Economics is an entire field of study for a reason—it can be really complicated. Without some training, wrapping your head around even microeconomics—like your own household budget—is a tough task.
So when you read news items that boast of a low unemployment rate, it can sound encouraging. But even something as apparently cut-and-dried as the rate of unemployed people is more complicated than it seems. Here are three important facts you should know about today's job market.
1. The unemployment rate can be misleading.
Many people think the unemployment rate is simply a percentage of Americans that don't have jobs. In reality, unemployment depends on a variety of factors.
Generally, the unemployment rate isn't a measure of how well the economy is faring or who has jobs in relation to their field of specialization. For example, while active members of the military are working, they're not included in the total number of Americans who are employed or unemployed. The data doesn't account for those under age 16, either, or those who are hospitalized or housed in an institution.
In addition, part-time workers, whether by choice or because they had their hours cut, aren't considered unemployed. Neither are people who are under-employed or "discouraged" (meaning they don't have the job they want but are technically working). Temp workers or those who don't work by choice are also not considered unemployed. Students, retirees, the disabled, and family caretakers are not part of the workforce and not counted in unemployment numbers as well.
2. The unemployment rate is a "lagging indicator" of the economy.
A lagging indicator is one that doesn't measure economic health at the time of its publication. Generally, the unemployment rate takes several months to catch up to other economic indicators. The reason for this is that hiring managers want to see upticks in the economy stabilize before they commit to hiring people for existing positions.
So while the unemployment rate doesn't seem to fall much in a down economy, don't get too excited: the drop is coming. And if the unemployment rate seems to stagnate at a high rate in a rebounding economy, have hope: the numbers will catch up soon enough.
3. There are different kinds of unemployment.
People tend to think that unemployment stems from a lack of jobs. In its simplest form, that could very well be the case. However, there are types of unemployment that show just how complicated the unemployment rate can be:
- Frictional unemployment occurs when there are jobs and workers both available, but they don't match up for some reason. Usually this is logistical; the workers are in the wrong geographical area or each is mutually unaware of the other.
- Structural unemployment occurs when there is a dearth of jobs for the kinds of skills available workers have. This happens a lot when industrial automation occurs.
- Cyclical unemployment refers to a slowdown in the economy that requires fewer qualified workers, or the budget cannot support as many workers of a certain skill set as before.
Our recent economic recession seems to have been the result of all three forms of unemployment.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
This knowledge of the unemployment rate and the state of our job market should help open your eyes a little about your chances of becoming gainfully employed. You can use other tools, like LifeCareer's job finder and jobs news , to stay abreast of current and coming trends in the job market. Economies are always in flux, so it's a good idea to stay ahead of the game wherever you can.
IMA Says Accountants Face Challenges, Opportunities in 2012
The worldwide association for accountants and financial professionals, IMA, said professionals with management accounting experience on their
resume will face a number of trends, challenges and opportunities this year.
With tax season underway, the organization said many hiring managers are stressing the importance for professionals to add an accounting certification to their resume backed by a rigorous exam in order to make sure they have mastered the skills necessary to succeed.
While many people may think of 'accountants' as public accountants during tax season, the reality is that the majority of accounting professionals work inside organizations in management accounting roles such as financial analyst, financial manager, controller or CFO, said Jeff Thomson, IMA president. "These professionals can expect unique challenges, as well as opportunities, in 2012, as they hold a broad range of responsibilities such as planning and budgeting, analysis, control and decision support."
Advances in technology are also expected to change the way accountants conduct their day-to-day business. Thomson said accountants should continue to pursue their education i order to keep up with the changes.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for accountants and auditors are expected to increase by 22% through 2018.
Auditors Find the Truth Behind the Numbers
An auditing job requires a candidate to act as a financial detective, verifying a company's transactions and systems.
Associated auditor Lyndsey Gewecke told the Kansas City Star that her job at PricewaterhouseCoopers involves ensuring that a firm is following regulations, which can provide high job satisfaction.
Verifying financial statements - finding the truth behind those financials - provides potential investors with a feeling of comfort and trust, she remarked.
Auditors may also be required to look at organizations' information systems, management procedures, internal controls and company operations in order to make recommendations.
In addition to the typical professional requirement of a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field, personal qualities that an auditor should have include the ability to analyze and interpret facts. In addition, they should have a high standard of integrity and excel at working with people, businesses and computers.
The Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that auditing jobs will increase faster than the average, as corporate governance regulations require increased accountability for firms. It also states that competition will continue to be high in the field and those who are certified public accountants and are proficient in auditing software may have an advantage.
A Robert Half International salary survey from 2007 found that internal auditors with up to one year of experience earned, on average, between $31,500 and $48,250. This amount rose to $36,000-$60,000 with one to three years of experience. The variation reflects differences in location, employer and education level.
Barbie's Work History
As America's favorite model-astronaut-pilot-doctor prepares to switch careers again, we take a brief look at her resume...
We all know that Barbie is far from average. Medical experts say that a real woman with her body proportions (including her size-three feet) would find it very difficult to walk, much less hold down a demanding job.
Fortunately, at 50 years old, Barbie the doll has no trouble standing up to whatever job she chooses. And with 126 of them on her resume--including 10 in recession-snarled 2009 alone--Barbie is not just a fashion icon. She's an employment anomaly.
This year, for the first time, toymaker Mattel invited the public to choose Barbie's new careers. And on February 12, Mattel announced the winners: computer engineer and news anchor. As Barbara Millicent Roberts (her full name), originally from Willows, Wisconsin, prepared for success in these new fields, we took a look at her curriculum vitae and evaluated her on-the-job experience and some past salaries
Barbie has surely made good money through the years, as a fashion model (1959-present), an astronaut (1965), a pop singer (1986), a WNBA basketball player (2000), and an American Idol winner (2005). But one of Barbie's highest-paying non-celebrity professions was surgeon (1973). In 2010, surgeons can expect to earn a median annual salary of $326,113 (salary information provided by LiveCareer's 2010 Salary Report).
Barbie has had plenty of satisfying but low-paying jobs as well. Some of the lowest include babysitter (1963), $20,731; soda-fountain waitress (1998), $20,750; student teacher (1965), $25,271; and candy-store cashier (2002), $26,868. Good thing the Dream House doesn't have a mortgage.
This beloved cultural icon has a passion for healthcare: she has been a doctor nine times. A whopping five of her MD stints have been as a pediatrician of some sort. In 1994, Mattel called her a pediatrician. In the new millennium, she has been called a children's doctor (2001), a baby doctor (2005, 2006), and a newborn-baby doctor (2009).
Careers in Overdrive
Barbie seems to thrive on competition--she went through a three-year car-racing phase. First she was a NASCAR driver (1998, 1999). Then she switched gears and became a Formula 1 driver (2001). Amazingly, she never got helmet hair.
A Model Executive
Throughout the years, Barbie has made the most of her business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit as a business executive (1960, 1978, 1985, 1999).
A Dog's Best Friend
In 2009, Barbie's love of animals led her to four dog-oriented occupations: dog trainer/competitor, dog washer, dog park sitter (whatever that is), and pet vet.
