Have you ever wondered as to what a high school diploma could get you? If not then think about it, as according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a high school diploma you can get some real hot job opportunities. These job profiles don’t require a college degree and are amongst the fastest growing ones all the way through 2014. Other than high school diplomas, these jobs require work experience as well as on the job training.
. Home health Helper: Home health aides generally help the elderly people suffering from disability and those who are bedridden. These home health helpers job opportunities are expected to grow by 56% by 2014.
. Medical Assistant: This job profile performs various duties in the physician’s office and these assistants also perform clinical duties in the absence of the physician, as permitted by state laws. Job opportunities in this field are expected to grow by 52% by 2014 and medical assistants are paid hourly over $ 12.
. Dental Assistant: These assistants perform duties which involve patient care, office work, laboratory work and the growth in opportunities is expected to increase by 43% by 2014 and these dental assistants earn about $ 13.62, hourly.
. Personal as well as home care aides: These aides generally provide housekeeping and routine personal care services to elderly people who are disabled or mentally disturbed and confined to their homes. There can be an expected growth of about 41% employment in this field by 2014 and their earning at present is around $ 8.12.
. Physical therapist aide: Physical therapist aides clean and prepare the patients before the session and also help them get to the treatment areas. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 34% by 2014. Hourly payment of physical therapist aides was about $ 10.32 in the year 2004.
. Hazardous material remover: These workers remove packages; transport hazardous materials. The job opportunities in this area are expected to increase by 31% by 2014. These workers get an hourly wage of $ 16.02 and this is the highest for a high school diploma holder.
. Social Service Assistant: Social and human service assistant is actually a generic term used for job titles that include all the human service workers, social work assistants, case management aides, community outreach workers, mental health aides, life skill counselors and gerontology aides. Employment in this humanitarian service is expected to increase by 30% by 2014 and the hourly wage for this profession was about 11.89 in the year 2004.
. Pharmacy Technician: These technicians assist the pharmacists in counting tablets, performing routine tasks and labeling bottles. There can be an expected rise of around 29% growth by 2014. Their hourly wages were $ 11.37 in the year 2004.
. Attendant and Ambulance Driver: These professionals transport the sick or the injured to the hospital and assist while lifting the patients onto the stretcher. This occupation is way different from the emergency medical technicians and expected to grow by 29% by 2014 and their recorded median hourly earning was around $ 9.31 in 2004.
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* Representatives from NDSU’s Human Development & Family Science and Distance & Continuing Education departments present information about the online M.S. in HDFS: Gerontology option. Questions about the program are answered by Heather Fuller-Iglesias, Ph.D. from the gerontology program and Joel Hektner, Ph.D., coordinator of HDFS graduate programs. View more information about the online master’s in gerontology at http://www.ndsu.edu/dce/degrees/graduate/mshdfs_gerontology.
Information Session: Why earn a master’s degree in gerontology?