A furniture finisher shapes, smoothens, or resmoothens damaged, worn, or used furniture or new furniture to a specified finish after which they wash the surfaces. Grinders, sanders, chisels, steel wool, pumice, and sandpaper are used for finishing, and materials used can include varnish, shellac, lacquer, stain, and/or paint. During the process, pieces of furniture are dried in rooms equipped with fans which blow warm air.
Database administrators use software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access. Database administrators work in many different types of industries, including computer systems design and related services firms, insurance companies, banks, and hospitals.
An Optometrist is the medical professional concerned with the eyes and their physical structure, as well as overall vision, visual systems, and visual information processing. While the certification process varies internationally, Optometrists are generally qualified to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the entire visual system, as well as to prescribe medications that will help a patient meet their treatment goals. They carry the title of Oculus Doctor (OD), and are afforded many of the same rights and privileges as other types of doctors.
A chiropractor, or doctor of chiropractic medicine, is a licensed medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, especially in the spine. Chiropractors believe that many health problems can stem from the misalignment, or subluxation, of the vertebrae. The main aspect of treatment in chiropractic care is usually physical manipulation of joints and spine to bring them back into alignment. Chiropractors may also recommend exercises or offer health & nutrition counselling. Chiropractors do not do surgery or prescribe medication. Chiropractic medicine is sometimes referred to as a form of alternative medicine, though many chiropractors (and patients) do not agree with this designation.
A glass blower creates designs ranging from simple to complex, using molten glass. Glass jars and vases, jewelry, art work, and figurines all may emerge from the end of a narrow tube, the skill and tools of the blower determining the final shape of the glass. The art of glass blowing itself is an old one. It was in practice in the Middle East as early as 20 BC, among the Phoenicians, when creating crude glass vessels sturdy enough to hold liquids was a great accomplishment. As practitioners became more skilled, artisans began experimenting with the creation of finely detailed and delicate blown glass that combined colors and shapes to form what amounted to works of art. Today's glass blowing techniques echo those of the past, with skilled workers using methods of glass creation that have been passed down through the generations.
An actor is someone who plays characters in a film, television, radio, or theatre production. When most people think of actors they think of Hollywood superstars who perform in blockbuster films and this is often the ultimate aspiration of anyone dreaming of a career in acting. There are also stars within different fields of acting. For example there are well-known television and theatre stars in each discipline. It is difficult to achieve this degree of success in the field of acting, and the majority of actors perform in smaller productions, often starting in advertisements or as extras on television shows or films. There are many actors who make a successful career out of so-called bit parts and never have a starring role. Others, who achieve great success very early in their careers, become household names and get lots of major roles. The majority of actors will have a career that is somewhere between these two extremes.
Wallflowers need not apply. Most marketing managers have an outgoing, gregarious, and spontaneous nature. In concert with these traits, marketing managers are highly focused, detail-oriented, and very conscientious of meeting budgetary and time deadlines. These creative individuals are responsible for the planned and unplanned images of their employer. Planned images may include print or video advertisements, public speaking engagements, endorsements, and printed literature. Unplanned images can occur when one of the company’s representatives misspeaks in public, thus requiring immediate damage control, or when the company is attacked by an outside force such when someone tampers with the company’s products after they leave production, or a fault in the product that isn’t recognized until well after the product has been in circulation. Skilled marketing managers deflect the unauthorized comments and reassure the public that the company is doing all that it can to investigate and correct the product line. Through carefully worded statements and advertisements, marketing managers soothe the publics fear and outrage, ensuring that the company’s reputation survives such mishaps.
Historians have the fascinating job of studying and interpreting the past. When people need detailed, nuanced information about the past, they go to historians to get the full story. They are the people who literally write history books about all kinds of topics, times, people, and places. From ancient history to a specific decade in the United States to even one specific historic event, historians come in all shapes and sizes.
