the movie’s carpentry needs > view more

+ Helpers--Production Workers Job Description
Despite all the advances made by automation, there’s still the need for human helpers on the factory floor. Production helpers perform unskilled tasks around the work area. They may help assembly line workers set up or tend machinery, fetch or hold materials or tools, or feed items into the machines. They use carts, dollies, and hand trucks to move materials between work areas. They may keep records of machine processes…or clean the machinery after use…or sort and load finished products > view more

+ Home Health Aides Job Description
EVENT 01084 a. HOME HEALTH AIDE - 374 A/V: NARRATOR (VO): As both hospital costs and the number of elderly citizens grow, home health aides are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's health-care system. Years ago, when grandparents, parents, and children all lived in the same house, someone was always available to help care for an ill family member. But that usually isn't the case today > view more

+ Hospitality and Tourism Job Description
Recreation and celebration in America is big business! Just about everyone likes to play and party, and for every form of fun, there is work to be done! From baking special cakes, to managing betting at a casino, there are many ways to make a living in the field of hospitality and tourism. Many jobs in this field do not require more than a high school degree. Training is supplied on the job for such positions as janitors and cleaners, bakers and food preparation workers, bartenders and amusement and recreation attendants > view more

+ Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks Job Description
The desk clerk is usually the first person a guest encounters when checking into a hotel or motel. So, in addition to performing specific duties, the desk clerk has the responsibility of making a great first impression. It is important to be able to quickly and efficiently follow the steps needed to get a guest checked in. Being knowledgeable about checkout times, hotel services, and local attractions is essential > view more

+ Human Resources Managers Job Description
Human Resource Managers are in the business of making positive connections. They’re employed by companies and government agencies to match people to jobs. That means these managers work both to attract qualified job candidates, and to keep them satisfied once they’re hired. So, they develop recruiting and training programs, personnel policies, and in larger companies they might oversee hiring and firing in several departments > view more

+ Human Services Job Description
Caring for a small child…or helping a grieving family face the death of a loved one…it takes a special person to work in Human Services. You have to be willing to make a connection--to take the emotional risks that come with getting involved with other peoples’ lives. In return, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’re needed. Some of the people you care for won’t be able to express their thanks > view more

+ Industrial Engineers Job Description
Finding the most effective way to produce a product or service is the job of an Industrial Engineer. They are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. They solve problems by combining production resources: people, machines, materials, information and energy. They use mathematical techniques, expert computer systems, cost analysis, financial planning, quality control and complex distribution plans to improve profits > view more

+ Information Technology Job Description
If you have the mental agility and flexibility to move with a fast changing industry, the future is bright in information technology services. The world is increasingly dependent on information technology. Hospitals, schools, business, transportation, and government—every field of endeavor now relies on computers and the people who know how to make computers work. Depending on the kind of position you take, you might need patience to provide information about something you know a lot about, to people who don’t understand much beyond their keyboard > view more

+ Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan Job Description
Whether making products or making laws, businesses, organizations, and governments all require up-to-date information about the people they serve. They often rely on professional interviewers to get the information. Interviewers usually work by asking a set of prepared questions and then carefully recording the responses. They look for lifestyle information about spending habits, political preferences and the like > view more

+ Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaner
Janus was the Roman god who guarded gates and doors, so it's not surprising that the first "janitors" were doorkeepers. Gradually the job responsibilities expanded to include cleaning, sweeping, and otherwise caring for a building. That's why janitors are sometimes also known as "building custodians" or "maintenance workers." Schools, apartment and office buildings, shopping malls, airport terminals, hospitals, and just about every other place people gather, rely on janitors to keep them neat and clean > view more

+ Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers Job Description
A multitude of fabrics makes up the fashion scene today. Synthetics like nylon and spandex, natural cottons, linen silk and wool, leather, suede and furs…all have one thing in common. Sooner or later, they must be cleaned! That’s what provides an endless supply of customers for laundry and dry-cleaning workers. To stay in business, establishments that provide laundry and dry-cleaning services must train employees to treat each fabric with care > view more

+ Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Job Description
For a Licensed Practical Nurse, or L-P-N, helping people is the top priority. Overall, L-P-Ns provide physical and emotional care for the sick, injured and handicapped. Specific duties range from taking a patient’s blood pressure… to starting intravenous fluids… to assisting emergency room staff during operations. Because a patient’s well-being depends greatly on quality care from L-P-Ns, responsibility and emotional strength are pre-requisites for the job > view more

+ Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining Job
So many of the things that end up making our lives easier…started off deep underground. Helping to extract coal, metal and non-metallic minerals from the earth's interior is the job of miners. Loading machine operators help clear the mine of debris. They control machinery equipped with power shovels, scrapers or scoops… or with gathering arms and a conveyor. Rock, coal or other materials are loaded into vehicles that will transport them away from the job site > view more

+ Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
Certain situations require that we change…or temporarily store…our street clothes while away from home. That’s why we need locker room, coatroom and dressing room attendants. Locker room attendants perform varied tasks in athletic facilities. They assign lockers and rent footwear or other gear. They answer members' questions and explain how equipment is used. They're often responsible for cleaning and maintaining the locker room, including restocking supplies > view more

+ Locomotive Engineers and Railroad Conductors Job Description
Commuter trains gliding between stations…subways running under city streets…freight trains chugging across the heartland…every kind of train needs a steady, experienced hand at the throttle…and on the brakes. Locomotive engineers are railroaders who have reached a cherished goal. Usually they have been chosen by the rail company from the ranks of experienced operations employees. After long hours of training, in the yard, in classrooms, and on simulators, a newly licensed engineer becomes an assistant engineer, moving on to handling trains in the railyard…and from there to longer runs > view more

+ Mail Processing Clerks Job Description
The U.S. Postal Service handles more mail than any other postal system in the world. Organizing this vital stream of letters and packages is the responsibility of Postal Service Sorters, Processors, and Machine Operators – also called Mail Processing Clerks. In small post offices, mail may be sorted by hand. In larger facilities, huge electronic letter sorting machines and computer scanning equipment are used > view more

+ Management Analysts Job Description
People running businesses can be so caught up in day-to-day decisions, that they can lose sight of the big picture. That’s where Management Analysts come in. They identify problems and offer solutions to help managers run their companies as efficiently and effectively as possible. For example, management analysts may look at how the company is organized. They may help set-up new systems. They also might prepare operations and procedures manuals—and train employees > view more

+ Marriage and Family Therapists Job Description
A growing segment of the mental health profession is Marriage and Family Therapy. Therapists with a masters or doctoral degree in this category evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, health and behavioral problems, and relationship issues—all within the context of the family. How does that work? In a variety of ways. Often, a patient seeing a therapist individually, is referred to a marriage and family therapist when it is determined that family dynamics and family life cycle issues such as the birth of a child, or the death of a family member are contributing to a problem > view more

+ Massage Therapists Job Description
It can be the ultimate luxurious treat…or an essential element of recovery from an injury…either way, massage therapy is a legitimate part of the health care profession. With the current movement toward natural health, wellness and prevention, there is renewed interest in massage therapy, which has its roots in ancient times. Massage Therapists can work for themselves, physical therapy and rehabilitation practices, a health club, spa,—even for a sports team or dance troupe > view more

+ Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
When it comes to buying meat, poultry or fish, consumers want more than just a good price. They want products that have been prepared properly and safely. That’s the responsibility of Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers. Cutters and trimmers first inspect the food, to insure that it’s free of defects or bruises. Then they’ll clean, slice and section the product. With meat and poultry, bones and excess fat may be removed > view more

+ Mechanical Drafters Job Description
Mechanical Drafters draw for a living. But they create a different kind of picture than the typical artist. Before intricate equipment like cars or factory machines are built, Mechanical Drafters design objects and make blueprints showing how the equipment will be manufactured and assembled. As part of the process, they may use a computer-aided design and drafting system. Called CADD, these highly specialized computers systems help create guidelines showing technical details from every angle > view more

+ Medical and Health Services Managers
Medical and health services managers are managers first and foremost. But because they are employed by hospitals, nursing homes, and government agencies concerned with health care, they face special challenges. The structure and financing of the health care industry is changing rapidly. So whether these managers oversee nursing, surgery, physical therapy, or some other hospital department, they are under constant pressure to cut costs while improving services > view more

+ Medical Appliance Technicians Job Description
Medical appliance technicians combine a knowledge of human anatomy with math and power tools to create artificial limbs and braces. They work as assistants to orthotists and prosthetists, medical experts who use specially-designed devices to help patients overcome a physical disability. The technicians read prescriptions and detailed information about what the patient needs. They often work from a cast or impression of the limb as a pattern, taking careful measurements with precision instruments > view more

+ Medical Secretaries Job Description
Medical secretaries serve as administrative assistants in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and in doctors’ and dentists’ offices. In addition to being familiar with all the standard secretarial tools, medical secretaries must be comfortable with the special terminology of medicine and pharmacology. They must also be familiar with the billing procedures required by insurance companies and government programs like Medicare, as well as know what forms hospitals and labs require and how to complete them > view more

+ Meeting and Convention Planners Job Description
Do you love to plan events—from parties to conferences? If you have a head for details and the willingness to cope with a fair amount of stress, you might consider a career as a meeting and convention planner. When companies and organizations get together, someone has to work out all the arrangements, from lining up speakers, to booking hotel rooms, caterers, making sure transportation, audio-visuals and entertainment are provided, even lining up sponsors and goody-bags for people to take home > view more

+ Mental health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Drug and alcohol abuse can ruin lives. Not only are these addictions difficult to overcome, they’re often associated with mental illness. The professionals that people turn to for help are Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers. Care usually begins with counseling. Therapy can be on an individual basis or in groups. Social workers confer with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of a client > view more

+ Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers Job Description
Store window displays can be as elaborate as a theatrical production. Or they can be straightforward presentations of what’s for sale—and for how much. But somebody has to put those things in the window! And that person is called a “window trimmer.” The goal is to catch the eye, and make merchandise look irresistible. It’s a job that requires creativity, the ability to work under pressure, and marketing skills—you need to understand what kind of shopper the store wants to attract > view more

+ Microbiologists Job Description
Microbiologists explore a world invisible to the naked eye -- but which has a significant impact on our health and well-being. These scientists study organisms and cells that we can see only through a microscope. The universe of micro-organisms is so vast, microbiologists have many areas of specialization to choose from. Some become disease detectives such as virologists, who focus on how viruses evolve, often studying newly identified strains in search of a cure > view more

+ Millwrights Job Description
From construction digs to assembly lines, businesses rely on a key equipment specialist to set up the work area: the millwright. Millwrights install, repair and dismantle heavy, motor-driven equipment at construction sites, and in large manufacturing and processing centers, industrial plants…and any place with a conveyor belt or assembly line.. Even before the equipment gets to the site, the millwright is already there, consulting with managers, checking blueprints and choosing the best location for the machinery > view more

+ Model Job Description
Modeling looks glamorous. In reality, a model’s life can be very difficult. In addition to keeping one’s skin and body in shape to meet the demands of fashion…you’re always looking for work! Because most modeling jobs only last one day. That’s why models depend on agents to find them work. In return, they turn over as much as 20 percent of their earnings. Would-be models should be wary of schools, and agencies that promise a career for a fee > view more

+ Motorboat Mechanics Job Description
If tinkering with mechanical devices and being near the water are what floats your boat, consider a career as a motorboat mechanic. These marina service technicians repair and overhaul gasoline and diesel engines, often specializing in one type or the other. Mechanics rely on a variety of skills, whether performing routine service on a portable outboard motor in a repair shop, or trouble-shooting a larger craft's inboard engine dockside > view more

+ Motorcycle Mechanics Job Description
For many people, motorcycles are not just machines; they are symbols of excitement and freedom. As aging baby boomers find themselves with increased leisure time and spending money, more and more are swelling the ranks of motorcycle enthusiasts. That means more work for motorcycle mechanics. You can get mechanical training in career school or on the job. Some manufacturers offer training to mechanics in their dealerships > view more

+ Municipal Clerks Job Description
Whether in big cities or small towns, local municipal governments are at the heart of every community. The people who keep these government offices organized and functioning are Municipal Clerks. To do this job well, you need to be able to multi-task, because municipal clerks wear many hats. They do typical office work like contacting city officials, filing, typing, and data entry. They also maintain the official records for the municipality > view more

