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Ever Thought About a Career in Pharmacy?

by on October 9th, 2017 in Articles News Pharmacy Tech Training

Recently, the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) posted an article outlining the need for Pharmacy Technicians and the problems associated with this need. The need stems from the training gap between unemployed people and unfilled jobs.

In June 2017, 7.1 million* Americans were unemployed

CECU writes, “What if you couldn’t find someone to issue your prescription?  The demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9% over the next decade, requiring no less than 34,700 new professionals during this time, according to BLS.”

At the same time, 6.2 million* jobs are unfilled

With 6.2 million jobs open and 7.1 million people looking for jobs, why aren’t they being filled? The reason is that those who are looking for employment are not always qualified because they lack the correct training.

The problem? Lack of appropriate training & skills

CECU writes: Today over half of pharmacy technician credentials come from postsecondary career colleges and universities. In 2016, postsecondary career colleges awarded 6,826 credentials in this field out of 13,087 awarded in all of higher education, or 52% of all pharmacy technician awards. Between 2011-2015, the sector awarded 69,579 awards. Our institutions will be integral to meeting the rising demand for pharmacy technicians in the next 10 years, and we are ready to meet the challenge.

“Pharmacy technicians bring important skills and support to their roles in various healthcare settings,” said Janis Paulson, CEO of Unitek College. “Programs provided by institutions in our sector are essential to providing both theoretical knowledge and applied skills that prepare graduates to be successful in this field.”

Pharmacy technicians perform important roles with both patients and other healthcare professionals. They work directly with patients, organize inventory,  process payment and insurance information, and mix medications under the supervision of a pharmacist. Advances in pharmaceutical research coupled with a higher demand for prescription medication due to factors like increasing numbers of cases of chronic disease will lead to higher demand for pharmacy technicians. In addition, as pharmacies begin offering a greater number of services such as flu shots and vaccines, pharmacy technicians will be needed to support this larger role.

“Without our schools, thousands of students would not be able to be trained adequately for careers as pharmacy technicians,” said Steve Gunderson, president & CEO of CECU. “It is important for both those students and our nation’s economy that they have access to the programs that will help them enter this field and fill the rising job demand.”

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a Pharmacy Technician? Ayers Career College would love to help make this a reality. Contact us and see how you can get started!

Exploring a Career in the HVAC Industry

by on September 12th, 2017 in Articles News

It’s no secret that choosing a job in the trades is a smart career choice. Research from Explore the Trades shows that these jobs are high-growth and offer high wages. A rising star in the trades industry is the HVAC field (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). The tremendous growth rate and excellent pay for this industry makes it an attractive option for any skilled worker. We have the perfect cheat-sheet to determine if this high-wage field is the right career for you:

WHO: Who Makes a Great HVAC Technician?

A quick review of the career field on Explore The Trades shows that HVAC Technicians typically do not need a college degree. It is common to receive credentials by taking short-term certification classes. Experience with a variety of power tools and electrical systems is a plus.

WHAT: What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you can expect to work installing, maintaining and repairing heating and cooling systems for buildings ranging from homes, schools, major factories, and industrial buildings. Specific tasks vary from using blueprints to set up a system (correctly installing all lines, wiring, ducts and other components) to inspection and replacement of worn or broken parts.

WHERE: Where Do HVAC Technicians Work?

BLS data reports that these technicians have very steady employment working for manufacturers, contractors, and construction companies; approximately 10% are self-employed. An interesting new development in the field is the growth of nanotechnology and similar precision-based workplaces that require incredibly high-maintenance cleanrooms. In these environments, HVAC systems are crucially important.

With the BLS reporting average wages of over $45,000 and the nationwide addition of nearly 40,000 new jobs by 2024, there has never been a better time to launch your career as an HVAC Technician.

Still not sure if this is the right job for you? We’d love to speak you and help you determine the right education, certification, and career pathway. Make sure to request for more information and one of our admission representatives will contact you shortly!

Certifications & How They Help Boost Your Resume

by on August 14th, 2017 in Articles News

In a crowded job market, you want to be at the head of the line for professional positions that offer higher salaries, professional prestige, and future growth. The most effective way of presenting yourself to employers looking to fill those in-demand positions is to earn a certification in the field of your choice.

