Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Career of the Day: Financial Analyst

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. They are also called securities analysts and investment analysts. Financial analysts can be divided into two categories: buy side analysts and sell side analysts. Buy side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities. Sell side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments. Some analysts work for the business media and are impartial, falling into neither the buy side nor the sell side. Financial analysts generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Career of the Day: Civil Engineer

Every road and bridge that you see is planned, designed, and maintained by civil engineers. Civil Engineers must take into consideration the natural environment and intended use of physical structures, be they for transportation, industry, or provision of natural resources. They need to find a way to balance current and intended future human use with the geospatial existence of natural structures. Several colleges have civil engineering majors, and it is recommended that you attend one accredited by the American Society of Civil Engineers if this career is appealing to you.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Career of the Day: Librarian

Librarians help people find information from many sources. Most librarians, such as those in public and academic libraries, maintain library collections and do other work as needed to keep the library running. Most librarians need a master’s degree in library science. Some positions have additional requirements, such as a teaching certificate or a degree in another field.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Career of the Day: Florist

Floral designers, also called florists, cut and arrange live, dried, or silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays. They also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories. Floral designers may create a single arrangement for a special occasion or design floral displays for rooms and open spaces for large scale functions, such as weddings, funerals, and banquets. They use their sense of artistry and knowledge of different types of flowers to choose the appropriate flowers for each occasion. They need to know what flowers are in season and when they will be available. Many programs in floral design and floriculture are available through private floral schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. Most offer a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges and universities offer an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in floral design.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Career of the Day: Fashion Designer

Fashion Designers use hand- or computer-aided sketches to visually represent their vision for apparel. Some designers work alone, but most work for a clothing company. They stay current in recent trends in style, technique, production, and materials. Although formal training is not necessarily required for one's artistic vision, it is very helpful to demonstrate preparation for the field in order for employers to feel confident hiring an aspiring designer to join their team.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Career of the Day: Music Educator

If you love music and would love to share that excitement with generations to come, you may find happiness is being a music teacher. Music educators are in every level of education, teaching young children about rhythm and different instruments, middle schoolers how to read notes on the staff, and high schoolers how to get the most from their instruments of choice. They may even give private lessons to people who are looking to improve or perfect their skills outside of conventional schooling. Becoming a music educator, however, requires quite a challenging education, as both music classes and education classes take a lot of time and dedication. However, if you have a passion for the field, it will be well worthwhile!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Career of the Day: Forensic Science Technician

Forensic science technicians help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Most technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis. Forensic science technicians reconstruct crime scenes by carefully studying information gathered by investigators and conducting scientific tests on physical evidence. For example, lab technicians may look at photographs of blood splatter patterns and conduct ballistics tests on bullets found at the crime scene to determine the direction from which a shot was fired. All forensic science technicians prepare written reports that detail their findings and investigative methods. They must be able to explain their reports to lawyers, detectives, and other law enforcement officials. In addition, forensic science technicians may be called to testify in court about their findings and methods.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Career of the Day: Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also may handle human resources work in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training. Many specialists are trained in all human resources disciplines and do tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, these specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They often administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. When hiring a human resources generalist, for example, most employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Career of the Day: Geoscientist

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future. In a day in the field, they may use a hammer and chisel to collect rock samples and then use sophisticated radar equipment to search for oil underground. In laboratories, they may use x rays and electron microscopes to determine the chemical and physical composition of rock samples. They also use remote sensing equipment to collect data and advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling software to analyze data. Many geoscientists are involved in the search for and development of natural resources and minerals such as petroleum. Others work in environmental protection and preservation and are involved in projects to clean up and reclaim land. Geoscientists need at least a bachelor’s degree for entry-level positions. A Ph.D. is necessary for most high-level research and college teaching positions. A degree in geosciences is preferred, although degrees in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science are usually accepted if they include coursework in geology.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Career of the Day: Fitness Trainer