An electrical engineer is someone who designs and develops new electrical equipment, solves problems and tests equipment. They work with all kinds of electronic devices, from the smallest pocket devices to large supercomputers. Electrical engineering deals with electricity, electro-magnetism and electronics. It also covers power, control systems, telecommunications and signal processing. They are usually concerned with large-scale electrical systems such as motor control and power transmission, as well as utilizing electricity to transmit energy. Electrical engineers may work on a diverse range of technologies, from the design of household appliances, lighting and wiring of buildings, telecommunication systems, electrical power stations and satellite communications. They may plan their designs using computer-aided software or they may also sketch ideas by hand. There are many sub-disciplines of electrical engineering. Some electrical engineers specialize exclusively in one sub-discipline, while others specialize in a combination of sub-disciplines. The most popular sub-disciplines are: Electronic Engineer - deals with electronic circuits such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors and diodes. Microelectronics Engineer - deals with design and microfabrication of tiny electronic circuit components. Signal Processing Engineer - deals with signals, such as analog or digital signals. Power Engineer - deals with electricity and design of related electrical devices such as transformers, generators, motors and power electronics. Control Engineer - deals with design of controllers that cause systems to behave in a certain way, using microcontrollers, programmable logic controllers, digital signal processors and electrical circuits. Telecommunications Engineer - deals with transmission of information via a cable or optical fiber. Instrumentation Engineer - deals with the design of measuring devices for pressure, flow and temperature. This involves a deep understanding of physics. Computer Engineer - deals with the design of computers and computer hardware.
Animal caretakers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work. They work in a variety of settings, including kennels, zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums. Some of the work may be physically or emotionally demanding, and the number of work-related injuries and illnesses is higher than the national average.
A trapper is a individual who hunts and traps animals. Some trappers use humane methods to rid an area of a specific animal or to help assist hunters in the capture of animals. Other trappers provide animal pelts to buyers or collectors. Though some animal pelts are against the law to sell, many are not. Some trappers are professionals, but other individuals engage in trapping as a hobby. Most trappers grow up learning the necessary skills from an experienced trapper such as their father. Professional trappers must hold to certain laws and ethics to protect different species, especially those that are endangered.
The art of applying make-up goes back at least 6000 years. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs would employ specially trained servants to apply cosmetics, in order to make them appear more like the gods. A Make-Up Artist is a professional artist that uses mediums applied to the skin to transform or enhance the appearance of a person. Make-Up Artists are often referred to as Cosmetologists or Beauticians, but are different in that they specialize only in make-up and typically do not offer other services such as hair or nail care. Recent decades have seen an increase in the demand for skilled Make-Up Artists to work with actors/actresses, politicians, theatre productions, and for television and movies. The Make-Up Artist is usually a member of a team including the hairdresser and wardrobe specialist. As part of this team, the Make-Up Artist works to transform the actor into the character. The entertainment and fashion industry currently employs the largest margin of Make-Up Artists today. Make-Up Artists may be employed by a company, an individual, or work as freelance artists paid per job. In large entertainment areas, Make-Up Artists have unions and associations that they belong to.
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. Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flights often involve overnight layovers. Those who fly international routes may experience jetlag. Many have variable schedules.
Bill and account collectors, sometimes called collection agents, try to recover payment on overdue bills. They negotiate repayment plans with debtors and help them find solutions to make paying their overdue bills easier. Many bill and account collectors work in a call center for a third-party collection agency rather than the original creditor. Most work full time, and some have flexible schedules. Collectors must usually have a high school diploma and experience in a call center. A few months of on-the-job training is common.
Anesthetists are the people who put a patient to sleep for surgery or other medical procedures. It is essential that they have an extensive knowledge base regarding medications, gases, and the human body. They are essentially responsible for administering, maintaining, and reversing anesthesia. An anesthesiologist is a physician who specializes in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist is a registered nurse who has completed several years of postgraduate training and is capable of administering anesthesia under the oversight of an anesthesiologist. The anesthetist is an essential member of the surgical team. He manages the anesthesia, leaving the surgeon free to concentrate on the surgery. The anesthetist takes away a sense of accomplishment and pride from his work. He works with patients to put them at ease prior to their surgery, then follows up and reassures them afterwards. They make a substantial impact in the life of those undergoing surgery.
Personal financial advisors give financial advice to people. They help with investments, taxes, and insurance decisions. Most financial advisors work in the finance and insurance industry or are self-employed. They typically work full time and may meet with clients in the evenings or on weekends.
Statisticians use mathematical techniques to analyze and interpret data and draw conclusions. Although they work mostly in offices, they may travel in order to supervise surveys or gather data. Sometimes they must work overtime to meet deadlines. About one-third of statisticians work for government; many others work for private businesses.
Ambulance dispatchers, also called 9-1-1 operators or public safety telecommunicators, answer emergency and non-emergency calls. They take information from the caller and send the appropriate type and number of units. Ambulance dispatchers work in an emergency communication center, often called a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
Cargo and freight agents coordinate and facilitate incoming and outgoing shipments for transportation companies and other businesses. They typically work in warehouses, stockrooms, or shipping and receiving stations. Most work full time
Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work. They often work under stressful conditions because their income and job security depend on successfully completing sales. Some may work long and irregular hours to meet sales goals and client needs.