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    Career Profile: Executive Assistant

    Career Profile: Executive Assistant
    Executive Assistants are a step up on the job ladder from Administrative Assistants. Like Administrative Assistants, they perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. Executive Assistants, however, usually support a high ranking executive or will serve multiple managers. They will also aid in more advanced responsibilities, like researching, letter drafting, even marketing and sales ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +44
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    Career Profile: Personal Chef

    Career Profile: Personal Chef
    A personal chef is not a private chef! While a private chef is employed by one individual or family at a time, a personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the clients may enjoy them at their ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Career Profile: Firefighter

    Career Profile: Firefighter
    A firefighter’s job involves the protection of life, property and environment. Fighting fires is dangerous and complex, therefore requiring organization and teamwork. Firefighters provide emergency medical attention, ventilate smoke-filled areas, and attempt to salvage the contents of buildings. Other duties include routine apparatus maintenance, drilling, and training in new techniques. Median Annual Salary $45,000 Education Requirements Applicants are required to have ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -17
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    Career Profile: Insurance Sales Agent

    Career Profile: Insurance Sales Agent
    Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company. In addition to offering insurance policies, agents increasingly sell mutual funds, annuities, and securities and offer comprehensive financial planning services, including retirement and estate planning. Median Salary $47,790 – $90,100, plus commission. (United ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -58
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    Career Profile: Forensic Accountant

    Career Profile: Forensic Accountant
    Job Description Some public accountants specialize in forensic accounting—investigating and interpreting white-collar crimes such as securities fraud and embezzlement, bankruptcies and contract disputes, and other complex and possibly criminal financial transactions, including money laundering by organized criminals. Forensic accountants combine their knowledge of accounting and finance with law and investigative techniques to determine whether an activity is illegal. Many forensic accountants ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +34
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    Career Profile: Construction Manager

    Career Profile: Construction Manager
    Job Description Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of construction projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, waste water treatment plants, and schools and hospitals. Construction managers may oversee an entire project or just part of one. They schedule and coordinate all design and construction processes, including the selection, hiring, ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -43
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    Career Profile: Preschool Teacher

    Career Profile: Preschool Teacher
    Job Description Preschool teachers instruct children from infancy to age 5. The term “preschool” refers to instruction in non-public arenas such as licensed preschools, childcare centers, family day care centers, home day care centers, federal programs like Head Start, and full or part-day private child centers/day care centers sponsored by religious bodies. These teachers nurture and care for children who have ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Career Profile: Radiation Therapist

    Career Profile: Radiation Therapist
    Medical advances have made radiation therapists among the most sought-after specialists in the field of radiological technology. “Improvements in cancer treatment have enhanced survival rates, so there are more patients requiring therapy,” according to a study by Allied Consulting, a national healthcare staffing firm in Austin. Indeed, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster-than–average job growth for radiation therapists ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +46
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    Career Profile: Paramedic

    Career Profile: Paramedic
    Job Description Paramedics are first responders who provide advanced life support for medical and trauma emergencies throughout a first response area, usually as part of an emergency medical service or fire and rescue department. Paramedics possess advanced certifications above and beyond what a basic EMT would possess. Median Annual Salary $35,210 Education Requirements The most advanced level of training for this ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +57
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    Career Profile: Pharmaceutical Sales

    Career Profile: Pharmaceutical Sales
    Job Description Hit the ground running and excel in a profession that’s for self-motivators. “Basically you’re running your own business,” says one rep, who received intense sales and product training and spends his time educating doctors about assessing breast-cancer risk. Besides being self-starters, pharmaceutical reps must be good at following up and deciding where to focus their time and efforts. In ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Career Profile: Advertising

    Career Profile: Advertising
    What’s the most important qualification advertising agencies look for in young candidates, whether their interests lean toward the creative professions, account management or media buying? Industry experts say it’s all about having the right instincts (and preferably some training) about how to deliver a crafted message to a targeted audience in the complex universe of advertising media. Here’s a look at ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +63
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    Career Profile: Dispatcher

    Career Profile: Dispatcher
    Job Description Dispatchers are responsible for handling calls for assistance from the public (often through 911 systems) and dispatching the appropriate type of emergency response units. Dispatchers must be able to obtain enough detail from the situation to properly determine the type, seriousness, and location of the emergency. They operate out of police station or centralized command center and often remain ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -25
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    Career Profile: High School Teacher

    Career Profile: High School Teacher
    Job Description High school or secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in middle school. They specialize in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, mathematics, history, or biology, and also can teach subjects that are career oriented. Vocational education teachers (also referred to as career and technical or career-technology teachers) instruct and train students to work ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +48
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    Career Profile: Sales Engineer

    Career Profile: Sales Engineer
    Job Description Many products and services, especially those purchased by large companies and institutions, are highly complex. Sales engineers—who also may be called manufacturers’ agents, sales representatives, or technical sales support workers—work with the production, engineering, or research and development departments of their companies, or with independent sales firms, to determine how products and services could be designed or modified to ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -44
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    Career Profile: Fire Investigator

    Career Profile: Fire Investigator
    Job Description Fire investigators are former firefighters who research the cause of fires. They collect evidence and interview witnesses in order to compile reports to determine whether a fire was caused by criminal negligence or arson. Fire investigators may be asked to testify in court or serve as expert witnesses. Fire investigators are often employed by the state, but may also ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -40
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    Career Profile: Biotech Sales Representative

    Career Profile: Biotech Sales Representative
    Job Description Do you like reading up on new science and technology? It’s part of the job as a biotech sales representative, which requires sellers to stay abreast of scientific trends for their business. Biotech companies study biological processes, and offer products which are used to develop more effective medicines, consumer products, and industrial processes. Advances in biotechnology have led to ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -22
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