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise (exercises for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels. Employers prefer to hire certified fitness trainers and instructors. Personal trainers are often required to be certified to begin working with clients or with members of a gym or other type of health club. Group fitness instructors may be allowed to begin without certification, but employers often encourage or require them to become certified.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Career of the Day: Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. Salary and responsibilities increase partially with experience, but mostly with the level of EMT training a paramedic has had completed. Effective EMTs are compassionate, physically fit, and have strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Career of the Day: Executive Chef

Executive chefs, head cooks, and chefs de cuisine are primarily responsible for overseeing the operation of a kitchen. They coordinate the work of sous chefs and other cooks, who prepare most of the meals. Executive chefs also have many duties beyond the kitchen. They design the menu, review food and beverage purchases, and often train employees. Some executive chefs are primarily occupied by administrative tasks and spend little time in the kitchen. A growing number of chefs and head cooks receive formal training at community colleges, technical schools, culinary arts schools, and 2-year or 4-year institutions. Students in culinary programs spend most of their time in kitchens practicing their cooking skills. These programs cover all aspects of kitchen work, including menu planning, food sanitation procedures, and purchasing and inventory methods. Most formal training programs also require students to get experience in a commercial kitchen through an internship, apprenticeship, or out-placement program.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Career of the Day: Broadcast Talent

Every time you watch the news or listen to the radio, you are absorbing the work of many individuals, but the most visible members of that team are the on-air talent. These professionals typically have degrees in journalism or communications, and have worked several years behind the sound board or camera, and/or worked on-air for several years in a remote geographic area that does not have as large a market share - or viewing or listening base - as major metropolitan areas.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Career of the Day: Lobbyist

If there is a cause that you feel passionate about, and you are compelled to have elected representatives better understand your cause, becoming a lobbyist is a way to achieve your goals. Lobbyists are experts in both political science and their areas of specialization, in order to better inform their audience about why they should sponsor, support, or oppose certain bills. Lobbyists are excellent at making arguments in both spoken and written form, and conduct themselves professionally, understanding that relationships and compromise are how things happen in government.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Career of the Day: College Admissions Counselor

Jacques Steinberg of the New York Times once described admissions counseling like this: "You travel, you do public speaking, you do one-on-one counseling, you plan events, and you sit by yourself and read for hours on end." Being an entry-level admissions counselor requires many tasks, all aimed at one goal: to recruit and select the most appropriate students for your institution. Admissions counselors work as members of a team, and use knowledge of sales, customer service, sociology, psychology, and even grief counseling at times. The level of responsibility increases with one's experience and education.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Career of the Day: Line Cook

Large restaurants and food service establishments tend to have varied menus and large kitchen staffs. Teams of restaurant cooks, sometimes called assistant or line cooks, work at assigned stations equipped with the necessary types of stoves, grills, pans, and ingredients. Professional culinary institutes, industry associations, and trade unions sponsor formal apprenticeship programs for cooks, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor. Typical apprenticeships last 2 years and combine technical training and work experience. The American Culinary Federation accredits more than 200 formal academic training programs and sponsors apprenticeship programs around the country. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Career of the Day: General Contractor

Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, powerplants, schools, and hospitals. They oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. Construction managers schedule and coordinate all design and construction processes to ensure a productive and safe work environment. They also make sure jobs are completed on time and on budget with the right amount of tools, equipment, and materials. Many managers also are responsible for obtaining necessary permits and licenses. They are often responsible for multiple projects at a time. It is increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture or engineering. As construction processes become increasingly complex, employers are placing more importance on specialized education.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Career of the Day: Child Care Worker

Across the nation, millions of parents entrust their children to the judgment of child care workers at all times of day, so that they can balance family and work responsibilities. Being a child care worker requires a commitment to the successful development of the children you work with, and can be incredibly gratifying if you can maintain your patience with a clientele that has naturally not developed communication skills or their own patience or perspective. At a minimum, you need at least a year of training and supervised experience, and most states require accreditation or certification to maintain a child care center, either for young children or for before and after school.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Career of the Day: Forensic Chemist

