Upholsterers make, replace, and repair coverings on furniture and in vehicles. Most work for household and institutional furniture manufacturers, upholstery shops, and automotive interior repair shops. About 36% of workers were self-employed in 2010. Most work full time.
Neurodiagnostic technology assists in diagnosing problems with the brain, nervous system, and sleep habits of humans. Someone in this profession uses complex diagnostic equipment to perform tests that target these three areas of the human body. The neurodiagnostic technologist can be referred to as a neuro tech or tech. He works in a hospital or outpatient clinic setting. He is usually the person who discovers abnormalities that allow the physician to diagnosis and treat a patient’s problems. A neuro tech is responsible for doing a variety of tests that look at how the brain, nerves, and muscles work. He talks with patients and prepares them for testing by explaining what is going to occur, how it will affect them, and why the results of the testing will assist the patient’s physician. He performs the test then ensures that results are accurate. He recognizes and corrects abnormalities caused by sources other than the patient. The neuro tech will review, edit, and offer explanation for test results prior to sending them to the physician. He needs to ensure that the information the report relays has value and is easy for the physician to interpret and apply to the patient’s clinical condition. He will need to account for normal variances versus abnormalities in testing results.
Sociologists study society and social behaviour by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop. Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, regional and federal government, and consulting service firms. They typically work full time during regular business hours. Most sociology positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D.
The beginnings of the profession can be traced back to the medieval era. French noblemen left the care of their castles, its residents, and their guests in the hands of an individual. These persons were called the “keepers of the candles" or “comte des cierges” in French. They were entrusted with the keys of the castle. Although the job today still entails making either the stay or travel of an individual memorable, it has gone beyond this level of service. Concierges are often masters of the ins and outs of their locale. They know how to get their clients to places that interest them, they know people who can facilitate the unique and challenging needs of the people they serve. The really good ones seem to be capable of nearly anything, both the unusual and the impossible. All high-class reputable hotels have these cordial quick-thinking people in their employ. They are most often recognized as the face of the institutions they serve.
A graduate teaching assistant is an instructor who helps a professor conduct a college course. Sometimes graduate teaching assistants may preside over their own course, with simply some guidance from a professor. A graduate teaching assitantship is not a life-long career. It is simply a job that one is able to have while they are attending graduate school. After one is no longer in enrolled in graduate school, they must cease their position as a graduate teaching assistant. Most graduate teaching assistants have further career goals of becoming a college professor or university researcher.
Urban planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. They use planning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Nearly two-thirds of planners worked in local government in 2010. Most planners work during normal business hours, but many also work evenings or weekends to attend meetings with planning commissions or neighborhood groups.
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.
Mental health counsellors help people manage or overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives. They work in a variety of settings, such as private practice and mental health centers. Most work full time.
An infantry soldier is trained in combat skills and arms within an armed service, and forms the backbone of any modern military capability. Soldiers see service in all types of roles throughout the world, in peacetime, peacekeeping and warlike activities. The job is physically demanding and often involves operating within high-stress and dangerous environments. Serving in the armed forces can be a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. While it may not be for everyone, serving as an infantry soldier will provide an experience unequalled in civilian employment. With a career such as this, it is worthwhile to do some research and check with serving or ex-serving members to gain a better understanding of the role, its commitment, and the risks involved.
A brickmason uses bricks to build fences, walkways, walls, patios, buildings and other structures. Brickmasons may also work with other building materials. Brickmasons are also referred to as bricklayers and just masons.
The idea of working as a lifeguard may bring up a picture of hunky guys and gorgeous girls who are tanned, muscular and beautiful and who perform daring Baywatch-style rescues along the beach. In reality, of course, the job is quite different from how it is depicted on television. Lifeguards come in all sizes and shapes, and they work inside as often as on the beach. It is, however, an extremely important job because it involves keeping people safe. Lifeguards are expert swimmers who work at almost any location where people swim. They know how to save a person who is drowning or who has sustained an injury while swimming, and they can give artificial respiration if required. They keep a close eye on all the people under their care. The job of a lifeguard is one with a great deal of responsibility.
A hand polishing worker, or hand grinding worker, is someone who is responsible for grinding, sanding, and/or polishing objects to a smooth finish. The objects that a polisher may work with can be made from wood, stone, clay, marble, plastic, and glass, to name a few. The objects a polisher or grinder works with can end up as smaller craft items delivered directly to market, such as jewelry, furniture accents or dentures. They can also work on larger items such as furniture. The worker must be able to use a variety of tools, both large and small, to shape the object in question to the desired shape and desired surface. The finished pieces may require excruciatingly exact detail, and the worker must have the skill to be able to derive the perfect finish from the modified objects.
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.
A conductor is a vital part of any ensemble performing music, acting as the director to keep the performers unified and on cue. A profession which dates far back into the Middle Ages, conducting has taken many forms and followed many traditions through the centuries, only taking on its most modern incarnation in the early 19th century as a dedicated, non-instrumented position. The classic image of a leader standing in front of an ensemble of musical artists using a thin wooden baton to direct the performance harkens back to the time of Felix Mendelssohn, who was the first to be credited with the modern baton's use. A musical director can be necessary to a variety of performing groups, from choirs, marching bands, orchestras, and other instrumented groups. The exact title of the position can vary depending on seniority or the specific type of group being directed, including "musical director" in an orchestral setting, "choral director" or "choirmaster" when directing a choir, "bandmaster" when the ensemble is primarily brass and percussion instruments. A musical director who has excelled in the field and achieved a certain level of seniority may gain the title of "maestro", a coveted honour and tradition.
Police officers are employees of a law enforcement agency in their country, region, or city. Often called policemen, policewomen, or constables, police officers swear an oath to protect and serve the citizens they represent. They are warranted by the government to enforce the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes. Because keeping the peace is a primary need of society, police officers have been around since civilization began. They are usually viewed as heroes within their communities due to the often dangerous situations they encounter in service to the public.
A hand sewer is a professional who sews textile goods by hand. Many hand sewers make clothing, while others focus on curtains, upholstery and other fabric goods. Although many tasks formerly done by hand sewers are now automated by giant mechanical looms, hand sewing is still invaluable in many applications, including embroidery, beading and bespoke clothing creation.
Geneticists are basically biologists who specialize in the science of genetics. This is a branch of biology that deals with the characteristics of the different organisms, the development of such characteristics, and how these characteristics are passed on to their progeny.
Creative yet detail-oriented, search marketing strategists are individuals that focus on electronic media and find ways to improve a company’s online presence. Virtually every business has a web site. Years ago, this effort was enough to increase sales and attract new customers. Now, most customers and families not only have a home computer but also regularly use cell phones and tablet computers to conduct business. A web site that cannot be found and used on a mobile device is of little value to a company. Search engine optimization is the key to a company’s success in the digital age, and is the specialty of this type of marketing professional.
A financial quantitative analyst will provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.
Water treatment plant and system operators work in water treatment plants. Fresh water is pumped from wells, rivers, streams, and reservoirs to water treatment plants, where it is treated and distributed to customers. They run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink.