A Career In The Pharmacy Could Spell Jail Time

Unlicensed-PharmacistIn many communities, the local pharmacist is among the most respected members of the neighborhood. He gives you your prescriptions at a fair price, always has a smiling face, and seems like a through-and-through decent guy, but this isn’t always the case. Having access to drugs like morphine, oxycontin, prozan, and xanax is a huge responsibility – these drugs, on the street, or purchased for personal use, most of the times at a high dollar. Pharmacists, who make just over $100,000 a year on average, could very be drugs supplier and you wouldn’t even know it! Take this example for instance:

A local pharmacists in Rhode Island was predicted to face about 10 years in prison for stealing morphine and prescription painkillers off the shelves and replacing them with saline solution. Instead of doing jail time though, he was charged with 5 years of probation and a handful of community service hours. This doesn’t seem like a very good example of punishment fitting the crime – and it’s not considering the potential murder or manslaughter charges that this could have received. The pharmacists took the capsules that the morphine was in, opened them, transferred the morphine out, and replaced it with saline. Then, he glued the lids back on to make it look like they were never opened. Well, little did he know, glue and saline compound instantly and can turn into a deadly poison. There isn’t any evidence that anybody has died from saline or glue poisoning from this particular instance, but this is becoming a really serious issue.

A lot of times the actual pharmacist isn’t the only who you need to watch out for – it’s the pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists make plenty of money, but pharmacy technicians make considerably less and would then be more inclined to steal drugs from the office, and sell them to people on the streets for a decent amount of cash. Pilfering drugs (stealing small amounts of drugs in a stealthy manner over and over) is, like I said, quickly becoming the go-to technique for getting drugs on the streets and in the black market. I think it’s time the “war on drugs” gets off the streets and starts hitting the offices.


Dental X-Rays Shown To Possibly Cause Brain Tumors

MeningiomaIt’s a pretty well known fact that being overexposed to radiation can have long-lasting, potentially harmful effects on your body; however, maybe you didn’t know exactly how common it is to be affected by radiation – particularly in the form of x-rays. Having an x-ray taken of you seems like a very harmless thing; it doesn’t hurt, you don’t feel your insides burning up under the pressure of the radiation, etc., but x-rays can cause meningioma. Meningioma is a non-cancerous tumor that forms in the meninges, which is the area of membrane that surrounds your spinal cord. Some common symptoms of meningioma can come by way of pounding headaches, a sudden decrease in vision, and even speech impediments.

So who is at risk of developing menginioma? Well, for once, those who receive bite-wing exams are commonly the most at-risk people. Orthodontists, who make $190,000 a year on average, will use bite-wing exams to take a look at your teeth and their structure, but those who have had a bite-wing exam are about twice as likely to develop menginioma. Furthermore, the panorex exam is another one to watch out for; panorex exams are when the orthodontist or dental assistant uses an external device to take the x-ray. Those who have panorex exams are three times as likely to develop a non-cancerous tumor.

But adults aren’t the only ones who are at risk of developing meningioma, in fact, children are even more susceptible because of how sensitive their cells are to radiation. Kids who are under 10 years of age should definitely take caution when getting x-rays done, especially if its multiple times a year. However, it should be noted that this subject is still being researched and should therefore regarded as an early observation.

So what can you do? Well, first of all, you should definitely make sure that the x-ray you’re getting is completely mandatory. Ask your x-ray technician if the x-ray is crucial to your appointment and/or your potential condition. X-ray technicians make about $60,000 a year on average, so if you cancel your appointment, I don’t think they will mind all too much.


Veterinarians Help To Save The Life Of A Famous Orangutan

orangutanAt forty-three years of age, Cheyenne, an orangutan, might as well be Texas’s most famous animal. Cheyenne is a very well known attraction at the Houston Zoo, but in August, the zoo and all of her beloved fans feared that her life might be at risk. The zoo’s veterinary doctor took a look at her initially and found lots of things wrong; infections, a potential disease in her muscles, and even a urinary tract infection were all existing conditions that the poor ape had – it was clear that Cheyenne needed emergency help. So Houston called in the cavalry.

A whole swarm of vets and zoo keepers transported the orangutan to the Houston Medical Center and specialists from the children’s hospital and Ben Taub Critical Care Specialists came in to donate their time for free in treating this beloved animal.

At first, the team inspected the animals intestines and ran several dialysis scans. Their dialysis technicians unfortunately ruled that a kidney dialysis was out of the question as it would have required a neck catheter which generally causes an issue in animals. Because a catheter would have to be inserted, the animal would most likely start bleeding and, because of the nature of orangutans, that wound would be re-opened time and time again which would’ve made it prone to infection and a whole series of other complications that the team did not need on their plate. Dialysis techs get paid about $40,000 a year to run tests and other dialysis work on patients.

Medical staff had to work around the clock, at all hours of the day, to keep the fluids just write. They couldn’t just pump her with as much as they wanted because, in a critical condition like Cheyenne was in, too much fluids could cause just as many issues as not having enough. After 11 days of being on antibiotics and an I/V, the orangutan successfully made a recover. Since then, she was reunited with her chimps and is doing just fine thanks to the fantastic veterinary staff that they had on hand. No doubt these vets had attended some of the top veterinary schools in the US.

