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
Athletic Trainers Job Description
One of the key players on any sports team never takes the field -- the athletic trainer. This member of the team keeps players in top shape.
The most important part of the job is helping athletes prevent and recover from sports injuries. Working closely with team doctors, trainers wrap injuries and supervise physical therapy.
Athletic trainers study practice sessions, and provide individualized exercise routines for athletes to improve their performance 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
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
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
Communications Equipment Operators Job Description
Communications Equipment Operators keep the world talking. They may be switchboard operators, telephone operators, or directory assistance operators.
They might work at a company with an internal phone system…or at a global long distance provider…but the basic task is the same: they connect callers with the people they’re trying to reach.
These days that process might include a lot of automation, with machines handling key functions such as message taking and routing calls view more
Dental Laboratory Technicians Job Description
Dental laboratory technicians design and create crowns, bridges, dentures, and other prosthetics that are customized to a specific patient’s mouth.
Using molds supplied by dentists, these technicians shape wax teeth that will be used as a model to cast a metal framework for the prosthetic device.
They then apply layers of porcelain to the metal to create an exact replica of the patient’s original tooth or teeth 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
Dietetic Technicians Job Description
There’s an expression – “you are what you eat.” And that’s certainly true when it comes to good nutrition.
Dietetic Technicians help to make the important connection between food and health. At hospitals, they assist in planning meals that meet the needs of individual patients.
They might also work for schools and corporations, developing food selections for the cafeteria.
In every case, they rely on guidelines established by the government and medical experts 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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Job Description
The work of Nuclear Medicine Technologists revolves around tiny particles of matter called “radionuclides.”
They are transformed into substances that the technologist or doctor gives to a patient, by mouth or with an injection.
Then the technologist operates equipment that tracks these particles in the body.
The resulting image can be used to diagnose the patient’s condition and to guide a course of treatment 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
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Job Description
People who are physically, mentally or emotionally disabled often have difficulty dealing with basic living skills. Helping them to cope are Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides.
Under the supervision of occupational therapists, assistants and aides work very closely with their clients to help them compensate for limitations and help restore vocational, homemaking and daily living skills. 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
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
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
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians Job Description
Looking inside the human body…without resorting to highly invasive surgery…is the work of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians.
They use equipment such as X-rays, CAT scans or computerized tomography to help prepare patients for tests and treatments.
The technician is responsible for properly positioning…and immobilizing…the patient on the examining table.
Sometimes they administer non-radioactive materials into a patient’s bloodstream for diagnostic purposes 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
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
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 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