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The 2015 “Your Time” Scholarship Recipient

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for our “Your Time” scholarship. We are pleased to announce Ofonime Emah of Montgomery College as the winner of this year’s scholarship. Ofonime is working to earn an Associate’s Degree in Life Science to begin her path of eventually becoming a pedodontist, a pediatric dentist.

Her ultimate goal is to provide free oral health care to less fortunate children in Africa, her homeland. Having previously worked with law firms, Ofonime was touched after working with children with an array of disabilities and knew she wanted to contribute in some way. That is what led her to a huge career change.

“We admire her passion and courage, and we are excited to help Ofonime achieve her goals by earning her degree,” said Jon Payne, editor of The Career Project.

Our “Your Time” Scholarship is an annual award, so please consider applying next year. We look forward to next year’s applications and hearing about Ofonime’s amazing journey!

TCP Update: A Little Reorganization…

Hi everyone! My name is Jon, and I recently took over as the day-to-day editor of The Career Project from Alicia, the original founder of this site.  Alicia is still around and serving as a trusted advisor for us as we now put our foot down on the gas and push to grow this site aggressively and help more job seekers and students identify the right career match for them.

I just wanted to post a quick update here to let you know what we’ve got in store for The Career Project for the rest of 2015 and beyond.

First, over the last month we’ve undertaken a fairly significant technology change, migrating over all of our content on the site to a new web development platform.  There’s lots of technical jargon involved, but basically what this means is that our site will be easier and faster to update.  So you, our clients, will be the beneficiaries.

Secondly, we’re about to start a major push to increase the number of profiles we have on the site.  While we have a nice inventory right now, we want to go deeper into more specific job fields, and refresh some of our larger fields with the most current profiles possible.  So stay tuned on that.

Last and most significant, we’ve made the decision to open up our site and show you all of the career profiles we have for free, with no registration required.  This is a big change for us as for many years the site has only shown you part of the profiles, but required you to login in order to see all sections of the profile.  No longer!  Now you can see everything we’ve got, for free, with no login required.

Top 5 Government & Military Job Profiles

TheCareerProject.org provides thousands of job profiles and informational interviews for free. Click on the job title to view the entire 6 part questionnaire with the mentor. Here are just a few examples of the variety of government job profiles we have!  Are you thinking of getting your degree in Human Services,  being a Military Analyst, or going into the Department of Transportation!  We have the career description for you.

#1: Department of Transportation CIO Job Profile , Salary $105,000

BRIEF JOB PROFILE DESCRIPTION: I serve as the Chief Information Officer to the Kansas Department of Transportation and as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation. I am responsible for the operation and performance of the Bureau of Computer Services and am charged with the responsibility for agency-wide information resource management planning, policy recommendations and integration. I serve as consultant, project manager and planner to develop strategic plans for technological integration and intersystem coordination with vendors. I am also responsible for the development of the multi-year IT Management and Budget Plan; systems analysis and planning; technical support; computer and information related training; agency-wide IT standards; and integration of all information technologies.

 

#2 Military Analyst: Chief Petty Officer Job Profile, Salary: $59,000

BRIEF JOB PROFILE DESCRIPTION: Currently serving in the U.S. Navy with over 300,000 people. My current command is the Naval Information Operations Command with over 300 personnel. We support deployed Armed Forces worldwide with information operations reach-back support. Stand weekly 8-12 hour watches as the point of contact for U.S. Navy Fleet Warfare Commanders as well as troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coordinate technical product production and validation in support of ongoing operations.

 

#3Navy Computer Science SpecialistJob Profile, Salary: $70,000

BRIEF JOB PROFILE DESCRIPTION: I work for a branch of the US Navy called NAVAIR. I am not enlisted in the military, I am just a civilian who works for the navy. The government does all kinds of work, but my group specifically deals with communications systems, networks, and information systems. My team is a software development team. We develop interactive computer training applications, and interactive, electronic versions of technical manuals for equipment or systems that the Navy uses. I specifically do some programming/development, analyzing requirements of an individual project, and lots of testing of applications before they are delivered to our customers.

 

#4 State Government Confidential Assistant Job Profile , Salary: $43,000

BRIEF JOB PROFILE DESCRIPTION: Addressed the concerns and complaints of the constituents in NYS, represented the Governor at events and coordinated special events out of the Governor’s office. State government officd with about 30 in the NYC office.

 

#5Military Intelligence Operations Officer Job Profile, Salary: $84,000

BRIEF JOB PROFILE DESCRIPTION: The US Army is a dynamic and diverse organization that supports and defends the Constitution of the United States. This includes service both foriegn and domestic. There are a variety of job descriptions and specializations within the Army. Many of the positions have civilian equivalents such as doctor, lawyer, logistician, mechanic, and communications specialist (IT expert). Employment requires a maintained level of physical fitness, expertise in your field, and high morale character. As the Deputy Operations Officer for a multi-disciplined intelligence facility I am responsible for numerous planning and organizing duties. I schedule and conduct daily and weekly organizational meetings with the purpose of disseminating information and coordinating efforts. I act as the primary point of contact for outside organizations including coordinating VIP visits, briefings, and projects. Additionally, I accurately collect performance information from subordinate sections and compile it in a professional presentation for senior officers.

 

Thousands of free career profiles and informational interviews only at TheCareerProject.org!

Career Profiles: TV Engineer

When you think of careers in engineering, you probably think of Google, Facebook, Twitter and the hundreds of other tech companies that have made computer engineers some of the most in demand professionals of our day. But engineering covers a wide range of tasks, industries and titles. Michael Surman is the Chief Engineer at a professionally staffed university television station in the New York metropolitan (NY-NJ-CT) area.

What made you decide to get into the engineering field?

My grandfather was an engineer, and one of the things that we did together was fix old radios and take apart electronics. That’s what started my interest in engineering. I originally went to school for mechanical engineering at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).  I thought that after college I would work at a car company designing car parts for maximum performance.  During my freshman year, I approached one of my professors about any internship opportunities he might know of, and he suggested an internship at a TV station. Though I had no interest in working at a TV station, it seemed interesting enough – and what college student doesn’t need some work experience?  It was actually my ability to solder wires that got me an internship, a skill I learned from the time I spent with my grandfather.

How long have you been with the TV station?

Eight years. My career path was pretty straightforward – I started as a college intern working in the engineering department helping out, then worked part time as a broadcast engineer, which lead to a full time position, followed by assistant chief engineer, and then chief engineer.

How has your role changed from being a broadcast associate to head engineer?

As a broadcast associate I was given different tasks throughout the day, such as: running video and audio cables; making labels and keeping track of spreadsheets with wire numbers and locations of equipment throughout the television facility; soldering wires and making special connectors for different types of equipment; and updating AutoCAD drawings and equipment elevation drawings.

Now as head engineer I manage everyday projects and monitor the 24/7 workflow with the engineering team. I’m always communicating with vendors and technical support to troubleshoot any issues or just to make sure that we’re on track to meet any deadlines.