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Could A Healthy Back Prevent Heart Problems?

healthy backThe chiropractic field has become one of the quickest growing medical fields over the past few decades. Either our backs are getting weaker and weaker, or maybe we’re just not being quite as careful as we should be. Nevertheless, the chiropractic field has grown to the point where chiropractors are in high demand. With so much more attention being given to this field, it opens it up to new discoveries. One of the biggest discoveries made in the chiropractic came when it was observed that your back health could be a tell to the health of your heart.

This may seem crazy, but it is true. One of the tells that you could be having a heart attack in the near future is a sudden back pain. In fact, it’s a general rule of thumb that, as a chiropractor, you can expect to have at least one or two patients in your life career suffer a heart attack. This is why visiting your chiropractor is so important! Not only can he/she reduce the pain in your back, but by going through regular chiropractic work you can even reduce the chance of heart attacks, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and overall improve the health of your entire cardiovascular system.

The medical world is pretty much a giant machine with a lot of moving parts in it. Because there are so many different fields, it is crucial that these fields communicate and work together so stuff like this can be brought to light. For instance, cardiologists who see patients who are prone to having a heart attack should definitely recommend chiropractors and even some top occupational therapists to work with patients so they don’t become the next victim of a heart attack.

Paying attention to your body and your health is a very important aspect of life that many of us are bad at. Your body will give you signs that you are under too much stress, not eating correctly, or even that you’re being too active. Whatever the case may be, listen to your body and look for signs. If you find that you’re suddenly having back problems, troubles breathing, or have chest pain, and your at the age where you’re prone to heart attacks – go see medical help.

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Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age By Keeping Your Teeth Healthy!

Woman mouthOur bodies work in weird ways. While we are all different in so many forms, our bodies do remain fairly consistent in the aspect of health. What is healthy, is healthy. There is no exception when it comes to the maintenance of your body and even though others can tolerate more, your health should be a real priority. While health is an extremely important aspect of life that you should stay in control of, it also becomes a bit of peculiarity. A great example of this is how your teeth and brain are connection.

Believe it or not, but the health of your brain seems somewhat connected to the health of your teeth. While there is no proven connection, studies have been conducted where those who have poor teeth health also have poor mental health. For example, a study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center examined over two thousand people, both men and women, over the age of 60 and found that those who had bad gum disease (periodontitis) also had troubles with their memory; this took form when they were given three words to remember for a period of time, and failed to remember what those three words were.

So what does this mean exactly? Well, nobody is really true. The link between your mental health and your teeth health remains subtle at best. No, if you go a week without brushing your teeth you will not have a stroke. However, inflammation, infections, and other medical issues with your oral health can result in an increased risk of a variety of medical complications including heart disease, strokes, and even respiratory problems.

If you are involved in the medical world then you might find this to be particularly interesting. For instance, neurosurgeons could really find this information useful and I expect that, in the coming years, neurosurgeons will have much more communication with professionals in the dental industry. I can see neurosurgeons communicating with people like dental assistants and seeing personal files to see if a potential lapse in mental health could be connected with dental too.


Choosing The Right Student Financial Aid Options!

financial_aidPursuing a college degree is no doubt a very important move that you should make. While college isn’t for everybody, there are lots of people who are relying on college to guide them to a certain field of expertise where they can find a full-time job. With the costs of college on the rise, there is more and more of a necessity placed into making the right decision. I’m not talking about partying and drinking, I’m not talking about financial aid. Financing college can be done a certain way that can be as painless as possible, but many don’t know how to finance college correctly and thus end up spending the rest of their young adult lives paying off debt. Debt is not a fun thing to deal with, so make sure you go about paying for college the best way you can.

One of the best things to do is look for scholarships. A lot of people know about scholarships and how they can work wonders to chop down those pesky student loans, but not many really take the initiative and pursue scholarships with much energy. This is why if you are aware of potential scholarships you could be eligible for it can really make paying off college easier. For instance, if you are former military personnel, there are a bunch of scholarships available for you. There are specific scholarships and grants for individual branches, based on time served, location served, etc. This is free money that goes towards your college degree that you should not turn down.

Perhaps the best thing about being involved with the military is the fact that the veteran isn’t the only one who can reap the benefits. There are tons of scholarships out there for spouses of military veterans as well. This gives joining the military a whole sense of incentive as both of you can pursue college degrees and be well off in the future.

Now, scholarships are definitely very helpful, but at the end of the day you may still not be able to afford paying for college. This is normal and a commonly shared feeling among thousands, if not millions, of students around the world. However, student loans have a whole new perspective if you’re former military personnel. Being a military veteran you could apply for an unsubsidized loan, which means you don’t have to pay the interest – the government does that while you’re going to college. Not a whole lot of people have the benefit of this, so make sure you jump on this opportunity to get an unsubsidized loan!


Possible Opportunities For An Individual With A Music Degree

musician_playing_violinAs a young person gyrating around the kitchen to the latest song it never occurred to me that a love of music could be parlayed into a career. However it is possible and much more lucrative than one might think.

Most parents are hesitant when their child comes to them with a desire to attend a school of music; they have visions of their child penniless, playing music on the street corner for change. The parents should calm down and realize that a career in music does not only mean playing in a band or becoming a singer. A degree in music can take an individual’s career in directions they may have not thought possible.

