Medical Career Options

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I’ve seen a funny tee shirt saying “Nursing: The Only Course in the Philippines”, which made me laugh because it seems so true. However, my belief is that there are more careers available in the health services industry than we know of.   Continue reading here

Bests Jobs America 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1. Actuary  . Median salary: $82,800.
2. Software Engineer   Median Salary: $79,780
3. Computer Systems Analyst   Median income: $69,760.
4. Biologist  Median salary: $76,320.
5. Historian   Median annual salary: $48,520.
6. Mathematician   Median salary: About $100,000.
7. Paralegal Assistant   Median salary: $46,120.
8. Statistician    Median Salary: $65,720
9.  Accountant Median salary: $54,630.
10. Dental Hygienist. Median salary (dental assistants): $32,380. 
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Philippine Animation sector pushes 'creative' outsourcing

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My comment: This is a good field to think about for a career both animation and graphics design!

By Abigail L. Ho Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/23/2009 MANILA, Philippines – Local animators, many of whom have already proven themselves in the international arena, aim to give the Philippines an even bigger spot on the world animation map by advocating “creative process outsourcing.”
The local animation industry has been making its mark in the world due to lower costs, consistent quality of work, quickness in delivering output, English proficiency, and understanding of concepts and story lines.

The industry provides more than 5,000 jobs to local animators, and rakes in millions of dollars in revenue yearly. Last year’s animation revenue stood at $110 million. Continue reading

Also there are many jobs advertised each week in graphics design for advertising so its worthwhile learning photoshop in college or training if you have creative abilities!

Where the Jobs Will Be Next Year in USA and probably Philippines too?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Where will you be in 2010? With an economy on the mend and renewed optimism towards job creation, many are considering upgrading their education and job status. With the right education, you could be among the successful job seekers in 2010.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) listed its occupations with the largest number of total job openings due to growth and net replacements from 2006 through 2016. Check out a few of the jobs that made the cut, and find out how you can use career training to secure a new position.

Career #1: Registered Nurses
This popular health care career tops the list with an amazing amount of projected growth. Over a million new jobs for registered nurses are expected to open up through 2016. And unlike some medical careers, you don’t need to work through years of medical school; some registered nurses earn an associate’s degree. The BLS reports that registered nurses earned mean annual wages of $65,130 in 2008, making nursing a caring career with real rewards.

Career #2: Child Care Workers
Working with children means having a fun and engaging career with a high level of potential job growth. About 646,000 new jobs are expected to open up through 2016. While entry level jobs in child care may be found with brief certification or on-the-job training, more lucrative management positions may require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in child care management. Preschool education administrators earned mean annual wages of $46,370 in 2008, the BLS reports.

Career #3: Accounting Clerks
The clerks who assist accountants are expected to enjoy some job growth; about 594,000 new jobs through 2016. While fully licensed accountants typically need a bachelor’s degree plus certification, accounting clerks typically need only an associate’s degree in accounting. The BLS reports that accounting clerks earned mean annual wages of $33,800 in 2008. Earn your degree online, and you might not need to make any changes to your current work schedule while you train.

Career #4: Executive Secretaries
Far from an ordinary secretarial job, this career comes with the distinction of working at the top of the secretarial career ladder. Executive secretaries perform high-level administrative support, working closely with executives and other top staff. Training and supervisory duties are often expected, and executive secretaries often hold at least an associate’s degree in office administration. These trained pros earned mean annual wages of $42,340 in 2008, according to the BLS, and about 497,000 new careers are expected to open up through 2016.

Career #5: Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
If you have some retail work experience and you’re looking for a leg up, take heart; this is one career with a lot of growth potential. The BLS projects that about 352,000 new jobs for retail sales supervisors are expected to open up through 2016. What’s more, the degree profile for the job is somewhat broad, meaning that the type of bachelor’s degree you earn doesn’t matter as much as the fact of the degree itself. For the most competitive management careers, a master’s degree in business may be recommended. Supervisors of retail sales workers earned mean annual wages of $39,910 in 2008, the BLS notes.

Students Consider Online Career Training
Thinking of training for some of the hottest jobs of the future? Completing your career training online has specific benefits. You can attend school and study on your time without the hassle of travel and required classroom attendance. Many full-time workers even choose to keep their jobs while studying online.

