Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness
The Health and Wellness Services industry belongs to the services sector. The National Statistical Coordination Board (2007) defines it as institutions that cater to the “activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for health and wellness purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited”. Establishments belonging to the industry, therefore, are in engaged in: 1) hospital care and treatment—refer to services offered by public and private hospitals, sanitaria and other similar services; 2) specialty clinics —pertain to general public and private medical services such as dental and laboratory services, and other human health services; 3) wellness and spa centers—consisting of enterprises that provide physical and well-being services including but are not limited to slendering and body- building services, massage, reflexology, facials, nail care, waxing, and body treatments, etc.; and 4) retirement and rehabilitative care— comprised of residential institutions, that care for the aged and orphans, and the rehabilitation of people addicted to drugs or alcohol.
CAREERS UNDER THIS INDUSTRY
A Physical Therapist works with individuals who have a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning. He/She helps patients to recover and improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. A Physical Therapist helps patients to improve their basic motor functions and to compensate for permanent loss of function.
Veterinary Technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing the injuries and illnesses of animals.
A Psychologist is a dully registered professional who holds a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology (PRBP) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for the purpose of delivering the different psychological services.
A respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional that specializes in the treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluAtion and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities in the cardiopulmonary system. As a health care professional, the respiratory therapist is under the medical direction of a physician.
Occupational therapist evaluate manage, and improve people’s ability to perform needed, important and meaningful daily living tasks and occupations that have been disrupted by disease, injury, aging, psycho-social. and environmental conditions.
Optometrists provide public health services in vision care. They examine eyes to diagnose vision problems and ocular disease (pertaining to the eye). They prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses and recommend treatment such as exercises to correct vision problems or ocular disorders. Optometrists should not be confused with Ophthalmologists or dispensing opticians. Ophthalmologists are physicians who diagnose eye disease and injuries and treat problems with surgery or drugs. Like an Optometrist, they also examine the eyes and can prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. Dispensing Opticians fit and adjust eyeglasses and may fit contact lenses according to prescriptions written by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.
An animal scientist works to ensure agricultural productivity and food safety. Most animal scientists work in research universities, private industry, or for the federal government. They work in offices, laboratories, and/or the field. Those working in processing plants may sometimes work in unpleasant conditions. Many need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many get a doctoral degree.
Radiologic Technologist is a healthcare professional responsible for the use of ionizing radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Also called/known as radiographer who performs radiographic procedures and techniques that produce images needed for diagnosis and treatment of diseases at the request of a licensed medical doctor. The Radiologist, a medical specialist, who is a member of the Philippine College of Radiology interprets these images to help the clinician make a diagnosis.
A Doctor provides primary and/or continuing medical care for patients. He/She takes account of physical, psychological and social factors when diagnosing an illness and recommends the required treatment.
A Dentist is a health professional who performs any treatment or part of a clinical procedure, upon the human oral cavity, jaws, teeth, and surrounding tissues. He treats patients to improve aesthetics of the natural dentition, to replace missing teeth, restore the masticatory function of the patient and provide comfort as well.
A Medical Technologist is a healthcare professional involved with laboratory investigations of specimens taken from the human body. Examinations or tests on biological specimens such as, but not limited to blood, urine, stool, and other body fluids, are performed for the purpose of aiding physicians evaluate, diagnose, manage, treat, and monitor patients. information given by a Medical Technologist to a physician is vital for patient care. A Medical Technologist works with equipment such as microscopes, analyzers of different complexities, other precision instruments, and computers.
A Nurse is a health care professional engaged in the practice of nursing. Along with other health care professionals. A Nurse is responsible for the treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill/injured people; health maintenance of the healthy; and treatment of life-threatening emergencies in various health care settings. He/She can also be involved in research and may perform non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care.
A Pharmacist distributes drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications.
A Psychometrician does the selection and evaluation of people who apply for jobs. This is done according to the candidate's personality, aptitude, interests and abilities. He/She uses psychological measuring techniques, such as tests and questionnaires. The purpose of this is to be able to select the best candidate for a specific job. At some companies the Psychometrist is allowed to write psychological reports under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
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