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Health Professionals

Questions Answered: What is the difference between environmental health, health care administration and health information management?

Health ProfessionalsQuestion: Can you explain to me what is difference between environmental health, health care administration, and health information management? Also the salary they make each year and which is the best degree are hire more? ~ Laura P.

Answer: Thank you for your follow-up question to our “What is the Difference Between Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration?” post.  Here is some information about each of the occupations you asked about. You will want to do some additional research on each of these career fields as there are a number of occupational paths that can be followed in each. You will also want to make sure that your interests, skills and other personal attributes align with the path you eventually choose. (Check out our Getting to Know You series which explores various aspects of self-assessment, an important, but often neglected step of career decision making.)

Environmental Health

According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, environmental health professionals work to improve public health by identifying, tracking and addressing environmental risk factors.  Most environmental health professionals specialize in a particular area, such as: Reducing air, water, soil, noise or radiation pollution; protecting our food supply; improving safety in schools, public areas and the workplace; ensuring safe living conditions in housing; promoting public health with a focus on environmental hazards.   Jobs are available in government health agencies at the local, state and national levels, private industry, academic institutions, and international health agencies.
Salaries can range quite a lot, depending on the type of work that you would be doing, your educational background, credential and experience level: $44,550 – $143,700 (source)
Education options will tend to be found in the schools of Public Health within a university. For more information, see the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). (more…)

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Three Online Degrees that May Change Your Life

Guest author: David Hernandez

Do you love your job? Or is it simply something to pay the bills? According to Robin Ryan, career consultant and author of “What to Do With the Rest of Your Life,” over 30 million people in the United States daily attend a job that they hate.

Ryan suggests that these negative feelings towards their jobs make their way into daily life and effect their relationships, social lives and over all satisfaction with their life. Does this describe you? If so, it may be time to change careers and pursue a higher education.

It has become commonly accepted knowledge that the average person will change careers seven to eight times during the course of their lives. Many of these changes are due to job dissatisfaction, which is repeated in their new job. Ryan suggests making your next career change a dramatic one – one that will provide you with a meaningful job that will add significant value to your life.

How Can An Online Degree Change My Life?
Online degrees offer the opportunity for students to pursue higher education while maintaining the responsibilities and duties of daily life. It becomes possible for a dissatisfied employee to create a strategy that helps them safely transition into a new, satisfying career.

What does life-changing really mean? The exact definition is entirely up to you. For some, it may mean earning a more lucrative salary. For others, it may mean helping other people. If you are one of the 30 million Americans that hate their job, it can be assumed that “life-changing” means transitioning to a career that earns both a livable wage and job satisfaction.
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Career Opportunities for Nurses in the Field of Public Health

Guest Author: Robert Jankowsky

As you are considering how best to approach a future career in public health, there are many public health classes online that can offer you a big picture of how the public health field is developing today. Because the field of public health is growing faster than many other fields in a continuing sluggish economy, when you first enter the field after earning your master’s or other advanced public health degree, it can feel overwhelming to pick a career focus.

After You Graduate…
Sometimes doing research before you graduate is the best way to strategize so you can pick your classes, internships, volunteer activities, mentors, and professional associations to guide your resume and your career path towards the aspect of public health you wish to specialize in. This is an invaluable strategy for a nursing professional who wishes to enter the field of public health. Learn here what types of career opportunities there are for nurses in this rewarding and rapidly expanding field, and consider where your interests, aptitudes, and skills in nursing may be leading you.

The basic role of a public health nurse is to build bridges; you will be building bridges between the public and lawmakers, medical professionals, researchers, organizations, corporations and administrators at many levels so that ever more effective prevention, awareness, education, intervention, and wellness information can be disseminated to those who need it and can benefit from it.

Putting Your Degree To Use
With your nursing degree, you will gain valuable information about the human body as it relates to common health threats, both preventable and unavoidable, and with your public health specialization you will gain the ability to use your knowledge each day to help people stay healthier and live happier, more productive lives. You can choose to specialize in a number of different areas, from disaster response to general wellness, high-risk populations, individuals and families or even whole communities. You may work on your own as a professional or consultant, or you may join a group or organization that engages the services of a team of public health nurses to promote and advance a specific initiative.
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