While no degree can guarantee a particular career or salary, the practical training you’ll receive in an online associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program can give you the preparation you need to compete for these popular future careers. Even though hundreds of thousands of new jobs are expected to open up, you should always be prepared to experience competition for the best careers. Completing career training beforehand helps you face that competition.

“I hope that someday that the I.T world can be or will be the number one career here in the Philippines. I want that to happen for technology to be more known and at the same time people are to enroll to an I.T specialist school like DLS-CSB”  Read the complete original story here

USA 30 Jobs That Pay $80,000

Friday, December 4, 2009

From MSN CareerBuilder Story Highlights
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008 report lists dozens of jobs paying at least $80,000
  • Physics and post-secondary biology teachers can earn as much as $81,880
  • Sales engineers get paid the most on the list, at $89,770

( -- Let's be honest: Sometimes you don't care about the job -- you just care about the salary.
But it's awfully hard to look for a job that fits both your salary requirements and your skill set. Not to mention that we always tell you that your work and career should be something you love. Ideally, money is just an added benefit.
That being said, we're also realists. We know that times are tough and at this point, some people just need to get paid.
We went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to look at the latest (May 2008) salary information for the United States and found 30 occupations pay in the $80,000 range based on national averages.
1. Administrative law judges, adjudicators and hearing officers
Do this: Conduct hearings to rule on government-related claims; determine penalties and liability; and help to craft settlements.
Get paid: $80,870
2. Biomedical engineers
Do this: Design and develop devices and procedures to help solve health-related problems. Projects might include information systems, artificial organs or artificial limbs.
Get paid: $81,120
3. Chiropractors
Do this: Diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions of the spinal column to prevent disease and alleviate imbalance, pain and pressure believed to be caused by interference with nervous system.
Get paid: $81,340

4. Atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences teachers, post-secondary     

Do this: Teach courses and research topics in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics.Get paid: $81,470

5. Agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes
Do this: Represent and promote their client's business while handling business matters and contract negotiations.
Get paid: $81,550
6. Materials scientists
Do this: Study the chemical composition of various materials and figure out ways to develop new materials and improve existing ones; also determine ways to use materials in products.
Get paid: $81,600
7. Physician assistants
Do this: Perform health-care services and provide treatment plans under a physician's supervision.
Get paid: $81,610
8. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
Do this: Research and investigate human diseases and how to improve human health.
Get paid: $81,870
9. Physics teachers, post-secondary
Do this: Teach courses and research topics pertaining to the laws of matter and energy.
Get paid: $81,880
10. Atmospheric and space scientists
Do this: Study the effects the atmosphere has on the environment, most commonly through weather forecasting.
Get paid: $82,080
11. Management analysts
Do this: Figure out best practices of management by conducting studies and procedures to help companies figure out how to operate more effectively.
Get paid: $82,920
12. Producers and directors
Do this: Produce or direct, and make all creative decisions for stage, television, radio, video or motion picture productions.
Get paid: $83,030
13. Biological science teachers, post-secondary
Do this: Teach courses and research topics in biological sciences.
Get paid: $83,270
14. Materials engineers
Do this: Develop new uses for recognized materials, and develop new machinery and processes to make materials for use in specialized products.
Get paid: $84,200
15. Transportation, storage and distribution managers
Do this: Oversee transportation, storage or distribution activities in accordance with governmental policies and regulations.
Get paid: $84,520
16. Financial analysts
Do this: Assess the financial situations of an individual or organization.
Get paid: $84,780
17. Electrical engineers
Do this: Design, develop and test the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment.
Get paid: $85,350
18. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school
Do this: Oversee all activities of public or private elementary or secondary schools.
Get paid: $86,060
19. Industrial-organizational psychologists
Do this: Work with companies to solve problems within the company. You may help with policy planning; employee screening, training and development; and organizational development and analysis.
Get paid: $86,460
20. Computer software engineers, applications
Do this: Build computer applications software and code; ensure that all software projects adhere to a company's technology and business standards.
Get paid: $87,900
21. Economics teachers, post-secondary
Do this: Teach courses and research topics in economics.
Get paid: $88,330
22. Biochemists and biophysicists
Do this: Study the chemical composition and physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.
Get paid: $88,450
23. Art directors
Do this: Create design concepts and presentation in artwork, layout design and copywriting for visual communications media.
Get paid: $88,510
24. Electronics engineers, except computer
Do this: Design, develop and test a wide range of electronic equipment, from CD players to global positioning systems.
Get paid: $88,670

