Keen, Knowledgeable, Kick-Butt Jobs

K is for… Kinesiologist!

When I first sat down to write this post, I had no clue what a kinesiologist was, let alone what they might be doing all day. So, I asked Dr. Google, and this is what he told me (via Wikipedia):

“Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms of movement. Applications of kinesiology to human health (i.e. human kinesiology) include biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology; methods of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. Studies of human and animal motion include measures from motion tracking systems, electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, various methods for monitoring physiological function, and other behavioral and cognitive research techniques.

Kinesiology as described above should not be confused with applied kinesiology, a controversial medical diagnostic method.”

If that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you, trust me, you’re not alone! As far as I can understand it, kinesiologists are generally doctors helping people to either rehabilitate after an injury, or to do some strength and conditioning exercises to avoid injury in the first place. They’re physical therapists, occupational therapists and the like.

“Rose Strength Training Seminar 15” (photo credit: Rose Physical Therapy Group)

Now, as far as that last sentence, warning about controversy, I was intrigued. So I went on digging, and discovered this summary of “applied kinesiology,” from NaturalHealers.com:

“[K]inesiology in the context of complementary medicine—a field known as applied kinesiology—is a holistic treatment approach that uses muscle testing in order to zero in on health problems throughout the body. The kinesiologist then determines appropriate physical therapies, herbal medicine, dietary changes or other treatment methods to address the patient’s health issues and prevent future problems. Kinesiology school attracts a wide range of practitioners interested in holistic health, particularly chiropractors, naturopathic and conventional medical doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and nurses.”

Aha! Now I can see why this area might be considered controversial. Chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopaths – oh my!

To be as fair and balanced as possible, and without wading too far into a discussion of a profession I’ve only just Googled (nor going off on a tangent about the sorry state of U.S. healthcare…), I’ll just say this: if you want to become a kinesiologist, you should definitely invest in official medical training first. While I know holistic medicine is useful in many cases, that description also tends to be an umbrella term under which quacks and frauds (not to mention unlicensed or de-licensed doctors) tend to congregate. Just be aware that this profession is one where folks may try to derail you, or prey on your ignorance and desire to help others by offering you fake licenses or certifications. Make sure that any school where you choose to study is properly accredited by the medical profession.

You can also compare the tone of these two websites’ descriptions of this profession, to get an idea of what I mean…

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Other Kreative Jobs That Start With K

  • Kelp Cutter
  • Kennel Manager
  • Kiln Operator
  • Knitter
  • Koi Fish Salesperson
  • Kosher Inspector

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Joyful, Jubilant, Jaunty Jobs

J is for… Judge!

Judges are typically lawyers that have advanced enough in their careers – and who have learned how to work the political side of the system – to become elected or appointed as the heads of the courtroom. In the state of California, judges must have been lawyers in good standing for at least 10 years before they can apply to become judges. Becoming a judge isn’t quite as straightforward as becoming a lawyer (which can also be tricky), but since this is a job that comes with great responsibility, it’s important that the people who want to obtain the position are both intelligent and ethical.

People like, say, Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The four women who have served on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan (photo credit: Steve Petteway, photographer for the Supreme Court of the United States)

Unless, of course, you’re a TV judge… in which case all bets are off!

Actually, in case you’re wondering, Judge Judy was a real judge. Her full name is Judith Sheindlin, and she was appointed by NYC Mayor Ed Koch in 1982 as a criminal court judge, and later became Manhattan’s supervising family court judge. After her retirement, she took up her TV post judging all manner of cases on Judge Judy, where she’s been calling the shots since 1996. Her favorite phrase is: “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”

If you don’t like Judge Judy’s rulings, remember that the law can always be interpreted differently by individual judges.

Want to get some experience in the courtroom without taking on huge amounts of student debt or becoming a lawyer? Everyone who is registered to vote in the U.S. (or, in California, who holds a valid driver’s license) is eventually called to serve jury duty. This means that you may potentially become a member of a 12-person jury on a criminal case, and decide the fate of the accused in a trial. You’ll get to see how a real courtroom operates, and participate in the judicial process. Jurors are compensated for their time with a token amount, and must do their best to find the truth in the arguments presented by the prosecutor and defense lawyers.

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Other Joyful Jobs That Start With J

  • Jeweler
  • Job Recruiter
  • Jockey
  • Joiner
  • Juggler

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Intelligent, Intriguing, Inimitable Jobs

I is for… Investigator!

Investigators are the people that dig into data, follow people in search of clues, and otherwise do investigatory work for a living.

“U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Carroll, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, searches for a vehicle identification number among the wreckage of a pick-up truck on the range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 28, 2011” (photo credit: Official U.S. Air Force)

There are several types of investigators, including Clinical Investigators and Criminal Investigators. Clinical Investigators are the people who perform clinical studies, such as drug tests, either setting up the investigations to be performed or carrying out the testing itself. They will also analyze the data after the investigation is concluded, in order to produce results and determine whether or not the trial was a success or a failure.

Criminal Investigators are sometimes known as Private Investigators, or PIs. These are the sleuths or detectives you’ve probably seen on TV or in movies. Think of Inspector Gadget (although preferably with more brains and less gadgets!), and you’ve got the classic cartoon Criminal Investigator.

Criminal Investigators track down clues, follow people around, take photos, collect evidence, interview suspects and other people who might have relevant information about a case, and otherwise do their best to solve crimes or client cases. They are usually solving crimes, which can be painful (particularly if the crime is a murder), but can at least provide a sense of closure for the victims’ families.

“Petty Officer 2nd Class Sienna Stuck opens a door to investigate simulated damage during a general quarters drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).” (photo credit: SurfaceWarriors)

There are also Crime Scene Investigators, which you may be familiar with if you watch CSI.

In short, investigators investigate! If you’re good at finding information or people, solving puzzles, or obtaining clues, this would be a cool job for you.

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Other Interesting Jobs That Start With I

  • Intelligence Officer
  • Inventor
  • IT Specialist

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