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Click to watch video  BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER
Using engineering techniques, the biomedical engineer solves medical and health-related problems. They may design and develop medical equipment and instruments such as dialysis machines or pacemakers. They may also develop equipment to measure various body functions. Research may range from the study of biological systems and their engineering aspects to the design and improvement of medical devices. The minimum education required is a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Biomedical Equipment Technicians install, maintain, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic instruments and medical equipment. Eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, and mechanical aptitude are essential for this position. The hazards in this occupation include injuries while lifting or transporting heavy equipment and exposure to electric shock, radiation, fumes, and communicable diseases. This position is listed in "Emerging and Evolving Occupations in Texas 1999." The employment outlook expected for this field is a moderate growth rate of 20%. An associate's degree or a certification from an approved and accredited vocational/technical school is required to become a technician.

Click to watch video  BIOSTATISTICIAN
Working with health investigators, the biostatistician is essential in designing studies to acquire health-related information. They assist in deciding where and how to gather data, determining the types and size of a sample group, developing a survey questionnaire, and preparing instructions for workers gathering the data. Independently, the biostatistician analyzes, interprets and summarizes the data while applying mathematical principles. A bachelor's degree is the minimum education, however most often a master's degree is required.

Collecting, typing, and preparing blood and its components for transfusions are the duties of blood bank technology specialists. They are responsible for public safety of blood supplies. Blood bank technology specialists perform specialized tests, screen for transfusion-transmitted viruses, and identify antibodies. A bachelor's degree in medical technology, one or more years' work experience, and a one-year training program are required to be a blood bank technology specialist.

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Child Life Specialists provide play opportunities and other experiences which foster growth and development of pediatric patients and prevent adverse reactions to health care encounters. They try to make the patient's life normal in the ways of childhood. Their patients are birth to eighteen years of age and are inpatients. Working with other health professionals and relating to the patient's family are also essential in this position. Child Life Specialists have a four-year degree in child development. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology are necessary.

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This approach to medical treatment stresses the overall health and wellness of the patient and is concerned with the body's muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Chiropractors use postural and spinal analysis, involving the correct alignment of the vertebrae. Natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments include water, light, massage, ultrasound, electric therapy and heat therapy. Chiropractors also counsel patients about wellness concepts such as nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and stress management. Two years of college level study are required before admission to a four-year college of chiropractic medicine. Licensing is required.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists deliver advanced patient care, conduct clinical studies, instruct staff and patients on clinical issues, consult with other professionals, and provide leadership and supervision. A clinical nurse specialist may specialize in any of the following areas: addiction, disorders, critical care, adult health, community health, emergency care, gerontonlogical care, high-risk maternity care, maternal-child health, medical-surgical, neonatal, oncology, pediatric, perioperative, psychiatric/mental health, or women's health. This is an advance practice nurse who has educational requirements of a master's degree.

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists interview patients to gather information on drug use, allergic reactions, and family history. They care for patients before, during, and after surgical procedures by blending nursing skills with the practice of anesthesia. CRNAs administer spinal, intravenous and other anesthetics to patients during surgical procedures, childbirth, and special medical procedures. They also manage the patient's airway, control breathing, and monitor vital signs while a patient is under anesthesia. After being licensed as a registered nurse and having one year of critical care nursing experience, a master's degree is required as well as passing a national certification examination. The job outlook is excellent due to a current national shortage of CRNAs.

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Cytotechnologists prepare and evaluate cell samples by examing the cells microscopically for color, size, shape, structure, and patterns. The education required to become a cytotechnologist is a bachelor's degree and one year of special instruction in cytology from an accredited program. The job market is excellent due to increased use of cytologic testing to confirm disease and the shortage of cytotechnologists.

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Working at chair-side, the duties of a dental assistant include: making the patient comfortable; preparing the patient for examination and treatment; obtaining dental records; providing the appropriate instruments to the dentist; and using suction and other devices to keep the patient's mouth dry and clear. Other responsibilities are to sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, set up instrument trays, prepare materials for making impressions, and process dental x-ray film. Training can be either a certificate program or associate's degree from a community college.

