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25-1071.00 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Supervise laboratory sessions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public health, stress management, and work site health promotion.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Education and Training
  • 94%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 English Language
  • 92%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 86%
    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 Medicine and Dentistry
  • 85%
    Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • 75%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • 74%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 74%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Administration and Management
  • 74%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 68%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 68%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 67%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Therapy and Counseling
  • 66%
    Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • 64%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Communications and Media
  • 64%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • 62%
    Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 Law and Government
  • 61%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 Sociology and Anthropology
  • 58%
    Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 Philosophy and Theology
  • 50%
    Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Industrial trucks
  • Equipment dollies
 Laboratory baths
  • Laboratory water baths
 Laboratory mixing and stirring and shaking equipment and supplies
  • Polyether mixing machines
  • Rotator mixers
  • Laboratory vortex mixers
 Laboratory centrifuges and accessories
  • Microhematocrit centrifuges
 Laboratory incubating equipment
  • Blood culture incubators
 Viewing and observing instruments and accessories
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopes
 Indicating and recording instruments
  • Step monitoring devices
  • Web-based telerehabilitation monitoring systems
 Chemical evaluation instruments and supplies
  • Laboratory osmometers
  • Microplate readers
 Light and wave generating and measuring equipment
  • Diode lasers
  • Digital refractometers
  • Colorimetric devices
 Clinical and diagnostic analyzers and accessories and supplies
  • Coagulation testing equipment
  • Automated ESR analyzers
  • Immuno-chemistry analyzers
  • Urine analyzers
 Test Tubes
  • General purpose laboratory test tubes
 Medical gloves and accessories
  • Protective medical gloves
 Electrotherapy equipment
  • Electric stimulation machines
  • High-voltage galvanic stimulation machines
  • Functional electrical stimulation FES equipment
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
 Heat and cold therapy products
  • Sequential pump equipment
  • Therapeutic cold packs
  • Therapeutic hot packs
 Hydrotherapy products
  • Therapeutic whirlpool baths
 Syringes and accessories
  • Hypodermic syringes
 Cosmetic dentistry equipment and supplies
  • Curing lights
  • Tooth shade guides
 Dental and subspecialty instruments and devices
  • Dental handpieces
  • Dental suction units
  • Oral evacuation systems
  • Ultrasonic scalers
 Dental clinical furniture
  • Dental patient chairs
 Dental laboratory and sterilization equipment and supplies
  • Dental laboratory lathes
  • Dental laboratory model trimmers
 Dental materials
  • Dental amalgamation equipment
 Diagnostic assessment and exam products for general use
  • Hemacytometers
  • Electromyography EMG systems
  • Gait analysis equipment
 Pulse oximeters
  • Pulse oximeters
 Medical thermometers and accessories
  • Digital medical thermometers
 Medical exam size measuring devices
  • Goniometers
  • Medical measuring tapes
 Patient beds and accessories
  • Hospital beds
  • Rotating bed
  • Tilt tables
 Patient transport products
  • Patient wheelchairs
  • Sliding boards
 Patient lifts
  • Hoyer lifts
  • Total lift chairs
 Medical positron emission tomography PET equipment and related products
  • Large bore positron emission tomography PET scanners
 Medical radiological imaging information and archiving products
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 Orthopedic softgoods for upper extremity and torso
  • Upper extremity slings
  • Back support braces
  • Lumbar corsets
 Orthopedic traction supplies and accessories
  • Cervical traction units
  • Pelvic traction equipment
 Rehabilitation exercise devices and equipment
  • Balance boards
  • Powder boards
  • Resistive exercise bands
  • Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
  • Hand grips
  • High-lo manipulation tables
  • Ultrasound machines
 Gait training products
  • Gait belts
  • Parallel bars
 Autopsy furniture
  • Microdissection systems
 Personal communication devices
  • Multi-line telephone systems
 Media storage devices
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital imaging workstations
  • Tablet computers
 Computer data input devices
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Student response systems
 Computer displays
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Virtual reality augmented cycling kits VRACK
 Computer printers
  • Poster printers
  • Computer laser printers
 Duplicating machines
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Laser facsimile machines
 Projectors and supplies
  • Projector screens
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Computer projectors
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Intraoral cameras
  • Pan-tilt-zoom PTZ cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Video recording systems
  • Remote webcams
  • Webcams
 Vision protection and accessories
  • Emergency eyewash stations
  • Spill cleanup kits
 Aerobic training equipment
  • Recumbent exercise bicycles
  • Stationary exercise bicycles
  • Exercise trampolines
 Weight and resistance training equipment
  • Isokinetic lower body testing machines
  • Isokinetic upper body testing machines
  • Free weights
 Physical education classroom equipment
  • Ergometers
  • Medicine balls
  • 3D movement analysis systems
  • Posture scale analyzers
 Audio and visual equipment
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Television monitors
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Handheld microphones
  • Wireless microphones
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Content authoring and editing software
  • TechSmith Snagit
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google DocsHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Image scanning software
 Data management and query software
  • Blackboard software
  • Data entry softwareHOT
  • EcoLogic ADAM Indoor Air Quality and Analytical Data Management
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • DOC Cop
  • iParadigms Turnitin
 Educational or reference software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Presenter
  • Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Course management system software
  • Desire2Learn
  • Learning management system LMS
  • Sakai CLE
  • Turning Technologies TurningPoint
 Industry specific software
  • IBM SPSS StatisticsHOT
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Dental software
  • Electronic health record EHR software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCSHOT
  • InteractElsevier Netter's 3D Interactive Anatomy
  • Medical condition coding softwareHOT
  • Medical procedure coding software
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
  • Geographic information system GIS softwareHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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