25. Medical and health services managers
Do this: Supervise medical and health services in hospitals, clinics and similar organizations.
Get paid: $88,750
26. Chemical engineers
Do this: Design chemical plant equipment and create processes for manufacturing chemicals and products.
Get paid: $88,760
27. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
Do this: Study the composition, structure and other physical aspects of the Earth.
Get paid: $89,300
28. Veterinarians
Do this: Provide health care for family pets, livestock and zoo animals. Provide check-ups, treat diseases and advise caretakers on how to best raise their animals.
Get paid: $89,450
29. Construction managers
Do this:Oversee all activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities and systems.
Get paid: $89,770
30. Sales engineers
Do this: Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering.
Get paid: $89,770
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Careers by degrees: Work prospects guide more college choices

From the Buffalo News:  Being a college student can be scary. As students stand face to face with their futures, much time is spent worrying, "Am I making the right decisions? What will become of me?"

With a jobless recovery looming on the horizon, there is a lot of gloom in the halls of higher education.

But panic doesn't translate into inaction. Schmidt said students are responding to that fear in healthy ways, seeming more determined than ever to make things work.

As an antidote to their mounting anxieties, more college students than ever before are turning to practical career paths.

"Security has always been part of the equation, but now it's of paramount concern," said Laurence Shatkin, author of the book "50 Best College Majors for a Secure Future." "Students are considering the rising cost of education and want to be sure they will be able to pay their student loans. They're looking for the best payoff in economic terms."
In his book, Shatkin compiled lists of the most secure college preparation paths, taking into account the income potential, number of annual job openings and projected job growth of each one.

As usual, health care careers rate highly, and students are paying attention.
At D'Youville, nursing, physician assisting and physical therapy programs are all filled, without a seat to spare. The college is constructing a new building to take on majors in pharmacy, another practical career in high demand.

Though more students are opting for practical courses of study, both Shatkin and Schmidt warned that a degree program also needs to be interesting. Schmidt said she discourages students from neglecting what they love in favor of a sure-shot career path.

"You want to make sure it's a good fit," said Schmidt. "If you're not passionate about what you're doing, it will be very difficult to get through the program."

Indeed, Shatkin said, forcing a square peg into a round hole can be disastrous.
"There are so many preferences people have that can't be quantified in a list," he said.
Some people want to dress up for work, some people want to use their hands, others want to work outdoors. The weight of those preferences shouldn't be underestimated.
"We have people who come in and say they like to work with people, but then they say they want to be an accountant," Schmidt said. "That's just not going to work. A few years later and these people are miserable."

He suggests students weigh practical options without focusing merely on earning potential or the likelihood of landing a job, but at what the student might enjoy doing with his or her life. How does the course work match up with the student's skills and interests?

Once that's settled, he warns students not to wait until halfway through their program of study to test drive the field with an internship. Instead, they should shadow someone in their field early on to make sure the work environment is right for them.
"It's one thing to read about a stressful environment in a book, it's another thing to be there and see people biting their nails," he said.

Here are what Shatkin found to be the most secure college majors overall:

10. Actuarial Science: Average annual earnings: $85,690; Minimum degree: Bachelor's
This math-heavy major prepares students for careers in insurance and investment. Advanced courses in math, economics, computers and finance teach students how to analyze and forecast risk. For example, a graduate may find work for an insurance company, calculating the cost of auto insurance premiums.

9. Veterinary Medicine: Average annual earnings: $75,230; Minimum degree: Doctorate of veterinary medicine plus state licensing.
The college major says it all — graduates in this field care for the physical health of animals. The course load includes a wide spectrum of scientific study, as well as a smattering of math and social sciences. Grads have a host of specializations from which to choose, such as veterinary dentistry, zoological medicine and veterinary anesthesiology.