You may not have realized that Barbie has been a candidate for the top office of the United States in every presidential election year since 2000--presumably as a write-in candidate. In 2008, when she went up against Obama and McCain, this very active woman was also a soccer coach, a swim instructor, a TV chef, and a zoo doctor. She also made time to attend space camp.
In the 1990's, the patriotic Barbie served in the U.S. military, holding jobs such as Air Force jet pilot (1990) and Navy officer (1991).
Now Barbie is ready to put her tech savvy to work, as a computer engineer. The digital diva sports a fitted T-shirt with a binary code design, along with pink geek glasses and accessories. In this job, Barbie can expect to earn a median salary of $85,726--which she might use to start paying off the educational loans she's sure to have accrued throughout the years.
Careers in Nursing Allow Some to Run the Show
When asked to think about the job of an intensive care nurse, one may imagine a fast-paced jog down the white hallways of a hospital, beeping heart monitors and gracious patients. While the position of an elementary school nurse may not conjure the same images, these medical professionals often experience the same emergencies, motivations and rewards as nurses in large clinics.
One nurse, Sherry Freeland, made the switch from hospital nurse to school nurse after 25 years, and found that the new position rewarded her with more freedom and creativity, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Freeland found that in addition to her usual responsibilities of caring for patients, her job in the small clinic of a Richardson, Texas, elementary school allowed her to shape her own presentations - for example, the hand-washing tutorial she gave the second-grade class this week.
Freeland, who tied for the title of Top Nurse in Texas, is also responsible for administering asthma treatments, caring for a child with spina bifida, and staying vigilant for signs of swine flu. She told the news source, "It's like running a mini-emergency room."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the employment of registered nurses will grow about 23% until 2016, which is a much faster growth rate than the average for all jobs.
The Biggest Risks of a Career in Healthcare
A career in hospitality can open countless doors to success, opportunity, new social connections and new adventures. But the paths through this exciting career field aren't completely obstacle-free. And not every entry-level job in the hospitality sector guarantees a secure future or a lifetime of perfect fulfillment.
Before you commit yourself to the hospitality industry by signing up for a degree program or setting long-term career goals, consider some of the risks that come with the territory.
Career Risks: Entering the Hospitality Field with Clear Eyes
- Presentation is everything. In this field, appearances are important, and one great or terrible first impression can make or break your career. Your attention to presentation can even have a powerful impact on the success or failure of your employer's business. One mistake, bad day, misstep, skipped detail or thoughtless word to a client or customer can lead to disproportionate PR problems and lost revenue.
- Consumer preferences are consistently inconsistent. Hotels and restaurants hinge on trends and shifting consumer tastes, which can bring sudden and unexpected changes to even the most carefully laid business plan. If local authorities decided to reroute a road that once ran past a thriving establishment, for example, a successful hospitality business can disappear in a heartbeat. If a local attraction closes, community resources shift or a nearby convention center changes its business model, those who depend on hospitality revenue will need to stay flexible.
- Hospitality careers are both demanding and competitive. This means entry-level employees will need to scramble to get their resumes noticed, and the scramble doesn't stop once an offer is made. Success in hospitality requires commitment and focus, and if you can't provide what your employer needs, you can be sure that someone else is waiting in line to step into your shoes.
- Hospitality skills are social and outward-focused. Do you have what it takes to impress people, charm them, remember their names, really listen when they talk and go out of your way to provide them with the things they need and want? If you can do this all day, every day, you'll thrive in the hospitality field. But these skills require high levels of energy and extroversion. Those who actively enjoy the company of others and look forward to making new connections every day will climb the hospitality ladder quickly. Those who are shy or closed off will probably struggle.
- Hospitality demands resilience. To make it in this industry, you'll need to be able to bounce back fast from rough days, mistakes and financial losses. A positive outlook is worth more than gold in the hospitality business and successful employees learn from their mistakes and move on; they don't brood, give up or wallow in self-doubt. As you step into this field, be ready to maintain an indestructible sense of optimism and a willingness to take risks in order to get ahead.
Get Ready to Tackle the Challenges
If you aren't deterred by the risks listed above and you're ready to jump into the hospitality field with both feet, fantastic. If these challenges only increase your interest, even better. Before you start polishing your resume and submitting your application to potential employers, visit Live Career for industry news, contacts and hospitality specific job-search tools. Good luck!
Careers in Healthcare Changing with the Times
Even though millions of Americans read about healthcare reform in the headlines each morning, it can be difficult to interpret the actual meaning of the legislation amidst bipartisan debates, constant changes and incessant politicking. Nonetheless, the pressure to reduce overhead and increase efficiency in the industry has already begun to change the traditional medical relationship for both patients and those with careers in healthcare.
A new program developed by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield allows some policy holders in Bangor and Presque Isle, to consult their physicians through new avenues.
The pilot program project gives members the option to email their healthcare provider questions and messages about non-emergency issues, schedule appointments, check test results and request prescription refills.
This program provides yet another way for individuals to interact with their physician for non-urgent health issues, said Dr Iyad Sabbagh, lead physician at Husson Internal Medicine in Bangor.
He added, "We feel it will offer our patients greater ease of access to their doctor and help save time for both physician and patient."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), two-year programs advancing toward certificates or associates degrees are the minimum standard for filling healthcare jobs like dental hygienists or radiologic technologists.
Careers in computer programming may start in high school
With technology advancing at a rapid rate, having solid computer skills is becoming an asset in today's competitive job market. Computer programmers often have the chance to learn several computer languages, thus developing the ability to understand how programs work and troubleshoot systems.
Some have the chance to learn about computer programming while still in high school, perhaps building the foundations for a future career.
One such group attended Brooklyn Technical High School (BTHS) and had the chance to participate in Clunhouse Parallel Universe Bootcamp, according to HPCWire.
Here, the students had the chance to learn more about the kind of things computer applications developers work on and study software and parallel programming techniques.
James Reinders the head software evangelist at Intel explained that he feels parallel programming is becoming a "fundamental" part of a programmer's skill set and said that "the students we got [at BTHS] were definitely ready for the material."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that computer programming may be a lucrative career, for it is expected that this will be one of the fastest-growing occupations up until 2016.
Careers in Computing/IT
Over the past couple of decades, computers have become an increasingly integral part of everyday life and they are now almost ubiquitous in both the workplace and the home.
As the adoption of computer technology has grown across America, the number and variety of jobs linked to the computing and information technology (IT) sector has grown with it.
Today, a career in the profession can involve anything from programming and web design to data processing, help desk support and software engineering.
And as technology advances and demand for computer-related services increase, these careers are set to continue their development and expansion.
In particular, according to the Department of Labor's (DOL) Tomorrow's Jobs forecast, the information "supersector" - which contains some of the fastest-growing computer-related professions such as software design, internet publishing and broadcasting and wireless communications - is expected to generate 212,000 new jobs by 2016.
Within these individual industries, job growth is projected to hit 32%, 44.1% and 40.9% respectively, the department's figures show.
The main drivers of growth will be rising demand from consumers and business for new software and widespread adoption of high-speed internet services, the DOL added.
