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  • If More Women Do 'Male' Jobs, Will Pay Equalize?

    There are a lot of theories about why women still make less than men. Some experts hold that the problem is institutional sexism, others that women don't speak up enough and ask for what they want. PayScale's own report found that women are paid less, in part, because they choose work that gives back to society, instead of their own bottom line. The question, of course, is what we can do to reverse the trend, and compensate men, women -- and "male" and "female" professions -- fairly.

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  • 5 Healthcare Jobs That Don't Require a 4-Year Degree

    Over half of the occupations expected to grow by 30 percent or more over the next decade are healthcare professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Even more significantly for folks without a lot of time or money to devote to retraining, some of them don't require a bachelor's degree for entry. A few are available to folks who only have a high school diploma.

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  • Health Care Jobs Are Booming

    If you're shopping for a new career in 2014, you might want to consider a job in health care. These jobs are predicted lead the pack of highest growing occupations through 2022, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • Bad Medicine: 42 Percent of Med Students Say They Were Mistreated

    Is making big bucks as a doctor worth being treated poorly while you're in school?

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  • 3 Unexpected Careers That Will Profit From Obamacare

    One of the major points of debate about the Affordable Care Act is whether it will lead to American workers losing their jobs. A recent poll showed that some small business owners have frozen hiring in anticipation of the now-delayed employer mandate, and the news is full of stories about retailers who cut employee hours down to 29.5 per week, to avoid benefit costs. So what's the good news?

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  • What's Trending on Twitter? - Interviewing, Health Datapalooza, and Lululemon

    In this week's Twitter trending recap, we will discover a new method candidates can use during interviews to land their dream jobs, check in to one of the biggest health and medical conventions to see how one woman entrepreneur is paving a new path for other females in her industry, and discuss how Lululemon's pants recall cost them mega-millions and left them feeling a bit ... exposed. Find out how these three trending topics touch on issues that can help improve your everyday work experience.
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  • Medical Assistant Salaries and Career Options

    Name: Michelle Francis
    Job Title: Medical Assistant
    Where: Walnut Creek, CA
    Years of Experience: 5
    Current Employer: Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
    Other Relevant Work Experience: CPR certified, BLS certified, Arrhythmia/EKG certificate
    Education: Concorde Career Institute, Medical Assisting, 4.0 GPA, perfect attendance
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median medical assistant salary data.

    Medical Assistant Salaries and Career Options


    Medical assistants work in many health care settings and perform numerous duties while assisting providers, working with patients, and helping to keep a medical practice running smoothly. While there's no question that working in this field can sometimes be stressful, it's also true that medical assisting careers can be greatly rewarding. As Michelle Francis explains in the following interview, the typical medical assistant salary may not be huge, but being able to help patients - and sometimes family members - is worth a great deal.

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  • What Is the Average Massage Therapist Salary?

    Name: Kelleen Blanchard
    Job Title: Massage Therapist
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Current Employer: Seattle Spa Noir
    Years of Experience: 3
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Customer Service
    Education: Brian Utting School of Massage; Cornish College of the Arts, BFA Theatre
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average massage therapist salary.

    What is the Average Massage Therapist Salary?


    There's no question that getting a professional massage can be a life-changing experience. Whether you're recovering from an injury or a stressful day at the office, massage therapy can be a huge help. But what is it like to work as a massage therapist? In this Salary Story, seattle massage therapist Kelleen Blanchard describes the ups and downs of her career as a massage therapist. She explains why she chose the profession, describes her daily tasks at Spa Noir, and offers advice to those just entering the field. If you're considering a career as a massage therapist, don't miss this invaluable interview. To find out more about the average massage therapist salary, see the links below.

    PayScale: What is your massage therapist job description?


