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+ 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

+ Agricultural Inspectors Job Description
America’s farms and ranches feed the world. The wood from our forests is also in great demand. Agricultural Inspectors help to make sure that everything grown for commercial purposes meets government standards for quality and safety. Inspectors are involved in all aspects of the production process…often examining samples along the way. They also inspect the equipment used in the production; checking to see that it’s clean and in proper working condition > 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 Engine Specialists Job Description
The lives and safety of everyone who flies are in the hands of aircraft mechanics. That’s because it is the aircraft mechanic’s job to keep every airplane and helicopter in peak operating condition. Equally important, each mechanic must be on the lookout for excessive wear, metal fatigue, and other conditions that may cause problems in the future. Mechanics work on every kind of aircraft. But specialization in areas like the airframe, the engines and power plants, or electronics and avionics instruments is common > view more

+ Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Aircraft pilots fly airplanes and helicopters to do everything from crop dusting to intercontinental travel to traffic reports for radio stations. Flight engineers assist the cockpit crew in some larger airplanes by monitoring and operating many of the instruments and systems, but computers are rapidly eliminating this position. Generally, jet pilots earn more than pilots of propeller-driven planes do > 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

+ Avionics Technicians Job Description
Avionics technicians keep airplanes in the sky. They repair and maintain components used for aircraft navigation, radio communications, flight control, weather radar systems and engine operation. They also work on computerized instruments that run the aircraft. They may have to analyze and develop solutions to complex electronic problems. This is one of the highest paid technical professions, and it’s easy to see why > 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

+ Chemical Equipment Controllers and Operators Job Description
Ever wonder how lipstick is made? How about house paint, detergent, gasoline, or plastic? Chemicals are key ingredients in most industrial and consumer goods, and Chemical Equipment Controllers and Operators play an important role in their production. These workers monitor the flow and mix ratios of chemicals through production equipment such as catalytic converters, saturator tanks, and fermentation chambers > view more

+ Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment Job Description
A job as vehicle washer is not hard to get, so long as you meet some physical requirements. You have to be strong. You have to be willing to work hard for long hours—and low pay. You have to be able to lift and carry heavy objects, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in awkward positions. You might need to wear safety clothing to protect yourself from chemicals. But what you’ll get at the end of the line, in addition to a clean vehicle, or piece of equipment, is experience and a record of on the job performance > view more

+ Conservation Officer / Fish and Game Wardens Job Description
Just as city police officers protect people…fish and game wardens protect wildlife. In some states, they’re called Conservation Officers. They enforce laws and regulations designed to conserve fish and animal populations. They patrol their assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse or on foot. As officers of the law, Fish and Game Wardens, or Conservation Officers, carry weapons and are trained by the local, state or federal agency that employs them > view more

+ Construction and Building Inspectors Job Description
When buildings, roads, bridges or utility systems are built or repaired, the work must comply with various building and safety codes. Construction and Building Inspectors make sure that these codes are followed. Most Inspectors work for federal, state and local governments. Inspectors start their work when a project begins and conduct follow-up inspections throughout the project to monitor compliance to the codes > view more

+ Construction Laborers Job Description
Construction Laborers are skilled workers who provide much of the physically demanding labor at all kinds of construction projects, from excavation to building to demolition. Depending on the specialty of the company that hires them laborers might clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, mix and place concrete, or even work with hazardous materials or explosives. To do all these things, they assist other craft workers, and operate a wide range of equipment > view more

+ Crossing Guards Job Description
The Crossing Guard helps keep pedestrians of all ages safe. Near schools, they are responsible for helping students cross streets safely, stopping traffic when necessary. At construction sites or other hazardous locations, Crossing Guards guide vehicle traffic and pedestrians around obstacles and workers, using signs, flags, and hand signals. At railroad crossings, they activate warning signal lights, lower crossing gates until trains pass, and raise gates when crossings are clear > 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

+ 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

+ Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Emergency medical technicians or “EMTs” (pronounced:”e-em-tees”) are the men and women who are usually first on the scene when there is a heart attack victim, a near-drowning, automobile accident injuries, gunshot wounds, or anything else requiring immediate medical attention. Working in two-person teams, EMTs drive their ambulances or rescue squad vehicles to the scene, assess the situation, and execute the appropriate procedures > 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

+ Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health Job Description
There is a price any society pays for progress. Often, that price is measured in damage to our environment or the public health. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including health specialists, try to stop the damage. These specialists investigate what’s causing the pollution or health hazard. They may perform laboratory and field tests to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution > 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

+ 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

+ Fire Inspectors Job Description
Fire inspectors fight fires by trying to keep them from starting. As part of a department's fire prevention division, inspectors examine commercial buildings for compliance with fire codes, looking for conditions that might cause a fire. They may even test the fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. Developers often call on them to check and approve plans for new structures. Fire inspectors communicate what they know about preventing fires to the public > 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 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

+ Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand Job Description
Assembly lines can take a manufactured item almost all the way to completion. In fact, some kinds of manufactured goods make it into packages without ever being touched by human hands. Many products, however, require the finishing touches only hand grinders and polishers can provide. Using hand tools, and hand held power tools, these workers grind and polish a variety of materials: metal, stone, clay, plastic and glass objects or parts > view more

+ Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Job Description
The first century of the Industrial Revolution left a legacy of hazardous waste that government and environmental experts are trying to clean up. Hazardous Materials and Waste Technicians are at the forefront of this effort. Some hazardous waste technicians work on-site; others, in a hazardous materials center, called a “hazmat facility.” There, they perform a variety of tasks including transportation, treatment and storage of hazardous wastes > view more