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Cleaning teeth and providing other preventive dental care, as well as teaching patients how to practice good oral hygiene, are responsibilities of the dental hygienist. They examine patients' teeth and gums, recording the presence of disease or abnormalities. Hygienists also remove calculus, stains, and plaque from teeth; take and develop dental x-rays; and apply cavity preventive agents. Educating patients about how to brush and floss their teeth, how to select toothbrushes, and the effect of diet on oral health are important duties of the hygienist. The job requires two years of an accredited college program and licensing.

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In order to make and repair dental appliances, such as crowns, dentures, bridges, braces, and implants, which a dentist prescribes for the patient, the technician uses both art and science. Using impressions made by the dentist's office, they create plaster models and then shape a wax model. From the model they cast a metal framework and coat it with porcelain. Two years of training in an accredited program leads either to a certificate or an associate's degree.

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Examining, diagnosing and treating health problems of the teeth, gums and mouth are the primary responsibilities of the dentist. They also drill and fill cavities, analyze X-rays, extract teeth, fit patients for dentures, straighten teeth, perform root canals, repair teeth, administer anesthetics and prescribe medications. Ninety college hours are required before admission to dental school. However, 95 percent of dental students have a bachelor's degree. Dental school usually takes four additional years to complete. Dentists must be licensed.

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Assisting in the preparation, delivery, and serving of meals to patients are duties of the dietary manager. In most cases the dietary manager is a department head who supervises personnel, receives and stores food supplies, and takes care of kitchen facilities. This professional usually works under the supervision of a registered dietician. Coursework required includes 120 hours of academic programs and 150 hours of field experience.

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Dietitians scientifically evaluate clients' diets and develop nutrition programs. They help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits. Dietitians usually supervise food service systems for institutions, such as hospitals or schools. They work as clinicians, researchers, administrators, educators, and private practitioners. A bachelor's degree and supervised practical experience are required to become a dietitian. Licensing is also required.

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Under the direction of a radiation therapist or a physician, a dosimetrist plans and administers ionizing radiation. The primary duties of a dosimetrist are tumor localization, providing immobilization devices, providing radiation protection, planning or fabricating modifying devices, calculating equipment settings, aligning beams, detecting equipment problems, and assisting in inserting radioactive substances inside body cavities for the treatment of cancer. Either a person with a bachelor of science degree and a medical background or a registered radiation therapy technologist with two years of experience is eligible for the certificate program.

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Conducting laboratory and field tests allows the environmental health specialist to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution. They may collect samples to test for environmental problems such as water quality, ecology, or food safety. They inspect public and community locations such as nursing homes, recreational facilities, or food establishments. Many environmental health specialists receive an associate's degree from an accredited community college program.

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Identifying a disease as it occurs in a population, tracking the disease, determining the cause(s), and working to develop methods to prevent or control the spread of the disease are the primary duties of epidemiologists. They usually specialize in either infectious diseases or chronic illnesses. Concern with the health of a community or population is the primary influence in the work of epidemiologists. They use statistics, demographics, and sound research methods. A master's degree, typically in public health, is required.

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Gerontologists specialize in working with elderly people. They provide and coordinate services, conduct research on aging, and try to improve the quality of life for the elderly. The minimum education needed is an associate's degree, but may be as high as a doctorate, in gerontology, nursing, sociology, psychology or other human-service related field.

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Providing access to health-related information for health professionals is the responsibility of the health sciences librarian. They locate specialized and up-to-date medical reference information in both print and on-line sources. They also select and purchase books, journals, software, audiovisual materials and other resources. Health Sciences librarians must have a master's degree.