Another difference in roles is that I no longer clock out at the end of the day – I’m on call 24/7 to help deal with any emergency issues that may come up.

What is a typical day like at work?

Work is different every day. There’s always a new project, a new problem, or equipment that needs to be commissioned. My day starts with emails from vendors and from the in-house operations with problems or questions regarding the many aspects associated with a television station. I follow up with as many as I can get to that day and work on a number of different projects either with, or in conjunction with, the IT department. Testing and configuration of in-progress and or completed projects is a big part of everyday work.

What are some of the challenges of being an engineer?

Part of my job includes working with the latest technology and equipment, learning and understanding what it does and how it can benefit our operations. The challenge of all this is implementing this new piece of technology into our system, with the minimum amount of disturbance to our operations.

What is one of your favorite parts of your job?

Television technology is always growing and changing.  My favorite part is having the opportunity to stay up to date, and use the latest and greatest gear on the market.

What advice would you give for someone that wants to get into this field?

Attention to detail and being organized are great traits to have. Always know what you are doing and document the changes that you are making within a system.  If you don’t have the proper documentation, it will be very hard to find and fix a problem in the system later.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position in engineering?

A working knowledge of AutoCAD, and being able to managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. It’s really important to be a people person for this role – you’re constantly working with team members, vendors and support staff to keep things running.  Being tech savvy doesn’t hurt either.

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STEM careers are some of the most well paid, in demand and under-staffed in the United States today. And the demand for qualified individuals will only continue to grow with the continued dependence of technology in our lives. To learn more about careers in engineering, be sure to check out some of the other engineering and science job profiles found at The Career Project.

| Chemical Engineer Job Profile | Computer Engineer Job Profile |
| Biochemical Engineer Supervisor Job Profile | Business Process Engineer Job Profile |
| CAD Engineer Job Profile | Scientific Engineering Associate Career Profile |

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The Top 100 Websites For Your Career

The Career Project

As a free and interactive career profile database, TheCareerProject.org site allows users to research thousands of real careers through the eyes of the people who work them.This site was designed with the pure intention of letting people of all ages, not just students, voyeur into any job they could think of.

 

 

 

The Daily Muse
Founded by Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos and Melissa McCreery in September 2011, The Daily Muse is an online career and lifestyle publication targeted at women. Visit TheDailyMuse.com and you’ll find career advice, book reviews, tips for hiring, Q&A interviews with successful entrepreneurs and inspiring executives, videos and a job board. The Daily Muse also contributes to Forbes.com.

The Hired Group
Founded by nationally-recognized career coach Ryan Kahn, The Hired Group has one goal: to get you hired. Building off of Kahn’s expertise in placing young professionals into the world’s most coveted companies, The Hired Group offers personalized services ranging from resume revisions to internship and job placement. Working with over 900 employers and specializing in public relations, film, TV, music, fashion, marketing and event planning industries, The Hired Group is a top resource for helping students and recent grads in landing their dream career.

The Labor Academy
Aimed at tech professionals, this site offers information on career development, with articles on topics like crafting a personal brand and tech certifications that earn six-figure salaries. The site also includes generic career advice like how to ace a job interview. Mantel Featherson, a career coach who used to consult companies on how best to use tech personnel, writes the articles on the site and publishes guest posts.

Top 5 Nurse Job Profiles of the Week

Top 5 Nurse Job Profiles, Descriptions & Information

TheCareerProject.org provides thousands of job profiles and informational interviews for free. Here are just a few examples

#1 Nursing Job Profile Examples

911 Dispatcher Job Profile , Salary $45,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: It’s a non profit organization of approximately 500 employees. The company services hospital systems such as St Barnabas Health Care system and Meridian Health Care System. The company is also contracted through different townships and nursing facilities. We provide transportation such as advanced life support, critical care transportation and basic life support transportation.

 

#2 Nursing Job Profile Examples

Director of scientific research Job Profile, Salary: $82,000 (click to see entire job profile)

Oversee all levels of research and micorobiology studies. report to director on all studies and evaluations.Manage a team of 23 with direct reports. Advice to others to get this job: to do their research, and thoroughly look at all companies before applying snd making sure that is what u want, keep studying and be active in the various organizations.

 

#3 Medical Assistant Profile Examples

Certified Medical Assistant, Salary: $30,000 (click to see entire job profile)

My duties and responsibilities include taking patients medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. I also collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform laboratory tests, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.

 

#4 Nurse Job Profiles Examples

Certified Nursing Assistant, Salary: $30,000 (click to see entire job profile)

I work for a medical staffing Agency.They test hire and send out professionals in the medical field to hospitals,nursing homes and private homes where shifts are available because of being understaffed. I usually go to a nursing home,and I am given a list of people who will be under my care for that shift.I am responsible for their needs,eating,bathing,taking them to the bath room.Some people are bedridden,and you must wash and dress to the best of your ability,this person,all the while making sure you are respectfull of their feelings.

 

#5 Nursing Job Profiles

Licensed Practical Nurse, Salary: $40,000 (click to see entire job profile)

Commonwealth of Pa. Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.I work in a Veterans home in Pa. It has over 500 employees. Passing meds, treatments,charting, everything and everything, being a nurses aide when we are short stafed which is very often. I do what an RN doesn’t want to do and delegates to me

Thousands of free career profiles and informational interviews only at TheCareerProject.org!

Top 5 Higher Education Career Profiles: Are our Mentors happy with their Careers in Education?

HIGHER EDUCATION CAREER PROFILES

Careers in “Higher Education” and academia have long been coveted and respected but how happy are people right now who are currently employed by colleges and universities? The answer might surprise you! While the jobs and salaries vary wildly ($35,000-$82,000) from an academic advisor to an adjunct professor below, majority are seemingly happy with what they do and how much they are paid.

 

ACADEMIC ADVISOR CAREER PROFILE

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Academic Advisor do?

  What field is your job in?

Higher Education

  What is your job title?

Academic Advisor

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for a four year state University. In my department there are 30 people. Over all there are 17,000 students and 3,000 staff and faculty.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

One year

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I advise undergraduate students who have not been accepted to the college of their major. I help them choose the right courses and advise them on the requirements for their program. I also teach a first year college success course to freshmen students.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

12,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

35070

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

Medical, Dental, Vision, 22 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave. And a Retirement plan

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

I feel I am paid well for what I do!!!

READ HER FULL CAREER PROFILE HERE

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR CAREER PROFILE

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Adjunct Professor do?

  What field is your job in?

Education

  What is your job title?

Adjunct Professor

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

A state employee, working for a large school in the state college system.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

1 year

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

30

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I generated lectures, teach courses, grade exams and assist students in higher education.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

75000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

82000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

Health, dental, 403b

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

well compensated

READ THE FULL CAREER PROFILE


HIGHER EDUCATION CAREER PROFILES #3: Assistant Professor

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Assistant professor do?

  What field is your job in?

Academia

  What is your job title?

Assistant professor

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for City University of New York.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

5 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

30 hrs

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I teach Anatomy and Physiology to Allied Health Students. I also conduct student research and partipate college committees.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

65000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

70000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

I have summer off, dental plan and GHI health insuarance.

