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Learn More About Careers in Health Professions:

Biomedical Engineering
Median Salary: $86,220

What Biomedical Engineers Do
Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

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Work Environment
Biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions, and government regulatory agencies. They usually work full time.

Danville Area Community College's Coordinated Engineering Program offers an Associates in Engineering Sciences (AES). Studies are conducted in general areas as a preparation for a number of fields of advanced specialized study. Link: http://www.dacc.edu/depts/sci/CEP

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Nursing
Median Salary: $67,490

What Registered Nurses Do
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

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Work Environment
Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, industries, schools, or serve in the military.
Danville Area Community College's Nursing Program offers an Associates Degree in nursing for the entry level practitioner. The program is articulated with many four-year institutions Link: http://www.dacc.edu/depts/nursing

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Health Information Technology
Median Salary: $37,110

What Health Information Technicians Do
Health information technicians organize and manage health information data, ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical histories.

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Work Environment
Most health information technician’s work in hospitals or physicians’ offices, but a growing number are working from home.

Danville Area Community College's Health Information Technology program offers a unique career opportunity for those seeking a healthcare profession that combines the skills of computers, science, law, management and health care. Link: http://www.dacc.edu/depts/hit

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Medical Imaging
Median Salary: $58,000-63,000

What Medical Imaging Technologists Do
Diagnostic imaging technologists operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests that help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical and other interventional procedures.

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Work Environment
Most diagnostic technologists are employed in hospitals, physician’s offices, and medical/diagnostic imaging centers.

Danville Area Community College offers a two-year program in Radiology that provides technical coursework and clinical application. DACC also offers one-year certificates in sonography and echocardiography. Link: http://www.dacc.edu/depts/radtech

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Certified Nurse Assistant
Median Salary: $25,710

What Nursing Assistants Do
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

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Work Environment
Nursing assistants work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals.

Link: http://www.dacc.edu/assets/pdfs/depts/adulted/CNAapp.pdf

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Medical Assistant
Median Salary: $30,590

What Medical Assistants Do
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

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Work Environment
Most of medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

Link: Medical Assistant Certificate

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Emergency Medical Technicians
Median Salary: $31,980

What EMTs Do
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers.

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Work Environment
Most EMTs and paramedics work full time. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations.

Link: EMT Link: http://www.dacc.edu/cce/emt
EMR Link: http://www.dacc.edu/cce/emr
CPR Link: http://www.dacc.edu/cce/cpr

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Phlebotomy
Median Salary: $31,630

What Phlebotomists Do
Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.

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Work Environment
Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.

Link: http://www.dacc.edu/cce/phlebotomy

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Pharmacy Technicians
Median Salary: $30,410

What Pharmacy Technicians Do
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.

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Work Environment
Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals.

Link: http://www.dacc.edu/cce/pharm_tech

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Source:  Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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