Jobs in software design can include computing programming and software engineering, which involves using the principles of computer science to develop and test new programs and systems.
Internet publishing, meanwhile, involves researching, writing and editing material specifically for the web. According to the DOL, this sector is growing as both established publications and new publishers are increasingly developing content exclusively for the internet.
Finally, technological advances are expected to fuel the adoption of wireless internet services, which will in turn generate new jobs in areas such as computer support.
A key requirement for those working in these roles - and indeed the computing and IT industry as a whole - is the ability to find out about and adapt to new systems and equipment, as changes in the sector can be extremely fast-paced.
Individuals Who Want to Help People Should Consider a Career in Psychology
Many individuals turn to mental health fields such as psychology and counseling with the hope of improving someone's life. By offering guidance, psychologists can help turn someone's life around, making their profession seem rewarding. Various fields in psychology and counseling create a specialty for almost everyone. Whether dealing with children or adults, psychology can help improve someone's wellbeing.
Many students looking to specialize in a field of study are turning to psychology. The industry currently has the third highest enrollment among those furthering their education, falling behind nursing and business. Individuals suggest they are getting involved in the field to help enrich the lives of others.
I hope I will be able to touch the lives of people when they most need help and to offer them advice and guidance, student Kyle Meditz said in a statement.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the psychology field is expected to grow by 14% in the next 9 years, with more than 34% of those being self-employed workers.
Careers in Counseling Can Help Others Handle Grief and Loss
The human condition is a frail one. People are faced with loss and suffering throughout their lives, and sometimes the circumstances are so difficult that professionals are needed to help cope.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is holding grief counseling sessions for those wanting to grieve for a young local writer, Angela Champ, who died in a car accident, according to the Cape Cod Times.
According to the American Academy of Grief Counseling, a grief counselor works with clients who are experiencing normal grief due to a situation. In these cases, the grief counselor is expected to act as an educator, a good listener, to offer support, advocate for things that may help relieve grief and otherwise assist the client to better understand their grief and how to move through the process of dealing with it in a healthy way.
Mental health counselors work with individuals, families and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders and to promote mental health, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau said there were 100,000 mental health counselors employed in 2006 and that number should rise by 30% by 2016.
Careers in Criminal Justice
Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary major where you study everything from psychology and technical writing to law and computer science. Upon completion of a criminal justice degree, you're equipped with skills to work in a number of fields within the private and public sector. Here are four promising careers for a criminal justice major.
1. Detective/Criminal Investigator
The majority of criminal justice graduates end up in law enforcement, doing anything from patrol officer to detective work. If you're already a police officer, know that a criminal justice degree makes you a more attractive candidate to be promoted to detective.
The detective field is very important in solving major crimes within a city or state. As a detective, you interview people and witnesses, collect evidence, and build a case to make arrests that help keep a community and city safe.
In addition, the pay and benefits are competitive, as the average salary in America hovers around 80,000 dollars. Better yet, you don't have to wear a uniform—you can wear jeans to work.
2. Forensics Specialist
This is a very lucrative and attractive career if you pursue a forensics degree in combination with a criminal justice degree. Studying physics, biology, chemistry, or psychology can turn you into an ideal candidate at any crime department; it makes you knowledgeable of crime as well as the science behind it.
Jobs you could grab include forensics psychologist, blood pattern analyst, forensics science technician, or ballistics expert. As a forensics specialist, you'll look at a crime scene, see what transpired, and give detectives a detailed account of what happened. This position requires a lot of technical skill and great analytical capabilities.
Jobs in forensics generally pay in the six-figure range and up, making it one of the higher paying jobs for criminal justice majors.
3. Private Investigator
The private investigation field includes everything from investigating affairs to helping companies look into employee theft. This career options has become increasingly popular, as more and more businesses and people are using private investigation services.
If you have a good business sense, a career in private investigation could be perfect for you, especially if you know how to sell your services to clients. Lawyers often employ private investigators to help them track down information and find witnesses. Insurance companies sometimes use private agents to investigate possible insurance fraud.
For this career, it's important that you get licensed and also gain experience by working at a more experienced investigator's firm first. After you learn the ropes, you can start your own business. While the median salary for private investigators is 46,000 dollars, there's plenty of opportunity to earn well beyond that figure—especially if you start your own company. If you plan on doing this, consider taking a few business courses to learn the financial basics of running an enterprise.
4. Legal Assistant
According the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics , this field is growing and will continue to grow over the next decade and beyond. A criminal justice major provides you with the skills to help attorneys prepare legal files and other materials for a case. The general salary ranges from 40,000 to 55,000 dollars, but that figure can vary depending on whether you work for the public or at a private law firm.
Get Your Criminal Justice Career Moving
With a criminal justice degree, keep in mind that there are plenty of unique, exciting opportunities open to you. Better yet, most of these opportunities are high paying and offer attractive benefits.
Also, remember that a Bachelor's degree—along with a professional, well-written resume —will help you get your foot in the door. The criminal justice field is highly competitive, so adding other skills can catapult your career to new and exciting levels. The more you can offer an agency or business, the further that criminal justice major can take you.
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Rasmussen College Debuts New Grants for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Officials
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Massachusetts' Elms College Launches New Criminal Justice Program
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Illinois' Rend Lake College Adds New Criminal Justice Program
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FBI Creates New Anti-Terror Criminal Justice Degree at IUP
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Women Encouraged To Pursue Criminal Justice Careers
A recent forum in New Hampshire called attention to the relative under-representation of women in the criminal justice field.
The Laconia (NH) Citizen quoted Plymouth State University criminal justice professor Stephanie Halter as saying that women comprise only 11% of police officers, 24% of correctional officers and 25% of legal professionals across the country.
While women have made inroads into careers in the field of criminal justice over the last 40 years, it remains largely a male-dominated profession to this day, said Halter, who organized the forum at Plymouth State.
Among the women who spoke at the forum were state supreme court justice Linda Dalianis and representatives from the county prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, and the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.
Women not only can but should work as police officers, correctional officers, lawyers, judges, wardens and fire fighters, said Halter.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job prospects for correctional officers are "excellent" in the foreseeable future, but warns that conditions can be "stressful and hazardous." The same can be said for qualified police recruits, while dispatchers, paralegals and legal assistants are seen as entry-level opportunities in criminal justice with strong growth potential.
Comeback of Engineering and IT Careers in Auto Industry
Bankruptcy, shutdowns and cutbacks in the auto industry have forced tens of thousands of people out of the labor force. But with the recent trend in car sales, automakers are hiring back engineering and IT professionals, as well as hourly workers, to ramp up production of new vehicles again.
News reports say, while employers remain cautious in mass hiring, Ford and General Motors have started hiring back their idled engineers while Lear and Magna are hiring hundreds of applicants with technical and business experience in the auto supply chain.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Magna International has posted job notices to hire 400 people for a new plant in Highland Park, Michigan, where it will make seats for General Motors and Chrysler vehicles. Lear will also manufacture the redesigned seats of Ford Explorer and is now looking to fill 285 jobs at its plant in Hammond, Indiana.
