Career Highlights

Career Highlights

 

Veterinary Medicine Offers Opportunities… if You Love Animals and Science

 

What other profession allows you to blend a love of medicine with a love of animals? With a degree in Veterinary Technology from Gwinnett Tech, you’ll acquire the skills that enable you to work with all kinds of animals, in all types of settings. In a recent article, US News and World Report ranked veterinary technology as number 28 out of the top 100 jobs, making it one of the most sought-after careers.

§  No worries about finding a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be 25,000 new job openings for veterinary technicians between 2012 and 2020.

 

§  The veterinary field is quickly expanding. There are now scores of veterinary technician specialties to pursue after graduation, including zoos, research, veterinary product sales and development, and academia. To give students a glimpse into these growing fields, our program has introduced a behind-the-scenes tour of Zoo Atlanta, allowing students the chance to observe veterinary operations outside of traditional office settings.

 

§  You’ll gain experience through an internship. Students have the option of participating in an internship at the teaching hospital at UGA studying exotic animals, small animal ICU,
radiology, anesthesiology or large animal medicine and surgery. Gwinnett Tech graduates have gone on to work in areas such as exotic animal medicine, primate medicine, laboratory animal medicine, small animal practice and veterinary surgery.

Prepare Yourself for a Career in Hospitality

It’s all about landing that dream job, right? In our Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program, instructors strive to give students every opportunity to make themselves more employable. Students are encouraged to join industry-related organizations and participate in field trips where they can network with professionals and gain useful experience that can be applied to their careers in the real world.

§  Hospitality students get out of the classroom. The program organizes field trips to hotels and restaurants around the Atlanta area so that students can get practical experience outside the classroom. Once a year, the program hosts a Tour of Atlanta where hotel, restaurant and tourism students venture across the city to hear restaurant and hotel managers speak.

§  You’ll practice your interview skills. In April, the program will host the 19th Annual Interview Contest. Students get the chance to talk one-on-one with employers, improve their interviewing skills and receive valuable feedback. In the past, companies have even hired students as a result of interviews from the event.

§  You’ll land a job when you graduate! Jobs are now plentiful in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry. The traveling industry has rebounded, so there is a recent demand for travel agents, especially with companies like American Express. A Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management degree from GTC unlocks employment opportunities for much more than hotel or restaurant management positions. For instance, graduates of the program go on to become country club managers and wedding planners, too.

 

Allied Health Careers

You don't have to be a doctor or a nurse to have a career in health care. There's a need for qualified health care professionals in a wide variety of technical specialties.

Some of the fastest growing occupations are expected to be:

  • Home health aides
  • Physical therapists and assistants
  • Physician assistants
  • Medical assistants
  • Radiological technologists and technicians
  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
  • Respiratory therapists

These careers require you to complete a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree program. There is a national shortage in all of these careers and employment opportunities are excellent. Salaries in allied health careers range from about $17,000 to over $100,000, depending on the career and the educational level required. 

Nursing

There is a serious nursing shortage across the nation and graduates from nursing education programs are in high demand.

There are a number of nursing education levels to consider; a Licensed Practical Nurse(LPN) can be earned in about a year. This can put you in the workforce in a relatively short period of time.

Most LPNs provide basic bedside care. They take vital signs, apply dressings, give alcohol rubs and massages, apply ice packs and hot water bottles, and monitor catheters. LPNs observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine lab tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. They help patients with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene. They help keep patients comfortable and care for their emotional needs. The median salary for LPNs is $40,380.

The next level of nursing education is a Registered Nurse (RN). There are three different education paths to consider; an Associate Degree (2 year program), a Diploma (2-3 year program), or a Bachelor of Science (4 year program).

RNs work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. RNs develop and manage nursing care plans and instruct patients and their families in proper care. In addition, they observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress in patients, assist physicians, and administer medications. The median salary for RNs is $64,690.

You can take your nursing education to the level you choose. There are many kinds of careers in nursing you can specialize in. For every kind of doctor there is an equivalent specialization for nurses.

 Cyber Security Specialist

Security doesn't just take place at the airport or when you attend a public event. Security is a growing concern in the world of technology, particularly as more businesses conduct trade through the internet.

Students interested in cyber security will learn how to inhibit and detect malicious hacker and virus attacks, defeat hacking, and recover from technology disasters.

Other responsibilities include planning and coordinating the security components of eCommerce programs and data collection for use in the prosecution of cyber crimes.

Most positions require at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, math, physics or another engineering-related discipline.

 

Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Clinical laboratory technologists perform complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests.

Technologists microscopically examine blood and other body fluids. They make cultures of body fluid and tissue samples to determine the presence of bacteria, fungi, parasites, or other microorganisms.

They analyze samples for chemical content or a chemical reaction and determine concentrations of compounds such as blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Clinical laboratory technologists evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor programs to ensure the accuracy of tests.

A bachelor's degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences is required for an entry-level position. Degree programs in medical technology include courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics, as well as specialized courses devoted to the knowledge and skills used in the laboratory. Many programs also offer or require courses in management, business, and computer applications.

Salaries for positions in this field range from $36,180 to $74,680.

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