Happy New Year from the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)! If you rang in 2021 with a New Year’s resolution, we hope you’re sticking to it. But if you need a little inspiration, here are five resolutions DCA and its licensees can help you with:
- See a doctor regularly. The Medical Board of California, Naturopathic Medicine Committee, and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California are just a few of the many healthcare-related boards operating under DCA that license and regulate California’s health care professionals.
- Fix up the house. Don’t hire just anybody to swing a hammer at your home—anyone who contracts for or bids on a job that totals $500 or more (labor and materials) must hold a contractor license from the Contractors State License Board.
- Stop procrastinating. Experts recommend breaking down large tasks into a series of smaller ones, but there are times when procrastination may be the symptom of a more serious issue such as depression, anxiety, or attention problems. To be certain, support from a licensed therapist may help. In California, therapists are licensed by the Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
- Adopt a pet. Are you bringing home a new fur baby in 2021? One of the first steps you should take with a new pet is a trip to the veterinarian, especially if your pet is coming from a rescue or shelter where their medical history is unknown. California vets are licensed by the Veterinary Medical Board.
- Make a career change. Thinking about making a big change? On S. News & World Report’s annual list of best jobs, more than two-thirds were professions licensed and regulated by boards and bureaus operating under DCA. Each of these professions were identified as having generally high wages and very low unemployment rates. What are you waiting for?
And remember: All of the professionals in these fields should have a license that can be verified at https://search.dca.ca.gov.