+ Music Directors Job Description
Making an assortment of sounds into beautiful music takes the special skills of Music Directors. The audience most often sees these directors in the role of conductor during an instrumental…or vocal performance. However, the work starts long before opening night. Conductors run auditions to choose the best musicians for a symphony orchestra or band. And they decide what music will be performed > view more

+ Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners Job Description
Music may seem magical…but there’s a tremendous amount of hard work behind it. In addition to the training and practice of the musicians, a lot of credit for a fine performance goes to the people who keep the instruments in good condition. Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners might often focus on particular groups of instruments…specializing in pianos…or reed instruments…percussion…or brass > view more

+ Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Job Description
A love of animals is just the beginning. If you wish to pursue a career as an animal caretaker, you must care enough about creatures to carry you through the difficulties of coping with a wide variety of chores and needs. Veterinary assistants in animal hospitals and clinics are trained to prepare the animals for surgery, and to clean them, and their cages. You cannot be squeamish about cleaning wounds and incisions, or coping with messes > view more

+ Nuclear Engineers Job Description
Tremendous energy Is trapped in the nucleus of a tiny atom. Harnessing that energy is the work of nuclear engineers. They search for efficient ways to capture the bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom, and put it to use. Nuclear engineers can be found developing numerous applications for nuclear energy… including power plants for consumer heat and electricity… methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, preservation of food supplies, or sterilization of medical instruments… and systems to power ships and spacecraft… Nuclear engineers also make sure the atom’s awesome power is used safely and that nuclear waste is disposed of safely > view more

+ Nursery Workers Job Description
People love plants. Shrubs provide privacy and reduce noise. Gardens add color and often attract butterflies and birds. But, whether you buy your plants at a home or garden center, a grocery store, or someplace else, they all come from plant nurseries. These are businesses that literally "nurse" seedlings in greenhouses until they can survive in the outside world. Nursery workers make this possible > view more

+ Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Job Description
The backbone of the medical profession is the nursing staff. The college-level courses that prepare student nurses for their career are taught by post-secondary nursing instructors and teachers. Teaching takes place both in the traditional classroom setting, where students learn the basics of patient care… …and in the clinical units of hospitals, where instructors can present hands-on demonstrations > view more

+ Office Clerks, General Job Description
If you’re task-oriented and detail-minded, becoming a general office clerk can be a great way to “get your foot in the door” at a company and place it firmly on the career advancement ladder. That’s because nearly every organization needs people who can type and file, operate photocopiers, fax machines, and other office equipment and perform many other jobs. Specific duties vary widely. Someone working in a doctor’s office won’t perform the same tasks as someone else working in an auto parts wholesaler or in a financial institution > view more

+ Operations Research Analysts Job Description
Making a management decision requires hard data along with wisdom and leadership. That information is supplied by operations research analysts. Operations research is also called management science, and that’s what it is: the science of making decisions and solving problems. It is a field that combines quantitative analysis—mathematical models—with strategic thinking. The goal is improved performance > view more

+ Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians Job Description
In between the health care specialist who examines the eyes and writes a prescription for a lens…and the eyeglass store where a suitable frame is selected, is a technician with a very important role. A precision optical goods worker makes the lenses to fit the prescription and prepares the frames to hold them. He or she might also be called an ophthalmic laboratory technician, manufacturing optician or optical mechanic > view more

+ Optometrists Job Description
Optometrists help people see better. They examine eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases, and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are not physicians, but they do have extensive training. All states and the District of Columbia license optometrists, who are required to have a doctor of optometry degree from an accredited optometry school—which usually means a four year program after three years of undergraduate work > view more

+ Orthotists and Prosthetists Job Description
Fairly simple-looking plastic or metal components can make a huge difference in a disabled person's life. Designing and building these is the work of Orthotists and Prosthetists. These experts use art and science to help restore the human body to as normal function as possible. Orthotists make and fit braces and appliances that help to align or support limbs. Prosthetists design and make artificial limbs > view more

+ Paralegals and Legal Assistants Job Description
Paralegals or "legal assistants" first appeared in the late 1960s. Since that time, they have taken on much of the routine work lawyers once did themselves. Paralegals do almost everything that attorneys do except appear in court or give legal advice. Many spend their time using law libraries or online systems to find the cases a lawyer needs in order to prepare for trial. Paralegals may also draw up contracts, affidavits, and other documents > view more