+ Highway Maintenance Workers Job Description
Highways are an essential part of America. All across the country, people use highways to travel to work, for vacations, to visit family, and even just to go shopping. Because of this, our nation’s roads are in constant need of maintenance. Snow, storms, and heavy equipment also add to the burden. Highway maintenance workers keep our nation in gear, by repairing and restoring these roads. These men and women patch damaged pavement, erect guardrails, and establish highway markers to improve safety > view more

+ Industrial Safety and Health Engineers Job Description
Many jobs carry an element of risk. Through the years, however, the United States has tried to make even the most dangerous places to work as safe as possible. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers are responsible for making sure workplaces meet the requirements of laws designed to protect people. They promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical and psychological principles > view more

+ Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Job Description
Industrial truck and tractor operators are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, coal, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have the ability to judge distance, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment. Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination, and to adhere to strict safety practices so they avoid roll-overs and collisions > view more

+ Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Job Description
Does your house stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter? If so, thank the workers who installed the insulation – they did their job properly. An insulation worker installs insulating material by cementing, stapling, wiring, taping or spraying it into buildings, around pipes, boilers and tanks. The insulation can take the form of foam, loose-fill, fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool and in cases where there is old insulation, workers must first remove it and then secure the new materials > 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

+ Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Work Job Description
Helping to keep outdoor recreation safe is the job of recreational protective service workers such as lifeguards or members of the ski patrol or who monitor other recreational areas. A big part of these jobs is preventing accidents. Protective service workers warn people about unsafe conditions and discourage risky behavior. And when mishaps happen, they are specially trained to respond. Lifeguards constantly scan the waters for anyone who might be in trouble > view more

+ Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Job Description
When it comes to fixing our cars, we go to an automobile mechanic. But there are many other types of mechanics. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics service industrial equipment used in construction, logging and mining. Service technicians employed by the Federal Government may work on tanks and other armored equipment. From towering cranes…to giant drills deep underground, mechanics keep equipment running properly and safely > view more

+ Motor Vehicle Inspectors Job Description
Whether the motor vehicle has 18 wheels… Or it’s the family car… The government requires it be inspected for safety and/or emissions on a regular basis. Proof of passing that inspection is displayed—and if it’s out of date, the operator of the vehicle faces a fine. Motor Vehicle Inspectors examine cars and trucks, accessories, air lines and electric circuits and report on what repairs are needed > 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

+ Nuclear Technicians Job Description
Nuclear technology is a new field, but it already has a wide range of applications. So Nuclear technicians work in a variety of places, for the military…the government…public utilities…private companies…universities and hospitals. Some have four year science and math degrees, others have two years of specialized training, earning an associates degree in applied science. On the job, nuclear technicians operate nuclear test and research equipment, monitor radiation, or assist nuclear engineers and physicists in research > view more

+ Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Job Description
Also called risk managers, their job is to keep workplaces as accident-free as possible. They do this by looking for safer, healthier and more efficient ways of working. Health and safety specialists analyze work environments to identify potential hazards. They use experience, historical data and other sources to identify patterns of injury or illness. These specialists may conduct inspections to make sure companies comply with laws governing worker health and safety > view more

+ Pest Control Workers Job Description
Pest controllers and their assistants eliminate rats, mice, termites, wasps, and other pests from places where they do not belong. Restaurants, where food is prepared; apartment buildings, where infants and toddlers live; and any place else where people can be bitten, stung, or made sick by pests and the diseases they carry… These are all part of a pest controller's territory. Since many pest control jobs involve working with powerful poisons and chemicals, it is important to be alert at all times and to follow proper safety procedures > view more

+ Police Patrol Officers Job Description
Whether investigating a murder or burglary, giving first aid, stopping a fight, or simply patrolling an area to prevent crime, few people are more vital to everyone’s safety and well being than police officers and detectives. “Patrol-car” police, however, are only part of the story. Some officers work behind the scenes as experts in fire-arms identification, handwriting and fingerprints, or microscopic analysis > view more

+ Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers Job Description
Whenever there’s an emergency, someone has to take the “911” (pronounced: “nine-one-one”) call, get the details from the caller, and decide which resources should be activated and sent to the scene. That’s the job of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers. Also known as “public safety dispatchers,” these workers need to be able to question callers to determine the nature, seriousness, and location of the emergency > view more

+ Product Safety Engineers Job Description
No product should have hidden dangers. That’s where Product Safety Engineers come in. They protect the public by making sure that manufactured goods…when used properly…are safe. It’s the job of the Safety Engineer to test products before they ever leave the factory. They also investigate the causes of accidents, injuries or illnesses that result from product usage. They look for shortcomings that could cause injury…or even death > 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

+ 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

+ Self-Enrichment Education Teachers Job Description
Learning simply for pleasure or for personal improvement is called “self enrichment.” It’s a fast growing field in education. The people who provide the instruction are called Self-Enrichment Teachers. Classes range from music or crafts…to courses on subjects like family budgeting, computer skills and scuba diving. In fact, there’s probably a self-enrichment class for just about any topic you can imagine > 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

+ Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operator
Water, water, everywhere: but it is safe to use? Water & Waste Treatment Plant Operators treat water so it's safe to drink, while Waste Treatment Plant Operators remove pollutants and other harmful materials from wastewater, making it safe to return to the environment. Water and Waste Treatment Plant Operators read gauges and meters and use computers to make sure that the equipment is operating properly > view more

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