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

under compensated.

READ FULL CAREER PROFILE HERE


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CAREER PROFILE #4

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Assistant Director – Career Development do?

  What field is your job in?

Academic Affairs – University

  What is your job title?

Assistant Director – Career Development

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work at a small, private, liberal arts university. Total enrollment is approx. 3300 in an urban area.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

9 months

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40-45 hours.

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Mainly responsible for coordinating the University’s undergraduate internship program. Also coordinate career planning workshops throughout the year and assist with presentations as needed.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

44000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

44750

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

TIAA/CREF, Full medical and dental benefits, vacation accrues at approx. 2 days/month.

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

Fairly compensated.

READ THE FULL CAREER PROFILE HERE!

HIGHER EDUCATION CAREER PROFILES #5: Recruiting Coordinator

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Recruiting Coordinator do?

  What field is your job in?

Higher Education

  What is your job title?

Recruiting Coordinator

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for the University of Memphis which services 20,000+ students and has over 500 employees.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

1 year

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

37.5

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

•Oversee the planning, registration and logistics of major career events held on campus •Plan and coordinate recruiting schedules for full time employment and internships. •Advise corporate contacts about UM Career Services policies and suggest the most effective means to target students on-campus •Act as CMC coordinator for the development and maintenance of supported databases to generate detailed reports on companies and candidates •Generate Career Services reports and compile recruiting statistics for submission to publications including NACE Salary Survey

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

35886

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

35866

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

15 hrs month vacation, 7.5 month sick, 401K and retirement plan, full medical,

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

I feel I am compensated well

 

READ HER FULL CAREER PROFILE HERE!

TheCareerProject.org “Job Profile” of the Week: What’s it like to be a CEO or President?

TheCareerProject.org has thousands of job profile examples with a new wave of small business job profiles growing every week. We are excited to show you our top job profile picks on life as an owner in your own business or being a CEO/President!

Job Profile Example: Restaurant CEO

  What field is your job in?Restaurant
  What is your job title?Ceo
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)I work for a small coffee shop and pastry shop
  How long have you been employed in this position?12 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?80
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)I am in charge of operations and financial aspects
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.78,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.120000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)none
  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?well

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Job Profile Example: Medical Training CEO

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a CEO do?

  What field is your job in?Medicine
  What is your job title?CEO
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)I have a business which does CPR/ First Aid/ BLS Education
  How long have you been employed in this position?10 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?10
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)Schedule and provide training for CPR, FA, and BLS
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.$150,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.100000

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Job Profile Example:19 Year Old Internet CEO

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a CTO do?

  What field is your job in?Computers
  What is your job title?CTO
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)I run a webhosting company which specializes in hosting small and medium sized businesses.
  How long have you been employed in this position?3 Years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?30+
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)Maintain clients, run the webstie. Support.. ect
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.59000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.100000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)None
  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?Yes

Top 10 Worst College Majors for 2014: Low salaries and high unemployment

Worst College Majors for Your Career

10. English Major Career Information & Stats

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English Major Unemployment rate:6.7% (average for all graduates with bachelor’s degree: 4.9%)

English Major Unemployment rate for recent grads: 9.2% (average for top 100 majors: 7.7%)

English Major Median salary: $48,000 (median for all grads with bachelor’s: $54,756)

English Major Median salary for recent grads: $32,000 (median for top 100 majors: $37,000)

English Major’s Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 6% (average: 14%)

English Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 1.4 times average

 

9. Sociology Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Sociology Major Unemployment rate: 7.0%

Sociology Major Unemployment rate for recent grads: 8.6%

Sociology Major Median salary: $45,000

Sociology Major Median salary for recent grads: $32,000

Sociology Major Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 18%

Sociology Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 1.4 times average

 

8. Drama and Theater Arts Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Drama Major’s Unemployment rate: 7.1%

Drama Major’s Unemployment rate for recent grads: 7.8%

Drama Major’s Median salary: $40,000

Drama Major’s Median salary for recent grads: $26,000

Drama Major’s Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 4%

Drama Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 2.1 times average

7. Liberal Arts Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Liberal Arts Major’s Unemployment rate: 7.6%

Liberal Arts Major’s Unemployment rate for recent grads: 9.2%

Liberal Arts Major’s Median salary: $48,000

Liberal Arts Major’s Median salary for recent grads: $30,000

Liberal Arts Major’s Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: not available

Liberal Arts Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 1.8 times average

 

6. Studio Arts Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Studio Art Major’s Unemployment rate: 8.0%

Studio Art Major’s Unemployment rate for recent grads: 11.1%

Studio Art Major’s Median salary: $37,000

Studio Art Major’s Median salary for recent grads: $35,900

Studio Art Major’s Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 5%

Studio Art Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 2.3 times average

 

5. Graphic Design Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Graphic Design Major Unemployment rate: 8.1%

Graphic Design Major Unemployment rate for recent grads: 11.8%

Graphic Design Major Median salary: $45,000

Graphic Design Major Median salary for recent grads: $32,000

Graphic Design Major Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 13%

Graphic Design Major Likelihood of working retail: 0.6 times average

4. Philosophy Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Philosophy Major Unemployment rate: 7.2%

Philosophy Major Unemployment rate for recent grads: 10.8%

Philosophy Major Median salary: $42,000

Philosophy Major Median salary for recent grads: $30,000

Philosophy Major Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: not available

Philosophy Major Likelihood of working retail: 2.0 times average

 

3. Photography Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Photography Major Unemployment rate: 7.3%

Photography Major  Unemployment rate for recent grads: 12.9%

Photography Major  Median salary: $45,000

Photography Major  Median salary for recent grads: $30,000

Photography Major  Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 13%

Photography Major  Likelihood of working retail: 2.6 times average

2. Fine Arts Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Fine Art Majors Unemployment rate: 7.4%

Fine Art Majors Unemployment rate for recent grads: 12.6%

Fine Art Majors Median salary: $44,000

Fine Art Majors Median salary for recent grads: $30,000

Fine Art Majors Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 5%

Fine Art Majors Likelihood of working retail: 1.8 times average

 

1. Anthropology Major Career Information & Stats

 

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Anthropology Major’s Unemployment rate: 6.9%

Anthropology Major’s Recent grad employment rate: 10.5%

Anthropology Major’s Median salary: $40,000

Anthropology Major’s Median salary for recent grads: $28,000

Anthropology Major’s Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 21%

Anthropology Major’s Likelihood of working retail: 2.1 times average

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Top 5 Accounting Career Profiles

ACCOUNTING CAREER PROFILES

Accounting and Tax Law professionals (accountants who specialize in Taxes) are essential parts of any business or corporation.  Failure to comply with state and federal tax laws can lead to extensive penalties and even lead to the closure of the business.  These professionals are in high demand and the schooling to become an Accountant is extensive and rigorous.  Nevertheless it is a lucrative career.  You can pursue a Master of Laws in Taxation online, and obtain your CPA or MBA to begin your lucrative career in accounting.  Below are many professionals who can help you in your pursuit of an Accounting career.