+ Parking Lot Attendants Job Description
The job of Parking Lot Attendant may look easy …but it requires a lot of drive to do it well. Whether they work in multi-level garages…or outside in lots, attendants have many responsibilities. For example, they often need to inspect the condition of the car when it’s first brought in. By pointing out dents and scratches to the owner…before taking responsibility…you protect yourself and your employer from unfounded complaints later > view more

+ Pediatricians Job Description
Caring for the young takes a special kind of doctor. Called pediatricians, they are trained to treat the specific needs of infants, children and teens. Pediatricians are responsible for overseeing all the health and medical needs of their young patients. This is usually done through regular checkups. They’ll look at the weight and height to make sure the patient is growing at the proper rate > view more

+ Personal and Home Care Aides Job Description
"There's no place like home," is more than a line from The Wizard of Oz. It's a proven fact. Studies have shown that the elderly live longer, happier lives when they can stay in their own homes. Personal home care assistants are the people who make that possible, not only for the elderly but for anyone who needs help handling the daily chores of life. As such, the duties vary with a client's needs, but they may include changing and washing sheets and towels, dusting, vacuuming, and performing other light housekeeping chores > view more

+ Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicator Job Description
Keeping plants free of bugs and disease or helping them grow more robust, often requires the application of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals. Sprayers and applicators do a lot more than press the “on” switch. They must know how to handle the chemicals carefully. Many of the substances used to treat plants are poisonous, and some can cause skin damage. It’s also important to know when the application should be made, where on the plant or soil it’s most effective, and how much should be used > view more

+ Pharmacists Job Description
When a prescription is written for a drug or treatment, the next step for the patient is usually a visit to the pharmacist. And while for most people, that often means going to the local drug store, hospitals and community clinics have pharmacies as well. Typically, pharmacists spend most of the day standing at a counter, dispensing medication. They may also compound the medication, though this is now a much smaller part of a pharmacist’s practice > view more

+ Phlebotomists Job Description
Blood tests save countless lives each day. Patients in hospitals and doctors’ offices are diagnosed by using these valuable tools. In clinical laboratories and larger hospitals, specialists called phlebotomists expertly draw blood and run the tests. Phlebotomists prepare blood samples, follow careful instructions in performing manual tests and operate automatic analyzers. They rely on analytical judgment and the ability to work under pressure, paying close attention to crucial changes in color or numerical readouts > view more

+ Photographers Job Description
The subjects vary. And so does the equipment. Photography is a business in transition from the old ways, with 35-millimeter film developed in chemicals… …To the new digital imaging that is more immediate, and can be manipulated with computer software. Photography is an art form. But very few photographers who specialize in “fine art” make enough money to support themselves solely through their artwork > view more

+ Photographic Processing Machine Operators Job Description
Between the click of a camera and the enjoyment of the photographs, comes the work of photographic processing machine operators. These are people trained to load and operate photographic printing machines, film developing machines, and mounting presses. Familiarity with computers is increasingly important for these workers. When the work is completed, they make sure the images were developed properly > view more

+ Physical Therapist Aides Job Description
If you enjoy helping the others, you may want to consider working as a Physical Therapist Aide. You don’t need formal training or a license to be hired. Physical Therapist Aides assist patients receiving treatment by physical therapists. They help disabled patients move to treatment areas; they keep the areas organized and clean, and prepare them for each patient’s therapy. Some Aides also do clerical work, such as ordering supplies and filling out medical insurance forms > view more

+ Plant Scientists Job Description
Plant scientists work from the ground, up -- to make farming more productive. They can specialize in one of several areas of study. Agronomists and crop scientists look for ways to get more out of each plant, even how to boost nutritional value and seed output. Some are experts in the breeding and physiology of plants, and use genetic engineering to enhance Mother Nature. They work in the lab and the greenhouse, genetically altering plants to achieve specific traits… perhaps sprout more quickly… or adapt to certain types of soil or climates… or use less water > view more

+ Podiatrists Job Description
We tend to take our feet for granted. Day after day, the 26 bones in each foot do their duty. But sometimes those bones, along with the muscles, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels and skin that comprise our feet, need some attention. That’s when it’s time to march into the office of a podiatrist. Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of feet. They treat everything from bothersome corns and calluses, to fractures, and infections related to diabetes > view more