A report from The Oakland Press says GM plans add to more than 100 jobs in a transmission plant in Warren, Michigan, after experiencing 20% increase in car sales early this year.
Michael Robinet, CSM Worldwide's vice president of global vehicle forecasting, told the Free Press that "the best aspect of this rebound that we're seeing is that it is stable." He said car production will gradually increase in 2011 and 2012.
Industry data show that U.S. sales through March are up 15.5% compared with last year and light vehicle production is expected to rise 34% this year.
Careers in Finance in High Demand
Similar to placing bets or budgeting for a vacation, the responsibilities of finance professionals include assessing risk and forecasting monetary returns. Careers in finance require a thorough understanding of the systems in place to move capital and how these systems manage the spending and budgeting of money. Likewise, those budgeting for their own career moves may note the health of the accounting industry through the recession.
A survey of 100 accounting firms across the U.S. revealed that most companies have successfully maintained rates, client services and staff productivity during the economic downturn. According to the survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, in the past year only 12 percent of accounting firms had layoffs while 18 percent instituted hiring freezes.
However, despite record-high unemployment rates, 20 percent of accounting firms say that they are unable to find people to fill their open positions.
The accounting profession has performed well in a poor economy, but it should be a wake-up call for many that staffing challenges have persisted through the recession, said Mike Sabbatis, president of the accounting information service provider, CCH. "Firms should be considering right now what they need to do to win that talent war as the economy heats up again."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of financial analysts to grow by 37% by 2016.
Careers in Finance Expected to Become Available
Careers in finance require a thorough understanding of systems in place to move capital and how these systems manage the spending and budgeting of money. Those in the finance industry must use the resources at their disposal to determine how risk, time and money will affect the future of business. In an industry where little is guaranteed, professionals in this field must be meticulous and responsible.
Industry experts are beginning to predict that new job offerings in the field of finance may be forthcoming, Julie Steinberg of the Wall Street Journal reports. Five IPO's set to take effect this week indicate a rebound in the financial sector and need for more professionals in the field.
An IPO, or initial public offering, occurs when a company issues common stock to the public in efforts to increase capital. In the six months after August 2008, only two IPO transpired.
Bankers are expecting 15 to 20 more IPOs by the end of 2009, causing IPO arrangers Merrill Lynch, PE fund Advent International and Kotak Mahindra Bank to beginning hiring.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of financial analysts to grow by 37% until 2016 - a growth fueled largely by the expectation that Baby Boomers will seek advice managing retirement investments.
Underprivileged Communities Promote Careers in Healthcare
The network of public health professionals, which includes biologists, insurance providers, pharmacists and hospital directors, works as an interdisciplinary team toward managing illness and preserving health. While some enter this field after years of study and exploration, others realize the satisfaction of working in public health from a young age.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently funded a program at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health to prepare disadvantaged students from elementary school to college for careers in healthcare.
The Health Careers Opportunity Program: Pathways to Health Professions will receive a $3 million grant to work toward bring credentialed public health professionals to communities which lack access to the trained experts.
The idea is to pique the student's interest in the health professions and give them the training to be more competitive to enter programs to become health scientists, professors in public health and health practitioners, said Amuwo associate dean of the UIC School of Public Health.
Grant directors hope that the career opportunity program will help to close the gap in access to quality health care between disadvantaged communities and the rest of the country.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in the healthcare industry will increase 22% by 2016, about twice as much as employment for all industries over the same period.
Careers in Nursing Encourage Personal Connections
There are many steps a nursing student must take in order to gain the skills and experience required to be a registered or licensed nurse in the ER, the hospital, or a primary care doctor's office. The responsibilities of a nurse often require spur of the moment decisions and intimate knowledge of the profession's technical and industry-specific aspects.
To gain an aptitude for deftly completing these tasks, a nurse may need rigorous study of proven methods and approaches to the field.
One nurse has found that a simple, productive, and rewarding method nursing is to "approach [patients] like human beings, as opposed to some detached thing," according to a recent article in USA Today.
Jonathon Bartels, a 40-year-old registered nurse who began his career as a hospital orderly, insists that the best care, best results, and best incentives to work evolve from sparking a personal connection with the patient.
Bartels told the news source, "the caring for people and making a difference" drew him to nursing. Since becoming a registered nurse, he has noted the satisfaction in trying to improve the conditions of people in need.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the employment of registered nurses will grow about 23% until 2016, which is a much faster growth rate than the average for all jobs. Employment of nurses in the offices of physicians is estimated to rise 39% over the same period.
Liberal Arts Graduates in Demand Across Wide Range of Industries
Despite a national effort to create more jobs for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals, many employers are looking for well-rounded candidates with a variety of qualifications on their resumes.
Phillip Parker, director of career services at the University of Southern Indiana, told the Courier Press that he is seeing an increase in employers who want and need workers with strong communications and writing skills, and those who can work on long-term projects as part of a team.
These are things that students can readily get through liberal arts, Parker told the news agency.
According to the College Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, many employers want college graduates who are flexible enough to take on new work and show a "creative or entrepreneurial bent."
The report found that while the market is robust for those with STEM-related skills on their resumes, more than 33% of companies are seeking talent from all majors when filling job openings.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that some of the most common occupations of liberal arts majors upon graduation included management trainee, sales, teaching, social work and graphic design.
Careers in Hospice Work Bring Peace to the Terminally Ill
The role of healthcare is normally thought of in terms of preventing disease and death, but it is actually concerned with all aspects of human life. Those who choose a career in hospice work help preserve the dignity of patients in their final days, helping to make the days easier and more pleasant for those who do not have many days left.
To me it shows them that people care about them, that people are listening to them, said Tori Smitherman, a social worker with Crossroads Hospice in Memphis to The Commerical Appeal. "Sometimes I think it rewards us as staff more than it does the patient."
Currently one out of every three Americans dies in hospice care, according to the Hospice Foundation of America.
Employment of personal and home care aides is growing rapidly according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is mostly being driven by the large numbers of elderly as the baby boomer generation retires. Employment in this area is expected to skyrocket by 51% from 2006-2016, with approximately 1.2 million jobs by the end of that period.
Industry Leaders Emerge from Careers in Nursing
The responsibilities of a nurse often require a large reserve of technical skills, the ability to think quickly and decisively and an attitude that encourages healthy lifestyle choices. At a time when many Americans wake up to read about healthcare news in the headlines, jobs in the sector are evolving into new roles. For example, one career nurse has found that a wealth of experience with patients has qualified her for a new role of healthcare policy analyst.
Alice Bonner, a nurse who has spent more than 30 years building a resume within the industry, specialized in elder care during her entire career.
Last month, however, she became the director of the Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she reviews policy briefs to ensure the proper care of the state's patients, the Boston Globe reports.
I was a practicing nurse practitioner right up until the day before I took this job, Bonner told the news source. She added, "It's extremely helpful when you're looking at broad policies, to reflect back on how they would affect the patients you've known over the years."
The nursing veteran points out how professionals in her field have brought about improvements in patient care over the years and encouraged young professionals to continue seeking leadership roles in health policy.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the employment of registered nurses will grow about 23% from 2006 to 2016.