A forensic chemist is a professional chemist who analyzes evidence that is brought in from crime scenes and reaches a conclusion based on tests run on that piece of evidence. A forensic chemist's job is to identify and characterize the evidence as part of the larger process of solving a crime. Forensic chemists rarely conduct any investigative work; they handle the evidence collected from the crime scene. Evidence may include hair samples, paint chips, glass fragments, or blood stains. Understanding the evidence requires tools from many disciplines, including chemistry, biology, materials science, and genetics. The prevalence of DNA analysis is making knowledge of genetics increasingly important in this field. A strong background in chemistry and instrumental analysis as well as a good grounding in criminalistics is vital. A forensic science degree at both the undergraduate and graduate level is recommended.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Career of the Day: Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers may design instruments, devices, and software; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. They often serve a coordinating function, using their background in both engineering and medicine. In industry, they may create products where an in-depth understanding of living systems and technology is essential. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance. Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Career of the Day: Arborist

Arborists are excellent problem solvers. They are well educated about the botany of numerous species of trees and the unique needs of each one. Arborists also take into consideration the life cycle of each tree, and its symbiosis with the organisms in its immediate ecosystem, including humans. With the inescapable power and telecommunications lines placed both overhead and underground, a talented arborist must effectively plan and maintain the planting and growth of just the right type of tree for a client's purposes. Arborists are both artists and scientists.

Career of the Day: Arborist

Arborists are excellent problem solvers. They are well educated about the botany of numerous species of trees and the unique needs of each one. Arborists also take into consideration the life cycle of each tree, and its symbiosis with the organisms in its immediate ecosystem, including humans. With the inescapable power and telecommunications lines placed both overhead and underground, a talented arborist must effectively plan and maintain the planting and growth of just the right type of tree for a client's purposes. Arborists are both artists and scientists.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Career of the Day: Pilot

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting. Many pilots learn to fly in the military, but a growing number now earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a civilian flying school. All pilots who are paid to transport passengers or cargo must have a commercial pilot's license and an instrument rating. To qualify for a commercial pilot’s license, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Career of the Day: Nutritionist or Dietician

Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. Some dietitians and nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals. Others work with groups of people who have similar needs. A dietitian or nutritionist might, for example, plan a diet with reduced fat and sugar to help overweight people lose weight. Most dietitians and nutritionists have earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Programs include courses in nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and biology.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Career of the Day: Computer Programmer

Computer programmers are in high demand, and the demand will only increase as our economy grows more reliant upon technology. They write code in a language that is standard for their industry, but responsible programmers stay up-to-date on the most current and emerging trends, as the field continues to evolve. In addition to being incredible strong in math and science, the best computer programmers are also creative, flexible, and good listeners, as they will need to produce a product that meets the demand of the user, as specified by their employers or clients.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Career of the Day: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions. Diagnostic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. The sonographer presses an instrument called an ultrasound transducer to the parts of the patient’s body that are being examined. The transducer emits pulses of sound that bounce back, causing echoes. The echoes are then sent to the ultrasound machine, which processes them and displays them as images. Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Career of the Day: Electrician

Almost every building has an electrical system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. Electricians do both the installing and maintaining of electrical systems. Maintaining older equipment involves identifying problems and repairing malfunctioning equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Electricians doing maintenance work may need to fix or replace outlets, circuit breakers, motors, or robotic control systems. Electricians read blueprints, which are technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. They use different types of hand and power tools, such as pipe benders, to run and protect wiring. Other commonly used hand and power tools include screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. While troubleshooting, electricians also may use ammeters, voltmeters, and multimeters to find problems and ensure that components are working properly. In order to be an electrician, you will need some technical training and a period of time as an on-the-job apprentice.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Career of the Day: Carpenter