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Histotechnologists perform complex analysis such as identifying tissue structure and cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease. They prepare slides of body tissue for microscopic examination by freezing and cutting tissues, mounting them on slides and staining them with special dyes to make the details visible under the microscope. The training required is a bachelor's degree and one year of additional laboratory experience or completion of an accredited program. The job outlook is excellent due to a shortage of histotechnologists.

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These counselors assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health and career problems. They emphasize prevention and work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health.
To determine the best method of treating the client, the counselor gathers information through interviews, observations and tests. The minimum education required is a master's degree. State licensing is required for professional counselors. In addition to a master's degree, a counselor must have three years of experience in mental health counseling, and pass a written exam to become to be licensed.

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Providing basic bedside care to patients is the LVN's duty. They do such things as applying dressings, changing IVs, taking vital signs, and giving medications. They respond to directions given by physicians and registered nurses. There is a projected increase in the demand for LVNs, with an expected growth rate of 24%. Training programs are one year in length. Passing a state board examination is required.

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Within the radiology department, there are various types of advanced computer-aided imaging equipment. The MRI system measures energy reflected by the body and does not use radioactive elements. This is a non-invasive procedure that provides excellent contrast detail of soft tissue. There are three planes in which MRIs can display images of a cross section of the body. The technologist's main duties are to position the patient and obtain the desired images.

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Artistic talent is essential for medical illustrators.
They create images or models of medical subjects using many types of tools. Frequently they use computer technology to accomplish their tasks. The art they create is used in instructional, research or cosmetic functions. Usually, a medical illustrator holds a master's degree.

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Medical Technologists analyze human blood, tissues, and body fluids. They are also responsible for supervising the performance of many medical laboratory tests. Medical technologists exercise independent judgement, correlate test results and interpret the findings. Medical technologists generate information that is used by physicians to determine the presence, extent, and possible cause of disease. The training is a bachelor's degree in medical technology.

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Nuclear medicine technologists prepare, measure, and give radiopharmaceuticals to patients either by mouth or injection. They also analyze the interaction of blood and urine samples with radioactive materials to determine drug and hormone levels. They must also calculate the correct dose of radiopharamceuticals and then administer them to the patient. The minimum training in nuclear medicine is an associate's degree. The job outlook is good with a projected increase of 31%.

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Nurse Practitioners independently practice health care under the supervision of a physician. They treat patients and obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, prescribe medications, monitor patients with chronic diseases, as well as order and interpret lab tests and x-rays. They also provide family planning and prenatal care. Because this is an advanced practice nurse, it requires a master's degree in nursing.

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After nurse aides have one year of experience at University Hospital in San Antonio, they can become trained as a nursing technician. Nurse technicians provide care such as bathing, walking, feeding and dressing patients. They also make beds, assist patients getting in and out of bed, and taking vital signs. As a nursing technician, they have more responsibilities and receive more pay. The training program lasts 15 weeks.

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The therapist teaches patients daily living skills after illness, injury or disability. Physical and psychological rehabilitation is pursued using compensation or adaptation of current abilities. The occupational therapist's goal is to help the patient regain independence and self-reliance. They evaluate and treat both children and adults. The job market for this position is expected to increase dramatically. The minimum education needed is a bachelor's degree from an accredited program.

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Working with an occupational therapist, occupational therapy aides treat patients who have a disability resulting from physical injury or trauma, disease, aging, mental illness, or alcohol/substance abuse. They help individuals learn or relearn daily living skills and self-care. A two-year associate's degree is required to become an occupational therapy aide. Both a certification exam and a licensing exam must be passed to practice. The job outlook is excellent because there are not enough certified personnel to meet the current demand.

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Taking medical histories, administering eye medication, instructing the patient in care and use of corrective lenses, performing ophthalmic tests, assisting in ophthalmic surgery, and taking ophthalmic photographs are duties of the ophthalmic technologist. Two years of training in an accredited program is usually needed to become an ophthalmic technologist.


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Dispensing opticians interpret eyeglass prescriptions and assist patients in selecting eyewear. They measure the patient's eyes, for example, the distance between the centers of the pupils. Opticians adjust and fit the eyeglasses to the patient. Training is either a one-year certificate program or an associate's degree.