    As a massage therapist at Spa Noir, I greet clients, review their intake forms for specific needs or medical issues and confer with them to customize the best, most beneficial therapy session. I am trained in deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy and hot stone massage. I especially enjoy working with specific injuries and doing intense, deep tissue work because I have witnessed and experience the results from this kind of work. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, I help support the overall spa by doing laundry and other small cleaning tasks. I also am available for body wraps; eye and lip treatments; and foot, hand, and scalp treatments. These can be great relaxing add-ons to a massage. At the spa, my focus is on the client. I want their visit to be relaxing, positive, and to address their needs in a personal and effective manner.

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  • What Is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

    Name: Jade Egelhoff
    Job Title: Elephant Veterinary Technician
    Years of Experience: 0-1
    Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Education: Gig Harbor High School; Tacoma Community College, Associate Degree; Elephant Veterinary Training and First Aid, Thailand Animal Behavior Training; Humane Society HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention Training
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median annual salaries for vet tech professionals.

    What is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?


    Looking for a truly unique way to gain veterinary tech experience? Why not travel to a foreign country to help animals in need? That's exactly what Jade Egelhoff did by going all the way to Thailand to work as an elephant vet technician. In this interview, Jade describes what it was like to rehabilitate Asian elephants, explains how she adapted to life in a foreign culture and offers advice to any vet techs who might be looking for an adventure. For those who love animals as well as travel, this is a must-read interview. To find out more about the annual salary for a vet tech or related careers, see the links at the bottom of this post.

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  • Medical Assistant Job Description

    Name: Krysteena
    Job Title: Medical Assistant
    Years of Experience: 17
    Where: Renton, WA
    Current Employer: Southlake Clinic
    Education: Certified Medical Assistant
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a medical assistant.

    Medical Assistant Job Description

    A quick search for medical assistant jobs reveals openings in various states across the country. Medical assistants are in demand, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects excellent growth in the field over the next several years. The outlook for medical assistant jobs may be bright, but what is it really like to work in this profession? In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced medical assistant who knows a thing or two about dealing with insurance companies, juggling paperwork, and providing excellent patient care. She describes her medical assistant duties and sheds some light on what makes this a rewarding career.

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  • Nursing and Agriculture Jobs - Occupational Health Nurse Salary

    Name: Mary Fleming
    Job Title: Agriculture Health Nurse - Occupational Health Nurse
    Years of Experience: 19 years
    Current Employer: Grady Memorial Hospital
    Where: Delaware, Ohio
    Education: Grant Hospital School of Nursing, diploma; Capital University, BSN; Ohio State University, working for MPH
    Other Relevant Work Experience: RN since 1977
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median occupational health nurse salary.

    Nursing and Agriculture Jobs - Occupational Health Nurse Salary


    The agriculture industry offers some of the world's most dangerous jobs, including farm machinery operator, farm worker, farm laborer and farm mechanic. In this Salary Story, occupational nurse Mary Fleming explains the dangers of the agriculture industry and what occupational health nurse jobs are really like. She also shares fun stories about how an agriculture health nurse can become a technical advisor for novels and how she won the most prestigious community health award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award.


    PayScale: What is your Agriculture Health Nurse/Occupational Health Nurse job description?


    I do patient follow-up for agriculturally related injuries, diseases, and fatalities. Some is by mailed questionnaire, some by phone, and some visits. Patient education, wound assessment, assisting with secondary injury prevention, hazard assessment, etc. Then, working with regional advisory board, design public health interventions like a tetanus campaign to get adults up to date with their boosters after a fatality and sales of first aid kits for on-farm use because of the number of trauma cases. We do research projects like the research to design a grain rescue tube that could be used on farms for grain engulfments because 92 percent of the people trapped to chest level die while they attempt to rescue them.
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  • Medical Jobs in Pakistan - Senior Medical Officer

    Name: Dr. Noorulamin Baloch
    Job Title: Senior Medical Officer
    Years of Experience: 15 years
    Where: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
    Current Employer: Government of Sindh Lyari General Hospital
    Education: Liaquet Medical College, MBBS, DA, Anesthesiolgy and Surgical Intensive Care, Family Planning.
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Rotary ward duties in surgical & medical units, emergency and casualty department, medical care in sugar industry, etc.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median physician salaries in the U.S. and Pakistan.