Here’s how certification helps to boost your resume and make you stand out from the crowd.

  • Access to Desirable Fields: Finding work that fits with your ambitions is something everyone hopes for, but few actually obtain in life. Getting certified is your entry ticket to better jobs with prospects for advancement. Areas of career certification offered by Ayers Career College for students in the Louisiana and Texas areas include both shorter certification prep courses as well as full career training programs. Check out https://ayers.edu/certification-prep-courses/ to see the varied selection of courses available to you.
  •  Impartial Credentials: Completion of a certification provides valid endorsement that you have mastered a professional skill set to be put to use immediately on the job. Employers are increasingly unable to provide training to new employees and will select those who have taken it upon themselves to acquire the most up-to-date training available.
  • Impressive Job Interviews: Even though you know how smart and capable you are, the stranger you are meeting for a job interview doesn’t know that yet and has very little time to come to a conclusion about whether to hire you. Being able to show on your resume that you have earned an accredited certification adds credence to your having a high level of motivation and the commitment to succeed. Even better, having professional credentials helps boost your confidence when interviewing for those sought-after positions.
  • Convenience for You: Class schedules are tailored to fit the needs of students already working. If you want to move your career forward, demonstrating the initiative to work toward a certification will get you recognized. Many employers offer funding to help reliable employees further their educations. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Either way, it’s a smart investment.

The right training makes all the difference. Ayers Career College in Shreveport, Louisiana, can help you reach your career goals. Contact us now for further information.

Benefits of Ayers Certification Classes

by on July 18th, 2017 in Career Training News

Every day, thousands of American adults think to themselves, “is this the right time to go back to school?” and the answer is “Yes!” You can go back to school to learn about computers, healthcare, or even HVAC services. Ayers Career College wants students to know the benefits of returning to school for shorter certificate programs: it’s a good time to look into the benefits of short certification classes.

  • Certificate programs are designed with the older student in mind. In less than six weeks, you can train to be a phlebotomist or get certified for Microsoft Office.
  • The annual “job outlook” for healthcare is very good: the field needs thousands of trustworthy people each year. You can work at a nursing home or as a private care nursing assistant.
  • Workplaces want to hire people with certifications. They would rather hire someone who has a certificate of “digital literacy” because they want to make a good investment in a new worker.

While the return to school may seem a little daunting, job experts want older Americans to know that there are jobs out there: every year, thousands of nursing jobs and HVAC jobs go unfilled. Once you’ve completed a certification course, why not try a longer course? The average salary for nursing jobs is more than $40,000, and if you can start with a shorter certification course, you might double or triple your salary over the course of two years. Contact us for more information. We offer classes that fit in with your existing job schedule and financial aid packages.

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Business Administration

by on April 27th, 2017 in News

Have you been thinking about going to school but not sure where to start? If you find working in an administrative or leadership role appealing, a career in business might be for you. Every business, from mom and pop shops to large companies, needs people who understand the principles of business. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door, taking courses in business admin/administration is a great way to launch a new career. Or, if already working, you can broaden your current job options.

Business Administration Program at Ayers

Ayers Career College has been helping Louisiana and Texas students reach personal and career success since 1953. Our new administration program is designed to help students enter business careers with top-notch skills. You’ll learn all about basic business practices. Other subjects you’ll study include:

  • Business math
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Customer service
  • And much more!

Does the thought of working in team settings or attending business meetings sound appealing? But you worry you’ll have to speak in front of people? Don’t worry, we’ve even got you covered there with our Public Speaking course.

What Can You Do With a Business Administration Diploma?

Are you wondering what types of jobs you can apply to after you graduate? One benefit to getting an education in business administration is that the sky’s the limit. Thinking about going into accounting? Companies need staff to handle financial details. Or maybe you want to be a professional assistant or personal admin? Hiring managers want your skills. Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies actively seek business-savvy people to keep daily operations running smoothly. You can even open your own business. Your business training is a versatile one that fits into any industry. What’s more, you can find a job that matches your interests to your skills. Work can be fun!

10 Reasons Why Business Administration is a Great Career Choice

People who follow the business path find it to be a rewarding experience in many ways.