TheCareerProject.org is the number one website for real career profiles with people currently employed in those jobs that are being discussed. The career field of “Accounting” seems to have shifted to a top five major for its practicality and always needed use. What is interesting is that opinions of our accountants vary wildly on if they feel well compensated, are happy in their positions and their advice for people to find a job in accounting. Of the five accounting career profiles picked below only two are happy with their current income ranging from $38,000 to $100,000.

ACCOUNTANT CAREER PROFILE #1

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Accountant do?

  What field is your job in?

Construction

  What is your job title?

Accountant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for a well known construction company specializing in building homes to suit the customers needs . We work in framing, sheet metal to plumbing and fixtures . Our company employees approximately 75 people and is a for profit organization.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

10 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

50-55 hrs

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I am in charge of all accounting payable & recieving, I also manage booking jobs and ordering materials needed.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

36,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

38000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

medical, dental

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

well compensated

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ACCOUNTING CAREER PROFILEs #2

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n accountant do?

  What field is your job in?

finance

  What is your job title?

accountant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

its a banking and finance sector

  How long have you been employed in this position?

2 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

i need to visit customers explain them the plans they want to go for and prepare papers and file them

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

100000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

100000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

none

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

well

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ACCOUNTANT CAREER PROFILE #3

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n accountant do?

  What field is your job in?

financial

  What is your job title?

accountant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

It is a mid size office which deals with processing of insurance claims.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

6 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Keeping records in excel of expenditures and balance the books and keep track of pending and settled claims.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

50,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

55000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

health and dental benefits. Insurance policy and paid sick leave and vacation.

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

Under compensated .

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ACCOUNTING CAREER PROFILES #4

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Accountant do?

  What field is your job in?

Accounting

  What is your job title?

Accountant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

Large Transportation company that has over 50,000 employees in NY

  How long have you been employed in this position?

3 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

60

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

general accounting functions such as account anlaysis, bank reconciliations, cash management, accounts receivable and payables.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

50,100 for the year

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

50100

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

medical and dental and eyecare

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

under compensated

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ACCOUNTING CAREER PROFILES #5

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Accountant do?

  What field is your job in?

Accounting

  What is your job title?

Accountant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

Environmental- 2000 employees

  How long have you been employed in this position?

3 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Accounts Payable/ Receivable, general accounting

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

24,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

25000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

2 weeks vacation, 4 days sick time, 2 personal days, health insurance, retire401 K, United HEalthcare Insurance

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

under


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Top 5 Mental Health & Social Work Job Profiles of the Week!

Top 5 Mental Health & Social Work Job Profiles

TheCareerProject.org provides thousands of job profiles and informational interviews for free. Here are just a few examples

#1 Social Work Job Profile

Substance Abuse Administrator Job Profile , Salary $20,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Provides substance abuse evaluation and screening, suicide assessment, counseling and related services including individual, family and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention and treatment planning. Refers, if needed, to receive further help at a substance abuse treatement centers, Narconon Rehab centers provide nationwide care to persons in need.  Works collaboratively with community providers and support agencies in the community. Serves as a liaison with the community mental health agencies, regarding any medication management, treatment and stabilization.  Responds to emergency calls and provides crisis intervention services to clients and families as needed. Prepares and maintains records and reports pertaining to mental health services. Communicates information concerning resident progress to the Court, Probation Officer and Judges as needed.

 

#2 Social Services Job Profile

Social Services Case Manager Job Profile, Salary: $50,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: I work for a homeless shelter/soup kitchen/food pantry that can house 30 people and serves a free lunch 6 days a week. Meet with residents of the shelter to help them update/create resumes, apply for jobs, and enroll in various therapy classes. Also go out in the field to deliver lunches to the unsheltered homeless

 

#3 Social Worker Job Profile

Child Welfare Specialist IV Supervisor Job Profile, Salary: $42,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Supervise and lead a group of 15 child welfare specialists on the statewide abuse hotline. Audit referrals, complete performance evaluations, staff child abuse cases weekly on multidisciplinary team, hold monthly staff meetings and conferences.

 

#4 Social Advocacy Job Profile

Child Advocate Job Profile , Salary: $35,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: I am self-employed, an independent contractor in the field of Child Advocacy. I began this journey when my now teen child was six years old. She was diagnosed with “mild autism.” That opened up a whole new world for me! Before, I had been a Nurse (19 yrs.), and a Real Estate Broker (8 yrs.). In order for me to get the services my daughter needed to advance academically and socially, I had to teach myself the world of Special Education. Now I assist other families, who are just beginning their journey.

 

#5 Counselor Job Profile

Counselor Job Profile,  Salary: $33,000 (click to see entire job profile)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: I currently work for a small (less than 20 people) non-profit organization that provides outreach counseling and social work services to families who are in need of stabilization. The organization also provided mediation and insurance paid therapy.

 

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Accounting Careers: Forensic Accountant Salary, Info & Career Profiles

Career Category of the Week: General & Forensic Accounting Careers!

Accountant Salary Information 2012

According to Salary.com and CareerBliss.com the average general Accountant salary is about $45,000 in 2012.

Accounting Salary Average 2012


 

 

 

 
Business Finance is the conservation or acquisition of funds in order to meet the financial needs and overall objectives of business enterprises.  Education and Experience ranges from Security Analysis and portfolio Management, to CPA’s and Tax Law Professionals.  Corporations and Enterprises look for a variety of professionals to manage and grow their business and capital funds. Browse around this website for more information on Business finance and accounting careers.  Nearly every business requires business finance experts and/or accountants.  Below we have profiled an expert in the finance and accounting field to see just what exactly this career entails.

Accounting Careers Profile Example

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Accountant do?
  What field is your job in?Construction
  What is your job title?Accountant
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)A large firm that specializes in commercial remodels. There are 100 employees
  How long have you been employed in this position?5 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?40
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)I am the company’s accountant. I pay the bills, do payroll, taxes, and take care of the insurance
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.$70,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.75000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)insurance, 401k
  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?well

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What is Forensic Accounting?

Forensic accountants specialize in investigating white-collar crimes like embezzlement and securities fraud; management accountants record and analyze financial information within a specific company; and government accountants are employed by federal, state, or local governments to maintain records of government agencies and audit private businesses or individuals whose activities fall under government regulation or taxation.

Forensic Accountant Salary

The average salary is $62,000 in the United States in 2012, nearly 25% more than being a general accountant.

Forensic Accountant Salary Information 2012

 

Forensic Accountant Jobs on Indeed.com

Senior Forensic Accountant

The Humbert Group – Potomac, MD

Our growing Forensic Accounting and Fraud practice is searching for experts in the field with a minimum of 10 years of forensic accounting experience….

