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Whether you are just beginning to look into a career or you are just ready for a change, finding a job can be tough. Some jobs are a little easier to get than others, and here are some jobs that are in high demand for 2005. If any of these careers spark your interest, detailed facts can be found on the Web at the U.S. Department of Labor#s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website at www.bls.gov or on the Georgia Department of Labor website, www.dol.state.ga.us.

 

Registered Nurses

Currently, nurses are in very high demand nationwide. Registered nurses provide care for patients, perform assessments and treatments, administer medication, and educate patients and family members when necessary. Various job settings include hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, emergency medical centers, and others. The minimum education for nurses is an associate#s degree and a state administered nursing license.

 

Computer Support Specialists

With the explosion of the computer industry over the past couple decades, computer support specialists are needed more and more. Support specialists provide technical assistance, support and advice to computer users. They may work directly for a computer vendor, within a company that uses computer systems, or provide computer support to clients on a contract basis. Most often, employers require a computer-related associate#s degree, while other employers require a bachelor#s degree in computer science

or information systems.

 

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants are the people who keep everything running smoothly in medical offices. They greet patients as they come in, answer telephones, handle bookkeeping and schedule appointments. Other duties include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, performing basic laboratory tests, sterilizing medical equipment, explaining certain procedures, etc. Most employers prefer graduates of formal programs in medical assisting, which usually only take one to two years to complete.

 

Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home-Health Aides

Nursing and psychiatric aides care for physically and mentally ill individuals that are confined to hospitals, nursing care facilities and mental health settings. Home-health aides work with patients in their homes. Though a degree is not required for these jobs, employers often look for experience and will often provide training for inexperienced workers.

 

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

Network systems and data communications analysts design and develop software and hardware to keep the ever-changing technology up to date. In this field, companies look for people with a broad range of experience as well as a bachelor#s degree in computer

science, information science, or management information systems.

 

Audiologists

Audiologists work with people with hearing, balance and other ear-related problems. Due to the rapid growth of people over the age of 55 and the growing number of teenagers who blast their car radios into their ears, audiologists are in greater demand. They work in audiology (hearing) clinics to provide direct clinical services to individuals with hearing or balance disorders. They are required to have a master#s degree and a license to practice audiology.