Take for example a person who recognizes that the healthcare industry is booming and likely to remain so with all of the retiring baby boomers, and military personnel coming home with injuries from war; this person may decide that a career in music therapy is for them. A music therapist helps those with learning disabilities, individuals experiencing post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, those with psychiatric disorders, and those with hearing or speech impediments. By combining their love of music and interest in people they are helping our society to become well again.

For those who love to write and also love music there are several different avenues towards a rewarding career. Besides songwriting, one could write jingles for commercials, transcribe performances onto musical scores, or become an arranger of musical composition.

If one finds that they like being in charge and directing people a career in management could be a lucrative path. A booking agent is one who finds and books “gigs” or jobs for musical performers. This individual must possess excellent communication skills as they will be dealing with the artist or their manager, the performance venue management, and will also need to make contacts within the industry itself. The same types of skills are needed for a concert promoter and a personal manager.

If the law is of interest becoming an attorney specializing in the music industry may be the path to take. An entertainment attorney will need to know entertainment and copyright law as well as being able to deal with the talent which can be challenging at times.There are different fields within entertainment law; music, sports, and film and television. One who wishes to specialize in the music industry will need to know how to deal with contract negotiations, record labels, publishers, booking agents and the like.

Someone who enjoys listening to various types of new music available might want to consider the career of an A&R (artist & repertoire) coordinator. This person will visit clubs, listen to demo tapes, watch new performers and seek out new talent for their company to sign.

The world of music entertainment is a large one and growing all the time. The careers available to those with a degree in music are wide and varied; all it takes is the drive and ambition (and a bit of research) to get a person where they want to go.

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What To Expect In A Music Production Degree Program

musicians 2For those who are interested in a career in the music industry the choice of music production could be a logical choice. There are actually two directions that would be best suited for a career as a music producer, a degree in Audio Production or a degree in Music Business; both curriculums could apply. It isimportant to note that while a person may be hired with just an associate’s degree it will most likely be in an assistant’s role. An individual may be more successful finding the position they want by obtaining a bachelors degree.

When one chooses to pursue a degree in Music Business they will be learning both the technical and creative side of music as well as management skills. Course topics could include such things as small business management, music theory or history, music promotion, music copyrights and laws, artists’ management and merchandising. Through these courses a student can learn how to manage their employees, how to promote and market music, how to manage finances, musicianship, and how to run a small business. A degree in music business can prepare the student for a variety of career opportunities such as a road or tour manager, a music distributor or publisher, a merchandiser or a concert promoter.

One the other hand, a degree in audio production will teach one how to use recording equipment favored by the music industry professionals. Those who attend these courses will learn digital technologies which are used to edit and record sound. It is a very hands-on type of degree with students becoming accustomed to recording studios and learning to use editing software. Some colleges have internships available which could be extremely valuable both from the learning aspect and from the contacts one could make. Typically this field of study will include digital music, sound recording techniques, sound reinforcement, music business, management and merchandising as well as musicianship.

It is important to remember that this is a highly competitive field, and the more training one can receive while at the same time gaining real world experience as an intern the easier one will find that they can break into the industry. Those who rocket to the top at a young age are usually helped by contacts they had previously. If the school you chose to attend does not offer internship opportunities an ambitious student will make the opportunities themselves. Many of the major music players offer internships, such as Sony who offers internships in California, New York and New Jersey. No matter how badly you may want to please an employer, it is never OK to allow one to take advantage of you even if you have limited experience in the job. A recent class-action lawsuit against Warner Music Group has been brought by over 3,000 interns who claim that they were taken advantage of in regards to overtime and minimum wage. Remember your goal is to be taken as a professional and learn a trade, not to play coffee barista for some overpaid executive.

Mortuary Science Graduates Continue To Be In High Demand

Mortuary Science Graduates Continue To Be In High Demand

Mortuary Science Graduates Continue To Be In High Demand

While some sectors of the economy are slow to pickup, mortuary science is not one of them.  Mortuary science can be a difficult field to work in as it deals with the studying of deceased bodies (it is not for those who are squeamish). It is not considered a glamorous field but provides a service to those family members who are in their hour of need, dealing with the death of a loved one.

Most who study mortuary science go on the become funeral directors, but some become morticians which would include the study of embalming. The average salary of a mortician is approximately $55,000 dollars per year, and a funeral director can average approximately $48,000 dollars per year. As one obtains more experience the salary levels can rise considerably.

Obtaining a degree in mortuary science is a two to four year process depending on which state you live in. Researching your states requirements is the first step in determining the path to take as there are tests that must be taken at the state level to qualify as a mortician or funeral director. Also, each state requires that an internship be completed before licensing occurs.

The best way to get a foot in the door is to approach a local funeral home and ask if there are any jobs they have available that you could fill while finishing your studies. There are many funeral homes across the country that are family owned and some which are owned by corporations. Often times the family owned operations will hire from within, so starting off at a lower position while going through school could help with employment further down the road.

One thing to keep in mind about this career is that a mortician is dealing with grieving loved ones. This can be especially hard because everyone grieves in a different manner; some may be openly weeping while talking to you, while others may be angry their loved one has left and takes their anger out on the funeral home staff. No matter the situation, a mortician or funeral director must remain calm, sympathetic and caring.

Another consideration is the smell; my mother used to work in a deli when I was in grade school and the mortician down the street came in for lunch every day. I’ve never smelled such an awful odor, and he smelled that way every day; it is inescapable. The other thing to take into great consideration is your family. Are they going to understand when you can’t make it to Cousin Jenny’s wedding because someone died and you have to be at work? Death waits for no man (or woman), and you will be working when the situation demands it, not when you feel like it.