  1. Learn expertise – Business administration training provides you with important skills to tuck away in your professional toolbox. You’ll find these to be valuable talents to possess in your career.
  2. Marketability – Did you know business administrative skills are in demand? In recent years, placement rates have been good for business grads.
  3. Well-rounded education – If someday you decide to go back to school, you’re ahead of the game. You’ll already have a strong foundation to advance your skills or learn more specialized ones.
  4. Critical thinking skills – Being trained in business, you’ll have valuable critical thinking skills. Moreover, bosses will appreciate your ability to offer input.
  5. Earn more money – Many business administrative positions pay well. Additionally, the U.S. Labor Dept. expects these salaries to increase.
  6. Gain confidence – Business is all about teams, communication and interpersonal skills. Growing these skills boosts confidence.
  7. Practical skills – A business background offers plenty of flexibility to change paths at any time in your career, therefore, it is a very practical education to have earned.
  8. Join the hottest fields – Fields such as healthcare and technology, along with others, are expected to boom. You can apply your knowledge in any of these fields.
  9. Career longevity – Knowledge of business means you’ll have the skills which will always be needed.
  10. Job advancement – As you gain experience you can build on your existing skills and work your way up. Understanding how business runs paves the path to management. Take your career to the next level. And a bigger paycheck.

Going back to school can sometimes be intimidating for both new and returning students. At Ayers, we understand how hard it might be for you to take that first step. We’ll help you every step of the way. From registration to graduation. We even have externships to help you get work experience. In our 36-week program you’ll receive both lecture instruction and hands-on training in a realistic office setting. Most importantly, you’ll gain valuable skills to help you land the kind of job you want.

The Business Administration classes at Ayers start soon, and we’re enrolling now for our first class start on May 15th. Give us a call today to discuss registration options, and see why types of financial aid is available to you.

Ready to get started? Just call! 1-800-317-0131

Women in HVAC: Your Rewarding Career in the Trades

by on April 10th, 2017 in News

an image of a female HVAC student working in the classroom with a variety of tools against a background of various heating and cooling unitsAs a woman thinking about a future career, you may assume that a skilled trades career is “off-limits.” After all, men make up the majority of the skilled trades workforce. Today, women make up only 1.4% of the HVAC industry.

However, there are more women entering the HVAC industry than ever before. More women are training to becoming HVAC technicians, taking over the family business, or are even opening their own HVAC companies.

The Benefits

Working as an HVAC technician provides a lifelong career for women – and many benefits. Here are a few:

  • Steady Work – Most HVAC techs are employed full-time, and have steady work throughout the year. Technicians can find jobs with construction companies or specialized HVAC companies. Standard weekday hours are typical, however during busy heating and cooling seasons, workers may work overtime or odd hours. For most workers, each day is different. As an HVAC tech, you may be assigned to several service visits each day, or you may work at the same jobsite for several days time.
  • Great Job Outlook – With the advancement of recent technology, HVAC systems have become more complex. This, along with many current technicians reaching retirement, creates a strong demand for workers and will help create new jobs for the foreseeable future. The job outlook for HVAC careers is expected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024. This is double the average growth of most industries.
  • Higher Wages – The base pay rate is the same for men and women. HVAC technicians make an average of $45,110 per year, and some employers provide benefits. Women in the trades fields has been on the rise, and according to The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), women have also experienced a higher percentage increase in pay than men have from 2003-2007.

Women in HVAC

There’s no reason for women to avoid a career in this field. In fact, there is an equal number of jobs for females in the HVAC industry as there is for males. Often, the career benefits are much better in fields like HVAC than they are in the typical “female-oriented” fields. Women in HVACR is an organization that offers excellent resources, connections, and scholarships to women who are considering a career in the HVAC industry.

If you’re interested in a hot job in a cool field, the HVAC technician program at Ayers is a great place to get started! For more information on training, contact us today!

Becoming a Phlebotomist

by on February 17th, 2017 in Articles News

Phlebotomy – What is it?

Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for different laboratory tests, blood transfusions, or in blood donation centers. Phlebotomists can find work in many different settings. Laboratories, private practice doctors offices, blood donation centers, State or federal hospitals are just a few options.

female phlebotomost prepares to draw blood on a female patientAs a Phlebotomy Technician, your role may also include maintaining test tubes, medical instruments, and labeling blood.