Web Applications Program Wins 0,000 MIT Entrepreneurship Award
For struggling entrepreneurs, recognition in their field, as well as financial security can help launch a successful company. Now, a business developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken home the top prize in the school's Entrepreneurship Competition.
Brett van Zuiden was recently awarded the Robert P. Goldberg $100,000 grand prize for CloudTop, a startup company that allows developers of internet applications to integrate user online content.
The 22-year-old Zuiden, who is planning to add a degree in electrical engineering and computer science to his resume, and cofounder of CloudTop Anand Dass, beat out 7 other finalists for the award.
Our motto is 'anywhere, anytime, any device,' Dass said. "Our goal is to usher in the future of computing by allowing access to all of a user's content and applications. By winning the $100K, we are even better positioned to create our vision."
People who are interested in entrepreneurship may want to take an online assessment test to determine if they have the skills to start their own business.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 2.5 jobs were created in the U.S. by new business establishments in 2010.
More People Checking Out Mortuary Science Careers
A growing number of students are said to be looking into careers in mortuary science due to an increasingly tight job market and the image's reputation for being recession-proof.
According to New York's Newsday, such interest is apparent at Nassau Community College, where enrollment in last fall's mortuary science program was said to be twice as large as the preceding one, while enrollment at the McAllister Institute of Funeral Education in Manhattan jumped from 200 to 270 over the past year.
Graduates of such programs can reportedly earn $50,000 a year after completing a yearlong residency at a funeral home.
I think we have an extremely unique career. Not many people can do it, student John Madigan told the newspaper.
Along with the recession, another factor that favors people who pursue mortuary careers is the general aging of the population, which has also helped fuel the nation's increasingly high demand for nursing professionals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for funeral directors is expected to increase 12 percent in the coming years. The BLS notes that people with embalming skills will have better prospects in this field, and also says that a number of the nation's current funeral professionals are approaching retirement age.
Nova Southeastern University Debuts New Nursing Labs
Beginning this August, nursing students at Florida's Nova Southeastern University (NSU) will be able to add valuable hands-on experience to their resumes with the help of a new high-tech simulation laboratory.
The new laboratory at the school's Miami Student Educational Center (SEC) will consist of 4 high-tech robotic simulators that replicate a fully functioning hospital complete with nursing station, medical equipment and computers. The lab will also hold 2 60-seat classrooms and medication room.
Program director Sally Weiss said nursing students will be able to add employable experience to their resume through the new learning environment at the center.
The facility is designed to help our students hit the ground running when they become professional nurses," Weiss added. "There is little room for mistakes in this profession.
Founded in 2003, NSU's nursing program is one of the fastest growing at the school. There are currently about 1,000 students enrolled in the department.
School officials said that nearly 100% of nursing students who added a degree from Miami SEC onto their resumes found jobs following graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to grow by 22% through 2018.
Career In Nursing
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is the largest occupation within the United States' single biggest industry - health care - accounting for some 2.5 million of the sector's 14 million jobs.
Although there are many specialist areas within nursing, the bureau said a number of common themes run through the profession.
They include the treatment of patients, the provision of education to patients and the wider public about medical conditions and general health issues, and lending emotional support and advice to the families of those suffering from illness or disease.
Nurses may also be required to record patients' symptoms and medical histories, assist with diagnostic testing, analyze results, operate medical equipment, administer treatment and medications first-hand and assist with rehabilitation.
Within the profession, there are innumerable specialisms that qualified graduates can pursue - or combine.
Nurses can, for example, choose to work in a particular area of treatment. These include perioperative and perianesthesia nurses, who assist surgeons and anesthetists in surgery.
There are also nurses who specialize in medical conditions, such as diabetes or cancer. Other nurses choose to work with particular body systems or organs, such as dermatology nurses who deal with skin conditions.
A career in nursing also offers the chance to work with certain sections of the population, such as children or the elderly.
And, while nurses usually work as part of a team, there are additional career paths that offer more independent settings, such as advance practice nurses.
Whatever career path nurses choose, they normally find the profession exciting and rewarding, according to the National League for Nursing.
However, the bureau added, nurses can also experience emotional strain from treating patients in severe pain or being close to their families.
Between 2006 and 2016, nursing is forecast to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the US, according to Department of Labor, generating 587,000 new jobs.
In May of that year, average earnings for a registered nurse were $57,280, with variations by specialism and job location.
Inspiration 'vital' for a career in real estate
A job in real estate can offer a lot to the right individual, particularly those who are determined to get the most out of the career.
A panel of real estate moguls gave advice to a group of interested jobseekers at a recent university event reported by the Suffolk Journal, telling the audience that the sector offers a mix of inspiration, motivation and opportunity.
Gerard Donahue described the profession as being about "the opportunity to make the opportunity", which suggests that those thinking of a real estate career should be confident enough to take a chance.
He added that people should be prepared to capitalize on their window into the field and work their way up the ladder.
The three men have a long resume of building projects, including offices, apartment complexes and shopping centers.
Some of the benefits of a real estate career include flexibility, the opportunity to be rewarded for hard work and the potential for high earnings, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Real Estate Professionals Thrive on Challenges
As there is always a possibility that the real estate market will fluctuate, professionals working in this sector should thrive on challenges.
Darryl Davis, who helps those in the real estate industry boost their productivity, says that one of the most important skills an agent should possess is the ability to "stay positive in the face of adversity".
Strong business acumen and communication skills are two more qualities he highlights, adding that it is more important than ever for real estate agents to be at the top of their game in the current housing market.
Part of the strategy for dealing with a buyer's market, Mr Davis explains, is creating a sense of urgency so that the buyer feels compelled to complete a deal without asking for a lower price.
There are over 1,000 real estate courses in the US, offering associate bachelor's and graduate degrees. Mortgage financing, property development and management, and business administration are some of the subjects that may be studied.
The majority of real estate brokers and sales agents are self-employed, according to the most recent data from the Department of Labor (DOL). Job opportunities in the profession are expected to grow by 11 per cent in the 10-year period ending in 2016.
According to the DOL, real estate brokers earn a median annual salary of $60,790 including commissions, while agents earn around $39,760.
School Counselors Help Children Overcome Challenges
Becoming a school counselor gives graduates the opportunity to teach youngsters about key social issues as well as helping them to overcome the challenges they face.
Carlabeth Mathias, who is to retire shortly after working as a counselor at a number of elementary and junior high schools, told indystar.com that she initially trained as a teacher but discovered that helping young people deal with social and emotional issues through counseling was her true passion.
She therefore qualified as a counselor in order to devote all her time to help kids work through everything from dealing with divorce to making new friends.
Following her upcoming retirement, Ms Mathias intends to continue her counseling work through a private practice. She said her new role will be challenging but the rewards of knowing she has helped a child or their family are too good to resist.
You can't get much better than that, she said.
According to the Department of Labor, a master's degree is generally required in order to become a licensed counselor.
In addition to working in education, it adds, counseling roles can also cover marriage, careers, rehabilitation and mental health.
In 2006, there were 635,000 counselors in the US, the majority of whom worked in educational and vocational roles.