8. Hospital/Health Facilities Administration: Average annual earnings: $76,990; Minimum degree: Bachelor's, but a master's is preferred
Careers in health care are often seen as "recession proof," because people continue to get sick no matter what the economy is doing. Often, the first career paths that come to mind are those that lead to traditional medical occupations, such as doctors and nurses. Yet there are several health-related occupations that slip under the radar. There is all kinds of supporting work done in health care that doesn't involve treating patients, but is important nonetheless.

Students in this field learn how to manage health care facilities. They go on to supervise and lead facilities or departments for clinics, hospitals and doctors' offices as well as public and community health systems. Coursework includes a foundation in liberal arts and sciences along with specialized health, medical and business studies.

7. Health Information Systems Administration: Average annual earnings: $76,990 Minimum degree: Bachelor's, often plus a certificate
This major prepares students to deal with health information and medical records in every way imaginable, something that may increase in importance as the medical industry veers toward digital record keeping.

Careers may include storing, collecting or analyzing data, as well as designing ways to manage, deliver or keep it safe. A diverse array of courses include several health, business and technical classes. A common specialization is information technology.

6. Medicine: Average annual earnings: $145,600; Minimum degree: Doctorate of medicine 4 years plus 4 years of undergrad work, plus three to eight years of residency training.and unbelievable long hours

No surprise here, eh? Medical doctors have always been necessary and — barring any revolutionary, Star Trek-like treatment breakthroughs —r they always will be.

A long, rigorous educational career focuses heavily on training in mathematics and science.

5. Graduate Study for College Teaching: Average annual earnings: $56,567; Minimum degree: Master's or doctorate, depending on subject matter

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Right?
Well, not exactly. But Shatkin's research found that students with advanced study in almost any field can make a career of teaching that same material upon graduation, making it a dependable Plan B for many. Education employment remains stable during times of recession and pays pretty well.

4. Pharmacy: Average annual earnings: $100,480; Minimum degree: Doctorate of pharmacy Katrina this might be a good choice
Students typically go on to be pharmacists, but have a wide range of specialties from which to choose. They may also never step foot in an actual pharmacy, choosing instead to work in such places as managed care facilities and hospitals or as consultants.
Course work includes math and science training, especially in chemistry.

3. Physical Therapy: Average annual earnings: $69,760; Minimum degree: Master's
Students will likely go on to become physical therapists, working directly with patients to ease pain and increase physical mobility. Expect lots of science classes, especially variations on anatomy and physiology.

2. Nursing (registered nurse training): Average annual earnings: $60,010; Minimum degree: Associate
Nursing shortages have been highly publicized and the need for nurses shows no sign of letting up. The Labor Department projects an average of 233,499 annual job openings for graduates trained in this field.  A science-heavy course load is rounded out by social science and math training.

1. Physician Assisting: Average annual earnings: $78,450; Minimum degree: Bachelor's
As physician assistants, graduates will diagnose and treat patients under the (sometimes limited) supervision of a medical doctor. They perform several of the functions of traditional medical doctors, but are considered a more cost-effective alternative. More than half of all physician assistants work in doctor's offices or clinics.

Bachelor's preparation for the field is often accelerated, and is heavy in math and science. As with most medically associated majors, clinical and lab work is also required.

5 College Majors That Can Help You Get a Job

From Smartmoney : This year, as college students wrestle with a decision that once guided only post-baccalaureate small talk, they now may want to consider not only whether it will increase their chances of landing a promising job after graduation, but also whether it will help them enter a field that’s growing. With the unemployment rate near a 26-year high and once-steady industries (e.g., autos, finance, housing) in flux, the conventional wisdom that it doesn’t matter what you studied as an undergraduate might seem a little less wise.

Some majors, like those in the science and engineering departments, lay the groundwork with the basic information that’s needed to work in expanding industries like health care, software development and the environmental sector. In contrast, students interested in liberal arts or humanities majors – often linked to industries like education and media, which aren’t growing – will have to take internships and be more aggressive in networking to prepare themselves for their job search.

SmartMoney examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank, to find fields of study that may help upcoming job applicants. Here are five majors that are closely tied to growing industries.

By 2020, U.S. manufacturers will need as many as 10 million new skilled workers, according to a June report by the Milken Institute. Mechanical and software engineers will make up a huge portion of those workers, says Perry Wong, a senior managing economist at the Milken Institute.

