Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Aesthetician

As long as our society values outer confidence and feeling like we are looking our best, people will flock to hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, and other beautification businesses. Aestheticians are trained and state-certified to learn industry-standard techniques that are both sanitary and effective. Highly skilled aestheticians are also talented at establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships, as your best clients are those who feel comfortable coming back to you time after time. Aestheticians require specialized training after high school.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Flight Attendant

Airline companies are required by law to provide flight attendants for the safety and security of passengers. The primary job of flight attendants is to keep passengers safe and to ensure that everyone follows security regulations. Flight attendants also try to make flights comfortable and enjoyable for passengers. Flight attendants work primarily in the cabin of an airplane. Although they enjoy much free time and many travel benefits, flight attendants’ work can be strenuous. Flight attendants stand during much of the flight and must remain pleasant, regardless of passenger demands or their own fatigue. Occasionally, flight attendants must deal with turbulence, which can make service more difficult and causes anxiety in some passengers. Applicants with a degree in hospitality, tourism, public relations, or communications may have an advantage over others. Most airlines also require 1 to 2 years of customer-service experience. Those who work on international flights may have to speak a foreign language fluently in addition to English.

Monday, September 28, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Detective

Detectives help solve crimes. They are usually promoted from the role of police officer, and require more leadership, insight, and investigative skills and interests than the daily requirements of an officer on patrol. Because of the complex nature and sometimes morally challenging tasks in detective work, it is crucial that an aspiring police officer or detective have a strong ethical decision making and have demonstrated wisdom in other capacities. The training usually involves the typical police academy, with more coursework in criminal justice.

Friday, September 25, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Arborist

Arborists are excellent problem solvers. They are well educated about the botany of numerous species of trees and the unique needs of each one. Arborists also take into consideration the life cycle of each tree, and its symbiosis with the organisms in its immediate ecosystem, including humans. With the inescapable power and telecommunications lines placed both overhead and underground, a talented arborist must effectively plan and maintain the planting and growth of just the right type of tree for a client's purposes. Arborists are both artists and scientists.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Database Administrator

Database administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts can easily use the database to find the information they need and that the system performs as it should. DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management to understand the company’s data needs and to plan the goals of the database. Database administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access. Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important. Database administrators are responsible for backing up systems in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it come from reliable sources. Most database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) or a computer-related field.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Specialist Physician

A specialist physician is trained and certified in a specific field and the range of options for specialization is seemingly endless. Examples of specialist physicians include cardiologist, pediatrician, emergency medicine specialist, gynecologist, general surgeon, internal medicine specialist, and neurologist. The educational path of a specialist physician is much like that of a general practitioner. An undergraduate degree, medical school, internship, and residency training are usual requirements. In addition to this, specialist physicians must undergo intensive training in their chosen specialty, and acquire a license in this field. The duration of this training depends on the physician's field and level of specialty.

Monday, September 21, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Composer

Composers write music of all types - works of classical distinction, pop ballads, jingles for advertising, or background music for stage, television, and film. It takes lots of patience and a willingness to receive constructive criticism in order to stay in the music industry, and it will be beneficial to have the training and coursework that comes with a bachelor's degree in music composition in order to assist in your success as a composer. Be prepared to master numerous instruments in order to artfully arrange your compositions.

Friday, September 18, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Pilot

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting. Many pilots learn to fly in the military, but a growing number now earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a civilian flying school. All pilots who are paid to transport passengers or cargo must have a commercial pilot's license and an instrument rating. To qualify for a commercial pilot’s license, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Computer Programmer

Computer programmers are in high demand, and the demand will only increase as our economy grows more reliant upon technology. They write code in a language that is standard for their industry, but responsible programmers stay up-to-date on the most current and emerging trends, as the field continues to evolve. In addition to being incredible strong in math and science, the best computer programmers are also creative, flexible, and good listeners, as they will need to produce a product that meets the demand of the user, as specified by their employers or clients.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Professional Athlete

Do you consider yourself to be among the best three-hundredths of a percent of all high school athletes? That's how few end up playing professional sports. However, for the most talented and most committed, a career in professional athletics can lead to fame and fortune. As many know, playing competitive athletics in college is often a prerequisite for professional athletics, and the NCAA maintains consistent academic standards for collegiate athletes, both in high school and while they are active in college. If you plan to stay active in sports, it is important that while conditioning your body, you are also equally focused on the "student" side of being a "student athlete" so you have options after retirement or in case of an untimely end to your athletic career.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Nutritionist or Dietician

Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. Some dietitians and nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals. Others work with groups of people who have similar needs. A dietitian or nutritionist might, for example, plan a diet with reduced fat and sugar to help overweight people lose weight. Most dietitians and nutritionists have earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Programs include courses in nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and biology.

Friday, September 11, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Electrician

Almost every building has an electrical system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. Electricians do both the installing and maintaining of electrical systems. Maintaining older equipment involves identifying problems and repairing malfunctioning equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Electricians doing maintenance work may need to fix or replace outlets, circuit breakers, motors, or robotic control systems. Electricians read blueprints, which are technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. They use different types of hand and power tools, such as pipe benders, to run and protect wiring. Other commonly used hand and power tools include screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. While troubleshooting, electricians also may use ammeters, voltmeters, and multimeters to find problems and ensure that components are working properly. In order to be an electrician, you will need some technical training and a period of time as an on-the-job apprentice.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Auditor

Being an auditor is a bit like being an editor, but in the financial field. Auditors require the same type of education as accountants, but instead of actually entering the numbers and assigning categories to them, auditors have the added challenge of coming in to verify that accountants or bookkeepers followed legal and/or corporate policy when doing their job. Auditors are there to keep everyone following the rules, and must have a high ethical standard. It is crucial for auditors to be brave and have a painstaking attention to detail.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Carpenter

