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Penn Foster Prepares Students to Meet Healthcare Employment Needs
Date:3/5/2008

SCRANTON, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Online training programs at Penn Foster help students prepare for some of the hottest careers in the medical profession today. In fact, healthcare remains both the largest and the fastest-growing industry in the nation, even besting the massive growth in business or technology. In 2006, Americans held an estimated 14 million medical-related occupations, with roughly 3 million jobs expected to follow by 2016. Online training at Penn Foster College prepares students for medical or veterinary positions. Online study at Penn Foster Career School prepares students for dental careers.

Though veterinarians, doctors, and dentists may get the glory, they need highly trained support staffs to support and share in their success. Veterinary technicians, medical assistants, and dental assistants all perform vital administrative and clinical duties that help their facilities run smoothly. These three medical careers are projected to grow by 30% or more. Here's why:

Veterinary Technician (Projected Growth Rate through 2016: 41%)

With an estimated 163 million dogs and cats owned by Americans in 2007, the need for qualified animal care professionals remains strong. Working mainly in private veterinary practices and animals hospitals, veterinary technicians perform a number of essential laboratory and clinical procedures. While duties may vary, most vet techs collect blood and tissue samples, prepare animals for x-rays, and prep lab equipment under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. Experienced veterinary technicians may even diagnose minor medical issues and discuss possible treatments with pet owners.

An online associate degree from Penn Foster College can help students interested in animal care transition into rewarding careers as veterinary technicians. Coursework for this degree includes animal anatomy and physiology, clinical pathology, business and technical writing, laboratory animal science, an
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