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+ Biomedical Engineers Job Description
Biomedical Engineers are people who develop technologies that help save lives. They combine biology and medicine with engineering and mechanics. It’s a combination that leads to amazing results. Imaging systems that allow doctors to “see” inside a patient’s organs. Artificial limbs, organs and joints. Lasers for surgery. Devices for automating insulin injections; all are the work of biomedical engineers > 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

+ 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

+ 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

+ 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

+ Epidemiologists Job Description
Epidemiologists are like medical detectives--they work to determine who gets diseases, and why. They train through four years of college, and an additional two to four years of master’s degree or doctoral studies. They may specialize in an area such as environmental epidemiology, which looks at the connection between environmental exposure and disease. Most epidemiologists work for federal, state or local government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control or a local health department > 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

+ 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

+ Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Job Description
When a doctor orders a series of tests on a patient, chances are that those tests will be performed by medical and clinical laboratory technologists. It is the job of these professionals to examine and analyze blood, urine, and other body fluids, tissue, and cells. Using powerful microscopes and other equipment, they look for bacteria, parasites, and abnormal cells. They also analyze blood cholesterol levels and type and cross-match blood samples for transfusions > 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 Assistants Job Description
Medical assistants are essential in keeping medical establishments organized and running smoothly. They must be organized individuals who can do several tasks at once and handle a large amount of detailed, important paperwork. If you are interested in this profession, you must work well with your hands, since duties can include the disposal of contaminated supplies or the sterilization of medical instruments > view more

+ Medical Equipment Repairers Job Description
Some of the most dramatic advances in medicine have been in the technology used to diagnose and treat patients. From large X-ray units…to small patient monitors, the job of installing and maintaining this equipment is the responsibility of Medical Equipment Repairers. The equipment repaired runs the gamut from electric wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, hospital beds and customized vehicles to biomedical equipment, hearing aids and surgical 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

+ Medical Transcriptionists Job Description
Every time a patient is examined, or diagnostic tests are reviewed, a record must be made of the health care professional’s analysis. That report becomes a part of the patient’s medical record—a vital chapter in an ongoing story. To save the expert’s time and to capture the immediacy of the observation, the analysis is dictated, and the tape is then given to a Medical Transcriptionist to distill into a report > view more

+ Mental Health Counselors Job Description
Mental Health Counselors help to make life better for people with mental or emotional problems. They start by listening, to find out what’s wrong. They’re trained to help people talk about a wide range of issues, from depression, to substance abuse and family tensions. In addition to advising their clients, Mental Health Counselors work closely with other specialists in their field. For example, a patient might need to see a psychiatrist, who can prescribe medication > 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

+ Obstetricians and Gynecologists Job Description
Obstetricians and Gynecologists are medical doctors who specialize in the welfare of women. Gynecologists deal with general health issues, as well as issues that affect the reproductive system. Obstetricians are involved in the birth process, from pregnancy thru childbirth and postpartum follow-up. It’s not unusual for one doctor to be both a gynecologist and obstetrician. This is a field that requires extensive education > 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

+ 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

+ 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

+ Pharmacy Aides Job Description
A pharmacy is literally a lifeline for the community it serves. This is where people come to obtain the medicine and equipment their health care professionals have prescribed. While prescriptions must, by law, be filled by a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy aides keep the operation running smoothly. Applicants for these positions usually need a high school degree—and a record clean of drug or substance abuse > view more

+ Pharmacy Technicians Job Description
Pharmacists used to fill prescriptions by preparing and dispensing doctor-specified pills, creams, and liquids, by hand. Today, most medications are manufactured by drug companies and shipped in bulk to pharmacies. As a result, pharmacists are able to focus more on providing clinical services. But someone must still measure the doses, count out the pills, and type up instructions for the patient > 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

+ 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

+ Physician Assistants Job Description
The occupation of physician assistant originated in the 1960’s when Army medics received additional education enabling them to help physicians with routine medical tasks. Since that time, employment opportunities for PA’s (“pea-a’s), as they’re called, have expanded rapidly. That’s because physician assistants have the training to take medical histories, give physicals, order and interpret lab tests, and stitch up minor injuries—among many other things > 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

+ 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

+ Radiological Technicians Job Description
One of the marvels of modern medicine is the ability to see inside the human body…without surgery or other invasive procedures. The experts who operate imaging equipment such as X-ray machines, Cat-scans and MRIs are Radiologic Technicians. Also called radiographers, their task starts with instructions from a physician to image a specific part of the body. Patients may be anxious about the procedure and have questions > 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

+ 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

+ 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 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

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