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Forensic Accountant, GS 11/12 (EX)

Department Of Justice 24 reviews– Chicago, IL

B . Serves as an expert forensic accountant in the identification, examination and analysis of financial data….$62,909 – $81,779 a year

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Certified Forensic Accountant

Louis Plung & Company – Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District area)

Perform business and intellectual property /intangible asset valuations for financial reporting. Assume full responsibility for financial analysis, tax return…
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Forensic Accountant

Lockheed Martin Corporation 475 reviews– Washington, DC

May include auditing activities under Sarbanes-Oxley. May support divisions and subsidiaries in evaluating and recommending improvements to business practices,…

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Forensic Services Investigations Director

PwC 157 reviews– Miami, FL

Our Forensics professionals possess core forensics capabilities as well as forensic technology expertise and offer clients a unilateral advantage in…

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Senior Forensic Accountant

Humbert Group – Potomac, MD

Our growing Forensic Accounting and Fraud practice is searching for experts in the field with a minimum of 10 years of forensic accounting experience….

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Forensic Accountant

Accountemps 668 reviews – Lake Mary, FL 32746 – +1 location

We are currently looking for Forensic accountants. Must have at least three to five years forensic and auditing experience….$16 – $18 an hour

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Forensic Services Government Contracts Experienced Associate

PwC 157 reviews– Boston, MA

Working experience identifying and addressing client needs:. Our Forensics Services consultants help clients protect business opportunities in today’s evolving…

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Lead Forensic Auditor Job

GM 193 reviews– Detroit, MI

Ability to travel domestically and internationally, occasionally with little or no notice. Maintain effective communication with individuals at all levels of…

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Forensic Audit Manager Job

GM 193 reviews– Detroit, MI

Ability to travel domestically and internationally, occasionally with little or no notice. Ensure completion of assigned investigation/project plans on time and…

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Top 10 Best Online Colleges 2013

Top Best Online CollegesTop Ten Online Colleges for 2013

In today’s economic environment, going back to school to pursue a university degree has become an attractive option for getting a heads-up in the career game. But going back to school is not feasible for many. Work, parenting and other responsibilities take precedence over school. Fortunately, for many adults looking to return to school, there are plenty of online programs that can fit easily into their busy lives. Being able to study on their own time and at their own pace makes online degrees easily obtainable for working adults and parents. And at a fraction of the cost, affordable too.

Online universities have changed the way adult students earn their education and degree. There are quite a few online programs to choose from, so deciding which one is best can be a challenge. Just as there are prestigious brick and mortar universities, there are reputable online colleges. Deciding which program to enroll in will depend on the type of degree that is desired. To help narrow down the choices, give this list of the top ten online degree programs a look. Each university offers a comprehensive online program that leads to a degree that can unlock a new career.

1. Liberty University Online College

The main campus of Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It has the honor of being the largest non-profit liberal arts university in the United States modeled on the Christian faith.

In recent years, Liberty University has built a rapidly expanding online degree program. High school students can begin earning college credits, while adults can go after degrees ranging from an associate’s to a doctorate.

To learn more about Liberty University Online, visit their website at: http://www.liberty.edu/online/

2. Walden University Online

Walden University’s online program is known for its commitment to high academic standards and demanding curriculums. Their programs are perfect for professionals who may already hold a degree but want to continue their education.

Offering more than 60 different online programs in areas such as management, human services and public administration, Walden University boasts over 40 years of experience. Programs are designed to help students enhance their careers and personally enrich their lives.

Visit Walden University Online to find out which programs they offer at: http://info.waldenu.edu/

3. Bryant and Stratton College Online

Organized in 1854, this university offers two- and four-year degrees online or at one of their campuses. Online students are offered a wide selection of virtual study tools and materials.

Bryant and Stratton College’s online courses can be earned from anywhere in the United States. In an attempt to include online students in a graduation ceremony, Bryant and Stratton held one of the first online ceremonies on Second Life.

Find out more about their programs at: http://www.bryantstratton.edu/Online-Learning.aspx


4. Arizona State University Online College

Arizona State University has called Phoenix, AZ its home since 1885. Their rapidly growing online offerings have been picking up awards for being some of the best online bachelor’s degree programs.

Offering bachelor’s degrees in the arts or sciences, Arizona State University Online caters to many fields, such as: English, information technology, communication, history, film studies and many other bachelor’s level degree majors.

Find out more about Arizona State’s online programs at: http://asuonline.asu.edu/

 

5. Southern New Hampshire University

Since 1932, Southern New Hampshire University has been offering continuing education courses for adults. Offering affordable, high quality online bachelor’s degree programs, this university has become a high-ranking online school.

Adult students of SNHU’s online program can earn a bachelor’s degree in communications, English, accounting, history and many others. Students can rest easy with their 24/7 student support in case issues arise.

Learn more about SNHU’s online program through their website at: http://www.snhu.edu/

 

6. Oregon State University Ecampus

Oregon State University has been educating adult students since 1858. The liberal arts program has become a mainstay, but the Ecampus offers several other acclaimed degree courses in various majors.

The Ecampus has proved to be quite benefical for students, and they are offered 700 courses in 70 subjects, 30 degree programs and 18 minors, along with many helpful tools.

To find out what programs Oregon State University Ecampus offers, see their website at: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/

7. Clarion University Online College

Located in the Pennsylvania town for which it’s named after, this university offers several associates and bachelor’s degrees, special programs, certificates and graduate degrees.

There are several online programs from which students can choose and three brick-and-mortar locations. One of their best programs available for both traditional and online students is their Master’s degree in library sciences.

Learn more about their online programs and degrees at: http://www.clarion.edu/263/

8. University of the Southwest

Founded in 1956 as a Baptist school, the University of the Southwest is a private university in Hobbs, New Mexico. Taking a Christian approach to education, this school has topped the charts.

The University of the Southwest offers bachelor’s level degree programs in majors such as psychology, business administration and criminal justice, with room for a wide range of concentrations in each program.

Find out more about the University of the Southwest’s high-ranking online program at: http://www.usw.edu/distance_learning

9. Penn State World Campus Online

Penn State is a name nearly every college student is familiar with. And it is no surprise that their online program tops the charts. The online program was launched in 1998 and continues to go strong.

Penn State online offers many bachelor’s degree programs online, including some unique majors and degree titles such as turfgrass science, labor and employment relations, and green programs like energy and sustainability policies.

Find out more about Penn State’s online degrees by visiting: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/

 

10. Saint Leo University Online College

In 1889, Saint Leo became the first Catholic university in Florida. Launching their online program in 1999, this outstanding liberal arts college began to pave the way for online degree courses everywhere.

Saint Leo has made a name for itself as a military-friendly college grounded in Benedictine philosophy. They offer degree programs in business administration and criminal justice, among many other online courses.

To learn more about Saint Leo’s degree programs, visit their website at: http://www.saintleo.edu/

How to Start and Run a Small Business: Carpet Cleaning Example!

Start a Successful Carpet Cleaning Business

Carpet cleaning is one of the most profitable businesses today.  According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook , published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for carpet cleaning will rise approximately 14% through 2016.  In addition to demand and an hourly rate that ranges from $75 to $150, carpet cleaning businesses are easily started and maintained.  According to business professionals and business research companies, carpet cleaning is recognized as one of the top 10 businesses to pursue.  And let’s face the hard facts: carpets will never go out of style.  Thus, this is a recession-proof possibility!

