a job title given to people in various occupational fields, such as education, healthcare, engineering and law, that have obtained a certificate by passing an exam, enabling them to perform a task requiring significant knowledge, but without having the occupational license to perform at the Professional level in the field.

aka Para Medic, Para Legal

could maybe include Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner in here, too

shortages of these people too! And while pay has risen in some regions to attract more nurses, in recent years it has flattened at the national level. That's why up to 500,000 registered nurses are choosing not to practice their profession--fully one-fifth of the current RN workforce of 2.5 million.

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