    Medical Jobs in Pakistan - Senior Medical Officer


    Dr. Noorulamin Baloch is a senior medical officer and anesthesiologist working in Pakistan. As discussed in the following Salary Story, medical jobs in Pakistan can involve numerous challenges, including lack of equipment or supplies. However, Dr. Baloch is passionate about anesthesiology and has helped thousands of patients over the course of a career. Keep reading to find out how this physician got started, what it's like to work in Pakistan and what to expect from an anesthesiologist career.

    PayScale: What is your physician job description?

    Well I am an anesthetist and it is my job to provide anesthesia - general, spinal, regional - in operation theatres of different surgical faculties like G surgery, eye, ENT, urology, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, gynecology & obstetrics, radiolgy, cancer dept., etc. I have spent lot of time in intensive care units both specialized and general.
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  • Receptionist Careers – Medical Receptionist Job Description

    Name: D.Vega
    Job Title:
    Receptionist
    Years of Experience:
    2
    Where:
    Tacoma, WA
    Education:
    College Student
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary for medical receptionist jobs.

    Receptionist Careers – Medical Receptionist Job Description

    D. Vega is a receptionist for a medical facility. As a college student, the job has turned out to be especially valuable for gaining professional skills. In this interview, you'll read about the job description for medical receptionist, including what the duties of a receptionist are and what it's like to work in a rehabilitation center. You'll also find some great advice and stories that would be valuable to anyone working as a receptionist. What are lead medical receptionist job duties? The steps required to be promoted are explored. Learn why a positive attitude and love of learning are essential to this job.

    PayScale: What is the job description of medical receptionist?

    As a receptionist of a rehabilitation center I am the gate keeper to the company. The facility I work at provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services. My first priority is insuring the safety of residents by knowing their comings and goings. Each day when I arrive I check for new residents and created a file for them, which includes their medical status, contacts, special requests and coding. Once the file is complete it is locked in a secure file cabinet, which can only be accessed by authorized personnel. Then I check to see if there are enough supplies in the office and submit a request for more at month’s end. Next I will create administrative packets, so they are ready for distribution. There are two types of administrative packets, Human Resources and Residential. I also answer the phones and direct calls to the appropriate parties. It’s important to respond to every call and not let it go to voice mail. Periodically, there are requests for a tour of the facility. When leaving the reception area I will secure the front by locking up, forward calls to the nurses station and proceed to show prospective families around. Since the facility is open and designed like a home, I am able to interact with residents throughout the evening. Coffee and hot chocolate is always available and taking time to sit and share with families is one of the best parts of my job.

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  • Nursing Jobs - Neonatal Nursing Career

    Name: Donna
    Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
    Where: Loris, SC
    Employer: Not Given
    Years of Experience: 9
    Education: Brunswick Community College: Diploma; Neonatal resuscitation program instructor
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median LPN salary range.

    Neonatal Nursing Career

    Donna has a passion for labor. No, not construction work, but the hardest labor of all, delivering a baby. Though most of the work is done by the mother, Donna shows that it’s definitely a team effort. She shares her newborn nursery nurse resume and describes some personal experiences from her neonatal nursing career. In this labor and delivery nurse article you will also find out what steps are taken to prepare for a delivery all the way to discharge of the newborn, and read about the challenges of the average neonatal nurse. If you are prepared to learn how to care for people during a tornado, then read on.


