Randen Patterson left a research career in physiology at U.C. Davis when funding got too tight. He now owns a grocery store in Guinda, Calif. Max Whittaker/Prime for NPR hide caption

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After laying off roughly 2 million workers during the recession, the construction industry may not have enough crews to keep up with demand for building projects. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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We can all work up a stinky sweat — welders, ballerinas and number-crunchers alike. Would you want to know? emreogan/iStockphoto hide caption

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Some employees say e-cigarettes increase their productivity and help them steer clear of tobacco. But health regulators are looking into possible risks to e-cig users — and to co-workers. iStockphoto hide caption

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Actor Jon Hamm in a scene from AMC's Mad Men. The show is set in the 1960s — but today, many companies provide their employees with ready access to alcohol. Ron Jaffe/AMC/AP hide caption

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Rachel Zayas, a registered nurse, sets up the shift board for the night shift at the Cleveland Clinic. Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer /Landov hide caption

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As Xtranormal advertises on its site, "If you can type, you can make a movie." fishbrain.randy@sbcglobal.net/Flickr hide caption

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