+ Postmasters and Mail Superintendents Job Description
The U.S. Postal Service handles more mail than any other postal service in the world. That makes the typical post office a very busy place. Making sure that everything is operating properly is the responsibility of Postmasters and Superintendents. These senior managers oversee all aspects of the post office. From the mechanical systems that move the mail… …to the personnel that comprise the staff, this is a career that requires solid business, management and interpersonal skills > view more

+ Power Plant Operators Job Description
We're so used to a reliable supply of electricity for our everyday needs, that it can come as a shock when it's suddenly not there. Power plant operators keep us plugged in. These workers control the machinery that generates electricity. They monitor the function of key power plant equipment, such as boilers, turbines and generators. They direct the output of the system to meet constantly changing demands for power > view more

+ Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
Property or Real Estate Managers are the people who supervise the vital behind the scenes operations of malls, commercial office buildings or apartment buildings. They advertise apartments and commercial space, negotiate leases, pay bills, prepare financial statements and report to the owners on the status of their properties. Managers also negotiate contracts for building services and hire and supervise maintenance and management personnel > view more

+ Radiation Therapists Job Description
In the treatment of patients with cancer, Radiation Therapists provide a crucial service. They operate highly sophisticated equipment that uses beams of radiation to destroy tumors. Also known as Radiation Therapy Technologists, they work closely with physicians and radiologists to plan the safest dose for each patient. Therapists must be strong enough to move or lift patients in order to position them properly > view more

+ Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
No matter how sophisticated modern rail travel can be…the trains still run on rails. So there are still jobs for rail track layers, just as there were in the early days when the railroads opened up America’s west. They go wherever on the system they’re needed, from the rail yard…to an underground tunnel down the line. The rails may also be in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits and mines > view more

+ Railroad Yardmasters Job Description
Yardmasters are the traffic cops of the railroad yard. It’s their business to know everything that’s going and coming—and to make sure operations run smoothly. Working for a railroad, or an industrial plant, the yardmaster examines train schedules and switching orders. Then he or she gives instructions for when and where trains are assembled, or turned around. Situations may develop that call for decisive action and a solid understanding of rolling equipment—and the cargo, as well as thorough knowledge of switching, signals, and everything else associated with railroad safety and efficiency > view more

+ Recreation Workers Job Description
If you’ve ever played on a community softball team, or taken an aerobics class, you’ve probably encountered recreation workers who planned, organized and directed these activities. Their job is to make it possible for you to enjoy leisure activities like water sports or arts and crafts, in a safe and fun environment. Recreation workers supervise the facilities and equipment at local playgrounds, recreation parks, community centers, health clubs, camps and most tourist attractions > view more

+ Recreational Therapists Job Description
A recreational therapist is rewarded with small successes that make big differences in a patient’s life: The smile of a stroke victim, who finds she can move her stiff, cramped hand… The pride of a patient in a psychiatric ward, who creates a work of art. With America’s aging population there is a new focus on long term care As a result more physical and psychiatric rehabilitation will be needed in the years ahead > view more

+ Rehabilitation Counselors Job Description
Life presents challenges for all of us. But for some, those challenges are made even more difficult by disability. Helping people overcome disabilities is the job of Rehabilitation Counselors. They provide practical help and emotional support for clients who are struggling with the effects of illness, disease, birth defects, accidents, or the stress of daily life, and guide them back to productive lives > view more

+ Respiratory Therapists Job Description
Respiratory therapists or “respiratory care practitioners” evaluate, treat, and care for patients with asthma, emphysema, and other breathing disorders. As part of the evaluation process, therapists measure the lung capacity of patients and analyze the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood. Sometimes, therapists may also take electrocardiograms and administer stress tests. Treating patients may involve chest physiotherapy and other “airway clearance techniques” to remove mucus and other blockages > view more

+ Retail Salespersons Job Description
Forget what you've heard: money does not make the world go 'round. What makes the world spin on its axis is sales, And no one is more central to this process than a retail salesperson. A television commercial can bring a customer into a store, but only a real, live salesperson can close the deal. Retail salespeople are the frontline soldiers in any store, and as such, they are incredibly important > view more