Do you like working with your hands? Would you like to see your handiwork produce a structure such as a deck or even a house? Carpenters have that honor and tradition of using a combination of manual skill and a keen mathematical mind for details to build things that will last for years or even generations. In order to be a licensed carpenter, you need specific training and an apprenticeship, but then you have the opportunity to work for a contracting company or run your own enterprise. Contractors work in many weather conditions, but the feeling of making shelter for people where one did not previously exist can be immensely gratifying.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Career of the Day: Flight Attendant

Airline companies are required by law to provide flight attendants for the safety and security of passengers. The primary job of flight attendants is to keep passengers safe and to ensure that everyone follows security regulations. Flight attendants also try to make flights comfortable and enjoyable for passengers. Flight attendants work primarily in the cabin of an airplane. Although they enjoy much free time and many travel benefits, flight attendants’ work can be strenuous. Flight attendants stand during much of the flight and must remain pleasant, regardless of passenger demands or their own fatigue. Occasionally, flight attendants must deal with turbulence, which can make service more difficult and causes anxiety in some passengers. Applicants with a degree in hospitality, tourism, public relations, or communications may have an advantage over others. Most airlines also require 1 to 2 years of customer-service experience. Those who work on international flights may have to speak a foreign language fluently in addition to English. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Career of the Day: Composer

Composers write music of all types - works of classical distinction, pop ballads, jingles for advertising, or background music for stage, television, and film. It takes lots of patience and a willingness to receive constructive criticism in order to stay in the music industry, and it will be beneficial to have the training and coursework that comes with a bachelor's degree in music composition in order to assist in your success as a composer. Be prepared to master numerous instruments in order to artfully arrange your compositions.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Career of the Day: Art Educator

Art teachers are very important in the educational development of students. In addition to inspiring budding artists at the middle and high school level, art teachers are also incredibly valuable members of the elementary school faculty. Art educators help students learn to understand their world in visual terms and how to express themselves in nonverbal ways. In order to be an art teacher, you will need to earn at least a bachelor's degree in art education, which requires coursework in both visual art and education pedagogy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Career of the Day: Chemist

A career in chemistry requires a degree in a related science, and usually involves many late hours working in the lab, conducting research into advancements related to your objective. Whether you are developing cures for diseases or analyzing the structure of existing compounds, chemists continue to push our society's understanding the physical world around us and find solutions to our problems. It is critical for an aspiring chemist to follow rules and laws, because safety is of the highest priority, and if you don't follow industry standards, your results will always be in question.

Career of the Day: Biochemist

Biochemists and biophysicists do applied research and develop products and processes that improve our lives. For example, in medicine, biochemists and biophysicists develop tests used to detect diseases, genetic disorders, and other illnesses. They also develop new drugs and medications, such as those used to treat cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Applied research in biochemistry and biophysics has many uses outside of medicine. In agriculture, biochemists and biophysicists develop genetically engineered crops that are more resistant to drought, disease, insects, and other afflictions. Biochemists and biophysicists also develop alternative fuels, such as biofuels—renewable energy sources from plants. In addition, they develop ways to protect the environment and clean up pollution. Biochemists and biophysicists need a Ph.D. to work in independent research and development positions. Most Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. Bachelor’s and master’s degree holders are qualified for some entry-level positions in biochemistry and biophysics.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Career of the Day: Auto Mechanic

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. Service technicians work on traditional mechanical components, such as engines, transmissions, belts, and hoses. However, they must also be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems. Braking, transmission, and steering systems, for example, are controlled primarily by computers and electronic components. Other integrated electronic systems, such as accident-avoidance sensors, are becoming common as well. In addition, a growing number of technicians are required to work on vehicles that run on alternative fuels, such as ethanol and electricity. Service technicians use many different tools, including computerized diagnostic tools and power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, and jacks and hoists. Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular skill are also available.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Career of the Day: Aesthetician

As long as our society values outer confidence and feeling like we are looking our best, people will flock to hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, and other beautification businesses. Aestheticians are trained and state-certified to learn industry-standard techniques that are both sanitary and effective. Highly skilled aestheticians are also talented at establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships, as your best clients are those who feel comfortable coming back to you time after time. Aestheticians require specialized training after high school.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Career of the Day: Conservationist

