Posted on 11 March 2012.
As the new era dawns on 21st century, jobs change. The roles people played during the industrial and post-industrial eras have also changed. We are now entering into the advanced era of information technology. Given this, here are 10 jobs in increasing demand.
With Baby Boomers now on the verge of retirement, there is a larger need for nurses to take care of them. The shortage of nurses is also not helped by the increasing population in developed and developing countries.
Personal Support Workers are an integral part of the extended care team. They support the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in their daily duties. Furthermore they assist with the personal care needs of the elderly, the chronically ill and people with physical disabilities in long-term care units and facilities and in select ambulatory care settings.
3. Doctors in Third World Countries/War Torn Areas:
Doctors without Borders allow doctors to work in developing and third world countries. The organization tries to ensure that humanitarian assistance is possible whenever and wherever.
On a different note, there is a brain drain inside many third world countries like Zimbabwe. Many doctors move to European countries, like Britain, decreasing the amount of doctors on per capita basis.
4. Computer Programmers:
Technology is changing and so is the way we think and do things. For example, within recent years, focus has shifted from Adobe Flash to HTML5. HTML5 is dominating the world of information technology. This comes after Apple and Google endorsed the language.
5. Early Childhood Educators (E.C.E.s)
In Canada, especially Ontario, schools are transforming to the Full Day model. Before Full Day Kindergarten classrooms were implemented, there were alternative day programs and am/pm programs with only 1 kindergarten teacher. Full day programs will include E.C.Es, giving them a boost in publically funded jobs.
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Posted on 18 September 2011.
According to the WHO, there are 1.5 million adults who are overweight and obese. The following list expands on the top 10 list of countries increasing overweight population provided by the WHO in 2007 and 2009. It delves into the crux of the problems countries face. The emphasis and focal point of this article is on the changes overtime, not specifically identified by the WHO.
1. Samoa: 83%
83% of Samoans are overweight. The reason why Samoa is # 1 is because it has a big population that is obese. According to WHO, American Samoans (of the Samoan Islands) are the fattest people in the world. 93.5% of the population is obese. The high numbers are due to the increasing migration and cultural exchanges between the West and the Samoan people. Samoan people are bringing in Western ideas for the diets. The diets are not nutritional and are high in sugar and in saturated fats.
2. Nauru: 94.5%
This tiny country has an average BMI between 34 and 35. The blame and finger is pointed towards the western Fast Food businesses which now operate inside the country. The population has become more urbanized and has tried to rely less on traditional diets and more on what we call junk food. Before junk food, obesity was never a problem. As of 2007, they have the highest overweight population. As is the problem with many South Pacific islands, Naura is expected to face such issues because of its dependence on Western cultures.
3. Federated States of Micronesia: 91.1%
Micronesia is a country with a history of dependence on foreign influences. In the last 50 years the country has been extremely influenced by the United States, who took over the country after World War II. Particularly they have changed their diets to the suggestions of the Americans. Foreign relations have allowed the country to bring in imported goods. The people are now eating more salted and processed foods which are higher in saturated fats such as corned beef, turkey tails and spam. It is thus not surprising that this country has the second highest population of overweight people. WHO predicts that the population will increase by 2015 as long as foreign influences are present.
4. United States: 74.1%
If you are wondering why United States is on this list, you should watch the documentary Super Size Me! Americans do not realize what affect McDonald’s and other fast food industries have on their weight and health. Today, 1 in 3 kids are overweight and/or obese. They are performing activities such as watching TV, which involve little exercise. 68% of adults are also overweight and have BMI between 25 and 29. It is no surprise that many Americans are approaching obesity and that obesity has quadrupled between 1986 and 2000.
They have no one to blame but themselves. They are the founders of many fast food franchises such as KFC, Taco Bell and McDonalds.
5. Mexico: 68.1%
Within the last decade there has been a surge in soft drink availability and fast food industries in Mexico. There are now a total of more than 200 McDonald’s in the country. 71% of women and 66% of men are affected by health problems associated with being overweight and obese. People choose deep fried foods over healthy ones anywhere and anytime in the country. The increasing influence of fast food and soft drinks caused a nation with an obese/overweight population of fewer than 10% in 1986 to 68.1% in 2007. This is a big change which is leading in the wrong direction. The effect is enormous as the Mexican Diabetes Foundation believes that 6 to 10 million Mexicans are affected by diabetes, which is caused by obesity and overweight.
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