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Assisting the optometrist, the technician prepares patients for tests, puts drops in patients' eyes, and administers vision tests and training. The technician may also perform clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, filing, maintaining medical records, and bookkeeping. Usual training for technicians is a two-year associate's degree.

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Primary vision care that most people need is provided by optometrists. They examine, diagnose, treat, and manage eye diseases and disorders. Optometrists also prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation. They use instruments and observation to examine eye health, and to test patients' visual acuity, depth and color perception and their ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. To become an optometrist, a person must earn a bachelor's degree and complete a four-year accredited program at a college of optometry. Licensing is required.

Click to watch video  PERFUSIONIST
A perfusionist operates very sophisticated technological equipment that temporarily functions as the patient's heart and lungs during open-heart surgery. Perfusionists monitor the patient's circulation and condition during the procedure and in some cases provide long-term support of the patient's circulation after the operation. They are in constant communication with the physician during surgery. Perfusionists must have a four-year bachelor's degree and one to two years of perfusionist education. There is one school of perfusion technology in Texas that admits approximately 20 students per year. A certifying examination is required for licensure in Texas. The outlook for perfusionists is good and the average starting salary is $44,500 per year.

Click to watch video  PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Pharmacy technicians assist in mixing and preparing prescriptions under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They label prescriptions and determine medication charges. Pharmacy technicians help maintain inventory and keep patients' medication records. The two-year associate's degree prepares a pharmacy technician but training may also be acquired on-the-job or through a certificate program. The job outlook is one of faster than average growth.

Click to watch video  PHARMACIST
Pharmacists are responsible for interpreting physician prescriptions for medications. Pharmacists also dispense prescribed medications. They prepare ointments, powders, and capsules. Pharmacists play a vital role in educating and counseling patients. They must effectively communicate with all types of individuals. The education needed to become a pharmacist is a bachelor's degree. After completing the degree, a licensing examination is required. Due to many factors, the need for pharmacists is increasing.

Click to watch video  PHLEBOTOMIST
Phlebotomists draw blood samples by venipucnture, skin puncture, or arterial collection for medical tests and blood donations. Proper technique protects the patient and provides accurate test results. The primary biomedical hazard for this occupation may occur when improper treatment techniques are used with patients with blood transmitted diseases. Training programs run from 16 to 34 weeks in length. Due to advances in biotechnology the number of laboratory test ordered by physicians has increased, which increases the need for phlebotomists.

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Trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services, Physician Assistants (PA) are supervised by a physician and share many of the primary care duties. These professionals take medical histories, examine patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays, make diagnoses, and prescribe some medications. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting and casting. After health care experience and approximately two years of college, a PA completes an accredited program about two years in length. Licensing is required.

Click to watch video  PHYSICIAN
ER physicians provide health care for a wide variety of ill or injured people on an emergency basis. They are trained to work in an intense environment and usually are high-energy people who can make quick, educated guesses that can save lives. Many ER physicians treat a high number of severe trauma cases on a regular basis. The workload of an ER physician changes constantly however, and there are times when the caseload is less acute. The education is typically a four-year bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, three years of residency, and a subspecialty fellowship of two or more years. It is anticipated that there will be a shortage of ER physicians, so the need for these specialists is expected to increase.

Click to watch video  PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Physical Therapists evaluate a patient's physical ability and initiate treatment to restore function, relieve pain or prevent disability. Testing helps the therapist design a program of treatment. Physical Therapists use movement exercises, electrical stimulation, water, ultrasound, and massage to develop endurance, coordination, and muscle strength. A master's degree and passing a national exam is required to practice. The aging population, increased participation in sports and fitness, and technological/medical advances have all contributed to the demand for physical therapists.