A conservation scientist studies elements of the ecosystem in order to manage its development, to limit erosion of natural resources, and to support all types of life on earth. They mostly work outside, collecting samples to be analyzed, observing growth and animal behavior, with a clear objective to limit human beings' impact on the world around us. The scientists often work with lobbyist organizations to advocate for their causes, which are at times in contrast with other corporate or governmental interests. If this career is interesting to you, you will undoubtedly enjoy AP Environmental science and explore majors like ecology and biology.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Career of the Day: Chiropractor

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients' ailments, such as back or neck pain. Many believe that misalignments of the spinal joints interfere with a person's nervous system and can result in lower resistance to disease and many different conditions of diminished health. Some chiropractors use additional procedures, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and ultrasound. They also may apply supports, such as straps, tape, braces, or shoe inserts, to treat patients and alleviate pain. In addition to operating a general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging. Becoming a chiropractor requires earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and getting a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require 3 years of previous undergraduate college education for admission.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Career of the Day: Middle School Educator

Do you remember how difficult middle school was? Can you imagine how difficult it is for the teachers to keep 6th, 7th, and 8th graders focused on their growth, despite the many overwhelming changes that students experience? Middle schoolers are at a unique moment in their physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. At the same time, there are critical skills that they must learn to be successful in high school and beyond, and it takes a special kind of teacher to help students come through this time successfully. Some colleges and states have middle-level specific certifications and training programs. If you have lots of patience and care about the well being of future generations, please consider a career in middle school education.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Career of the Day: Auditor

Being an auditor is a bit like being an editor, but in the financial field. Auditors require the same type of education as accountants, but instead of actually entering the numbers and assigning categories to them, auditors have the added challenge of coming in to verify that accountants or bookkeepers followed legal and/or corporate policy when doing their job. Auditors are there to keep everyone following the rules, and must have a high ethical standard. It is crucial for auditors to be brave and have a painstaking attention to detail.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Career of the Day: Architect

Architects are visionaries, artists, and problem-solvers. They are licensed to create the structures in which we live, work, learn, and play. Because architects are responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the people who occupy the buildings they design, it's important for students to be aware that with this career comes significant responsibility. While math and science are important for a career in architecture, artistic and creative thinking skills are equally, if not more highly, valued. Architects need to have the ability to go from being artistic/creative to technical/logical and everywhere in between.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Career of the Day: Furniture Builder

Despite the abundance of plastics, metals, and other materials, wood products continue to be an important part of our daily lives. Woodworkers make wood products, using lumber and synthetic wood materials. Many of these products are mass produced, including most furniture, kitchen cabinets, and musical instruments. Other products are custom made with specialized tools in small shops. Although the term “woodworker” may evoke the image of a craftsman who builds ornate furniture using hand tools, the modern woodworking trade is highly technical and relies on advanced equipment and highly skilled operators. Workers use automated machinery, such as computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, to do much of the work. Some woodworkers obtain their skills by taking courses at technical schools or community colleges. Others attend universities that offer training in wood technology, furniture manufacturing, wood engineering, and production management. These programs prepare students for jobs in production, supervision, engineering, and management and are increasingly important as woodworking technology advances.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Career of the Day: Professional Athlete

Do you consider yourself to be among the best three-hundredths of a percent of all high school athletes? That's how few end up playing professional sports. However, for the most talented and most committed, a career in professional athletics can lead to fame and fortune. As many know, playing competitive athletics in college is often a prerequisite for professional athletics, and the NCAA maintains consistent academic standards for collegiate athletes, both in high school and while they are active in college. If you plan to stay active in sports, it is important that while conditioning your body, you are also equally focused on the "student" side of being a "student athlete" so you have options after retirement or in case of an untimely end to your athletic career.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Career of the Day: Audiologist

