Hot Dental Careers

Regardless of what career in the dental field you desire you will need schooling. Learn more about the most common dental careers and what it takes to set foot in them.

Dentist

Dentistry is among the best paying healthcare jobs and there are plenty of opportunities for employment. Unlike doctors, dentists reap the benefits of regular office hours and typically have their weekends off. General dentist fill cavities take care of false teeth and do other basic dental tasks.

To be a dentist you should be good with your hands, have a good memory and be physically capable of bending over all day to see in patient's mouths. Dentists take an average of 3-4 years of regular college and then they must attend 4 years of dental school.

Orthodontist

If you want to be an orthodontist you will need to participate in 2 to 3 years of additional training. Orthodontist straighten teeth with braces, rubber bands, retainers and headgear. Orthodontists make more money than general dentists do. This makes the extra schooling well-worth the time. However, orthodontist general have to have a liking for children because most of their patients are adolescents.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are like the nurseries of the dental world. They help comfort and assist patients through their dental procedures and perform a variety of other tasks. Dental hygienist take and develop x-rays, get an oral history, prepare charts, clean teeth, teach oral hygiene practices to patients, make impressions for false teeth and perform office tasks. To become a dental hygienist a person must attend school for two years and take a licensing exam.

Dental Lab Technician

Dental lab technicians perform a variety of tasks based on individual patients needs. Typically, they work directly with dentists and follow detailed written instructions and or using molds to create a variety of dental fixes. They make dentures, removable parts, fixed bridges, crowns, veneers and orthodontics. They work with waxes, plastics, alloys, stainless steel, polymer, porcelain, and composites.

Dental lab technicians must attend a two year program in which they earn an Associate's Degree or certificate. They can also attend a four year program to earn a Bachelor Degree in dental technology. …

University of Maryland (UM) Terrapins (Terps) Football Players Taken in 2010 NFL Draft – 2 Selected

The University of Maryland (UM) Terrapins (Terps) college football program had two players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in April. The school based in College Park, Maryland had two athletes selected by National Football League (NFL) franchises in the annual draft and those two men are:

  • Bruce Campbell (offensive lineman) – selected in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders
  • Nolan Carroll (cornerback) – picked in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins as the 145th overall player selected

The Maryland Terrapins compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and are proud to send disciplined young men on to play football at the next level. For athletes like Bruce and Nolan hearing their names called during the NFL Draft is a dream come true and the University of Maryland prides itself in playing a role in turning those dreams into reality.

Bruce Campbell, born in 1988, is a 6’6″ 314 pound offensive lineman that played tackle in high school and college but is expected to at least start out as an interior offensive lineman at the guard position with the Oakland Raiders. Despite having the height to play offensive tackle the initial reports from the Raiders are that they would prefer to ease Bruce into their offense at a position that lends itself to a smoother transition.

Campbell is slated to wear number 74 next year for the NFL team in Oakland and Raiders head coach Tom Cable is excited about the upside of his fourth round draft selection. Coach Cable hopes to get Bruce on the field early and often as the Raiders for years now have been trying to fill a void on their offensive line. Many football analysts agree that the root cause of the recent offensive woes of the Oakland franchise can be traced back to a porous front five.

It can be argued that Nolan Carroll, the other University of Maryland 2010 NFL Draft selection, is in many ways an opposite type of player from his former teammate Bruce Campbell. Carroll plays defense whereas Campbell plays offense and furthermore while Bruce has a large 6’6″ 314 pound frame Nolan is a much more pedestrian size at 5’11” and 204 pounds.

Before being picked up by the Miami Dolphins to add youth and speed to their secondary Nolan grew up in the state of Florida. Nolan Carroll was born and raised in Green Cove Springs, Florida which is in the northeastern part of the state. After spending five years in Maryland during his stint in college Nolan and his parents (who still live in Florida) are surely excited about having him back in the Sunshine State.…

Schools Out – Are You Considering Community College?

Community colleges are also known as junior colleges. Essentially, a community college is a two-year post-high-school institution that offers Associate programs, certification programs and many other programs. Since community colleges are generally public schools, the emphasis is always on open access to quality education and a minimalist admissions policy, operating on the credo that everyone should be provided the opportunity to pursue higher education.

A community college offers students from all backgrounds the opportunity to join and learn with an emphasis on learning, not on the historical accreditation (perception of credits) or the degree. As it is, many courses and programs offered by a typical community college are non-credit courses and often just about imparting knowledge and vocational skills.

In fact, apart from the flexibility offered by their two-year program, community colleges are in many respects quite similar to colleges with four-year programs. While there is an emphasis on preventing people the benefits of a higher education, there are minimum requirements that students are expected to maintain in terms of academic standing. This combination of an open-door policy with the benefits of a regular four-year college system in terms of quality of education and motivating students to maintain minimum standards can be surprisingly effective in the rapidly changing social environment of today.