    Neonatal Nurse Job Description

    I'm a level 1 newborn nursery nurse. I'm in charge of taking care of the infants in our facility during my shift. I also attend all vaginal and C-section deliveries and assist in labor and delivery by hooking up laboring patients to monitors, starting IV's, assisting with getting patients ready for C-sections, and assisting on the postpartum floor with general patient care. Part of my job is to assist doctors with circumcisions, lumbar punctures, and umbilical catheterizations. I then enter all orders into the database. Sometimes I attend infants on phototherapy, maintain their IV fluids, oxygen needs, and conduct hearing screens on infants prior to discharge. I'm one of four neonatal resuscitation program instructors at my facility. I keep staff up to date on the latest Nurse Refresher Program (NRP) updates and procedures. Patient education is also an important part of my job.

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  • Careers in Science and Public Health: Health Care Management Salary

    Name: Lina Pacelli
    Job Title: Coordinator, Health Sciences
    Where: Bridgeport, Connecticut
    Employer: University of Bridgeport
    Years of Experience: 13
    Education: Quinnipiac University, double bachelor, BS in Business, BA in History.  MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management, and an additional Graduate Health Care Compliance Certificate.
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find Health Care Management Salaries, and compare Salaries in the Health Care Industry

    Coordinator of Health Sciences for the University of Bridgeport Lina Pacelli loves her job. In this Salary Story, Lina discusses the educational path she took to become a Health Sciences Coordinator, and the rewards and challenges of careers in science and public health. For those who are also looking for health care management, and health science job opportunities, Lina recommends working at a University, and also in a role that will allow you to get away from your desk for part of the day.

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  • Career of Love as a Professional Parent

    Name: Alice Miller
    Job Title: Professional Parent
    Where: Boomer, NC
    Employer: Confidential
    Years of Experience: 3
    Relevant Experience: Clinical Medical Assistant
    Education: Medial Assistant Training - Delaware Technical Wilkes County Community College - H R
    Annual Salary: See PayScale’s Reseach Center for Similar Job Titles Salaries in the U.S .

    Career of Love as a Professional Parent

    Being a parent is sometimes a thank-less job.  It should be a profession.  But the official job title of Professional Parent focuses on children with a medical condition. These caring people come in as an “additional” parent and meets the special needs of their clients.  Alice Miller is one of those caring Professional Parents who can give you a deeper insight into this unique career.

    As a professional parent, Alice does a lot for her client – from attending his medical appointments to making sure he keeps his room clean – and maintains detailed regular reports about them and her client’s behavior.  In her own words, she is a “cook, nurse, housekeeper, laundress, counselor, chauffeur, pharmacist and best friend.” But if you read her interview, you will see that she has a heart of gold. Alice loves her client and her career. She truly is a second mom to her patients. Love is essential in this career.

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  • Nursing Careers: Become a Registered Nurse

    Name: Michele
    Job Title: Registered Nurse / Nursing Coordinator
    Where: Ellisville, MO - USA

    Years of Experience: 5 years as Nursing Coordinator, 20 years as Registered Nurse
    Other Relevant Experience:
    Various CNA, Rehabilitation, and RN positions, including Hospital, Rehab, Home Health Aide, Hospice and Home Care, Charge Nurse, Evening Supervisor, Staff Development Coordinator, and Nurse Assessor for LTC Policies.
    Annual Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median nursing salary data.

    Nursing careers are appealing for many reasons. One positive aspect of nursing careers is the opportunity to serve others through medical treatment and rehabilitation. Nursing careers also boast a glowing job outlook that has consistently risen along with increasing demand for registered nurses. Plus, nursing careers offer a wide range of employment options within various sectors of the health care field. When you become a registered nurse, you open the door to a variety of nursing career paths, including forensic nursing careers, traveling nurse careers, and nurse coordinator careers.

    For the following Salary Story, we take a brief look at the career path of Michele, a registered nurse with 20 years of experience in the health care field. Interested in medicine and health care from a young age, Michele originally built up her knowledge and expertise as a registered nurse before moving to her current position as a nursing coordinator. She now teaches classes and provides management to nursing staff. Learn what an upper-level nursing career is like, and use PayScale’s research center to explore registered nurse salaries and get information on becoming a nurse.

