Exploring Health Care Careers

By Walker, Wendy | Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Spring 2008 | Go to article overview

Exploring Health Care Careers


Walker, Wendy, Career Planning and Adult Development Journal


Exploring Health Care Careers 2006. New York, NY: Ferguson Imprint of Infobase Publishing 466 pages, $125.00, Hardback

Intended Audience(s): L

Major Headings from the Table of Contents:

These books contain detailed information on more than 100 careers in the health care field. The list of specific jobs in Volume 1 appears at the end of this review.

How Is the Book Most Useful for Its Intended Audience?

These books paint a picture of each career field, starting with an interview. It summarizes important information about the field including: a definition, high school subjects, personal skills, salary range, education levels, certification or licensing, outlook, DOT, GOE, NOC, and O*NETSOC. It is highly informative, succinct, and creative in its approach.

The Top Five Things You Learned from Reading this Book:

The extensive range of fields in health, including Aromatherapists, Ayurvedic Doctors, Child Life Specialists, and Holistic Physicians.

The increased use of trained technicians to operate much of the complex equipment that was previously part of the duties held by professionals.

The historical aspect of many of the careers.

The complexity of the day-to-day duties of each field.

The trend toward managed health care that affects many of these positions.

Exploring Health Care Careers is a comprehensive two-volume reference book providing in-depth descriptions of more than 100 jobs in health care. This third edition has been revised to include education, certifications, salary, and job outlook information. Alternative health care careers have also been added, including Aromatherapists, Ayurvedic Doctors and Practitioners, Dietitians and Nutritionists, Herbalists, HFV/ AIDS Counselors and case Workers, Holistic Physicians, Horticultural Therapists, and more.

Each chapter of Exploring Health Career Careers is divided into 11 sections. These sections include: an introduction describing part of the health care provider's work day; a first-person account of what it is like to do that particular job, which includes an in-depth interview; the qualities necessary for that position; the educational requirements for that field, including certifications; places of employment; how to advance; salary ranges; job outlook; professional organizations; a bibliography; and sidebars that provide additional information about the field. …

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