Shaquille O'Neal Provides Long Arms of the Law, Seeks Job
The pursuit of justice can be a nebulous science as each individual holds a slightly different concept of what is right and fair. While some job seekers may be looking for excitement, honor, or the lofty pursuit of justice, others get involved in law enforcement because they realize they cannot be a dominating NBA all-star for the rest of their lives.
Though it would be tough to remain undercover, basketball great Shaquille O'Neal is looking to pursue a second career as a law enforcement officer in Ohio as a special deputy, after the center was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the offseason, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Pending a review of his application, O'Neal would have to complete 36 hours of police training within six months and take the Ohio police examination in order to accept the job, Attorney General spokeswoman Holly Hollingsworth told the news source.
According to John O'Brien of the Cuyahoga County sheriff's office, the Cavalier would have the right to carry a gun and make arrests, but would not be a paid, formal employee - if his application is approved.
O'Neal, who is 37 years old and in his 17th year in the NBA, has previously held positions with law enforcement agencies in Arizona, Virginia and Florida.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in the field of law enforcement is expected to grow 11% until 2006.
Surprising Six-Figure Jobs
You don't have to be a doctor, lawyer or top executive to be in the ranks of people who earn six-figure salaries. Some jobs you might not guess were so lucrative also offer annual compensation of $100,000 or more--and many of these jobs don't even require advanced degrees.
Check out this list of eight surprising jobs that can put you in the six-figure club. Annual salary information is provided by LiveCareer's Salary Calculator :
1. Funeral director: The top 25 percent earn $112,000 or more.
Since death never takes a holiday, some people become funeral directors because they see it as a recession-proof job. Most funeral directors have little to do with body preparation, and mainly work with families of the deceased.
2. Technical writer: In major metropolitan areas, the top 25 percent earn $111,000 or more.
Tech writing is one of the most lucrative and secure writing careers these days. Writing about technical topics so laypeople can understand them may not be as glamorous as writing novels, but for most people it pays a lot better.
3. Air-traffic controller: The top 25 percent earn $184,000 or more.
There's soon to be an acute shortage of air traffic controllers because of a mandatory retirement age of 56, which many are hitting in the next couple of years. A recent study shows that this mandatoryretirement may not be so wise, because experience makes up for possible cognitive declines due to aging.
4. Restaurant manager: The top 25 percent of restaurant managers of large restaurants earn $156,000 or more.
Restaurant managers really earn their high salaries. They're often the first to get to work and the last to leave. It's a pressure-cooker kind of job, but at least they get free meals!
5. Principal/headmaster: The top 25 percent earn $113,000 or more.
Headmasters at New York City's top private schools make more than $300,000, live in deluxe digs paid for by their schools, and get super high-end perks, according to an article in the New York Post. Some even get their very own car and driver.
6. Airline pilot: The top 25 percent earn $151,000 or more.
You don't need to have perfect vision to become a pilot. You can wear glasses as thick as soda-bottle bottoms, as long as your vision is correctable to 20/20.
7. Pharmacist: The top 25 percent earn $174,000 or more.
Pharmacists used to invent drugs--and other concoctions--on their own. Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton sought to invent the perfect medicine and the ultimate non-alcoholic drink rolled into one. The result? Coca-Cola.
8. Astronomer: The top 25 percent earn $151,000 or more.
The majority of astronomers spend relatively little time gazing at the heavens through telescopes. Most of their time is spent analyzing data. Being good at math is a top requirement for this job.
It is possible to find a high-paying career that provides you with great job satisfaction.
How to Understand the Unemployment Rate
What exactly is the unemployment rate? Your grandma is retired, does she count towards the unemployment rate? And even if you understand the unemployment rate, what impact does it have on your career? Fortunately for you, you've come to the right place. And no, your grandma doesn't count.
The Unemployment Rate Defined
The unemployment rate is calculated by diving the amount of people who don't have a job by the amount of people who do have a job. Individuals who aren't looking for work don't factor into this figure, such as retirees, stay-at-home dads, and minors not old enough to work.Another factor that's not counted into this unemployment rate is what's called "underemployment." A great example of this is a recent college graduate with a finance degree working as a barista at your local coffee shop. Yes, this person has a job and is employed, but they don't have a "career job" and are still actively job searching. Basically, there is more competition than the unemployment rate suggests.
What Does This Mean for You?
In recent years, the unemployment rate has dropped nationwide. While it's promising that more and more jobs are opening up, this also means it's time to take charge of your career and work hard to refine your best job-related skills.
Nancy Collamer, a career coach, suggests looking at the way you network. You shouldn't only network when you're unemployed—you should network all the time. You never know when a great opportunity will pop up, or when you badly need some job advice.
Another key factor is making sure you're actively giving to your network—endorsing their skills on LinkedIn, providing job recommendations, etc. It may be common sense, but you become more valuable if you offer value. Once you've established yourself as a reliable contact, you'll start to receive (job openings, interviews, etc.).Assessing your mindset and attitude is also important. Career coach Erika Anderson recommends looking at your internal dialogue about yourself and your career. Are you stuck in your old ways, or willing to make a change? Also, it's important to consistently remind yourself of your selling points. Why are you such an asset? You need to constantly highlight these skills in your resume , cover letter, and interview.Also, don't overlook the importance of volunteer work. A recent study showed that people who volunteer are 27 percent more likely to get a job. Volunteering is a great way to build skills and experiences you may not be getting in the workplace. Plus, it's a wonderful opportunity to network and give back.
How Unemployment Impacts Your Job Search
It's crucial to regularly check for job openings. You should be checking several times a week, if not daily. Part of understanding the unemployment rate is knowing that you're not the only person looking for a new job. Jobs fill quickly, and you'll miss opportunities by not looking often enough.Another aspect to job searching is reaching out to hiring managers at companies before you know an open position exists. Less candidate take this route, which means you'll have a leg up on the competition. If you've done a good job networking, have one of your contacts introduce you to a hiring manager. If not, don't be scared to get on the phone or write an email and tell them how you can help their organization. A smart manager is always looking for great people, whether or not they are hiring at the time.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demands for health information and medical records specialists will grow faster than average in the coming years.
Experts say there are a few career paths worth looking into for those who are willing to embrace the 21st century.
Professionals with clerical experience on their resumes are in demand in Phoenix, Arizona, after Allegiance Staffing announced it was opening an office in the state.
A government contract to support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio could help create several hundred new jobs for those with tech experience.
The latest jobless figures are proof that college graduates are more likely to find a job than those without a degree.
As fewer medical school students opt to enter the lower-paying fields, the shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S. may reach 44,000 by 2025.
A counseling career can be considered recession-proof in some ways, since demand for these professionals tends to increase during times of economic difficulty.
The new Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Incorporated is showing promise for professionals with business experience on their resumes.
Recent college graduates in Florida are starting to see a healthy job market, with some from the Class of 2011 considering multiple job offers.
Job seekers thinking about nursing career may want to consider specializing in long-term care or geriatrics as demand for these professionals is expected to rise.
With a renewed focus on prosecuting financial crimes, now might be a good time to consider a career in forensic accounting.