Do you like working with your hands? Would you like to see your handiwork produce a structure such as a deck or even a house? Carpenters have that honor and tradition of using a combination of manual skill and a keen mathematical mind for details to build things that will last for years or even generations. In order to be a licensed carpenter, you need specific training and an apprenticeship, but then you have the opportunity to work for a contracting company or run your own enterprise. Contractors work in many weather conditions, but the feeling of making shelter for people where one did not previously exist can be immensely gratifying.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: News Producer

A news producer is the behind the scenes quarterback of a newscast. A producer’s responsibilities include determining which stories will be covered, placing the stories in a logical order, and writing them in a short and succinct manner so viewers can easily understand them. During the newscast, producers make sure the show is on time and going as planned. Solid news judgment and excellent writing skills are critical to being a successful producer. You must also handle deadlines well. A journalism degree is helpful, but it is important that you have a well-rounded education.
(written by Jeremy Freedenberg, Producer, CBS Philly)

Friday, September 4, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Forensic Chemist

A forensic chemist is a professional chemist who analyzes evidence that is brought in from crime scenes and reaches a conclusion based on tests run on that piece of evidence. A forensic chemist's job is to identify and characterize the evidence as part of the larger process of solving a crime. Forensic chemists rarely conduct any investigative work; they handle the evidence collected from the crime scene. Evidence may include hair samples, paint chips, glass fragments, or blood stains. Understanding the evidence requires tools from many disciplines, including chemistry, biology, materials science, and genetics. The prevalence of DNA analysis is making knowledge of genetics increasingly important in this field. A strong background in chemistry and instrumental analysis as well as a good grounding in criminalistics is vital. A forensic science degree at both the undergraduate and graduate level is recommended.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

SAT Prep Classes at Penn State York Campus

SAT Preparation Classes at Penn State York
When: Saturdays: October 10, 17, 24, 31 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Room 112, Pullo Family Performing Arts Center
Cost: $210
Contact: Judy Woods, Continuing Education Specialist, 717-771-4032
Inside the SAT – Math and Verbal Preparation
This course will acquaint students with the format of the test and help them devise tactics for taking the test. It will include intensive grammar study, as well as review of the mathematical concepts required to answer many of the test questions. The course will also include a review of critical reading skills and proper essay-writing techniques. Finally, text anxiety will be addressed, with a focus on self-relaxation and preparation techniques. The College Board book, “The Official SAT Study Guide”, is included in the course fee. Students are encouraged to bring a calculator to class.
Who Should Attend?
High school sophomores and juniors preparing for the fall and spring test dates are encouraged to attend the classes.
 Determine how to logically break down the questions and respond accordingly
 Complete an intensive vocabulary review
 Review critical reading skills and essay-writing techniques
 Review required mathematical concepts
 Learn strategies for solving SAT math questions
Register online at
This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. YKO 16-31. The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 717-771-4040 in advance of your participation or visit.

It takes an hour to drive to this location from Pikesville. The cost savings could make up for the travel time and expense.

Class of 2016 Beautillion Scholarship Program for African American Males

If you are a college-bound African American male, now is the time to request information about the class of 2016's Beautillion scholarship program, managed by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

The Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni (VA) Chapter of 

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Business Academy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business,
The University of Maryland
are pleased to host our
Third Annual Beautillion Scholarship Dinner 
for High School Graduating Seniors, Class of 2016.

To see a video from last year's program, click here.

Developing your Brand
Appearance, Behavior, and Communication
Becoming Financially Literate
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Preparing for the Freshman Year in College

If you are interested, click here to request information.
Prerequisite to Apply for the 2016 Beautillion:
1) High School Senior
2) Graduating Spring 2016
3) Residing in District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia
4) College Bound

Information Session in late September | early October
for interested men and their parents to review the 2016 Beautillion Concept, including how each Beau could earn a minimal $1000 scholarship and more!

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Food Scientist

Agricultural and food scientists play an important role in maintaining the nation’s food supply. Many work in basic or applied research and development. Basic research seeks to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops and livestock grow. Applied research uses this knowledge to discover ways to improve the quality, quantity, and safety of agricultural products. Many agricultural and food scientists work with little supervision, forming their own hypotheses and developing research methods accordingly. In addition, they often lead teams of technicians or students who help in their research. Agricultural and food scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many obtain a doctoral degree. Food scientists and technologists and soil and plant scientists typically earn bachelor’s degrees.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Fire Protection Engineer

Each year in the United States over 3,000 people die and thousands are injured and $10 billion in property is damaged as a result of fire. Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that uses science and technology to make our homes, workplaces, schools, the economy and the environment safer from the devastating effects of fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affect people, buildings and property. Additionally, Fire protection engineers use the latest technologies to 
a) Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger and provide means for escape; 
b) Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them; 
c) Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials; and 
d) investigate fires to discover how fire spreads, why protective measures failed, and how those measures could have been designed more effectively. 
For a person who is looking for a satisfying career that provides a solid income, flexibility, and the opportunity to make a difference, fire protection engineering is an excellent career choice. To find out more go to

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Dentist

A dentist is a doctor that cares for teeth and gums. Dentists identify symptoms of potential and current problems in oral health, and take steps to intervene. Because the knowledge and practice required for becoming a dentist is so involved, the training requires a four-year doctorate program in a dental school, beyond a four-year bachelor's degree. Usually, in order to be successful in a dental school, one should seek an undergraduate major in biology or related life science. If you plan to obtain your own practice instead of working in a partnership, you should be prepared to handle business tasks and other leadership roles.