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HOT JOBS PROFILE: Healthcare

bigstockmedicinedoctorworkingwithm43167979300x200.jpgHealthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. Healthcare is delivered by health professionals (providers or practitioners) in allied health professions, chiropractic, physicians, physician associates, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, and other health professions. It includes providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as public health.


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Caregiver

$10/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Assisting the residents with daily living activities, such as getting dressed, going for a walk, doing their hair, and helping them eat.
  • Talking to the patients and helping improve their quality of life.

Career Path

  • Started out in home care, traveling to homes and helping the elderly with their daily tasks.
  • Got a job in her first facility when the Brook opened.

Applicable Programs in the Area


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Pharmacy Technician

$10 – $15/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Processing prescriptions for patients, refilling Pyxis machines, and compounding IVs.
  • Assisting pharmacists in their daily roles filling prescriptions and understanding the medicine.

Career Path

  • Completed a job shadow at Munson Hospital while still in high school.
  • Went to Kirtland Community College for a certificate in Pharmacy Technology.

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

$20/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Managing a staff and assisting providers with seeing patients.
  • Helping people with their illnesses and educating them about the recommended treatment.
  • Inspiring patients and helping them to feel better.

Career Path

  • Started out in massage therapy, earning an associates degree in that field.
  • Decided she wanted to focus more on the recovery process, so worked in physical therapy as a tech, then worked her way up to an LPN.
  • Earned her license in Practical Nursing after a year and a half of clinicals.

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Registered Nurse (RN)

$19 – $20/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Traveling to assess or re-assess the health care needs and personal needs of clients.
  • Providing support and comfort to patients who are in need of additional care and empathy.

Career Path

  • Grew up in a family of nurses.
  • Went to college to pursue a different field, but eventually switched major to nursing.
  • Worked for hospice and in social work until offered this position from NEMCSA.

Applicable Programs in the Area


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Nursing Manager

$30 – $40/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Review the residents and their medications.
  • Go over the schedule of events and keep track of patient care plans.
  • Communicate with families of the residents and keep them informed of the resident's condition.

Career Path

  • Started in home health care, then moved to nursing home work.
  • Went to Kirtland Community College to obtain degree in Registered Nursing.
  • Got a job at the Brook and is loving the work she is doing there.

Applicable Programs in the Area


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Nurse Practitioner (NP)

$40 – $50/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Treat patients and perform wellness visits in order to keep people as healthy as possible.
  • Prescribe medications, diagnose and treat diseases, and perform minor surgeries.

Career Path

  • Moved from being a nurse's aide to being a licensed practical nurse, then a registered nurse, then a family nurse practitioner.
  • Obtained undergraduate degree from Schoolcraft College, then went to Michigan State University and then to University of Detroit Mercy to obtain his graduate education.

Applicable Programs in the Area


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Pediatrician

$60 – $70/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Working with children from the time they are born until they are about 19 years old.
  • Teaching people how to parent and how to identify warning signs in their child.
  • Making sure patients are happy and healthier when they leave her office.

Career Path

  • Got her bachelors degree four years out of high school.
  • Went to medical school at Wayne State University and started clinicals during her 3rd year of medical school.
  • Completed her fourth year with elective training.
  • Finished her education with 3 years of residency.

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