Sure, you safely handle blood samples all day long, which may lead some people to call you a vampire. But there is a bright side! You’ll get a lot of laboratory and clinical experience. Most patients are grateful that trained professionals can help them without the turning their arms into living pincushions!

Hands-On Training

The Phlebotomy Certification course at Ayers is a 5-week program. The course prepares you to take the National Association for Health Professionals Phlebotomy Technician Certification exam. You’ll also be able to submit your application to the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners for a State License.

Room to Grow

Current statistics project that the employment of Phlebotomists will increase 25% from 2017 to 2027. This rate is much faster than average for other occupations. As of May 2015, the median pay for Phlebotomists in Louisiana is over $30,000 a year.¹

As a Phlebotomy Technician, you can use your certificate as a stepping stone to other health care careers, such as becoming an RN (Registered Nurse) or an MLT (Medical Lab Technician).

Get to Work!

Ayers Career College has been in business since 1953, and has helped thousands of students train for successful careers in healthcare. Not only do we offer flexible scheduling options, but we also offer full-time assistance for job placement after graduation. Financial aid help is also available for qualifying students.

Begin a successful career by earning your Phlebotomy Certification at Ayers! Request free information today, or give us a call at 318-868-3000.


¹https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319097.htm

CompTIA: What is it and why is it important?

by on February 1st, 2017 in Articles News

CompTIA is the Computing Technology Industry Association, a non-profit that was put together a little over three decades ago. They are a trade association for the computer industry. As the years went on, they put together testing standards as a neutral party. This led to the creation of certifications, such as the A+ and Network+ Certifications.

Why are CompTIA Certifications Important?

If you are looking to become an IT professional, or are already in the industry, CompTIA certifications are an important stepping stone in your career.

Logos: CompTIA A+ Certified and CompTIA Network+ CertifiedThe CompTIA A+ is the most basic certification in the whole industry. it is vendor agnostic, meaning that what you learn in the course of studying for it is not limited to any specific computer brand (like Dell or HP).

The same goes for another one of their entry-level certifications, the Network+. This course and the following certification is designed to teach you about how computer networking functions as a standard, without getting into specific brands of routers or other networking equipment.

Both of these certifications are the base level that many companies expect you to have earned before they will consider hiring you. They can be more important than experience to some places, because they show that you have dedicated time to learning computer tech.

Do they require classes?

Anyone who pays the fee can take the A+ or Network+ certification tests. However, without learning all of the information, they can be very hard. That is why CompTIA advises that you should have some on the job training or have taken a course like either of the CompTia Certification classes offered at Ayers Career College.

Some people decide to do self-study, using one of the hundreds of books available on the tests. The downside to this is that every few years the test gain new information. Computers become better and standards evolve, so the tests have to as well. This could mean that people using self study might be learning out-of-date information.

The classroom setting is a great way to learn and study for these tests. Led by experienced industry professionals, you will learn the material in a more hands-on way. It will be at a quick, but structured pace.

Taking and passing these certifications are the first step into a great career. Get your foot in the door of IT by starting your path here! The right training makes all the difference. For registration options, request your free information today, or contact Janice Evans at 318-868-3000!

 

Say What?! When Medical Jargon is Appropriate to Use

by on January 27th, 2017 in Articles News

Doctors, nurses, and their assistive staff are looked upon as authoritative figures with endless knowledge regarding medical concerns. When you work in these areas, you’ve earned the high esteem that goes along with the career. You’ve learned many things along the way. One of the most difficult things to learn is medical terminology – how to use it, and when.

Medical terminology¹ is made up of numerous Greek and/or Latin suffixes and prefixes. It describes body parts, functions, surgical procedures, and is used in medical reports. picture of female medical professional reviewing information with male patientWhile this terminology is difficult to learn, courses include easy-to-remember short cuts. In some instances, flash cards are available to help you along the way. As you become familiar with the terminology, you’ll begin using shortcuts that are common in the medical field. This is known as medical jargon.

Medical Jargon vs. Plain English

A very simple explanation of jargon² is language spoken in code. Medical jargon is used in specific groups, or by people working in certain professions. Very few people outside of that group understand a single word that is uttered. In professions that deal with life and death situations on a daily basis, talking in code may not be the best idea.

Below is a very-exaggerated example of medical jargon in an emergency room. It shows how the patient might perceive it, and what it actually means in plain English.

