In my last blog, Checkout these Resources: Part 1: I started another blog series detailing the current career fields that are being utilized by the men and women of the U.S. Air Force. Thereby giving Corporate American recruiters, and any other perspective employer, a glimpse of the resources and Human Capital (e.g. formal education, On the Job Training (OJT), and experience), that is readily available to them via our United States veterans.
As a reminder, the United States Air Forces has 26 different career fields that contain over 220 career field specializations. All of these careers fields, as well as their entry level qualifications can be found at: www.airforce.com/careers/. In my last blog, I covered Arts and Humanities. This group was the first of twenty-six career fields, and contained eleven of two-hundred and twenty career field specializations. Pressing on, I will discuss Allied Health, the second of the twenty-six career fields, as well as. Under this category, there are 26 individual career field specialties, However, due to the length of this category, I will split-up the career field specialties, and cover the first 13 of these specialties in this blog. These career field specialties are:
- Diagnostic Imaging: “It’s the job of the Diagnostic Imaging specialists to assist physicians by taking X-rays of the entire body in settings ranging from surgery centers to imaging rooms. These professionals utilize highly sophisticated equipment and an intimate knowledge of human anatomy to help get these images and treat their patients.”
- Histopathology: “Responsible for preparing tissue for examination, Histopathology specialists help with essential diagnosis of the diseased samples.”
- Pharmacy Technician: “Responsible for interpreting, filling and dispensing prescriptions, Pharmacy specialists work with Pharmacists to help keep their patients healthy.”
- Audiologist: “Providing the full spectrum of hearing and balance-related issues, Air Force Audiologists utilize the latest equipment and techniques to treat and safeguard Airmen and their families.”
- Clinical Social Worker: “Concentrating on the social aspects of health, Clinical Social Workers help individuals improve the quality of their lives. From diagnosing various issues to offering guidance and counseling, these professionals offer services their clients can rely on during their hardest times.”
- Podiatrist: “When a foot or ankle problem occurs, Podiatrists provide the medical diagnosis and necessary treatment to the affected area. From calluses to broken bones, these specialists care for a wide range of problems and help their patients heal from their ailments and injuries.”
- Bioenvironmental Engineer: “Applying engineering and scientific principals, Bioenvironmental Engineers identify and evaluate potential dangers and develop programs to prevent illness and injury.
- Biomedical Laboratory Officer: “Responsible for directing the services and integrity of their lab, Biomedical Laboratory Officers are essential to helping physicians accurately treat their patients. In addition to their scientific duties, these experts institute new methods, techniques and procedures to help their lab more accurately pinpoint the cause and appropriate care for a wide range of diseases.”
- Medical Entomologist: “Concerned with preventing the spread of disease, Medical Entomologists study and treat illnesses caused by insects and arthropods and their vectors.”
- Psychiatrist: “Specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health and emotional problems, Psychiatrists play a crucial role in caring for the overall well-being of their patients.”
- Public Health Officer: “Responsible for preventing and controlling the spread of disease, Public Health Officers constantly monitor conditions and potential health threats.”
- Public Health: “It’s the job of Public Health specialists to protect our forces from a vast array of illness and disease by minimizing health risks within our community.”
- Physical Therapist: “Providing services that help restore function, improve mobility and relieve pain, Physical Therapists work closely with patients to help them heal and promote overall wellness.”
In this blog, we examined Allied Health, the second of the U.S. Air Force’s twenty-six career fields, and the next thirteen of two-hundred and twenty career field specializations. It should be noted that the above career field specialties, and their extremely condensed descriptions are summaries that have been garnered from www.airforce.com/careers/. Furthermore, all specialty fields have preliminary requirements that include, but are not limited to, primary to tertiary education, followed by 7.5 weeks of basic training, and 35 days to 480 days of technical training.
It would seem apparent that these medical professionals exemplify the contents of Human Capital (e.g. education, On-the-Job training (OJT), and experience). I understand the value of these individuals at their entry level requirements, however, imagine their value following the years of service, educations, and training following the completion of their military obligations. That is why these U.S. veterans are a highly prized resource that needs to be heavily recruited and hired by Corporate America.
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