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If you are interested in pursuing a teaching career, working as a substitute could be one way to get a feel for the business and gain some experience.
In addition to instructing students in academic subjects such as science and math, teachers are role models whose examples are often followed by their pupils. Travel Jobs to Come with Southwest Expansion
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In good times and bad, everyone needs an accountant
While the job market for accountants may be good when the economy is up, with more businesses starting out needing financial help, some accountants are finding their careers are just as buoyant when the economy is down.
James Jenkins, an accountant who works in Detroit's Southfield area, said he's busy now that he's entered the "recession-management business," the Detroit Free Press reports. This may be especially true with tax season in its final couple of weeks.
The accountant said companies want financial advice on how to keep mum on tax bills. "When things go badly, there's even more pressure not to pay taxes," Jenkins told the news provider.
One element of the job that may be particularly satisfying is that Jenkins helps management, as opposed to replacing people within the company, according to the article.
Careers in accounting are expected to grow by 18 percent through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Along with that is the projected number of approximately 226,000 new jobs that will emerge in the next decade.
Health Care Administrators Increasingly In Demand
Reports of a new health care technology company in the Midwest offer a preview of some of the healthcare careers that will be available in the coming years.
An Associated Press report this week noted that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota was teaming up with its Nebraska counterpart to create the new company, CoreLink Administrative Solutions, which already has employees in Fargo and Omaha.
The company currently has about 100 employees and is expecting to hire 100 more in 2009, with an eye on lowering healthcare costs and providing more efficient services.
Many career reports focus on the need for nurses and other healthcare professionals who deal directly with patients. However, administrative positions in the healthcare industry are also projected to see more demand in the coming years.
For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demands for health information and medical records specialists will grow by 18 percent through 2016, which is faster than average. The agency also cites a likely increase in demand for people who work as cancer registrars.
The BLS notes that about 40 percent of these jobs are in hospitals, while the rest range from physicians' offices to home health care facilities.
Allegiance Staffing to Create More Clerical Jobs in Arizona
Professionals with clerical or logistics experience on their resume
are in demand in Phoenix, Arizona, after Allegiance Staffing announced it was opening its first office in the state.
The company, which specializes in providing staff for light industrial, warehouse and general labor businesses, said it would also be looking to fill a number of clerical, logistics and skilled trade positions over the next year, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
Bruce Lengyel, Allegiance vice president, told the news agency that the company expects to create between 100 and 200 jobs within the first year of operation in Phoenix as it connects workers with more local companies in need of staffing.
We are going to be able to offer our services at aggressive rates, Lengyel noted.
Lengyel added that the company also hopes to grow a greater presence throughout the Southwest region.
Clerical workers looking for employment may want to use an online resume builder to update their resumes to reflect their most relevant job skills.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for office information clerks are expected to increase by 7% through the end of the decade and be best for those with some postsecondary training.
Counseling Careers Can Be Recession Proof
A counseling career can be considered recession-proof in some ways, since demand for these professionals tends to increase during times of economic difficulty.
This week, Seattle's KING 5 news reported that area officials are urging those who have recently lost jobs or are fearing layoffs to seek help if they feel they need it. The city is home to some of the nation's most successful companies, several of which have announced significant layoffs in recent days.
Losing a job is one of the tops three stressors in a human being's life, so it's very traumatic. It's a loss akin to losing loved one, career and executive coach Maureen Moriarty told the TV station. She went on to say that a job loss involves more than just lost income, since factors like one's identity and sense of security are also often involved.
The current economy has seen growing interest in two areas of counseling - vocational counselors who help non-students plan career moves, and mental health counselors, who help people cope with loss, depression and other issues.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted healthy growth in all areas of counseling between now and 2016, with an especially strong 30 percent jump envisioned in demand for mental health counselors.
Florida Grads Seeing Healthy Job Market
Recent college graduates in Florida are starting to see a healthy job market, with some from the Class of 2011 considering multiple job offers.
The Sun Sentinel reports that students with postsecondary degrees on their resumes are starting to benefit from the modest economic recovery. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 41% of recent college graduates have so far received a job offer.
The news agency reports that in Florida, graduates in accounting and information technology are seeing the most success.
Recruiter Dan DeNisco told the news agency that students looking to enter their career field should start looking for a job before graduation. He said that most employers begin looking at potential candidates in the late summer or early fall before graduation. He also suggests that students need to hone their communications skills no matter which field they are looking to enter.
According to DeNisco, students who have experience in their field through an earlier internship will also have a leg up on the competition.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with advanced degrees can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.
Forensic Accounting Careers Looking Solid
With a renewed focus on prosecuting financial crimes, now might be a good time to consider a career in forensic accounting.
A recent New York Times report notes that President Obama's budget is expected to call for more funding for the FBI to investigate mortgage fraud, as well as extra funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission.
It's clear that he and other top-level members of the Obama administration want to seize the opportunity to send a message of zero tolerance for mortgage fraud. The only question is when and how they will do it, Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Even before the current rash of financial crimes began making national news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was projecting an above increase in demand for forensic accountants in the coming years.
The current recession has only added to nationwide statistics for financial crimes and related activities like identity theft and illegal computer activities. If you have strong computer skills and an understanding of finance, this may be your perfect career.
Teachers Lead By Example
In addition to instructing students in academic subjects such as science and math, teachers are role models whose examples are often followed by their pupils.
Middle school teacher Karen O'Donnell told the Asbury Park Press that prospective teachers should be aware that young people will be looking to them to learn about morals, values and goals, as well as the traditional subjects.
She explained that her inspiration for teaching comes from the knowledge that she has a potential to make a difference in children's lives.
I just feel lucky that I get to do something that I love to do, so I don't see it as a job, Ms O'Donnell added.
In addition to dedication and the ability to motivate others, teachers should be organized, dependable, patient and able to respond to the needs of individual students.
Prospective middle school teachers should pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in education. Since educators at this level often specialize in a particular area, they should have a solid grounding in that topic.
There are around 674,000 middle school teachers in the US, according to the Department of Labor. The most recent data from the department reveals that the median earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers range from $43,580 to $48,690 - though these figures may vary based on location, experience and school.
More College Students In Need of Counseling
After taking an aptitude test, an individual may discover that they have a talent for counseling. Psychology jobs are predicted to increase by 12% over the next 8 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The growth may help individuals find new counseling jobs in the industry, specifically in helping young adults.
The number of college students in dire need of counseling is rising, according to the New York Times. Medical experts believe that depression among young adults is fueled by psychotropic drugs, which are administered to treat conditions, such as bipolar disorder. More college students are also likely to release their stress through self-harm, as opposed to seeking counseling.
It's so different from how people might stereotype the concept of college counseling, or back in the '70s students coming in with existential crises: who am I? Dr. Jenny Hwang told the news source. "Now they're bringing in life stories involving extensive trauma, a history of serious mental illness, eating disorders, self-injury, alcohol and other drug use."
A recent study conducted by the American College Counseling Association discovered that 44% of students in counseling suffer from severe psychological disorders. This number will continue to increase the demand for psychologists.