Medical Jargon:³ Abduction was done. Perfed appy evident, secondary hemiparesis noted. Complaints of chest pain, PQRST stat.

Patient’s Perception: Abduction!? AHH! I’ve been kidnapped by high-tech aliens!

Plain English: The patient needed to have a limb moved away from the midsection of their body.  They have a burst appendix that’s infected, partial paralysis is present. An evaluation of the chest pain will be done immediately.

As you can see, medical jargon in a stressful environment can be confusing–and possibly terrifying–to someone that has no idea what was just said.

Communication is a Two-Way Street

Medical terminology is vital to your profession. Using jargon is fine when talking with others in the field. Plain English should always be used when you are dealing directly with patients. Patients should also be prepared to discuss medical issues during their appointments.

Medically Speaking:  Explain everything as clearly as possible to a patient without using confusing medical jargon. Keep compassion and understanding of their situation foremost in your mind. Be professional, yet courteous and kind.

Patients, Be Pro-Active:  Be prepared for your visit. Have your questions written down. If you don’t understand what the doctor is telling you, ask them to explain it in terms you understand. Your appointment has been set aside just for you, so utilize every moment of it to make the best of it. Ask who you can contact should further questions come to mind. Take someone along to your appointment to help you remember what’s been said.

Finding the Right Balance

Professions in the medical field can be very rewarding. For patients, professional medical staff who can explain medical conditions and give advice in terms you can understand is priceless. A good balance for both professionals and patients is when medical jargon is kept out of the exam room.

Medical terminology is just one aspect of what you’ll learn in the Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Phlebotomy Certification classes at Ayers Career College! Let us help you reach your career goals! Give us a call today, 1-800-317-0131.


Source
¹https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminology
²https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jargon
³http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Words04/usage/jargon_medical.html

Becoming a Medical Assistant: Is This the Job for Me?

by on January 13th, 2017 in Articles News

Becoming a Medical Assistant (MA) can lead to a rewarding career helping others and gaining a great deal of satisfaction in your everyday work-life.

Medical Assistants are often looked upon for guidance, support, and information. And, they usually feel that they are making a difference in the lives of the people that they interact with.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do All Day?

As a Medical Assistant, your day will be a mix of administrative and clinical duties.

Whether you are employed in a doctor’s office, hospital, or another health care facility, you’ll be busy scheduling appointments, taking medical histories, and performing various clinical procedures. These include taking vital signs (height and weight, blood pressure, and pulse) and assisting the physician with some physical examinations.

Medical Assistants work closely with other medical offices and departments, and will need a strong grasp of medical terminologies and procedures. You’ll also coordinate with other offices to schedule referral or specialist appointments.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of a Medical Assistant’s role is dealing with insurance policies and coverages. Depending on your employment, you may help the patient or physician with filing insurance claims and tracking reimbursement for services.¹

Making a Difference.

picture of a female medical assistant smiling with her elderly patientMedical Assistants have quite a lot of patient interaction. You’ll have the opportunity to help others as they go through challenging times, or health crisis. But wanting to help others is just one part of this position. You must also have a strong interest in the evolving world of health care.

The Ups…and Downs…

As with any job, being a Medical Assistant has its ups and downs. There are some tasks that many will find to be less than fun! Spending a morning labeling and preparing urine samples for the lab is not something for the squeamish! And having to ask a patient to “give you a sample” can be very awkward!

Spills and other mishaps do occur, but overall, a Medical Assistant will not be working non-stop with bodily fluids. You’ll often deal with people who are grumpy and not feeling well, or are worried about an ill family member.

Doctors and other health care professionals will have their bad days, just like the rest of us. Part of being on an office team is handling the challenging moods that sometimes occur with patients, staff, and doctors.

This takes a kind personality – and a good bit of patience.

Go for it!

Becoming a Medical Assistant can open up a wide world to you, one where you have a positive impact on people’s lives. Yes, there will probably be pee jokes, but there will also be days when you brighten up a lot of people’s lives and make a difference!

Receive proper training for your career in healthcare in the Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College! Gain experience with hands-on training, and in less then a year you can become a trusted resource!

Classes start soon, make sure you’re registered! Request free information today, or give us a call at 1-800-317-0131 and we’ll help you get started!


¹https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/medical-assistants.htm

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