Click to watch video  PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE
Working with a physical therapist, the aide assists in the patient's treatment program, exercises, and use of special equipment. The aide implements the treatment plan designed by the physical therapist. A two-year accredited program must be completed and an examination passed. Licensing is required. The job outlook is good.

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A doctor who prevents, diagnoses, and treats disorders of the feet and legs is a podiatrist. They prescribe drugs, order physical therapy, order x-rays and laboratory tests, set fractures, and perform surgery. Often the foot is the first area to show signs of diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis and the podiatrist is a vital link to other health care professionals. A bachelor's degree, four years of podiatric medicine school, residency, and licensing are all required to be a podiatrist.

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Fitting, developing, and making replacement limbs for patients who have lost a limb due to accident or disease is the work of the prosthetist. Orthotists use the same skills to fit and make orthopaedic braces.
Prosthetists concentrate on measurement, impression taking, model refitting, postoperative management, and external power and alignment of sockets related
to various levels of amputation. A bachelor's degree, specific training courses in orthotics and prosthetics, and at least one year of supervised experience in the field are needed to become a prosthetist or orthotist.

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Administering doses of radiation to treat patients afflicted with cancer is the primary duty of a radiation therapy technologist. Maintaining radiation safety for patients, personnel, and themselves while preparing, handling and administering radioactive materials is very important in this job. Training programs may be one, two, or four years in length. Licensing is required.

Click to watch video  RADIOGRAPHER
Radiographers use x-ray equipment to create images of the internal body to diagnose injury and disease. Their responsibilities include positioning the patient between the x-ray source and the film, adjusting the equipment, providing protection to unaffected areas, determining the proper intensity and exposure time for x-rays, processing film and keeping patient records. Listed in the “Emerging and Evolving Occupations in Texas 1999,” the outlook for employment is good with a projected growth rate of 32-35%. After completing a two-year certificate program or an associate’s degree, one must pass an examination and become licensed. Options for career advancement through training include radiation therapy, dosimetry, sonography, nuclear medicine, computerized tomography, mammography, subtraction angiography, or magnetic resonance imaging.

Click to watch video  RECREATIONAL THERAPIST
The recreational therapist uses medically approved recreational programs to physically and socially rehabilitate patients who have chronic physical, psychological, and social handicaps. Their methods include art, music, dance, sports, games, drama, and horticulture. The recreational therapist uses motivational and creative programs to encourage behavior change, improve coordination, and increase social skills. The job outlook is very good and includes a 40% projected growth. A bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation is essential in this occupation.

Click to watch video  REGISTERED NURSE
A registered nurse coordinates patient care, assesses symptoms, interprets symptoms, and responds to reactions and progress. They administer medications, perform therapeutic procedures and instruct patients and families in proper health care practices. A nurse is also responsible for the supervision of aides and licensed vocational nurses. The minimum education required to become a nurse is an associate's degree. After completing an approved program, the nurse must pass a comprehensive examination to become licensed. The need for registered nurses is expected to grow by more than 25%.

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These scientific researchers are interested in medicine and health. They work on basic research into normal biological systems to understand the causes of diseases and to discover the prevention or treatment of diseases. Research scientists work in laboratories and use microscopes, computers, and other equipment. They study genetics, diseases, microorganisms, drugs, the environment and other areas related to human health. For most research science positions, the Ph.D. degree in science is the minimum education required.

Respiratory Therapists treat patients who have difficulties with breathing because of cardiopulmonary problems. These professionals conduct tests of cardiopulmonary functions and give patients appropriate treatment, as ordered by a physician. They also set up and operate equipment including oxygen, gas and mist inhalation equipment, tents, mechanical ventilators, masks, catheters, and incubators used in administering prescribed doses of medicinal gases and drugs. Patients may require temporary or long-term care and in some cases, emergency care. Education for a respiratory care therapist is either a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree. The field is growing rapidly with an expected 36% increase because of the growing middle-age and elderly populations.

