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Industrial Design

Patient Navigator
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Industrial Design-back to top
-Industrial design (ID) is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer.  They are trained to prepare clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models and verbal descriptions. 
-Industrial designers are basically conceptual engineers. The objective of this area is to study both function and form, and the connection between product and the user - product as it happens in any other architecture area, being the only difference, that here the professionals that participate in the process are all specialized in small scale design, rather than in other massive colossal equipments like buildings or ships. Architects do not design the gears or motors that make machines move, or the circuits that control the movement (that task is usually attributed to engineers), but they can effect technical aspects through usability design and form relationships. And usually, they partner a whole of other professionals like marketers, to identify and fulfill needs, wants and expectations.

More people are needed to design toys, signage, household goods, exhibitions, electronics, medical instruments, and many other products, hence presenting vast opportunities for Industrial Design graduates, who may start their careers as design assistants or junior designers and rise to senior or management positions in private practices or manufacturing and construction industries.

Notable Designers:
A number of industrial designers have made such a significant impact on culture and daily life that they have attained a level of notability beyond that of an average designer. Alvar Aalto, renowned as an architect, also designed a significant number of household items, such as chairs, stools, lamps, a tea-cart, and vases. Raymond Loewy was a prolific American designer who is responsible for the Royal Dutch Shell corporate logo, the original BP logo (in use until 2000), the PRR S1 steam locomotive, the Studebaker Starlight (including the later iconic bullet nose), as well as Schick electric razors, Electrolux refrigerators, short-wave radios, Le Creuset French ovens, and a complete line of modern furniture, among many other items. Richard A. Teague, who spent most of his career with the American Motor Company, originated the concept of using interchangeable body panels so as to create a wide array of different vehicles using the same stampings. He was responsible for such unique automotive designs as the Pacer, Gremlin, Matador coupe, Jeep Cherokee, and the complete interior of the Eagle Premier. Charles and Ray Eames were most famous for their unique furniture design, such as the Eames Lounge Chair Wood and Eames Lounge Chair.

Another example is German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who is closely associated with the consumer products company Braun (where he worked until 1995) and the Functionalist school of industrial design. He is famous for his "ten principles to good design", in addition to designing many iconic products at Braun. More recently, Jonathan Ive, the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc., is credited for designing products for the company, which has a strong philosophy in aesthetics. His designs include the iPod and iPhone.

Links:
-Industrial Design Society of America
-Fast Company-What is Industrial Design
-Core77-Examples of new industrial designs
-Industrial Design Job Description-Also lists schools

Schools Offering this Career:
-a-z Colleges
-50 States.com-very easy to use
-Peterson's College Search-By major
-US College Search
-US College Search by Industrial Design
-USAStudyGuide-Search by major, state, etc.

Required Courses:
Courses in a Bachelor of Industrial Design program are aimed at preparing the student to be artist, entrepreneur, and engineer all in one. These courses may include:

Introductory Design
Fundamentals of Design and the Built Environment
Intermediate Design
Materials: Metals, Plastics and Composites
Industrial Design Computing

Statistician-back to top
-Statisticians collect data and analyze it, looking for patterns that explain behavior or describe the world as it is. A good statistician is involved in survey development and data collection from the beginning, ensuring the validity and usefulness of the data. Statisticians are employed by private and public concerns and apply their skills to specific industry issues, such as economic analysis, inventory control problems, health problems, and even television demographics. Statisticians must be familiar with valid scientific protocol and be able to quickly familiarize themselves with baselines and historical industry figures in order to structure an uncompromised analysis. Statisticians spend over half their day in front of a computer, setting up models, manipulating data, analyzing data, or writing reports. ďYou donít just crunch numbers. You explain them,Ē wrote one veteran statistician, who said that writing skills are important for those hoping to advance in the field. They spend the rest of their day in meetings, in planning sessions, or on the telephone exchanging ideas with colleagues.

There are strict academic requirements for becoming a statistician. Entry-level positions require a Bachelorís degree in Mathematics or Statistics. Those who wish to rise in the profession should consider obtaining a Masterís degree or a Ph.D. Just under 100 universities offer graduate degrees in statistics. Suggested coursework includes mathematics (calculus and linear algebra), probability, logic, psychology, and computer science. Candidates who combine statistical skills with another major that reflects their professional direction-such as economics and econometrics, computer and material science, or biology-have a distinct competitive advantage when seeking employment.

A statistician is a person who works with the mathematical field of statistics. A statistician may specialize in either applied or theoretical statistics. There is a need for a statistician in many different fields, ranging from journalism to the hard sciences to finances, and many people find it to be a lucrative career. A statistician often works in tandem with an expert in a specific field, to apply an understanding of statistics to examining some aspect of that other field. For example, statisticians may work with medical researchers, financiers, insurance agencies, government officials, or environmentalists to help them predict outcomes, analyze existing data, or come up with business models.

Related Links:
-American Statistical Society
-Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Required Coursework:
Coursework in the Bachelor of Arts in Statistics degree program requires 120 credits, including liberal education requirements. Study is focused on mathematics, and it covers:

Intro to statistics
Statistical analysis
Linear algebra
Differential equations
Calculus
Statistical theory


 

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-Patient Navigator, LLC is dedicated to working with patients and families as they journey through illness and aging. We provide you with information and research, we advocate on your behalf, we solve problems and we help you benefit from an integrative care approach to your illness.

When diagnosed with an illness, patients are too often left alone to find information, make decisions under pressure, seek the best medical care or housing choices, cope with family changes, and deal with financial, insurance, employment or Medicare issues. These stressful tasks drain energy that should focused on treatment and recovery.

Patient Navigator LLC will work one-on-one with you to develop and implement an individualized action plan designed to address administrative tasks, solve problems, advocate for you and mobilize a support system. Your navigator also provides emotional support as we share your journey through treatments, decisions, successes, set-backs and healing.

As an emerging industry, there is no clear definition or standard training. Many hospitals in the U.S. and Canada employ navigators to help patients manage their hospital stays. The National Institutes of Health is funding several patient navigator pilot projects across the U.S. in underserved and minority areas. There are a few people scattered across the United States doing navigation in their own communities.  There are a couple of companies in the U.S. who sell advocacy services to large corporations as an employee benefit.

Questions:
How do I become a patient navigator?
Check with hospitals and clinics in your area to see what education and experience they require. Some patient navigators have a background in healthcare or a human services setting, but not all patient navigator jobs require this background.

Where do I look for a job as a patient navigator?
Look for patient navigator jobs in clinics, hospitals, public health organizations, the health department and agencies like the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Be aware that patient navigator jobs may have a different title such as patient advocate or patient coordinator. Other jobs related to patient navigation are: community health worker, community outreach worker, patient advocate, or screening outreach worker.

Do I need a certificate or special training to be a patient navigator?
No, you do not need specific patient navigator training or a certificate to be a patient navigator. Many patient navigators have little or no college. Other patient navigators are nurses or social workers with a college degree or masterís degree. Check with hospitals and clinics in your area to see what education and experience they require.

Will training help me get a job as a patient navigator?
It may help, but patient navigator training does not necessarily help you get a job as a patient navigator. Check with hospitals and clinics in your area to see what education and experience they require.

Related Links:
-CO Patient Navigator Training Program
-Patient Navigator Jobs

 

 

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