Students and career changers can choose fast growing careers such as health and law enforcement. Some rapidly growing careers require a master's degree. However, on-the-job training or completing a short-term training program can provide employment opportunities. Examples of these careers include dental assistant, home health aide, medical transcriptionist and state police officer.
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Dental assistants combine patient care with laboratory and office duties. Some of these duties include cleaning dental instruments, maintaining dental treatment records and scheduling patient appointments. According to a December 2009 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assistants receive on-the-job training or complete a short-term dental-assisting program. Safety precautions involved at work include wearing protective clothing, using safety eyeglasses and following dental equipment guidelines. Dental assistants earn an average annual salary of £24,050, according to a May 2010 report on the Simply Hired Job Search.
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Home Health Aides
Home health aides assist patients such as those with injuries or recovering from surgery. Some duties involve personal care such as helping patients dress and move around their homes. Other non-medical duties include preparing household meals, reading to patients and taking patients to medical appointments. Besides a high school or general equivalency diploma, employers seek applicants with prior on-the-job training or a completed short-term training program. Job applicants seek employment in hospitals, residential care facilities or home care agencies. Home health aides earn an average annual salary of £22,100, according to a May 2010 report on the Simply Hired Job Search.
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Medical transcriptionists transfer verbal medical recordings into written medical documents. Some of these documents include discharge summaries and medical progress reports. According to a December 2009 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some employers accept on-the-job training, while other employers require a 1-year certificate program. Short-term certificate programs instruct students on medical terminology, grammar and punctuation skills. Work environments include independent clinical laboratories, government medical facilities and home-based offices. Medical transcriptionists can earn an average annual salary of £24,300, according to a May 2010 report on the Career Builder Salary.
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State Police Officers
State police officers provide specialised police services to pedestrians, commercial truck drivers and motorists. These police-related services involve calling automobile services for stranded motorists, testifying in car accident hearings and ticketing speeding motorists. Some employers hire applicants holding a high school or general equivalency diploma with on-the-job training and the possession of a current driver's license. Other employers require the completion of one year of college courses, including sociology, psychology or criminal law. State police officers can earn an average hourly wage of £15.30, according to a May 2010 report on StateUniversity.com.