Click to watch video  SOCIAL WORKER
Social workers conduct psychotherapy and assist individuals with problems such as poverty, illness, substance abuse, lack of financial management skills, or inadequate housing. They help people find the resources to solve financial, health care, family and other problems. Becoming licensed requires obtaining a bachelor's degree in social work and passing an examination. Demand for social workers is expected to increase by 26% annually.

Click to watch video  SONOGRAPHER
Diagnostic medical sonographers direct high-frequency sound waves into specific areas of a patient's body to produce images of the shape, position, or movements of organs, fluid accumulations, masses, or fetuses. They select and set up appropriate equipment for the test, explain the procedure to patients, help patient to assume the correct physical position, and put patients at ease. Sonographers observe the sound-wave display screen, adjust equipment to ensure a clear image, and maintain a log of ultrasonic tests. Specialization in sonography includes neurosonograpy (the brain), vascular (blood flows), echocardiography (the heart), abdominal (liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen), obstetrics and gynecology (the female reproductive system), or opthamology (the eyes). Training is one, two or four years in length. The one-year program is for those who have met qualification requirements in health care.

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Evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing problems is the work of a speech pathologist. Speech problems may be the result of hearing loss, brain injury or deterioration, cerebral palsy, stroke, cleft palate, voice pathology, mental retardation, or emotional problems. Speech pathologists use written and oral tests, as well as special instruments to diagnose the nature and extent of impairments. They develop an individualized plan of treatment.A master's degree and licensing is required to be a speech pathologist.

Click to watch video  SURGEON
Surgeons diagnose medical conditions and perform surgery. They use medical instruments, radiographic images and other recordings of internal organs to examine and treat patients. Surgeons also prescribe medications and dietary and activity programs. New technology allows doctors to perform more tests and procedures, and in some cases, surgeons can now treat conditions that were previously seen as untreatable. The education is typically a four-year bachelor's degree, four years of medical school, three years of residency, and a subspecialty fellowship of two or more years. The job outlook is better than average growth.

Click to watch video  SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST
The job of a surgical technologist is to set up the operating room for surgery by preparing the patient, maintaining sterility, laying out the needed instruments, and assisting surgical staff into gowns, masks, and gloves. During surgery the surgical technologist passes instruments to the physician, keeps an accurate count of gauze, sponges and other supplies used, and may assist in various other ways, such as retracting tissues, cutting sutures and operating special equipment. Traits that are important to performing this job effectively include good manual dexterity, the ability to stand for long periods of time, high levels of concentration, the ability to act with speed and accuracy, and the ability to remain calm and continue working in emergency situations. Training can last from 8 months up to 2 years after high school. Some surgical technologists receive on-the-job training. The outlook for employment as a surgical technologist is very good. The middle point in the salary range for 1997 in Texas was $10.67 per hour, or $22,193.60 per year, full time.

Click to watch video  UNIT CLERK
This clerical position is essential in keeping a patient care unit running smoothly. The unit clerk performs a variety of clerical tasks which includes answering the telephone, maintaining patient files, and ordering supplies. Previous experience in an office is helpful. The need for unit clerks is constant.

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Working with animals, the veterinarian diagnoses and controls animal diseases, treats sick animals, and prevents the transmission of animal diseases to people. In addition to caring for animals, some veterinarians are involved in research and others are involved in human food safety. They test for and vaccinate against diseases, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, and perform surgery. To become a veterinarian a person must complete a bachelor's degree, graduate from a school of veterinary medicine and obtain a license.

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Helping with animal care, feeding, watering, comforting, bathing, grooming, and exercising are the duties of the veterinary assistant. They observe as animals recover from surgery, change bedding, and clean and disinfect to maintain sanitary conditions. Most veterinary assistants are trained on-the-job.

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Veterinary technicians take animals to treatment rooms, restrain and calm them during examination, or treatment, and prepare animals for surgery. They also sterilize instruments, take and develop x-rays, prepare vaccines, give medications, and perform laboratory tests. An associate's degree is the education needed to become a veterinary technician.

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