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Social Worker

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Average Salary: 
$42,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Social work is divided into two main branches: direct service social work, which helps people and families solve social and environmental problems and clinical social work, which addresses the mental, behavioral, and emotional health needs of individuals and families.

A bachelor’s degree is required for direct care social work and Master’s Degree in Social Work is required for clinical social work.

Social workers are licensed by the state and may work in a variety of settings, including private clinics, hospitals, social service agencies, governments, non-profits, or nursing homes.

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Athletic Trainer

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Average Salary: 
$41,000
Length of Education: 
4 years
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Like sports? Athletic trainers are certified professionals who collaborate with physicians to prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate sports-injuries.

Athletic trainers are specialize in emergency treatments for life-threatening and non-life-threatening injuries like head trauma, heart attack, spinal cord injuries, asthma, and seizures before patients can be taken to a hospital. Most importantly, athletic trainers help athletes prevent injury and re-injury through exercise, nutrition, and manipulative treatments.

Special thanks to the National Athletic Trainers' Association for producing the video.

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Certified Nurse Midwife

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Average Salary: 
$91,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM’s) are a specialized type of Advance Practice Registered Nurses, who provide a higher level of care, for women throughout their lives, but most commonly during childbirth.

As an Advanced Practice Nurse, CNM’s can prescribe medication, provide medical care for relatively healthy women, and provide some labor and delivery care for low-risk births.

To become a Certified Nurse Midwife, you must have earn a bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, and complete the master’s degree program to become an advanced practice nurse.

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Health Care Adminstrator

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Average Salary: 
$84,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Health care administrators have are well educated, non-practitioner administrators versed in financial management, human resources, and operations.

These professionals have a master’s degree in health administration or business administration, and work in office settings managing the daily operations of medical offices, nursing homes, hospitals, or other health care facilities.

Depending on the size of the facility and position, health care administrators may be responsible for one part of a large health care system, or larger parts of a smaller facility.

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Licensed Professional Counselor

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Average Salary: 
$53,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) are certified mental health professionals who having training to help children, teenagers, adults, and families who are in need.

One-in-five adults will have a mental health need sometime during their lives, and LPC’s can help patients like these through a variety of issues. As one of the six professionals who can provide psychotherapy, LPC’s specialize in treating mental illness, substance abuse, and family and relationship conflict.

Many LPC’s work as school counselors, specializing on the needs of children and teenagers, serving as an advocate for students, helping students achieve their college or career goals.

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Occupational Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$72,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Occupational therapists create treatments that allow individuals to be able to regain and maintain skills for everyday living have been limited by injury, illness, disease, or disability.
They may show patients how to use special equipment like braces, wheelchairs, or eating aids or work with employers to create working environments that can accommodate the health needs of the patient.

Occupational therapists will also evaluate the living conditions of a patient, identifying areas that may cause falls or other injuries and recommending changes. Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree and are licensed by the state.

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Orthotist and Prosthetist

Average Salary: 
$65,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Orthotists and prosthetists help design and fit individuals for braces and artificial limbs to help those who have lost a limb due to illness or traumatic injury be able to move independently.

Technology has created big advances in prosthetic devices, including artificial legs that allow people to run and artificial hands that are controlled by the arm muscles.

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Physical Therapist

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Average Salary: 
$76,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Physical Therapists work with patients to reduce pain, increase movement, and other physical activities after surgery, injury, or illness.

Physical therapists treat patients through exercise, massage, stretching, heat and cold, or other tools to reduce pain. Physical therapists can work in dedicated physical therapy offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or visit patients’ homes.

Physical therapists are required to earn a post-graduate degree, most often a Doctor of Physical Therapy, in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

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Physician Assistants

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Average Salary: 
$88,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Physician assistants work closely with doctors to examine and evaluate patients, perform physical exams, prescribe medications, order tests, and assist in surgery.

Physician assistants can also diagnose minor injuries and illnesses and are an important part of the health care team.

Demand for PA’s are growing, especially in rural areas with few doctors.

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Speech Language Pathologist

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Average Salary: 
$67,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s), who are sometimes called speech therapists, provide a wide range of care to individuals with communication problems and their families.

Many SLP’s work in schools and primarily focus on speech and language difficulty and others work in clinical settings, focusing on swallowing disorders in addition to communication problems.

Speech-language pathologists teach patients how to improve their speech rhythm, speech pitch or volume, strengthen swallowing and speech muscles, and increase reading and writing skills. Speech-language pathologists require a master’s degree.

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