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Health careers

Healthcare job profiles featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Medical transcriptionists train fast, work independently

11:51 AM EST, November 18, 2013

Medical transcriptionists train fast, work independently

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.

Need grows for diagnostic medical sonographers

5:55 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Need grows for diagnostic medical sonographers

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. 

Independence, career satisfaction rate high for respiratory therapists

12:25 PM EST, November 5, 2013

Independence, career satisfaction rate high for respiratory therapists

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.

Ear specialists: Doctors who listen

1:55 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Ear specialists: Doctors who listen

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.

Aging population accelerates ophthalmic support opportunities

October 5, 2013

Aging population accelerates ophthalmic support opportunities

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.

Cancer reporting requirements keep registrars in demand

4:05 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Cancer reporting requirements keep registrars in demand

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.

Medical laboratory technician: Information specialist

12:15 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Medical laboratory technician: Information specialist

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.

Registered dietitians help public handle health problems through nutrition

September 4, 2013

Registered dietitians help public handle health problems through nutrition

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.

Pharmaceutical sales: Prescription for the health-inclined

November 27, 2011

Pharmaceutical sales: Prescription for the health-inclined

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.

School nurses keep students healthy

October 21, 2011

School nurses keep students healthy

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.

Nursing demand creates education jobs

11:20 AM EDT, July 1, 2011

Nursing demand creates education jobs

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.

Dental lab technicians mix technology with craftsmanship

1:20 PM EDT, June 20, 2011

Dental lab technicians mix technology with craftsmanship

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.

Chicago AIDS Research Center pools resources

December 26, 2010

Chicago AIDS Research Center pools resources

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.

Nurse practitioners fill critical roles in expanding field

September 27, 2010

Nurse practitioners fill critical roles in expanding field

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.

Licensed clinical social workers have simple goal

June 23, 2010

Licensed clinical social workers have simple goal

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.

Male nurses? They're simply nurses

May 11, 2010

Male nurses? They're simply nurses

The days of referring to a nurse who happens to be a man as a "male nurse" have come and gone.

On the move: Northwestern nurse practitioner's responsibilities allow little time for rest

May 4, 2010

On the move: Northwestern nurse practitioner's responsibilities allow little time for rest

Laced into her sneakers, Jennifer Sullivan hits the ground running at 6:30 a.m. four days a week.

Operating room nurses rely on quick thinking, thorough approach

May 3, 2010

Operating room nurses rely on quick thinking, thorough approach

Anyone familiar with medical dramas on television see the pressure-soaked world of perioperative nurses, or operating room nurses, on a weekly basis.

Social work careers: In times of trouble, social workers extend lifeline

April 10, 2010

Social work careers: In times of trouble, social workers extend lifeline

In a variety of ways, social workers help people help themselves.

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