If you care about helping others in their time of need then this may be the career for you. Unfortunately every family will have need of a mortician or funeral director at some point in their lives. Fortunately there are caring individuals who decide to wear this mantle and help us through the crisis.

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Journalism Education In A Digital World

Journalism Education In A Digital World

Journalism Education In A Digital World

Technology, as great as it may seem, has its downsides. For instance, technology is undeniably taking away and even in some cases hurting, potentially killing, certain career fields. One of these fields is journalism. If you have noticed, print-journalism isn’t necessarily the hot thing anymore. Newspaper companies are dying out and quickly being replaced by online media sources. Fortunately, several of these newspaper companies have made the transformation to Internet news and media, but for the ones who haven’t, they have been doomed.

But I like to think Journalism has actually received several benefits to the rise of the Internet. This digital world that we live in has opened the door to several new potential ways of communication. Now we’re not limited to newspapers, radio, and TV, but rather the world is expanding with the relatively recent introduction of the Internet.

If you have a knack for writing and think a job in journalism is what you’re meant for, your options are more diverse than they’ve ever been. Traditional journalism is still around, and some students pursue this, but there is an entirely new box of tools at your fingertips. Let’s start with education. There is nothing wrong at all with a degree in journalism, in fact it can prove to be the most beneficial depending on what your exact niche is, but college isn’t as bland as that; there are several different paths you can go down. Sports journalism, for instance, narrows your scope down. Those who want a career in online media writing about sports can hone their skills in with a degree in sports journalism.

With the Internet, you don’t even need an education in journalism to have a career. People have started their own blogs, websites, social profiles, and YouTube channels with the sole purpose of spreading news and communicating ideas, much like a newspaper, but don’t have any sort of background in journalism. This makes them personable and more like you and me. The public eats this up and they love it.

This digital world we live in changing the way those who want a career journalism go about it. You can specify a specific niche in the journalism world and furthermore you’re not constricted to just writing. There’s less emphasis on being correct and more emphasis on being popular, controversial, and a draw. Whether this is moral or not, it’s opening the door for pretty much anyone to get their voice out there to the public, and I think this is fantastic.

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5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? If so then maybe the thought of pursuing a career dealing with animals has crossed your mind. If you truly believe caring for and being animals is what you want to do then you must figure out what your exact niche is going to be. There are several careers out there perfect for animal lovers, but it is understood some are not meant for everyone. This is why you must narrow down your search to certain careers you can really see yourself in. For example, if you don’t like water then you shouldn’t go into marine biology! Here are 5 career paths that you should consider while determining where you want to end up:

Zoologist – The zoology path should really only be considered by the most determined. Taking classes and becoming a zoologist is no easy task and a lot of times it will test your limits, but the experience is truly rare. As a zoologist you have the responsibility of saving lives of endangered species by studying ecosystems, biological make-up, and working side-by-side with scientists to ensure the animals of this world have a bright future.

Veterinarian – Probably one of the most popular animal careers out there right now. Veterinarians are animal doctors who take care of diagnosing and treating all different types of animals whether they are companion, farm, and/or exotic animals. Being a vet can be a very demanding job, but it all depends on where you end up. The biggest challenges of being a veterinarian is definitely being around animals who don’t make it. Keep this in mind if are to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Zookeeper – As a little kid you might have dreamed about being a zookeeper; after all, who wouldn’t love to take care of and play with such zoo animals? As a zookeeper it’s your job to take care of the animals at the zoo. You must monitor eating habits, behavior, but also clean up after them which can definitely be a downside of the job, but in the end, you are a very important part of these animal’s lives. Being a zookeeper is truly a unique experience.

Marine Biologist – As I hinted above, marine biologists are all about water animals. As a marine biologist you study organisms who live under the surface. While you won’t spend very much time physically in the water as you spend lots of time in labs doing studies, reading, and analyzing data, being out “in the field” is a magical experience. Being a marine biologist means knowing all sides of science so be prepared to do lots of reading and studying if you want to pursue this path.

Animal Breeder – Having a vast understanding about genetics and conformation is crucial to being an animal breeder. Your responsibility is to continue the blood line of certain species of animals in a healthy, and efficient way. It’s up to you to get animals to breed and produce healthy offspring. More times than not this is in a farm environment as farm animals are valuable and need to be replenished. Also, breeding can take in into the competitive scene where you show off certain breeds. It’s a very unique career.

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Being Your Own Boss

art-of-freelancingMany people dream of being their own boss. No more having to take orders from others, organising your own work load and direction you would like your business to go, what could be wrong with that. Well the reality is that many people have to work much longer hours than they would when working for an employer. When the business is in the set up stage, there may not be great returns for the amount of work you have put in. You can’t just phone in sick when you are unwell, if you don’t work you don’t get paid so working for yourself can be all consuming.

There are some jobs though, where once you are trained you have the autonomy to set your own work load. An example of this is an occupational therapist. An occupational therapist helps people to regain daily living skills, tailoring action plans to individual patients so that they can live an independent life. As a trained health professional you will never be short of work and once you know the ropes it can be possible to set up your own practice. Setting up this type of practice will depend heavily on your networking relationships that you have gained throughout your career and you may be able to contract yourself out to private care homes or hospitals.