+ Riggers Job Description
When it comes to moving heavy equipment, Riggers are in for the long haul. Construction sites, factories, logging plants and shipyards all employ riggers to move large industrial equipment. The entertainment industry also hires riggers. They are needed to move large, heavy sets in and out of theaters and studios. A rigger uses pulleys, ropes and winches to haul items. This arrangement is called “block and tackle > view more

+ Sales Managers Job Description
Any company with a product to sell needs a talented sales force. The person who directs and coordinates that sales force is the sales manager. From hiring and training, to day-to-day supervision, the manager works closely with every member of the sales team. He or she must be a leader, able to inspire and motivate. As former salespeople themselves, they've usually advanced to management by demonstrating not only superior sales skills, but also a knack for problem-solving and the ability to get along with co-workers > view more

+ Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational
There are few careers more challenging and more rewarding than being a member of a college faculty. Teaching at a college or university means dedicating yourself to not just the pursuit of knowledge…but to passing on that knowledge. It requires the ability to plan course objectives, prepare instructional materials and evaluate the work done by students. In small groups or large lectures, being a faculty member demands strong communication skills > view more

+ Sewing Machine Operator Job Description
Sewing machine operators account for 70 percent of all apparel industry jobs. They manufacture, alter or repair their clients’ garments. This work in performed in a variety of settings, including factories, department stores, tailor and formal-wear shops, and even dry cleaners. Factory operators may specialize in clothing or in non-garment items like sheets, towels, or curtains. Most specialize in single operations, such as collars, bindings, or hems > view more

+ Sheet Metal Duct Installers Job Description
Sheet metal duct installers make, install and maintain heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. They may also construct pollution control systems. Ductwork installation actually begins in a shop, where components are fabricated to meet a particular building’s needs. Drafting and specification reading are important tools at this stage, so installers must have good math skills and mechanical aptitude > view more

+ Skin Care Specialists Job Description
Skin care treatment is an increasingly important part of the beauty business. Also called estheticians, skin care specialists cleanse and beautify skin by giving facials, full body treatments, head and neck massage, and some kinds of hair removal—such as waxing or electrolysis. Not all skin care specialists provide all of these services; it depends where they work and how they’re trained and licensed > view more

+ Speech-Language Pathologists Job Description
Most of us take being able to speak for granted. When speech problems arise, we need the professional help of Speech-Language Pathologists. Sometimes called Speech Therapists, they diagnose and treat all kinds of speech disorders. For example, stuttering…hearing problems that affect speaking ability…speech difficulty caused by injury or illness, or mental problems that prevent understanding of words and sentences > view more

+ Stationary Engineers Job Description
Heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems keep apartment buildings and commercial complexes comfortable year round. Stationary Engineers make sure these vital systems operate properly. In addition, engineers oversee the building’s electrical and fire safety systems. So they need to be knowledgeable about running various types of mechanical and electrical equipment. Being able to follow instruction manuals and complex diagrams is essential > view more

+ Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Job Description
Some manufacturing workers like their jobs super-sized. Structural metal fabricators and fitters construct enormous metal objects from tanks and water towers…to frames for buildings and bridges. Though the projects can be massive, the work is quite intricate. Following blueprints, fabricators make patterns and templates as guides. Fabricators use special machinery to cut the metal into the required pieces or plates > view more

+ Surgeons Job Description
Repairing injuries… preventing disease… even transplanting organs: surgeons are literally on the “cutting edge” of medicine. Unless it’s an emergency situation, the surgeon meets with the patient and listens to the problem. The doctor does an examination and considers medical history, lab work and other possible treatments before deciding on the need for surgery. Possessing that famous "good bedside manner" can help in explaining the diagnosis, the risks of the operation, and the patient's responsibilities before and after the procedure > view more

+ Surgical Technologists Job Description
Surgical technologists and technicians are indispensable members of the modern medical community. They are needed to help set up the operating room, sterilizing and setting out the necessary surgical instruments, making sure equipment is working properly. They may also prepare patients for a procedure, by shaving and cleaning incision sites. The job also can involve transporting patients to the operating room and covering them with sterile “drapes” > view more