Audiologists use audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patients' hearing ability and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage, and identify the underlying cause. Audiologists measure the volume at which a person begins to hear sounds and the person's ability to distinguish between sounds. Also, before determining treatment options, they evaluate psychological information to measure the impact of hearing loss on a patient. Treatment options vary and may include cleaning wax out of ear canals, fitting and checking hearing aids, or fitting and programming the patient with cochlear implants to improve hearing. (Cochlear implants are tiny devices that are placed under the skin near the ear in an operation. Cochlear implants deliver electrical impulses directly to the auditory nerve in the brain so a person with certain types of deafness can hear.) Audiologists also counsel patients on other ways to cope with profound hearing loss, such as by learning to lip read or use American Sign Language. The doctoral degree in audiology is a graduate program typically lasting 4 years beyond a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Career of the Day: Specialist Physician

A specialist physician is trained and certified in a specific field and the range of options for specialization is seemingly endless. Examples of specialist physicians include cardiologist, pediatrician, emergency medicine specialist, gynecologist, general surgeon, internal medicine specialist, and neurologist. The educational path of a specialist physician is much like that of a general practitioner. An undergraduate degree, medical school, internship, and residency training are usual requirements. In addition to this, specialist physicians must undergo intensive training in their chosen specialty, and acquire a license in this field. The duration of this training depends on the physician's field and level of specialty.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Career of the Day: Food Scientist

Agricultural and food scientists play an important role in maintaining the nation’s food supply. Many work in basic or applied research and development. Basic research seeks to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops and livestock grow. Applied research uses this knowledge to discover ways to improve the quality, quantity, and safety of agricultural products. Many agricultural and food scientists work with little supervision, forming their own hypotheses and developing research methods accordingly. In addition, they often lead teams of technicians or students who help in their research. Agricultural and food scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many obtain a doctoral degree. Food scientists and technologists and soil and plant scientists typically earn bachelor’s degrees.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Career of the Day: Fire Protection Engineer

Each year in the United States over 3,000 people die and thousands are injured and $10 billion in property is damaged as a result of fire. Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that uses science and technology to make our homes, workplaces, schools, the economy and the environment safer from the devastating effects of fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affect people, buildings and property. Additionally, Fire protection engineers use the latest technologies to 
a) Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger and provide means for escape; 
b) Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them; 
c) Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials; and 
d) investigate fires to discover how fire spreads, why protective measures failed, and how those measures could have been designed more effectively. 
For a person who is looking for a satisfying career that provides a solid income, flexibility, and the opportunity to make a difference, fire protection engineering is an excellent career choice. To find out more go to http://careers.sfpe.org.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Career of the Day: Publication Editor

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people. Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need experience related to that field. Fashion editors, for example, may need expertise in fashion that they get through formal training or work experience.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Career of the Day: Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware. To become an electrical engineer, you should get a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from a program that is accredited by ABET.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Career of the Day: Commercial Diver

Commercial diving and underwater welding career opportunities are exciting and challenging, highly in-demand, and incredibly varied from job to job. You may be working at a nuclear power plant, hydroelectric dam, or wind farm, or water treatment facility, offshore oil rig, or laying underwater fiber optic cables. With the increased innovation for alterative power sources and telecommunications, much of the infrastructure will take place underwater. One training program offers certification in five months, and most graduates begin their careers earning 50-80 thousand dollars a year.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Career of the Day: News Producer

A news producer is the behind the scenes quarterback of a newscast. A producer’s responsibilities include determining which stories will be covered, placing the stories in a logical order, and writing them in a short and succinct manner so viewers can easily understand them. During the newscast, producers make sure the show is on time and going as planned. Solid news judgment and excellent writing skills are critical to being a successful producer. You must also handle deadlines well. A journalism degree is helpful, but it is important that you have a well-rounded education.
(written by Jeremy Freedenberg, Producer, CBS Philly)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Career of the Day: Dentist

