Cartographers measure, analyze, and interpret geographic information to create maps and charts for political, cultural, educational, and other purposes.
People with disabilities, whether physical or emotional, often need a particular kind of support to be able to live independently. This is where rehabilitation counselors come in. They help individuals cope with the effects of their disabilities as they relate to independent living. In some places this job is called community disability practitioner. Without the services of these counselors, many people who are quite capable of living on their own would instead be forced to live in some type of a care facility. Research has shown that when people can be supported to live independently they are far healthier, are less reliant on family caregivers, and are more productive members of society as a whole, so a rehabilitation counselor is an extremely important job. Persons with disabilities can include the elderly, who may be having problems adjusting to new health limitations, or who are generally healthy but experiencing problems with certain functions due to injury or illness. Clients may also be individuals with developmental disabilities, such as fetal alcohol syndrome or muscular dystrophy. Counselors often work with people dealing with specific stressful or difficult situations that have left them temporary challenged, such as injury. This could include veterans coping with physical and emotional effects of military service. Because the rehabilitation counselor works with individuals who are able to live independently and remain active and functional members of society, they often work with older students and young adults, exploring educational and career options. Rehabilitation counselors work with compassion and empathy, but must also find a balance between being kind and gentle and being firm and assertive.
A highway maintenance worker ensures that highways and roads across the country stay in safe and working order. A highway maintenance worker must complete a variety of tasks on these roadways including regular maintenance, snow and ice removal, creating dividing lines, and fixing any defects in the road such as potholes caused by wear and tear and extreme weather.
Tellers are responsible for accurately processing routine transactions at a bank. These transactions include cashing cheques, depositing money, and collecting loan payments. Most tellers work in bank branches.
Translators convert information from one language to another. They translate the written word. (Those who translate the spoken word are known as interpreters.) Translators who are self-employed frequently have variable schedules. Although translators typically need a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is that they be fluent in English and at least one other language. Many complete job-specific training programs.
A certified professional organizer (CPO) is someone who receives pay for organizing cluttered home & garden living spaces or work environments and has received certification in the field. Usually working as independent contractors, these organizers use their experience and knowledge combined with tested principles to create spaces and organizational systems that promote efficiency and give clients more time to enjoy their lives. Certified professional organizers also act as coaches to their clients, offering tips and instructing them in proper organization methods.
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often referred to as HVAC technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings. They mostly work in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Their worksites may be very hot or cold because the heating and cooling system they must repair is broken. Working in cramped spaces is common. Most work full time.
Veterinary assistants look after non-farm animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well being of animals by doing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, or veterinary technologists or technicians.
Delivery service drivers pick up, transport, and drop off packages within a small region or urban area. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households. Delivery service drivers have a physically demanding job. When loading and unloading cargo, drivers do a lot of lifting, carrying, and walking.
An Electronic Equipment Assembler, also known as a fabricator, mounts, connects, assembles and secures parts and components of electronic equipment. The assembler works behind the scenes to bring together the pieces of equipment we use every day, such as computers, electronic devices, toys and engines. A wide range of electronics are involved: computer circuit boards, transmitters, receivers, medical equipment, measuring devices, and automotive mechanisms. Opening up the inside of a home computer provides a sense of the complexity of the job. A computer motherboard, for example, is a small circuit board that consists of dozens and dozens of individual components: resisters, transistors, wires, connectors, CPU sockets, battery connectors, and power connectors, just to mention a few. All of these tiny parts need to be fixed to the board and connected in order for the computer to function. Many large manufacturers outsource things like circuit boards to companies in China and India. However, these pre-assembled components still must be put together manually. With new technological advancements requiring smaller and smaller micro electronics, mass production technology has become more automated. Changes in technology have transformed the way electronic equipment is made, and modern manufacturing systems use robots, programmable motion-control devices, sensing technologies and computers. Increasingly, companies are using lean manufacturing techniques, with teams of workers producing the entire device. The nature of the Electronic Equipment Assembler's job has been transformed accordingly. Regardless of how or where, however, almost every piece of modern electronic equipment has at some point been in the hands of an Electronic Equipment Assembler.
