Career Profile – Electrician and Electrical Technician

Electricians bring electricity into homes and businesses. They install and maintain the wiring, fuses, and other components through which electricity flows. Electricians connect all types of wires to circuit breakers, transformers, and outlets. They join the wires in boxes with various specially designed connectors. When installing wiring, electricians use conduit benders, screwdrivers, pliers, knives, hacksaws, […]

Career Profile – Massage Therapist

Massage therapists can specialize in over eighty different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy. Some massage therapists use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while others use quick, percussion-like strokes […]

Career Profile – Diesel Service Technician or Diesel Mechanic

Diesel service technicians and mechanics, including bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment. Some diesel technicians and mechanics also work on other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines. Other technicians repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, […]

Career Profile – Fashion Designer

Fashion designers help create dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing and accessories. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs. Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, formalwear, outerwear, maternity, and intimate […]

Career Profile – Pharmacy Aide

Pharmacy aides perform administrative duties in pharmacies. Aides often are clerks or cashiers who primarily answer telephones, handle money, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties. They work closely with pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians usually perform more complex tasks than do aides, although in some States the duties and titles of the jobs overlap. Common […]

Career Profile – Private Detective or Investigator

Everyone has seen the TV shows where the private detective solves the crime and saves the day. This profession isn’t always that exciting but it can be. Private detectives assist attorneys, individuals and sometimes even law enforcement agencies by investigating individuals and events. There is no formal educational requirement to be a private detective, but […]

Career Profile – Cosmetologist, Barber, or Esthetician

Barbers and cosmetologists focus on providing hair care services to enhance the appearance of customers. Other personal appearance workers, such as manicurists and pedicurists, shampooers, and skin care specialists provide specialized beauty services. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists offer a wide range of beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling of hair. In addition, […]

Career Profile – Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer (HVAC)

Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, such as motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats, and switches. In central forced air heating systems a furnace heats air which is distributed via a system of metal or fiberglass ducts. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems […]

Career Profile – Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine is another form of diagnostic imaging similar to X-ray or MRI. Nuclear Medicine Technologists administer a radioactive substance called radiopharmaceuticals and then monitor their effect on the body. To become a Nuclear Medicine Tech you need to attend a college or university for a program that can range from one to four years […]

Career Profile – Computer Programmer

Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions called programs that computers follow to perform specific tasks. Programmers also create, design, and test logic for solving problems by computer. With the help of other technology specialists, they figure out which instructions to use to make computers perform specific functions. Common responsibilities include: Writing computer […]