Healthcare job profiles featured in the Chicago Tribune.
11:51 AM EST, November 18, 2013
If you like to work independently and set your own hours, work as a medical transcriptionist might be right up your alley. Preparation as a transcriptionist can take as little as one year and the profession offers opportunities to work full- or part-time in a variety of settings. Because of the flexibility transcriptionists have, adding this skill to your background can open up extra income opportunities or be the first step into the medical information management field.
5:55 PM EST, November 11, 2013
If you watch TV or go to the movies, you’ve probably watched a scene depicting happy parents looking at an ultrasound of their baby. The person you see creating that image is a diagnostic medical sonographer. This type of ultrasound is only a small part of what sonographers do -- these professionals perform many different types of internal examinations for patients of all ages. Often trained through an associate’s degree program, these health care workers are highly paid, and demand for them is expected to soar during the years to come.
12:25 PM EST, November 5, 2013
A career helping people with breathing problems offers respiratory therapists rewarding work, good pay and a chance to use their own decision-making skills. Earning an associate’s degree in respiratory care, you can find work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and in patients’ homes, helping patients ranging from newborns to seniors.
1:55 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
When you see a doctor, you like to know that he or she has had the proper education and is experienced in specialty areas. It's also helpful to know whether others have had good experiences with the doctor. Medical skills are important — but a good part of what makes doctors well-regarded by others is their soft skills.
October 5, 2013
If you’ve ever gone to the doctor to be checked for an eyesight problem, chances are you saw an ophthalmic assistant or technician before your final consultation with the ophthalmologist. The range of work for these support personnel runs from simple patient meet-and-greets and eye testing to assisting during eye surgery. A career in the vision care profession can start with a diploma earned after high school and progress with additional training, education and certification.
4:05 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
When it comes to helping people live healthier lives, sometimes the pen – or keyboard – is mightier than the scalpel. If you enjoy working with facts and figures and work well by yourself, a career as a cancer registrar might be right for you. As a health data management expert, you’ll have flexible working conditions and a career path leading to a variety of interesting opportunities.
12:15 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Doctors need timely and accurate information to make patient diagnoses and recommend treatments, relying heavily on the lab workers who provide the data they need. Medical laboratory technicians hold interesting, detail-oriented jobs that don’t require many years of training, and which offer a wide variety of opportunities for advancement and increased pay.
September 4, 2013
Melissa Dobbins had no idea when she was a student studying nutrition she would one day build a career working with hospitals, creating corporate wellness programs, teaching culinary classes, holding community education workshops, counseling individuals with health problems and working as a media spokesperson. Her work using nutrition to help others manage common diseases and conditions has opened many exciting and lucrative opportunities and shows no signs of slowing down.
November 27, 2011
When thinking about pharmaceutical sales, a person's mind might jump immediately to a company selling one particular drug to doctors. But there's more to pharmaceutical reps than selling pills. In fact, companies like Hospira sell many different injectable drugs to many different areas in hospitals.
October 21, 2011
Nurses are everywhere, from doctors' offices to hospitals and in the military. But the nurse in most young people's lives is their school nurse.
11:20 AM EDT, July 1, 2011
As the number of aging baby boomers continues to grow, so does the need for health care. To meet demand, colleges and universities across the country have to expand enrollment in their health-related programs, specifically nursing care. They're having a hard time doing that.
1:20 PM EDT, June 20, 2011
If you're looking for a career in dental health that offers a blend of science and art, consider the field of dental laboratory technology.
December 26, 2010
More than 25 years ago, an announcement was made that a doctor from the National Cancer Institute had isolated the virus that caused acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. That same announcement said that a vaccine for AIDS would be available for testing before the 1990s.
September 27, 2010
In every profession, there are those who pursue advanced education and training to achieve top-level expertise. Nurse practitioner (NP) is the title given to nurses who attain such proficiency in their field. Recent studies by PayScale.com show that the top-end salary for NPs can exceed $93,000 annually, and demand for healthcare professionals is growing faster than that of any other career.
June 23, 2010
The work of the modern day social worker has been muddied through various facets, one of those being television. TV shows usually portray social workers as middle-aged, white women who are taking care of the kids by day and fighting for community justice at night. In reality, the field of social work is vast, encompassing many different skills and values.
May 11, 2010
The days of referring to a nurse who happens to be a man as a "male nurse" have come and gone.
May 4, 2010
Laced into her sneakers, Jennifer Sullivan hits the ground running at 6:30 a.m. four days a week.
May 3, 2010
Anyone familiar with medical dramas on television see the pressure-soaked world of perioperative nurses, or operating room nurses, on a weekly basis.
April 10, 2010
In a variety of ways, social workers help people help themselves.
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