To become an occupational therapist you will need to gain a master’s degree in occupational therapy and also gain a licence in order to practice. The average salary for an occupational therapist is $75,400 although it is possible to earn in the region of $107,000 per year. Highest salaries are found within Nevada and New Jersey.

To start your own practice you will need to think about all the things that entails. For instance you will need to get a good understanding of billing clients, paying tax, indemnity insurance etc. You will need to raise money to start your business venture; you will need to consider overheads such as advertising costs, office space, equipment etc. You will need to keep precise documentation, develop marketing strategies and deal with the legal implications of running your own business. This can be overwhelming for many people but there is lots of information available to guide you through the process.

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What It Takes To Be The Best

best careerWhen entering any profession you are probably aware that the best salary is often related to your experience and expertise. The more specialised you become in which ever career you pursue, the more likely you are to be head hunted or be in a position to negotiate higher fees. What can set you apart from others are not just the grades you receive whilst studying but also which university you have studied at. Top ranking universities have gained that reputation due to the elite graduates they produce; employers know that they will have received an excellent high quality education which translates well to the workplace.

Dental hygienists are degree trained professionals who look after peoples teeth; they provide preventative treatment such as polishing and highlighting any problem areas of teeth, helping to educate the patient how to look after their teeth better.

The average salary for a dental hygienist is $46,540 but top earners can earn in the region of $96,280. Job opportunities are really good for dental hygienists but to get to the top of the pay scale you will need to put in some extra effort. Taking extra courses that allow you to specialise is always an advantage and having a good record of continuing professional development which is relevant to your practice can really open doors. Studying is a lifelong engagement for people who exceed well within their career, so sharpen your pencils and dust off your books if you are hoping to get ahead.

Becoming trained as a dental hygienist can provide you with a rewarding and interesting career. Jobs are available in hospitals and within dental practices, but it can possible to work on an independent basis offering your services to celebrities. To get this type of independent well paid work you will need to make sure your reputation is the best it can be, as most independent work goes on a word of mouth basis.

If you are interested in neurology then you might consider a career as a neurosurgeon. It can take lots of training to become a neurosurgeon; you will need to complete a Doctor of Medicine program before specialising in neurosurgery. Once trained, there are plenty of courses you can take to improve your skills and knowledge.

Neurosurgeons can expect to earn an average of $704,170 which is one of the highest salaries found amongst medical doctors. It is possible to earn even more than this and top earners receive a salary of approximately $1229,881.


Scholarships For Specialised Fields

scholarship-oppsThere are some unusual careers that you may never even have thought of when exploring your options for the future. This includes a career as a zoologist or a mortician. What may come as a surprise to you is that both of these courses can provide you with a scholarship which means that you won’t be saddled with student debt when you qualify.

A Zoologist studies animals and the environments from which they come; as such there is a high biology strand that runs throughout the training. Zoologists can study all types of creatures and they can specialise towards one particular species.

Once qualified as a zoologist there are many different career paths open to you; this can include roles as a wildlife rehabilitator, animal pharmacologists or predator manager. There is potential to be involved in different types of research.

Gaining a qualification as a zoologist will provide you with expert status and you may find yourself giving lectures or assisting in wildlife programs. To gain a Bachelor’s degree in zoology can take up to 4 years; many graduates choose to undertake further study to specialise further. There are various scholarships available to study zoology and it is worth checking out if you are eligible for any of them. Most scholarships have certain criteria which need to be met.

Alternatively you may consider another unusual career such as a mortician. Morticians work in funeral homes and have an important role of preparing the deceased’s body for funeral. The mortician will be dealing with grieving families and so they need excellent communication skills. A mortician also needs to liaise with other professionals such as the police, clergymen and hospital directors. In order to become a mortician you will need to do an apprenticeship within a funeral home or gain a qualification in funeral science. Either path can take approximately two years.

It may be possible to gain a scholarship to assist you through your studies. There are scholarships which are specifically for students studying mortuary science and it is definitely worth checking these out if you think this is a career for you.

The Up’s and Downs of a Career As A Booking Agent

The Up's and Downs of a Booking Agent Career

Booking agents have a lot to deal with in their line of work. Not only do they have to communicate with bands and artist and work their marketing skills, but they have to be able to be an efficient businessman/woman too.

If there’s one thing musicians and artists take seriously more than their music, it’s money. Booking agents have to have extremely flexible and versatile social skills.

In addition to social skills, booking agents must have impeccable judgement skills. These agents are the ones that do the scouting (if a scouting/talent agent is not available) and find bands and artists that they feel would draw a crowd and ultimately produce a money-filled night.

On the flip side, bands also have their own booking agents that work the other way. These booking agents inspect venues and cities to play and have to make tough judgement calls as to where they go. No matter what, booking agents have to be comfortable to real-and-deal with potentially stubborn conservative employers.

But being a booking agent doesn’t come without its perks. One of the most appealing benefits of being a music producer lies in its social aspect. You get to communicate directly with acts of your choice, which could potentially be famous stars. This means talking to your icons and heroes in the music world and being a part of a performance that many enjoy.

Also, booking agents can develop good reputations. If you work for a venue and are good at your job, your venue will become more well known for your actions; if you are a booking agent for a band, your band will then become more popular if you can book them more. More bookings means more fame, which will ultimately lead to more money. Who doesn’t like more money?

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Musical Careers Which Pay Off

Musical Careers Which Pay Off

Being involved in the music business isn’t like your average daily desk job. Very rarely is there consistent pay which can be for the better or for the worse. Music production is a popular field of music that is known to be rich with money.

While it takes lots of skill, knowledge, and luck to be a successful music producer, it does have a very large pay off. The average music producer makes an average of $55,000 a year, but keep in mind this is rarely a full-time job. Music producers will work roughly five or six hours a day; not quite the eight hour grind that many other jobs require.

A big plus to being a music producer is the job environment and the job outlook. Music is a fantastic field because there will always be a demand for it. Do you think people will ever stop producing music? No. Music producers are often either self-employed, or belong to a business of just a handful of staff members.

It doesn’t take a whole army to run a music production company, so this creates a special bond between you and your fellow music associates. Plus, you get to make/listen to music all day. Who wouldn’t love that job?

Another job that has been getting ever increasingly popular is the position of a disc jockey, or DJ. DJs are becoming more and more popular because venues are finding it much cheaper to pay often times one single guy or girl to produce music for hours and hours. Live bands are expensive, and not always reliable; DJs on the other hand are extremely reliable.

As you could guess, DJs do not work often, but they do get paid quite a lot per hour. An average venue that would hire a DJ could pay anywhere from $100 to $500 per hour depending on the reputation of the DJ and/or how big of a crowd he/she draws. If you’re lucky, you may just get a wedding gig. DJs that work weddings make anywhere from hundreds to thousands for a wedding.

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Petroleum Engineers: The Masters of Black Gold

Petroleum Engineers: The Masters of Black Gold

Petroleum Engineers: The Masters of Black Gold

If you have strong science and math skills and are looking into engineering as a career, the oil and natural gas industry may be of interest. Petroleum engineer salaries top the ranks for high-paying engineering jobs with earnings ranging from $96,000 to $144,000 a year, depending on seniority.

Engineers, in general, were among the highest paid in entry-level positions in 2013, based on a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), with starting salaries up by 2.3% over the previous year. Among engineers, petroleum engineer salaries were the most lucrative.

You’ll need to have a strong foundation in geology, chemistry, statistics, calculus, physics and even computer programming. Petroleum engineers usually begin their careers in the field, conducting research and building equipment. As you gain experience, you begin working on more analysis, locating sites, planning, conducting operations and managing the extraction site.

Job outlook for petroleum engineers remains positive, even as alternative fuels are beginning to be developed. Petroleum engineer salaries have risen dramatically over the past decade, increasing by more than 40%. However, the demand for petroleum engineers is directly tied to the demand for oil and natural gas.

The rising salaries of petroleum engineers are keyed to the price of crude oil. Higher prices mean governments and companies are willing to pursue reserves that were previously deemed unprofitable.

Petroleum engineers analyze the economic feasibility of drilling and extraction sites for oil and natural gas. They also design or recommend improved equipment, test and implement methods of extracting oil and natural gas from the earth and sea floor and monitor extraction.

They even contribute to the design of software used to control and operate the machinery used to extract petroleum products.

While many engineering jobs are essentially desk jobs, petroleum engineers are often involved in field work and may travel extensively. Some portion of your career as a petroleum engineer is likely to include travel to locations in foreign countries where oil and natural gas reserves exist.

While some people might not find location work in areas without many creature comforts enjoyable, others consider it an adventure.

Petroleum engineering is an extremely complex field and people with such degrees work in settings other than the most well-known site jobs. In fact, those who work on the finance and insurance end of the profession earn the highest wages.

Some petroleum engineers also teach at the university level or conduct research on new methodologies. To do so requires advanced degrees – usually a doctorate.

Becoming a petroleum engineer means completing at least a bachelor’s degree, though some jobs require a master’s or doctorate in petroleum engineering. Certification by passing an exam is voluntary, but a certified petroleum engineer can command higher compensation.

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The Art of Being an Anesthesiologist

The Art of Being an Anesthesiologist

The Art of Being an Anesthesiologist

If you’re considering a career in anesthesiology, you’ll want to know more about what you would do, what kind of demand there is for these practitioners and how much you might be paid.

An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who has completed three to four years of additional training, after medical school and an internship, to specialize in this area. It is a highly-paid specialty, the highest for physicians, but it is also a demanding career.

The need is very high for anesthesiologists. A 2010 study showed a shortage of at least 3,800 anesthesiologists in the U.S.; high demand also means anesthesiologist salaries are high.

An anesthesiologist keeps patients comfortable and safe during surgery and in the recovery room. Anesthesiologist jobs include monitoring a patient’s vital signs and the patient’s level of consciousness. One who specializes in neurosurgical or orthopedic procedures may also monitor neurological function.

The anesthesiologist administers medications intravenously or in the air the patient is breathing or by local or spinal injection. Duties include informing the patient of the effect of anesthesia and how long it will last prior to surgery and monitoring the patient before, during and after surgery. The anesthesiologist must also determine the right kind and dosage of drugs to be used, based on the patient’s condition and the type of surgery.

It is important for an anesthesiologist to have strong knowledge of the surgical procedures in his area of specialty as well as how different medications perform in patients with different problems and levels of health.

