Focus on Occupations: Helping Others through Health-Related Occupations

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The winter months bring snow globe wonderlands, hot chocolate and unfortunately cold and flu season. Many professionals support keeping us healthy during this time of year and all year through. CareerLocker acknowledges those that help us stay healthy by conducting research, administering at health care facilities, attending to our health, and communicating our health care needs. CareerLocker highlights five exciting occupations in health care: geneticists, health care administrators, nurse practitioners, translators and interpreters, and ultrasound technologists.

  • Geneticists-use scientific methods to research genes found in the cells of plants and animals. These genes contain the inherent traits and characteristics that differentiate one plant variety from another and one human from another. Geneticists research human genes, trying to identify the ones that contain the individual’s natural response to different diseases. By identifying these genes, they may be able to identify individuals most susceptible to certain diseases and develop pharmaceutics to retard, cure, or even prevent these diseases.
  • Health Care Administrators-direct activities at health care facilities to ensure that patients medical needs are meet. In large hospitals, health care administrators supervise the managers of several departments such as public relations, accounting, and personnel. They also develop the operating budget for the health care facility.
  • Nurse Practitioners and specialists — are registered nurses who have become expert in a specific area of nursing. They have earned either a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing. They have also completed supervised practice in their area of specialization, and have been certified by a national professional nursing organization.
  • Translators and Interpreters— communicate information from one language to another. Translators read text in one language and write it in another language. Interpreters listen to words spoken in one language and recount what was said in another language to another person.
  • Ultrasound Technologists — use special sound waves (called diagnostic medical sonographers) to produce images of people’s organs and tissues. They carefully position their patients to ensure that the shadowy images created by the ultrasound will bounce off of the tissues or organs that physicians have specified. These images are then recorded on a screen or film. Physicians study these images to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases.

Feeling cold this winter?  These occupations will warm you up!  Health Care Administrators, Translators and Interpreters, and Ultrasound Technologists are Hot Occupations. Over the next 10 years, job openings in these occupation are projected to increase by at least 27%.

Learn more about these and other occupations on CareerLocker.

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