Community colleges have become increasingly important in recent years due to the extra demands of the workplace. Employers today demand more education and skills from their employees than ever before. A college degree offers the complementess of education and knowledge that employers look for. In addition, community colleges allow students to benefit from the positive aspects of voluntary learning by preparing them for a career-oriented life in a two-year program. For students that want to get a head-start in their career or students that are still undecided that they want to go through four years of college education, a community college may be the perfect choice for them to get started.

The course curriculum in a community college is unique in its practical nature. For people who want to learn immediately applicable skills that will allow them to enter the work and be eligible for higher level jobs, the options that a community college education offers are very valuable. As such, community colleges are a popular choice for people 'returning' to college to learn a new skill or certification. In fact, community colleges are most popular for their ability to easily integrate members from varied backgrounds into their student body.

The decision to attend a community college is an important one to make. Often, the need to learn a new skill will push you towards acquiring a certification. Sometimes however, you may need the extra choices and flexibility that a two-year program provides. No matter what your needs, a community college education is to be seriously considered for those students who wish to follow an alternative path to the traditional career path (through a four-year program). …

Careers & Employment Choices

Some children will know what their careers and employment choices will be before they finish grade school. Their careers and employment choices may be determined by the visits of many professionals that come to their school to share the experiences that they have on the job. Many boys know straight off the bat, that they want to be firemen or policemen when they grow up.

While growing up, children may change their careers and employment choices a hundred times, before they reach high school. Many high school students are visited by military professionals who offer many practitioners and employment choices that will last a lifetime. These careers and employment choices are available only if the high school students meet the specific program requirements, and many high school students find out that they qualify for many jobs that are offered by the military recruiters that visit their schools.

The careers and employment choices in any military service are classified according to qualifications that an applicable shows through rigorous testing cycles that are commonly referred to as ASVAB scores. These armed services voluntary aptitude battery scores will show the strengths and weaknesses in a person's education. Their careers and employment choices are centered towards the strengths, and weaknesses will be worked on through other military training sources.

With the practitioners and employment choices offered by all military services, children's dreams of one day becoming a firefighter, police officer, or even a person that works in the medical field and drives an ambulance can be a reality in a very short time. The practitioners and employment choices offered in the military services are always offered with a guarantee of paid training included in the job offer.

If the person is highly trained in the computer field, there are many professionals and employment choices available in the military services, and most of them can be found in exotic overseas locations. There are more choices available to military members after they join the military services. With their carers and employment choices taken care of, they can start to think about how they can use their military benefits to save for retirement, and enjoy the low cost travel opportunities that could take them around the world if they care to go.

In the military, people can make careers and employment choices, and change their mind at a later date. Their careers can still be centered on learning a retirement, but they are also afforded the opportunity to try new experiences, and switch their jobs to something else, which is especially helpful when their job classification is overmannned, and the only way to move up the advancement ladder is to switch to a job classification that has many job positions to be filled by someone that is trained to perform that employment position. …

History of Video Games – The First Video Game Ever Made?

As an avid retro-gamer, for quite a long time I’ve been particularly interested in the history of video games. To be more specific, a subject that I am very passionate about is “Which was the first video game ever made?”… So, I started an exhaustive investigation on this subject (and making this article the first one in a series of articles that will cover in detail all video gaming history).

The question was: Which was the first video game ever made?

The answer: Well, as a lot of things in life, there is no easy answer to that question. It depends on your own definition of the term “video game”. For example: When you talk about “the first video game”, do you mean the first video game that was commercially-made, or the first console game, or maybe the first digitally programmed game? Because of this, I made a list of 4-5 video games that in one way or another were the beginners of the video gaming industry. You will notice that the first video games were not created with the idea of getting any profit from them (back in those decades there was no Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Atari, or any other video game company around). In fact, the sole idea of a “video game” or an electronic device which was only made for “playing games and having fun” was above the imagination of over 99% of the population back in those days. But thanks to this small group of geniuses who walked the first steps into the video gaming revolution, we are able to enjoy many hours of fun and entertainment today (keeping aside the creation of millions of jobs during the past 4 or 5 decades). Without further ado, here I present the “first video game nominees”:

1940s: Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device

This is considered (with official documentation) as the first electronic game device ever made. It was created by Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann. The game was assembled in the 1940s and submitted for an US Patent in January 1947. The patent was granted December 1948, which also makes it the first electronic game device to ever receive a patent (US Patent 2,455,992). As described in the patent, it was an analog circuit device with an array of knobs used to move a dot that appeared in the cathode ray tube display. This game was inspired by how missiles appeared in WWII radars, and the object of the game was simply controlling a “missile” in order to hit a target. In the 1940s it was extremely difficult (for not saying impossible) to show graphics in a Cathode Ray Tube display. Because of this, only the actual “missile” appeared on the display. The target and any other graphics were showed on screen overlays manually placed on the display screen. It’s been said by many that Atari’s famous video game “Missile Command” was created after this gaming device.

1951: NIMROD

NIMROD was the name of …