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.
Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Forty-eight percent of occupational therapists worked in offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologist or hospitals. Others worked in schools, nursing homes, and home health services.
Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of agricultural managers. They typically work outdoors. Some work primarily with crops and vegetables. Others handle livestock. They generally receive on-the-job training.
A supply chain manager is a manager who is responsible for the management of equipment, hardware, and other logistical details of a company or a company’s division. It is their job to manage all of the steps needed to purchase raw materials; deliver it to various points throughout the business; ensure that the company makes enough of its product to meet customer demand; and deliver the output to the right destinations on time. Such managers must be responsible for every step along the way, from raw material to finished product. If they does their job properly, there will not be much fanfare since everything is going as expected. However, if they are not able to capably do the job, the effects will be felt all throughout a company, from salesmen to customer service people to any types of field service personnel. Supply chain managers have typically not been regarded as one of the more glamorous management positions. However, they occupy an important role in a firm’s overall management and strategy. Indeed, with technology advances in recent years they have become much more important and much more valued - and as a result, much better compensated than in the past.
A radio mechanic is a technical professional who builds, operates and repairs the equipment necessary for radio communications. Radio mechanics test new equipment, develop new technologies that make it possible to communicate more reliably and over longer distances, replace defective parts, troubleshoot malfunctioning radio equipment and complete repairs for individuals, organizations and the military. Many mechanics must also be innovators with a talent for improvising workable communication solutions in harsh environments and inclement weather, using limited parts.
Non-destructive testing specialists are professionals that use their wide range of technological, reasoning, and creative skills to find imperfections in materials, structures, and equipment. They use older, reliable methods to find and repair these imperfections as well as develop new methods and technology to improve their field. Non-destructive testing specialists use techniques such as amperage measurement, rheometric flow measurement, voltage measurement, and radio astronomy to detect imperfections that do not meet regulations and laws. Specialists are able to easily interpret the findings gathered by the use of any of these methods, and can detect imperfections on large structures such as trains, airplanes, reactors, dams, bridges, and many others. They write reports that are sent to their clients, explaining their findings in great detail. Apart from the technical aspects of the job, these specialists are professionals that supervise staff and trainees within their testing field. They use strong communications skills to interact with their superiors and subordinates through many means to ensure the testing project goes smoothly and produces accurate results.
Probation officers work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.
Shoe and leather workers are highly skilled craftsmen who work to create, design, and repair leather products. These craftsmen can create every type of leather product imaginable including small accessories such as wallets and handbags, designer shoes, luggage, and even horse saddles. However, a large portion of shoe and leather craftsmen work in the shoe and leather repair field rather than in the manufacturing field of the leather industry. Working as a shoe and leather worker is a highly demanding career path to pursue. Leather working is a trade. Prospective applicants may not realize the sheer amount of time and dedication necessary to create shoes and boots of high quality. Indeed, leather working is a skill that has been passed down from generation to generation of craftsmen. Shoe and leather workers have several different job titles in the leather working industry. The most common job title is leather repairman, but other areas of expertise within the leather industry include orthopedic shoemaker, saddle maker, and luggage maker. All of these specialists use similar techniques in order to ply their trade masterfully. The difference lies in the scope of the project, which may or may not require operating heavy machinery.
Range managers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they help to develop, maintain, and protect forests. Range managers typically work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations and in all types of weather. They use proper safety measures and equipment, such as hardhats, protective eyewear, and safety clothing.
A stonemason is an individual who takes rough pieces of rock or stone, and shapes it into geometric shapes as dictated by the builder, and then, using these shaped stones together with cement or lime stone mortar, creates structures and/or works of art. These structures include monuments, buildings, cathedrals, tombstones, etc. Brilliant, beautifully crafted, exquisite and magnificent are just some of the words used to describe the work done by those who have successfully mastered the art of stonemasonry. Masons take great pride in being able to produce beautiful yet functional work that is uniquely suited for each individual client. Some of the greatest pieces of art and most notable structures were created by stonemasonry workers. Some of the more popular stonemasonry works include the Easter Island statues, Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Egyptian Pyramids, and Chartres Cathedral.