If a problem arises during surgery, such as low blood pressure or inadequate blood flow to the heart or brain, the anesthesiologist works to correct the problem. These practitioners also work with an anesthesiology nurse in the recovery room to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort.

The average anesthesiologist salary is the highest among healthcare professionals. Though salaries vary widely based on years of experience, geographic region, sub-specialty and the type of facility they practice in, on average, an anesthesiologist earns around $300,000 per year and may be paid as much as $450,000 a year, based on experience.

Those practicing in pediatrics or cardiology earn more than those practicing in other specialties.

Anesthesiologists who practice in private facilities such as hospices, clinics and other agencies, earn about $221,000 per year, on average. Those who teach in medical colleges or universities earn about $139,500 per year while self-employed anesthesiologists earn up to $319,000 per year, on average.

A prospective anesthesiologist will complete a four-year college degree, followed by four years of medical school to become a Doctor of Medicine. After an internship, the prospect will spend the first three years of a residency program practicing under the guidance of a board-certified anesthesiologist. Then, at least two to four years of experience are required before the anesthesiologist can command the wages described here.

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The Beauty of Being an Esthetician!

The Beauty of Being an Esthetician

The Beauty of Being an Esthetician!

Estheticians, or licensed skin care therapists, work in the rapidly expanding skin care and spa industry.

Becoming an esthetician means completing 260 to 600 hours of training, depending on the state, meaning a considerable amount of post-graduate work. The esthetician must also keep up with the latest skin care developments. To be licensed, you’ll need to pass both written and practical or hands-on exams.

You’ll receive training on various instruments for hair, skin and nail care and learn different types of procedures.

An esthetician is not a medical doctor, but often works in conjunction with doctors such as dermatologists and plastic surgeons to provide treatments that complement the physician’s work.

Since the industry is expanding, the demand for estheticians is high. The work in a wide range of establishments, including day spas, salons, cruise ships and resorts.

Estheticians’ salary depends on a lot of factors, including the usual education and experience, plus whether they work on commission or not and what client base they serve. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage is almost $33,000.

Those who work in physician offices or medical or surgical hospital environments earn the highest wages, averaging $40,000 to $47,000 a year.

On becoming an esthetician, initially, your base salary will be lower, with raises to be expected with increased experience. For an esthetician, the duration of employment is also an important factor because building a loyal customer base is critical.

As a skin care therapist, you’ll perform a complete skin care evaluation, provide facial massages, apply chemical peels, perform facials and extractions, demonstrate proper skin care and recommend a skin-care regimen and remove body and facial hair by waxing.

You’ll learn the art of makeup, including how to advise customers on appropriate types and colors of makeup for their skin type and complexion, how to select and apply cosmetics and tint eyebrows and eyelashes.

You’ll be able to collaborate with physicians to provide preoperative and postoperative skin care; you’ll learn how to properly clean and sterilize the work area for medical procedures; you’ll refer customers to medical professionals for serious skin conditions and you’ll assist in management of medications and treatments.

You must also learn to manage the business end of the job. You must keep records, including the procedures and services provided to customers as well as their likes and dislikes. You must develop good customer service techniques. You’ll have to collect money and record business transactions.

You’ll also need to manage the inventory of supplies, order and purchase supplies and manage scheduling and patient contact information.

Finally, you’ll also be expected to sell merchandise in your establishment, whether it’s a spa, clinic or salon. This is an important consideration, since estheticians often work on commission.

Becoming an esthetician means you’ll need to be comfortable with clinical aspects as well as sales and customer service aspects of the job.

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Caring for the Carefree!

Caring for the Carefree — Helping Babies In Need

Caring for the Carefree!

If you want to become a nurse and you love young infants, you may be interested in specializing in neonatal nursing.

Neonatal nurses care for newborn infants with a variety of medical problems, including premature birth, infection, cardiac malformation and other defects and surgical problems.

Neonatal actually means the first month after birth, but because some of these infants face months of care for problems during in the neonatal period, the specialty encompasses care for infants related to birth defects and illnesses immediately after birth. Some neonatal nurses care for patients as old as two, but most care for infants from birth until their release from the hospital.

The neonatal nurse salary for a new nurse averages $50,000 a year, but the rate grows with experience. Salaries for experienced neonatal nurse average over $60,000 annually.

Demand for all registered nurses is high, so job prospects are strong.

Becoming a neonatal nurse means first earning a bachelor of science in nursing, becoming licensed and working as a registered nurse. After practicing three years, you must obtain additional certification as a neonatal nurse. That certification can be in Neonatal Resuscitation or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. This is similar to the process that a Nurse Practitioner goes through and they make a similar amount.

In the near future, a doctor of nursing practice will be required. This graduate degree requires a bachelor’s degree for entrance. Some nurses who hold a master’s degree may choose to earn a PhD, which is a research-focused advanced degree.

The neonatal nurse must be patient and compassionate, and able to help parents learn to care for their infants, often explaining complex medical details and demonstrating equipment. They must be sharp critical thinkers, able to act quickly in a highly-charged situation.

Many neonatal nurses start out as staff nurses caring for critically ill infants. You may help a new mother care for and breastfeed her critically ill newborn, care for a full-term infant in critical condition or help deliver a premature infant. You’ll work with parents and families as they learn the skills they’ll need to take their babies home and integrate them into the care they’re receiving in the hospital.