How To Start A Carpet Cleaning Business

Only a deep, professional cleaning can preserve the life and beauty of a carpet.  Carpets hold dust mites, allergens, and other contaminants that impact the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home or work space.  Carpets also trap smoke, heating fumes, oil from cooking, pollen, and bacteria.  It’s important then that carpets are cleaned regularly to maintain the carpet and a healthy environment.  The prospect of cleaning a carpet, however, is daunting to many people and may be expensive if one decides to purchase the advanced equipment for themselves.  Because carpets are a popular household and workplace amenity, starting a carpet cleaning business is a highly sensible career path.  However, there are several things to consider before starting your carpet cleaning business.

Am I A Certified Carpet Cleaning Technician? 

If you don’t intend on purchasing a franchise, the first step in starting your own carpet cleaning business is to obtain the proper businesses licenses and insurances.  No special licensing is required for the carpet cleaning business, though a business license is essential and a certification will only help you.  With over 6,000 firms, the Institute of Inspection of Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, is an international institution that provides carpet cleaning certification classes all over the world.      

Do I Understand My City’s Regulations? 

Contact your clerk’s office to learn about the regulations that apply to cleaning businesses in your city or county.  Some states enforce environmental and chemical rules for use and disposal if you intend to use chemicals during your cleaning procedure.   The proper insurance is vital, too, to protect yourself, your employees (if you’re not a one-man show), your equipment, and your business in the case that someone is injured, something breaks, or a client decides to sue for any particular reason.

Will My Client Base Be Residential, Commercial, Or Both?

Deciding whether your client base will be residential, commercial, or a combination of the two will impact the amount of employees and equipment you will need.Cleaning commercial businesses will require a significant amount more of each, but the market is booming.After all, everyone from doctors to retail shop owners want their property to shine.      

 

How To Run A Carpet Cleaning Business

Another question is to ask yourself is,  “Do I have the equipment to begin?” If the answer is no,  buy cleaning equipment not limited to: a truck-mounted carpet cleaner, steam cleaners, crevice and stair tools, carpet rakes, and cleaning and restoration solutions.  If the answer is yes, keep reading! 

Now That I Have The Tools, Where Do I Start?  

Start your carpet cleaning business by reaching out to the people closest to you:  friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, former employers, and religious and social groups that you may affiliate with.  Offering cleaning services to a community organization free of charge is a good opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and gain credibility.  Your giveaway is likely to lead you directly to paid work.

How Do I Sell My Service?  

First and foremost, always offer free estimates and be fully knowledgeable and able to answer customers’ questions.   When operating a carpet cleaning business, hold a strong emphasis on IAQ and the health benefits of maintaining clean carpets.  Focus, too, on the certainty of quality assurance and the prolonged life of properly maintained carpets.  Connect with them.  Get big attention from them!  (Perhaps even utilize an informational brochure here.)  

I Have A Customer Base, Now What? 

Once you have a steady customer base in a concentrated area, cultivate that area to expand your business.   Set yourself apart from competitors by offering green products and additional household services.  Always respond to your customers promptly and courteously, and give thank you and reminder cards annually.  Reward your customers, too, who use your services religiously with special discounts and promotional offers toward their next cleaning. 

What If My Customers Are Unhappy? 

If your customers are dissatisfied with your services, always offer a no hassle money back guarantee and re-cleaning of the areas that are of concern.  Be aware that mistakes are sometimes made, but are great opportunities to learn and better your services. 

The carpet cleaning business is business, and not necessarily a piece of cake always.  However, it can be equally rewarding after just the first bite. 

 

Phil Kearny is a COIT expert and passionate writing about the latest in carpet-cleaning techniques.  He recommends the professional services of COIT Carpet Cleaning for the best professional carpet maintenance in the industry.

 

 

Steps to becoming a Oncology Nurse

Oncology Nurse

What Is an Oncology Nurse?

Oncology nurses care for patients diagnosed with cancer. As a nurse in a hospital oncology ward, you will administer chemotherapy and other medicines, monitor vital signs and health status, assist in radiation treatments and update patient records. The American Cancer Society states that oncology nurses also educate patients and family members about cancer and what to expect during treatment (www.cancer.org).

Oncology Nursing Step 1: Complete a Nursing Degree Program

Step 1: Earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing. The first step in becoming a pediatric oncology nurse is to earn your bachelor of science degree in nursing. To find nursing programs in your area, check out All Nursing Schools (see Resources).

Oncology Nursing Step 2: Apply for an internship

When completing your degree in nursing, apply for internships in pediatric oncology. This will provide you with experience specific to your industry, and allow you to network; possibly securing a job pending graduation. Contact oncology practices and hospitals in your area for available opportunities.

Oncology Nursing Step 3: Become Certified

Get certified with the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). Once you’ve worked 12 months as a pediatric oncology nurse, you can apply for certification.

 

Oncology Nursing Certification

An oncology nurse is a nursing professional who specializes in caring for patients undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments. Like other nurses, they work under the supervision of doctors, specifically those who are managing a patient’s cancer treatment strategy. Oncology nurses may also administer radiation therapy, antibiotics, chemotherapy and blood transfusions to patients.

Oncology Nursing Education Overview

To become an oncology nurse, a student must finish an undergraduate degree program in nursing and obtain licensure as a registered nurse. Diploma and associate degree programs take 2-3 years to complete, while bachelor’s degree programs are four years in length. To attend graduate school, applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating from an approved nursing program, obtaining a license is the next step. Earning an RN license requires passing the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses, commonly referred to as the NCLEX-RN. A license is required to legally work as a registered nurse. Additional licensing and registration requirements vary by state.

Master of Science in Oncology Nursing

Due to the specific nature of oncology nursing, oncology nurses need to earn a Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty focus in oncology. These 2-year graduate degree programs feature more specialized coursework pertinent to the adult cancer nursing field. Graduates may be qualified to become advanced practice nurses, research supporters or educators as well.

Oncology Nursing Certification Information

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation  has several different optional certifications available to oncology nurses.

  • OCN: Oncology Certified Nurse
  • CPON: Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
  • AOCN: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
  • AOCNP: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • AOCNS: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Specialist
  • CBCN: Certified Breast Care Nurse

Online Masters Degree in Psychology: Best Programs

Online Masters Degree in Psychology

Psychologists are social scientists who examine human behavior and mental processes. They attempt to understand the reasons why people act and think as they do by observing and interpreting the ways that people interact with others and respond to their environment.

All psychologists must complete extensive higher education, which means they have to earn graduate-level degrees. A masters degree in psychology will enhance your understanding of the key lines of inquiry in this field and broaden your job prospects. Although the majority of psychologists earn a doctoral degree, some psychology jobs require just a masters degree. You can earn masters degrees through traditional brick-and-mortar programs, online programs and hybrid programs, which offer a mix of on-campus and online instruction.