Mechanical engineers are already needed in almost all manufacturing firms, including those in aerospace, aircraft and defense, shipbuilding and computer-hardware design, he says.
“One of the biggest challenges for manufacturers is they can’t find enough mechanical engineers, in part because we don’t have a lot of American students going into this major,” he says. Mechanical engineer jobs typically involve designing and creating equipment and transferring a prototype from paper to physical machinery.

Software engineers are already in demand. The product life cycle of computers and electronics continues to advance, says Wong. The industry needs new engineers who can create original programs and update older ones.

Life Sciences
As baby boomers age and Congress nears an overhaul of the nation’s health system, the health-care sector appears unlikely to shrink any time soon.

By 2016, employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 23.5% and dental hygienists and pharmacy technicians are projected to rise by 20%, according to the BLS.

The U.S. is a couple hundred thousand nurses short, and hospitals are starting to recruit nurses from overseas, says Joe Kilmartin, the managing director of compensation consulting at, a human resources and consulting company. “That’s only going to get more critical over the next two to 10 years.”

If any version of President Obama’s health-care reform comes to fruition, we’re likely to see a bump in demand for health-care technicians, as well as more positions for information processing and digitizing health records, says Wong. The life sciences major is tailor-made for the broad health-care industry; majors go on to become health-care practitioners, administrators or pharmaceutical engineers, he says.

The BLS projects employment in health-care support services will increase by 27% between 2006 and 2016. The aging population will increase demand for rehabilitation centers and physical therapy facilities and spur growth in pharmacology research, says Linda LaTendresse, the assistant director of employer relations and recruiting at the University of California, Riverside. Demand for home care will increase, as will social work and counseling, says Jodie Queen-Hubert, the executive director of co-op education and career services at Pace University.

Statistics majors tend to be highly sought-after graduates and are often hired into lucrative positions straight out of college, Wong says.

Companies from all sectors look for statistics experts, including pharmaceutical and insurance companies and Wall Street firms. Pharmaceutical companies are especially interested in biostatistics majors who can create models to test drugs. Wall Street turns to statistics experts for their quantitative skills and large-scale modeling. However, these positions often require a PhD.
“You need statistical analysis to do anything regarding research and to assess various alternatives, whether it’s in alternative energy or health care,” says Stephen Leeb, chief investment officer of Leeb Capital Management in New York.

Environmental studies
The stimulus package that passed in February provides roughly $70 billion for the nation's energy sector; most of it is earmarked for green energy jobs and development.

More universities are starting to offer majors in environmental design and technology for students interested in entering the green sector, Wong says. Coursework focuses on new ways to generate power and includes engineering elements (e.g., how to improve a product’s efficiency) and applied science (e.g., how to reduce a carbon footprint). Jobs in the green sector include hybrid car engineering, solar panel production and sales, wind farm design, hydroelectric and geothermal power management and pollution control jobs among the nongreen sectors.

“Green-related jobs are certainly going to be a growing sector of the economy,” says Leeb. “We’re going to need to find alternative energies, either for environmental reasons or because energy fossil fuels are becoming shorter in supply.”

Companies in these industries will look for environmental, science or technology majors, but they’re also going to fill positions in accounting and sales to sell their products, says Trudy Steinfeld, the executive director at the New York University Wasserman Center for Career Development.
Demand for jobs in the traditional energy sector will also continue to grow, especially for petroleum geologists and engineers who can find better ways to extract the earth’s remaining fossil fuels, Kilmartin says.

Since early 2008, Wall Street has witnessed the end of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, as well as thousands of layoffs. Still, options remain for students who major in finance, Wong says.
The investment banks aren’t hiring to the levels that they hired two years ago, and those who can’t land a job on Wall Street should look into opportunities at smaller banks, says Sally Pinckard, the associate director of undergraduate career services in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Middle-market banks, community banks and credit unions are relatively unscathed after the market downturn and are hiring. Consulting firms are also hiring, she says.
Financial scandals that surfaced over the past year are creating demand for more auditors, LaTendresse says. That means promising job prospects for accounting majors.

Students should also think broadly about what other sectors they may apply their finance expertise, Pinckard says. Almost all sectors need financial analysts and chief financial officers, she says.  Continue reading here