STEM Careers and How to Prepare for Them

STEM Careers and How to Prepare for Them

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is hot topic lately, especially since the Obamadministration just launched the Educate to Innovate campaign to improve American students’ performance in STEM. American students rank 21st out of 30 in science literacy and 25th out of 30 in math literacy among students in developed nations. As result, America’s competitiveness in science and technology is rapidly eroding, putting our nation at risk of losing its position as the global economic and technological leader.

The Obamadministration’s Educate to Innovate campaign aims to improve K-12 science and mathematics education and encourage more young people to pursue STEM careers in the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and informational sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Physical sciences and technologies

Some STEM careers that are in high demand at the moment include actuaries, chemical engineers, chemists, computer software engineers, and electrical engineers.

Even if you don’t want to become scientist or an engineer, an educational background in STEM can be beneficial. The key skills that employers look for, such as analytical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to work independently, are all related to STEM. People who possess STEM education are in demand in variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, and precision manufacturing.

How to Prepare for STEM Careers

The majority of STEM careers require extensive education. You can prepare for STEM career by taking classes in the following subjects during high school and college:

Algebra, Biology,Statistics, Calculus, Electronics, Economics, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science, Technical writing, search methods, Computer technology, Computer-assisted art

There are also number of things you can do outside of the classroom to prepare for STEM career. You can join math or science club at your school, teach science at summer camp for youth, volunteer to assist in fundraising events that …

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6 Things You Must Like in the Career of an Ultrasound Technician

One of the fastest growing fields in the medical industry, more ultrasound technicians are interested in working as technicians either in hospitals or in medical diagnostic centers. If before sonographers were looked down upon, today, even the medical industry recognizes the importance of technicians in diagnosing someone’s illness.

So, what things do ultrasound technicians like about their work?

Salary helps meet family needs. Because this is one of the highest paid careers in the medical industry, practitioners can provide a better future for their children. Normally, the minimum hourly rate for technicians is around $ 17 per hour, whereas for the more experienced (in terms of years and specialization), rates can be as high as $ 27 and up. In addition to basic salary, they are also entitled to overtime pay, which is also a normal scenario if you work as a sonographer and in a hospital.

6 Things You Must Like in the Career of an Ultrasound Technician

Medical benefits are given to their families. Being in the field of sonography enables practitioners to extend their medical and health benefits to their family members. This is beneficial for the whole family because not all medical institutions have the same employee benefits in addition to the benefits stated by the State given to medical practitioners.

Security of ownership. Despite the recession, the need for additional ultrasound technicians is increasing unlike in other professions where employees are released due to redundancy in positions or the company itself has stopped operating.

But in the case of ultrasound technicians, and other professions in the medical field, projections are even growing especially now that there is a large dependence on ultrasound results as one of the bases for making prognoses.

The ability to provide information about the nature of the disease and assist in diagnosing the patient’s disease appropriately. Because doctors themselves are very dependent on …

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3 Ways To Increase Your Earning Potential As An Ultrasound Technician

3 Ways To Increase Your Earning Potential As An Ultrasound Technician

Completing your ultrasound technician education is your first step towards a financially profitable career. In fact, it is now a popular occupation that more people aspire to become one because it is proven that it is one of a medical career that is not affected by the recession. In addition, with more advances in technology, projections for growth in this field are high.

The good news about increasing demand in the field of ultrasound technicians is that there is also an increase in compensation equivalent to ultrasound sonographers. However, basic education will only help you to a certain point. For a more successful ultrasound technician career, consider the following to help increase your earning potential.

What must be done to increase your earning capacity:

Get certified. Although the State does not require that technicians pass the licensing examination, you must register yourself at one of the recognized accreditation bodies such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT), or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). This will further strengthen your credentials especially since most entrepreneurs prefer to employ certified technicians. To become a registered ARDMS member, you must be eligible to take the test, and consequently, pass the exam.

Another advantage of this is that you may have certification in various aspects of sonography which includes the stomach, nervous system, and breasts, among others.

Specialize. In connection with the above, you can choose to specialize in areas that are considered as emerging sub-fields of sonography such as echocardiography, breast sonography, cardiac sonography, and vascular sonography. Knowing the basics of sonography will help you find a job as a technician, but why limit yourself to doing basic ultrasound techniques when you can perform more complex technician procedures that are highly paid and offer more career …

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Reading – The Gateway to All Learning

When parents think about raising a child who will be successful, their thoughts are often geared to a child’s academic accomplishments. While success is not always defined solely by academic standards, most parents will go the extra mile to ensure their child has a solid foundation for school. As reading is the gateway to all learning, one way they can do this is to encourage their kids to read. Reading helps develop comprehension and vocabulary skills, which are critical to academic success.

Reading is a vitally important acquisition in life and leads to learning in every area. Gaining reading skills early will be critical to understanding math, history, science and other subjects. A struggling reader will have difficulty engaging in and enjoying the learning process at school. Even though many parents hold out hope that a poor reader may be a strong math student, the truth is that reading skills are required for every subject. Take, for instance, a typical math problem like the one below.

Joey is looking for a way to earn money during his summer break and decides to offer a dog-walking service. He plans to walk one dog at $8.00 for 30 minutes. If he walks three dogs a day, how much money will he make? How long will it take him to walk four dogs?

For many students who suffer from poor reading and comprehension skills, that problem is going to require a lot of effort. During tests, when time is at a premium, the poor reader will spend more time on word problems than is needed. Without adequate comprehension skills, a student might get the answer wrong. This will result in a frustrated child who may disengage from the learning process and ultimately earn poor grades.

Reading is also vitally important to …

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Using Books in Cyber School

  • For today’s lesson you will be reading the first 10 books of Paradise Lost.
  • “Sweet! I’ve always been meaning to read this book!”
  • Book 1
  • Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
  • Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
  • Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
  • With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
  • Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
  • Sing, Heavenly Muse, that, on the secret top
  • Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
  • That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed
  • In the beginning how the heavens and earth
  • Rose out of Chaos: or, if Sion hill
  • Delight thee more, and Siloa’s brook that flowed
  • Fast by the oracle of God, I thence
  • Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
  • That with no middle flight intends to soar
  • Above th’ Aonian mount, while it pursues
  • Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme…
  • “… Eh?  Helllloooo Spark Notes!”

Online English classes have a tendency of asking for quite a lot of time, effort and reading for lessons that you can easily finish using Spark Notes or Google. It’s really tough to keep honest when a couple hours of work can turn into ten minutes of work.

Using Books in Cyber School
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In cyber school it is much harder to read and acquire books like Wuthering Heights, Paradise Lost or Beowulf than it would be in public school. There are two main reasons for this.

The first reason is that all of the work is already laid out and planned for you. This means you can find out exactly what parts of the book you need to know about, and no pop quizzes. In public school the teacher usually would not let us know what we would be doing the next couple days. This meant we had to study up …

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