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Healthcare Support: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Healthcare Support: Under direct supervision of nursing and medical staff, Healthcare Support professionals provide routine patient care as well as support to other medical professionals. They also help care for the disabled, assist in rehabilitation efforts, and increase the level and overall efficiency of patient care.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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CAREERS WITHIN: Healthcare Support

Medical and Dental Assistance

Medical and Dental Assistants provide support for physicians as they do their work. Aiding and supporting doctors day-to-day activities, they work with patients on a wide variety of medical and non-medical issues when at the doctor's office.
Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help patients improve their quality of life by helping them gain productivity and independence. Developing ongoing relationships with their patients, they work to not only respond to existing problems but provide people with the habits they need to avoid their recurrence.
Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Aides and Assistants help therapists to provide patients with added mobility and relief from pain. Often called upon to set up equipment or help patients with repetitive exercises, they help make therapy sessions productive.

Medical Transcriptionists perform the crucial service of taking and maintaining a patient's medical records. They play an essential role in doctors' offices and in hospitals, making sure that physicians alway have the most up to date information about their patients.

Veterinary Assistants help manage, feed and care for the animals in a veterinarian's care. Along with their overall care for the animals, they assist in the office and in the administration of health care.