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  • Exercise Physiologist Salaries and Careers

    Name: Sharleen Jones
    Job Title: Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Consultant
    Where: Moose Jaw, Canada
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: University of Regina, Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies; Certified Personal Trainer; Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant; Certified Exercise Physiologist.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center to find the average salary of a personal trainer and exercise physiologist salaries.

    As more and more people look to "tone-up," fitness gurus are "tuning-in" to learn how to become a personal trainer, get certified as an exercise physiologist, or pursue other careers related to health and fitness. The fitness industry is a booming, multi-billion dollar industry. This means a positive outlook for the job growth rate of an exercise physiologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness workers can expect a 27 percent growth in employment opportunities over the next 10 years. And while one career choice is to work at a club like 24 Hour Fitness, a wide range of career options exist outside of the corporate fitness world. Sharleen Jones is a certified personal trainer who is actually her own boss. Read on for her inside scoop on how to become a personal trainer, and check out PayScale's exercise physiologist and personal trainer salary data for more information on the average salary of a personal trainer and salary for exercise physiologist

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  • Behind the Walls with an Occupational Therapist

    Occupational_therapist_salaries_01 Name: Dave King
    Job Title: Job Development Specialist - Occupational Therapist
    Where: Wichita, Kansas
    Employer: Kansas State Department of Corrections, Sedgwick County Re-Entry Program
    Education: Offender Workforce Development Specialist training program from the National Institute of Corrections, and a B. S. in Human Services/Psychology from Friends University.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median Job Development Specialist salary, Occupational Therapist salary, and related career info on Correctional Officers' salaries and Recruiter income.

    What's it like to work in a prison? For some people, just the thought of working in a prison would make them nervous. But for Job Development Specialist Dave King, life behind the walls is simply another day at work. As a Job Development Specialist trained in offender workforce development, King trains and prepares inmates for a life and career once they exit the prison gates. If you're up for a challenge, and enjoy psychology, read on. Also, find out more about an Occupational Therapist's salary and the roles of Correctional Officers to see if this is the right career for you.

    Job Development Specialist Duties:
    Plan, facilitate and teach job skills to maximum-security inmates inside a correctional facility. Assist with the release planning of inmates through a re-entry program that assures success in living and working in a community after being incarcerated. Also, teach classes on money management, release and reintegration, and intensive employment classes.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Job Development Specialist?
    Dave: I have been an employment specialist since 1989 and began working with the disabled. I then taught a program/class called “Welfare to Work” for 16 years. I now use those same skills to teach inside a prison environment. Many of those skills can be transfered from one type of group to another. However, each group or person has their own unique set of issues to deal with to find success.

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  • Clinical Dietitian Salaries

    Clinical_dietitian_salaries_01 Name: Hope Gardner
    Job Title: Clinical Dietitian, previously a Dietary Aide
    Where: Columbia, South Carolina
    Employer: Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital
    Education: Master's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from LA TECH University
    Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Annual Salary: $45,000 (To see Clinical Dietitian salaries by years of experience, visit the PayScale Research Center. Also find information on other medical jobs, including Medical Laboratory Technician salaries).

    Hope Gardner has found her perfect career fit, combining a love of food and a passion for helping people.  Beginning her career as a Dietary Aide, Hope is now a Clinical Dietitian, rehabilitating patients through dietary counseling. Here, Hope shares what she loves most about her job, and outlines a possible career path for anyone considering a job as a Dietary Aide or Clinical Dietitian.

    Clinical Dietitian Job Description and Duties of a Dietitian:
    Complete nutritional assessments of patients to determine if they are at risk of being malnourished, counsel patients on diets, importance of nutrition, also work with registered nurses (RNs), and physical and occupational therapists for the best possible rehab potential for a patient.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Clinical Dietitian?
    Hope: "I love food and wanted to help people and didn't want to be a chef (late nights) or a nurse (hate needles). I'm perfectly right in the middle of both of these!"

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