More Job Seekers Finding Full-Time Work
The latest unemployment figures show that more professionals are moving from part-time jobs to full-time careers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of full-time workers rose to 113.8 million in December 2011, it was the highest number of full-time permanent workers reported in the U.S. since February 2009, the height of the economic downturn. Figures also found that at the same time, more than 8 million people worked part-time hours week because they couldn't a full-time job, that number is the lowest it's been since January 2009.
Michael Gapen, a senior U.S. economist at Barclays Capital Incorporated, told Bloomberg News that the hours gained in more people finding full-time work is a win-win situation, strengthening both the labor market and consumer spending.
By moving into more permanent positions, you get a more productive workforce, Michael Gapen told the news agency "It makes labor more valuable and that means moderate wage growth, even with the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent. That translates into better consumption momentum entering this year."
The BLS reports that professionals with an advanced degree on their resume can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.
Careers in primary healthcare in high demand
The network of public health professionals, which includes biologists, insurance providers, pharmacists and hospital directors, works as an interdisciplinary team toward managing illness and preserving health. While some enter this field after years of study and exploration, others realize the satisfaction of pursuing careers in public health from a young age.
As fewer medical school students opt to enter the lower-paying fields like family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, some health reports estimate the shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S. may reach 44,000 by 2025, the Star Tribute reports.
Health officials have begun to lobby for a provision in Congress' healthcare reform bill that would forgive the student loans of doctors who choose to practice primary care.
The financial burden drives very responsible people to make decisions that may not be in our state and country's best interest, said Dr Patricia Simmons, a professor at the Mayo Clinic.
According to the Council on Graduate Medical Education, primary care doctors comprise 35 percent of the physician workforce, and shortages in some regions have already emerged. To compound the problem, only 20 percent of medical school graduates are entering the understaffed field.
According to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of physicians will have grown about 14 percent between 2006 and 2016.
Intuit Employment Index Finds Signs of Life in Small Business Sector
The new Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Incorporated is showing promise for professionals with business experience on their resumes
, with the sector adding approximately 55,000 jobs last month.
According to the monthly report, September's figures amount to an annual growth rate of 3.3%. Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland and New Jersey were among the states that had the largest amount of hiring in the sector last month, with Oregon and New York reporting slight declines in overall small business growth.
Economist Susan Woodward said that the news is welcome relief across a number of industries including construction and real estate, which are closely linked to the success of small businesses.
After all the uproar over the threatened European financial meltdown, good news is very welcome. Woodward added. "Unlike in August, there is no softness in September's numbers: employment is up, hours worked are up and compensation is up."
The average monthly pay for small business employees was more than $2,600.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for business administrative managers are expected to grow by 12% through 2018.
Officials See Need for Specialized, LTC Nurses as Population Ages
Job seekers thinking about pursuing a career in nursing may want to consider specializing in long-term care or geriatrics as demand for these professionals is expected to rise over the next several years.
In Texas for example, health care officials are predicting an increase in the need for nurses who have a variety of skills on their resume, including knowledge of electronic records, respiratory care and rehabilitation therapy to treat an aging popular entering nursing home facilities.Sandra Colley, administrative director of Nursing Service for HCR ManorCare, told the Houston Chronicle that many nursing homes are looking for workers with additional training in order to treat an influx of older patients.Nurses who work in nursing homes need experience in long-term care, because this is a very busy place and nurses have a lot of responsibilities, Colley said. "We do not have doctors here every day, so the nurses are the eyes and ears for the doctors. Our nurses stay busy caring for the patients, talking to the doctors on the phone, recommending labs or services, providing and administering medications, checking back in with the doctors, checking on lab results and so much more." It appears as if many hospitals across the county will also be in need of highly-skilled nurses and other specialized health care workers.However, as hospitals also need to increase staff who specialize in geriatrics, a recent study showed that many emergency rooms across the country are not equipped to treat patients ages 65 and older.The report by the University of Baltimore School of Medicine and the Baltimore County Center for Aging Studies found that only 2 of the nation's 10 states that have the largest senior populations - Florida and Iowa - have geriatric emergency departments.Another study by UCLA, found that there are 18 particular geriatric syndromes that brought elderly patients to the ER, with an additional need for long-term care (TLC) workers to treat seniors after they are released from the hospital.The current LTC system is not sustainable with the silver tsunami, Kristie Kimbell, of the University of Texas School of Social Work, told New American Media.Kimbell said 7 out of 10 people will require some form of LTC during the later part of their life.Applicants looking to work as a geriatric nurse will need to have 2 years' experience working as an RN, 2,000 hours of clinical practice in geriatrics and must pass a certification exam.
Stanford Says Graduate Job Success Determined by Market Demand
Data from Stanford University's career development center (CDC) found that students who added a bachelor's degree from the school or humanities and sciences to their resume
earned an average salary of $54,950, while those who graduated from the school of engineering received $72,140 on average.According to the recent survey of students who graduated from the California-based school from 2006 to 2009, however, market demand and the recruitment process were some of the main measurements of job-search success.Lance Choy, CDC director, told the Stanford Daily that on average, graduates spent 10 months or more landing a job in their chosen field.But something you have to be careful about is the nature of employer recruiting, Choy added. "Some employers are very structured in their programming. They know they're going to hire X number of students. They'll come in, do their hiring in the fall." According to the school, companies that hired the most Stanford graduates this year were Google, Bain & Company and Teach for America.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the most common occupations of professionals with a liberal arts degree on their resume included management, sales, and teaching.
Substitute Teaching Can Further Your Career Path
At least one school system is finding that an upswing in unemployment has led to greater availability of skilled substitute teachers.
This week, NewsChannel5.com in Nashville reported that the city's school system is benefiting from a growing number of professionals who are available as substitute teachers - many of them highly qualified and capable individuals. It's always been a struggle to get good applicants, Olivia Brown of the Nashville school system told the TV station, going on to note that currently, the district is at about 98 percent capacity for substitute teachers, compared to a more typical rate of 88 percent. The report also noted that nearly all of the district's teaching vacancies are filled, with some 500 new substitutes having been hired, and that those with degrees can earn about $83 a day in Nashville, compared to about $73 a day for those without degrees. If you are interested in pursuing a teaching career, working as a substitute could be one way to get a feel for the business and gain some experience. Requirements and eligibility will vary by state and school district.
Travel Jobs to Come with Southwest Expansion
The travel industry has noticed an increase in bookings as more individuals are looking to spend on vacations again. During the brunt of the recession, the sector was faced with some hardship as many people stopped traveling and funds dried up, causing staffing cuts and businesses to close. However, since consumer spending has increased, travel careers are beginning to experience an upswing.
Southwest Airlines recently decided to expand their services by offering service to South Carolina at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, according to the Greenville. City officials are pleased with the decision as it will secure travel jobs for local residents.
The news provider reports that Southwest had a profitable start to the year after they released their first-quarter 2010 financial results. Executives from the airline carrier said they had expected to continue to see a consumer demand throughout the rest of the year.
Southwest Airlines beginning service to South Carolina is good news for our state, our economy, and the traveling public, Senator Lindsey Graham told the news provider.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the airline industry are expected to increase by 8% by 2018.