+ Survey Researchers Job Description
One of the freedoms that Americans cherish – is the right to express an opinion. The people responsible for gathering many of those opinions are Survey Researchers. These researchers create questionnaires designed for specific purposes. For example, clients may want to find out what people think about certain products… services…or even political issues. The next step is to get the public to respond to the questionnaire > view more

+ Teacher Assistants Job Description
While it can be enormously rewarding to help a child learn, the teaching job is also exhausting, difficult and stressful. Teacher assistants, often called teacher aides, can help relieve some of the pressure teachers face in the classroom. They handle tasks that allow the teacher more time for lesson planning and teaching. Teacher assistants may correct or grade papers… prepare visual aids to enhance the lesson… supervise students in the cafeteria, schoolyard, or on field trips… or tutor students > view more

+ Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Job Description
Drivers of Tractor-Trailer Trucks are people who really deliver. Just about everything we use…from cars to food to furniture…comes to us on big rigs. Before the drivers leave the terminal or warehouse, they will get details about their assignments, called manifests. Then the drivers will load up and make sure their rigs are ready for the road. They’ll check fuel and oil levels, as well as brakes, windshield wipers and lights > view more

+ Traffic Technician Job Description
There’s a lot more to traffic than “stop” and “go.” To keep motorists moving, Traffic Technicians perform many complex tasks. They might set the length of time a light stays “red…” Count the number of trucks using a particular bridge… Make sure a road crew is protected and well marked… Or analyze accident reports to determine if a highway interchange is too dangerous… Those are just a few examples, of the work that goes into enhancing safety and the smooth flow of traffic > view more

+ Tree Trimmers and Pruners Job Description
Pruners learn their skills on the job. But they must possess a talent that is difficult to teach: A good eye for creating even lines and a balanced appearance. A pruner usually works for a landscaping firm or garden service, and uses hand and power tools to trim and shape bushes, shrubs and trees. Satisfying the customer and the boss is important, so you have to work quickly and carefully—once a hedge has been cut, you can’t put the branches back again! To be a pruner you have to be strong > view more

+ Veterinarians Job Description
Veterinarians are doctors who diagnose and treat illnesses in animals and protect the public from animal diseases. Most vets are in private practice and treat small pets, like dogs, cats and birds. Other vets treat large animals like horses, cows and pigs. Some veterinarians care for zoo, aquarium or laboratory animals. Veterinarians also work for government agencies as Veterinary Inspectors > view more

+ Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Veterinary assistants work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to treat animals for disease, administer shots or pills, and assist during surgery. As such, they are the rough equivalent of the aides who assist nurses and doctors in caring for people. The job may include doing the "dirty work" of cleaning kennels and sweeping out cages. But it also includes such gratifying tasks as grooming an animal and bringing it food and water > view more

+ Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Job Description
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians are the unsung heroes of the animal world. These animal healthcare workers assist veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Also called “vet techs,” they handle a wide variety of tasks. The vet tech often performs the initial examination, taking samples and running tests in the lab. They assist in surgery, monitoring the patient's heart and respiratory rates…as well as handing instruments and other items to the surgeon > view more

+ Vocational Education Teachers Postsecondary Job Description
As the demand for skilled labor increases, adult and vocational education teachers are needed to train entry-level job seekers and update the skills of experienced workers. These teachers provide instruction for occupations that do not require a college degree, such as x-ray technicians, auto mechanics, welders and cosmetologists. They also provide remedial education for school dropouts, or help students to prepare for attending a 4-year degree program > view more

+ Woodworking Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Sawing
The beauty and dependability of wood has been cherished through the ages. But the way wood is handled has changed a lot. While skilled craftspeople still create beautiful furniture, instruments and toys with their hands, all kinds of wood products are now made by wood machinists. They are skilled, too, but they combine woodworking ability with the knowledge of how to use technology to manufacture wood products > view more

+ Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Job Description
If you like to ask questions, weigh evidence, and solve problems – and you like the idea of your "office" being the great outdoors -- consider a job as a zoologist or wildlife biologist. Zoologists study animals and how they live and grow in their natural surroundings. They usually specialize in a specific type of animal, scrutinizing its behavior, diseases, and development. Wildlife biologists are concerned with the preservation of all types of animal and plant life, as well as with their overall environment > view more

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