What to look for in your online psychology masters program

All online psychology masters degree programs were not created equally. As you look for a program, consider the following:

Concentration

Some psychology schools offer a variety of degrees at the masters level, but many schools only offer masters degrees in specific concentrations, like forensic psychology or educational psychology. You need to carefully investigate the focus of the programs to which you are applying so that you get to study the area of psychology that most interests you.

Terminal vs. Non-terminal degrees

A terminal degree is the highest degree available in your field. That is, terminal degrees are designed to prepare you for professional practice in your area of specialization, as opposed to continuing in a doctoral program. In a non-terminal degree program, you will be expected to continue your graduate education after earning your masters degree in psychology.

Terminal masters degree programs are the best option if you do not plan to earn a doctorate. They can qualify you to work in fields like mental health, industrial-organizational psychology and forensic psychology. But if you want to earn your doctorate in psychology, you should not enroll in such a program since many doctoral programs will not accept credits from terminal degrees.

What jobs will I qualify for with a masters degree in psychology?

As you consider earning an online masters degree in psychology, keep in mind that most psychologists have doctoral degrees. Therefore, although a masters degree in psychology opens up more job opportunities than a bachelors degree, in many cases you will still work under the supervision of doctorate-level psychologists.

However, you can work independently in some areas with a masters degree in psychology. For instance, you can work as a forensic psychologist, a school psychologist, or an industrial-organizational psychologist, since none of these jobs require a doctorate-level education. You can also work in closely related fields as a social services manager, child protective services worker, addiction counselor, or behavioral counselor.

Pros and cons of online psychology masters degrees

Pursuing an online psychology masters degree may be the only choice for busy professionals. Popular reasons for going to graduate school online include an unwillingness to halt your career for school and dedication to other priorities like family. Earning your masters degree in psychology online may be a good idea if you are too busy to fit the rigid class schedule of a brick-and-mortar school into your life.

However, there are some significant drawbacks to earning your masters degree in psychology through a completely online program. For one thing, as of 2012, there were no accredited online programs at this level of education. The American Psychological Association (APA) grants accreditation to outstanding psychology programs, so if you attend an APA-accredited school for your masters degree, you can be confident that your education will hold value to potential employers.

However, there are some hybrid programs that offer both online classes and in-person instruction. Some of these programs are accredited by the APA, and it is strongly suggested that you attend these programs in lieu of a totally online program if you want to work in psychology after graduation. On addition, APA accreditation is essential if you decide to transfer to a doctoral psychology program.

Online psychology masters degree programs

What are the top 10 paying Jobs and Careers in 2013?

Top 10 paying jobs in 2012!

When considering what to pursue as a career choice, you must look at many different aspects.  What are your passions?  What jobs are available, how much does it pay?  What type of degree or certification should you pursue?    Should you pursue your certification or degree from online or from a local university?  How does that particular education or skill set match up with other degrees?  Do you want to pursue a  Master of Science in Cybersecurity or perhaps you’d like to move more towards the administration side? Is the cost of your chosen education worth the payout?   Here were top paying degrees of 2012 – will next year be one of your fields?

Top paying career: #1 Neurosurgeon

what are the top paying jobs? #1 Neurosurgeon
Median pay: $368,000
Top pay: $643,000

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Top Paying Career: #2 Petroleum Engineer

What are the top paying jobs in 2012: #2 Petroleum Engineer
Median pay: $162,000
Top pay: $265,000

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Top Paying Career: #3 Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

what are the top paying jobs? #3 Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Median pay: $159,000
Top pay: $205,000

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Top Paying Career #4 Petroleum Geologist

what are the top paying jobs? #4 Petroleum Geologist
Median pay: $149,000
Top pay: $247,000

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Top Paying Career #5: Dentists!

what are the top paying jobs? #5 Dentist
Median pay: $147,000
Top pay: $253,000

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Top Paying Career #6: Actuary

what are the top paying jobs? #6 Actuary
Median pay: $136,000
Top pay: $208,000

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Top Paying Career #7: Software Architect

what are the top paying jobs? #7 Software Architect
Median pay: $119,000
Top pay: $162,000

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Top Paying Career #8: Pharmacist

what are the top paying jobs? #8 Pharmacist
Median pay: $114,000
Top pay: $133,000

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Top Paying Career #9: Management Consultant

what are the top paying jobs? #9 Management Consultant
Median pay: $110,000
Top pay: $198,000

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Top Paying Career #10 in 2012! SAP Basis Administrator

what are the top paying jobs? #10 SAP Basis Administrator
Median pay: $107,000
Top pay: $160,000
Source: All pay data from PayScale.com

7 Coolest Career Paths for ESL Students

If you are thinking about getting a degree or a certificate as an ESL teacher, you probably are thinking a lot about your future career as well. While there is nothing at all wrong with becoming an ESL teacher, did you know that there are many other cool career paths for ESL students? Read on to learn what seven of them are.
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1.    Foreign Service Officer: If you are chosen to work for the US Foreign Service, you will be employed as a diplomat for the US Department of State. This is without a doubt one of the coolest, and most interesting careers an ESL student can have. You will have the chance to travel the world and be an official representative of the US government. Having multiple language skills, as well as teaching skills, can definitely give you an edge in this highly competitive field.

2.    International Corporate Trainer: As an ESL student, you can one day become employed by international corporations in other countries. You can help foreign workers to become more proficient with their American English skills. This is becoming extremely important as more US corporate support staff is being located abroad to cut costs. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

3.    ESL Department Director: This is a higher level ESL position that you are not going to land right after you get your ESL degree or certificate, but it’s a pretty cool long-term goal! If you are an ESL teacher in a district with many ESL teachers and students, you might become a supervisor of an entire ESL department eventually. You would then be the manager of all of the teachers, operations, curriculum development, and budgets.

4.    Linguist: A linguist studies how people acquire the ability to speak their language, and how this knowledge works with our other cognitive abilities. Also, you will do research on how people learn to speak differently across different areas of the country and the world. You might do a lot of fieldwork about how people in a certain area have learned to speak the way they do.

5.    Private ESL Instructor: One cool thing that you can do with your ESL education is to become a private tutor for either a child or an adult, or possibly a small group. What is cool about this is that you can do this as a side income to your main teaching job. This is a great way for you to ‘do your own thing’ and to supplement your income in the summers and on weekends.

6.    Teaching Overseas: Teaching Overseas: Teaching English overseas is one of the coolest jobs that many with an ESL teaching certificate can think of. You will be able to live and work in all sorts of different countries, and you will be able to see a lot of the world in only a few years. Most cool.

7.    Translator: If you know more languages than English, you may be able to become a translator of documents, books, articles and more. This is another cool job that you can do in your spare time as a second income, or you may be able to do it full time in some situations.

Eddy Ayala is a freelance writer who focuses on education, teaching and technology. Most recently he has highlighted 10 online Masters in TESOL programs from a multitude of US and International based schools in addition to the Top 25 Exciting TESOL Jobs for new grads. Eddy welcomes feedback on all his articles.

