Career Ideas for Teens in Health Science

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What's the most boring question adults ask teens? "So ... what do you want to be when you grow up?" If you're like many teens, your answer might be "I don't know!" It's natural to feel a bit overwhelmed when there are thousands of options available. But now is a great time to start discovering what's out there-as you go through high school and on to the next level.

Whatever your interests and abilities, there's a career out there with your name on it-something that will fulfill and excite you and provide a paycheck too! The Career Ideas for Teens series shows you the many opportunities available and includes questions and activities that will help you to discover your strengths and talents and find out which careers interest you. Among 10 key self-discovery questions asked are: "What Are Your Interests and Strengths?" "What Is Your Work Personality?" "Do You Have the Right Skills?" and "How Can You Find Out What a Career is Really Like?" Activities include the Work Interest Profiler, a test that reveals your work personality and which careers best fit your personality type. Each book contains at least 35 career profiles, each with a career description, relevant organizations and resources, and activity suggestions.

By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65. With the aging population's demand for health services and the development of new medical technologies, opportunities for health professionals are excellent and will expand in the years to come. Careers profiled in Career Ideas for Teens in Health Science include: Art therapist, Biochemist, Chiropractor, Cytotechnologist, Dietician, Epidemiologist, Home health aide, Massage therapist, Microbiologist, Mortician, Pharmacist, Physician assistant, And more.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Students interact with the texts every step of the way in these series titles. The 35 diverse occupations explored in each book are based on career clusters identified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Information for each job includes education requirements, relevant Web sites, and median salaries. Teens can explore what type of job best suits them as the authors lead them through the "10 Big Questions" and explore a range of opportunities. Questionnaires, fill-in charts, and lists will help them focus on their strengths/weaknesses and likes/dislikes, clarify their values, and decide on their "work personality." Each book also covers volunteer opportunities; lists entry-level jobs within the field; provides interview tips and sample questions; and includes a section of "real people with real jobs" who answer questions about their education, career paths, current jobs, goals, and more. The appendix includes a plethora of state-by-state employment and special-interest Web sites to investigate. Black-and-white cartoons and decorative icons appear throughout. The "Career Opportunities" series (Ferguson) is more sophisticated in look and style and covers more careers within each field. "Career Ideas" will attract more readers with its lively style and variety of engaging activities.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816052905
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Career Ideas for Teens Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Welcome to Your Future 1
Section 1 Discover You at Work 5
Big Question #1 Who Are You? 6
Big Question #2 What Are Your Interests and Strengths? 9
Big Question #3 What Are Your Work Values? 12
Big Question #4 What Is Your Work Personality? 17
Section 2 Explore Your Options 31
Acupuncturist 35
Art Therapist 38
Athletic Trainer 40
Audiologist 43
Biochemist 45
Bioinformatics Scientist 48
Biomedical Engineer 50
Chiropractor 53
Computed Tomography Technologist 56
Cytotechnologist 59
Dental Hygienist 61
Dentist 63
Dietician 65
Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist 67
Emergency Medical Technician 69
Epidemiologist 72
Forensic Pathologist 74
Geneticist 76
Home Health Aide 79
Industrial Hygienist 81
Kinesiotherapist 84
Massage Therapist 86
Medical Technologist 88
Microbiologist 90
Mortician 92
Nuclear Medicine Technician 95
Nurse 97
Occupational Therapist 99
Optometrist 101
Pharmacist 103
Phlebotomist 105
Physical Therapist 107
Physician 109
Physician Assistant 112
Veterinarian 114
Big Question #5 Do You Have the Right Skills? 116
More Career Ideas in Health Science 119
Big Question #6 Are You on the Right Path? 121
Section 3 Experiment with Success 125
Big Question #7 Who Knows What You Need to Know? 127
Ask the Experts 130
Big Question #8 How Can You Find Out What a Career Is Really Like? 148
Big Question #9 How Do You Know When You've Made the Right Choice? 154
Big Question #10 What's Next? 158
A Final Word 161
Appendix 163
Index 169
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