A dentist is a doctor that cares for teeth and gums. Dentists identify symptoms of potential and current problems in oral health, and take steps to intervene. Because the knowledge and practice required for becoming a dentist is so involved, the training requires a four-year doctorate program in a dental school, beyond a four-year bachelor's degree. Usually, in order to be successful in a dental school, one should seek an undergraduate major in biology or related life science. If you plan to obtain your own practice instead of working in a partnership, you should be prepared to handle business tasks and other leadership roles.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Career of the Day: Economist

Economists apply economic analysis to issues within a variety of fields, such as education, health, development, and the environment. They research and analyze data using a variety of software programs, including spreadsheets, statistical analysis, and database management programs. More than half of all economists work in federal, state, and local government. Federal government economists collect and analyze data about the U.S. economy. They also project spending needs and inform policy makers on the economic impact of laws and regulations. Many economists work for corporations and help them understand how the economy will affect their business. Specifically, economists may analyze issues such as consumer demand and sales to help a company maximize its profits. Students can pursue an advanced degree in economics with a bachelor’s degree in a number of fields, but a strong background in math is essential.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Career of the Day: Recording Engineer

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies and in office and school buildings. These workers may be called broadcast or sound engineering technicians or operators or engineers. At smaller radio and television stations, broadcast and sound technicians may do many jobs. At larger stations, they are likely to specialize more, although even their job assignments may change from day to day. They set up and operate audio and video equipment, although the kind of equipment they use may depend on the particular type of technician or industry. Most broadcast and sound engineering technicians have an associate’s degree or vocational certification, available at institutions like CCBC and Sheffield Institute. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Career of the Day: Database Administrator

Database administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts can easily use the database to find the information they need and that the system performs as it should. DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management to understand the company’s data needs and to plan the goals of the database. Database administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access. Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important. Database administrators are responsible for backing up systems in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it come from reliable sources. Most database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) or a computer-related field.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Career of the Day: Detective

Detectives help solve crimes. They are usually promoted from the role of police officer, and require more leadership, insight, and investigative skills and interests than the daily requirements of an officer on patrol. Because of the complex nature and sometimes morally challenging tasks in detective work, it is crucial that an aspiring police officer or detective have a strong ethical decision making and have demonstrated wisdom in other capacities. The training usually involves the typical police academy, with more coursework in criminal justice.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Career of the Day: Accountant

Are you comfortable with numbers? Do you see art in finances? With a career in accounting, you have the opportunity to maximize the profit margin of your clients or business through maintaining accurate financial records and appropriately assigning incoming and outgoing funds. Even though the math in accounting isn't extremely advanced, accountants are incredibly comfortable with numbers, facts, and complying with the rule of law.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

College of the Day: Rutgers University

After Penn State, the second largest undergraduate student population within a six-hour drive is at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. What makes Rutgers such a desirable choice is that in addition to a world-class education, you have the opportunity to pursue extremely diverse educational opportunities, all in the shadow of the world's largest metropolis. Only at Rutgers can you have the convenience of a large city urban environment and a large campus experience, at the same time. Admission is understandably competitive, but not as competitive as College Park, which makes it a good backup for students craving the big campus experience with a GPA in the low-to-mid 3's.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

College of the Day: Robert Morris University

Just past Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University is a private university with many majors to choose from. What's great about Robert Morris University is that its admissions process is holistic enough to consider the complete individual, despite being as large as Bowie or Coppin.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

College of the Day: Ohio University

In Athens, Ohio, you will find Ohio University, the oldest college in the state with one of the strongest reputations among the Ohio state universities. They are quick to correct anyone who thinks they are buckeyes - they are the proud Bobcats, and the campus culture is very similar to James Madison University or Towson University.