Neonatal nurses find it extremely rewarding when the smallest and sickest of their charges are stabilized, begin to grow and are discharged for home care. They often remain in touch with the families of their patients throughout their lives.

As you begin to gain more experience, you’ll find your professional opportunities expanding. Many neonatal nurses choose to take national certification exams at this stage.

Most neonatal nurses work in hospital settings, though some may be community-based, providing home care and follow-up for high-risk infants.

In the hospital setting, you may work in a Level II nursery with the less ill and convalescing babies or in a Level III nursery with critically ill infants. Depending on how critical your patients are, you may work with only one or up to four, in most cases. You may work 12-hour shifts, taking day or night shifts. In some cases, hospitals offer eight or ten hour shifts or other, more flexible schedules.

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Learning to Deal With Animal Instincts!

Learning to Deal With Animal Instincts

Learning to Deal With Animal Instincts!

If you love science, you’re a natural care giver and a lover of animals, a career in veterinary medicine may be the path for you.

A veterinarian is a licensed health professional who treats disease and injury in animals. The majority work in animal clinics and animal hospitals and may treat pets such as dogs, cats and birds, horses, production animals such as cows, sheep, pigs and chickens, aquatic animals or zoo animals.

Veterinarian jobs are of infinite variety.

Vets often treat a specific subset of animals through their clinics, specializing in small animals or large animals; some, particularly in large urban or suburban markets, even specialize to the degree that they only treat one type of animal such as cats or birds. In rural markets, they may treat a wide spectrum of animal patients, or they may specialize by treating a certain type of production animal or by caring for horses.

The number of veterinarian jobs available is expected to grow by 12% by 2020. Veterinarians are among the most respected professionals in the U.S.

Their practice is similar to that of a general practitioner, except that, since animals don’t talk, they must rely strictly on the signs and symptoms presented to diagnosis and treat their patients. They combine their knowledge and observation with the owner’s description of the problem and results of diagnostic tests, including blood tests, x-rays and CT scans.

Since many animal diseases can be transferred to humans, they also protect the health of animal owners by providing appropriate preventative care, such as vaccinations. When they treat production animals, they ensure food safety, as well. Vets also educate owners about proper care and feeding of their animals.

Board certified veterinarian salaries are the top range for veterinary medicine, averaging more than six figures. Board certified veterinarians study several years after graduating veterinary school and must complete internships and residencies just like human doctors do. They’ll receive certification in their area of specialty. Top specialties, in terms of pay, are veterinary ophthalmology, veterinary nutrition and veterinary surgery.

For all vets, not just those who are board certified, average veterinarian salaries are nearly $83,000 a year.

To begin training as a veterinarian, you must normally first obtain a bachelor of science in chemistry, biology, physiology, anatomy, animal science, zoology or molecular biology. Because only 28 universities are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, competition for admission is high. You must have excellent grades and previous work or volunteer experience.

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree takes four years to complete. The first two years involve extensive class work in animal anatomy, physiology, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The last two years involve practical experience in various work settings, including laboratory and clinical environments.

If you’re interested in becoming a veterinarian, it’s a good idea to get to know your local vet and consider working at their clinic or volunteering in a veterinary-related job.

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Getting Ahead with Engineering!

Getting Ahead with Engineering!

Getting Ahead with Engineering!

Engineering graduates in 2013 earned among the top starting salaries of all college graduates, according to a salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), with starting salaries up by 2.3%.

While there are many different types of engineering degrees, graduates earning degrees as computer engineers and mechanical engineers were among the top earners in the class of 2013, according to NACE.

New computer engineers had an average starting salary of $70,300 while mechanical engineers earned starting salaries averaging $63,900.

Interestingly, general computer science earnings for new graduates dropped by 2.5%, but that figure includes degrees in information sciences and systems, who did not fare nearly as well as those earning computer engineering degrees.

Computer engineering has two major specialties: computer software engineering and computer hardware engineering. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for computer engineers is $89,000, or 97% higher than the average U.S. salary.

Computer software engineers design, develop and test software including interfaces, operating systems, applications and programs for desktops, smartphones and tablets. They also construct and maintain networks and programs for companies. The average salary for software engineers is nearly $96,000 a year.

The outlook for software engineers is excellent and expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2018.

Computer hardware engineers research, develop and test hardware, including chip sets and motherboards, and ensure it is working properly using the latest technology. Their salaries averaged nearly $102,500 a year.

Outlook for hardware engineers is also rosy with growth of 9% expected through 2020.

Mechanical engineers earned an average salary of nearly $85,000, outpacing the highest rate for many other technology jobs.

Mechanical engineers research, design, build and test a variety of devices. They often use computers to design and perform theoretical testing, then use generators, industrial production equipment and material-handling systems to produce functional devices.

The field is expected to grow by more than 4.5% over the next decade, according to the BLS. Jobs in architecture, alternative energies, nanotechnology and remanufacturing will open doors to aspiring mechanical engineers in coming years.

High paying jobs for mechanical engineers include those in oil and gas extraction and audio and video equipment manufacturing.

As for most engineering jobs, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree in the appropriate field. In each case, greater experience earns higher salaries.

After gaining at least four years of experience, a mechanical engineer can sit for a state license exam and can then offer services on an independent basis, often earning even higher salaries. Computer engineers can also become independent consultants after gaining several years of experience; depending on the market in their geographic location, they, too can earn substantially higher salaries.

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