Friday, May 26, 2017

College of the Day: Goucher College

Identified as one of the Colleges that Change Lives because it provides such a warm family environment for students to develop their own love of learning, Goucher College is a liberal arts college in Towson, just inside the beltway. Goucher is a co-ed institution known for producing students who are well-rounded and well prepared for the work world.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

College of the Day: University of Mary Washington

If you take Frostburg State University, and instead of being in a small town in the mountains of western Maryland, you put it in a small town along the James River, you get the University of Mary Washington. UMW offers a wealth of educational variety, a student body as large as 5000 students, and a reasonable post-secondary alternative to Frostburg, Shippensburg, York College, and Christopher Newport U.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

College of the Day: Princeton University

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

College of the Day: Penn State University

Exactly three hours north of Baltimore, in the very center of Pennsylvania, is a campus so large that two looped bus circuits are available to save students the 30-minute walk from the freshman dorms, past the college of agriculture, the college of Arts and Architecture and double libraries to the College of Engineering. As one would expect from one of the largest universities in the country, it boasts the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. This college taught Ben and Jerry how to make their ice cream and educated the creators of Avenue Q and the Ron Burgundy story, as well as WBAL's Jayne Miller. Penn State has a distinguished academic reputation that has always transcended football, and will continue to do so.



Monday, May 22, 2017

College of the Day: Bowie State University

How would you like to study in the shadow of NASA's headquarters in Prince George's County? Bowie State University offers that opportunity, including the chance to pay in-state tuition for strong academics focused in areas from business to music to education to science. Many students who have at least a 2.0 make Bowie State a reasonable option for post-secondary study.

Friday, May 19, 2017

College of the Day: St. Joseph's College

Ranked among the top comprehensive colleges in its region and located in the heart of Brooklyn, St. Joseph's College offers a very close academic environment in the largest city in the world. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

College of the Day: Regent University

At Virginia Beach about five hours south from here, lies  Regent University, known for its Christian affiliation. Regent University is a diverse campus with many cultural opportunities. It is worth noting that Regent, like many religiously affiliated colleges, offer many majors that are not related to religion - like Business, computer graphics, psychology, math, and communications. The religiously affiliated colleges simply offer students a chance to explore their intellectual potential with peers who share their faith structure.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

College of the Day: Messiah College

In a suburb of Pennsylvania's state capital lies Messiah College, a Christian liberal arts college about the same size as Coppin, but with different surroundings. Messiah College's Christian philosophy pervades its academic programming and campus culture, so this college will appeal to those students who really value that side of their identity.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

College of the Day: Goldey Beacom College

Quietly tucked away in the suburbs of northwest Delaware, you'll find Goldey-Beacom College, a small liberal arts college. At about a thousand students, Goldey-Beacom has the flexibility and time to evaluate each application individually, even though they do require SAT or ACT scores. Because it is not as popular as some of its neighbors, you may find that the admissions and financial aid departments will likely be more generous than other colleges that you are considering.

Monday, May 15, 2017

College of the Day: Fairleigh Dickinson University

A little smaller than Morgan State University, on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan, you'll find Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to having campuses in Vancouver and Great Britain, the Metropolitan campus offers dozens of majors, and of course many opportunities for internships and real world experience. Most of the admitted students scored just over 500 on each of their SATs.

Friday, May 12, 2017

College of the Day: Norfolk State University

Situated right near the bridge tunnel where the Chesapeake Bay opens up into the Atlantic Ocean, Norfolk State University is an HBCU known to be among the best higher education values in Virginia. Norfolk State requires a minimum 2.3 GPA and either a 17 on the ACT or combined 800 on SAT critical reading and math. You can see campus tours and other informational videos at www.nsu.edu.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

College of the Day: New York University

NYU’s campus is literally without walls, drawing its spirit from a global city with an entrepreneurial bent, a diversity of human life, and resources that include some of the world’s most famous cultural institutions and most valued professional opportunities.  Albeit untraditional, NYU’s primary campus is located in downtown Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and there’s no doubt that the neighborhood feels like a college community.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

College of the Day: Lehigh University

A very selective university known for excellence in science and political science, Lehigh University is about three hours from home, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Most SAT scores are close ot 700 and ACT scores are close to 30. 99% of Lehigh University students graduated in the top quarter of their high school classes. With its strong academic reputation and small town feel, Lehigh is similar to the College of William and Mary.