WSJ: Do New Job Tests Foster Bias?

original link: By JOSEPH WALKER

As more companies turn to online pre-employment tests, complaints of bias are cropping up. These don’t just screen out applicants who have the required MBA degree for your firm.  They screen them based on personality, intelligence and self evaluations skills.

One came from Vicky Sandy, who in 2007 was turned down for a cashier job at a Kroger Co. KR +0.48% supermarket in West Virginia after taking a 50-question test that asked her to rate the degree to which she was self-confident, always cheerful, and tried to sense what others thought and felt.

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The test was meant to predict whether Ms. Sandy, who is hearing and speech impaired, would be friendly and communicate well with customers. She scored 40%.

A post-test report said that she was less likely than other potential applicants to “listen carefully, understand and remember” and suggested the job interviewer listen for “correct language” and “clear enunciation,” court documents say. Suggested interview questions included “Describe the hardest time you’ve had understanding what someone was talking about.”

Ms. Sandy filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging she had been discriminated against because of her disability. The EEOC is investigating. Kroger declined to comment.

Companies are increasingly turning to firms that screen job applicants on the basis of personality tests backed up by reams of data on job performance. The practice is legal as long as it doesn’t intentionally discriminate against job applicants on the basis of traits like race or gender.

Employment lawyers say that access to large data sets can help companies show that their tests are relevant to hiring. But some worry that as the number of applicants subjected to such tests increases, so do risks that unintentional impacts on protected groups will become apparent.

“The bigger the data set, the more people being pushed through these assessments, the greater the risk for the employer,” says Matthew Camardella, an employment lawyer at Jackson Lewis LLP.

“What’s happened is technology has caught up, and it’s allowing organizations and vendors to use these tools at a much broader level and much, much more often,” says Eric Dunleavy, a principal consultant at DCI Consulting Group Inc., which advises employers on avoiding employment-discrimination claims.

Employers can be held liable even if the tests they use inadvertently exclude protected groups, a growing risk as data sets get bigger and testing firms turn up more statistical relationships. If complaints are filed, companies have to be able to prove the measured variables are linked to job performance.

On Sept. 4, the EEOC released a draft enforcement plan for the coming four years that gives claims of systemic discrimination in recruitment and hiring, including pre-employment tests, the highest enforcement priority.

“The EEOC is very aware of those products, and they’re looking for the right opportunity to go after employers” who use them, says Mr. Camardella.

So far, legal challenges are relatively rare. The EEOC received 164 complaints related to testing in 2011 out of nearly 100,000 complaints. Part of the reason is that job applicants often don’t get to see their test scores or application summaries.

“You don’t get the results back in the employment context, so you don’t know whether it was the test or what part of the test that made you fail,” says employment lawyer Condon McGlothlen of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. “There are so many more unknowns, particularly in the application stage.”

In July, Denver-based mozzarella maker and government contractor Leprino Foods Inc. settled Labor Department hiring-discrimination charges. It agreed to provide $550,000 in back pay to African-American, Hispanic and Asian applicants denied laborer jobs after failing a pre-hire test called WorkKeys. A spokesman said Leprino no longer uses a pre-employment test.

The government’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program, which enforces affirmative-action requirements among federal contractors, found that the test’s focus on math and observation skills wasn’t relevant to the entry-level jobs on offer.

While WorkKeys was a paper test when the complaint was filed in 2005, the subsequent rise of online testing has enabled firms to screen huge numbers of candidates.

7 Killer Career Paths for MBA Grads of the Future

Earning your MBA is a proven way to turbo charge both your career path and your salary. Recent data indicates that earning your business degree still is a great way to increase your earnings, particularly in your first job after you get your degree. With the advent of MOOCs(Massive Open Online Classes), now even an affordable mba online search should be part of your thought process.

Some business career paths, naturally, will be in more demand and command higher salaries than others. Some of the most killer career paths for future MBAs include these:

 

#1 IT Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts understand the technical side of their business – how to implement the best hardware, software and networks, and also can exercise good sense when dealing with people and preparing cost benefit analysis. A strong business school education can really hone these skills and make you very much in demand in the booming IT field. Leading tech companies, such as IBM, are known for looking for people who can not only handle the technical side of the job, but also are skilled in the business analysis side.

 

#2 Human Resources Management

While this may not sound like a killer career path for an MBA, don’t be fooled! There has been a recent surge in demand for human resource management professionals, and having an advanced business degree will help to put your application on the top of the pile. This is a particularly excellent career path for MBAs who are interested in training. Working in HR management directly affects employee productivity, and also the overall success of the company. You should particularly look for employment at companies that have a strong record of treating HR as a business partner and not as an operational necessity. Two good examples are Proctor and Gamble and Amgen.

 

#3 Health Care

The population is aging and are more active than ever, so there is major growth in health care. That is why there is more demand for more medical professionals and more medical and health care facilities. This, in turn, means there is much more demand for effective business managers with MBAs to effectively administer these health organizations. This makes health care one of the top professions for new MBAs. Some of the most killer career paths in this field for new MBAs include hospital administrator, pharmaceutical project manager, practice manager and hospital CFO.

 

#4 Database Administration

A good database administrator with an MBA possesses a strong understanding of how her role in building a good database helps the company as a whole. In this booming field, you will create the systems in a company that store and process information, and you will use your skills as an MBA to make this a highly efficient process. Some MBAs who start out as a database administrator may be able to move into a senior database management position and eventually into a role as chief technology officer.

 

#5 Management Consulting

Management consultants provide the direction that companies need to stay competitive. In this field, you will typically focus on one particular industry, such as technology or manufacturing. You will help the company solve complex management problems and to control costs. It is believed that management consulting jobs will grow by more than 20% by 2020, so this is another booming field ripe with opportunities for MBAs.

 

#6 Finance and Banking

While it is true that this traditional MBA field took a sizable hit in the financial downturn, things are beginning to turn around. And the money that you can make on Wall Street is impressive. For example, a hedge fund trader can make over $1 million a year easily, as can hedge fund research managers, who conduct vital research into investment opportunities. Proprietary traders also can earn over $1 million per year.

 

#7 Marketing Management

A good marketing manager is very important in helping a company expand into new markets and to find new customers. Your main objective will be to boost sales and profitability. You will research trends, find opportunities, estimate demand and develop effective marketing campaigns. An MBA degree will definitely increase your chances of landing a job in this growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the field of marketing and advertising management will grow by 14% by 2020, so there will be plenty of jobs available.

 

8 Awesome MBA Career Paths in Healthcare

As the population is aging and staying more active later in life, the healthcare field overall is booming. There is a great increase in the numbers of medical professionals and medical facilities in the field of healthcare. This also means that there is more of a demand for good business managers for those healthcare facilities and practices. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the demand for medical and health services managers will increase 22% in the next 10 years, which is faster than average.

Administrative professionals work in a variety of different types of fieldThey can be the “behind the scenes” organizers of Accounting, law firms, hair salons, Doctors’ offices, daycare’s, and many different types of healtcare.  As a result, pursuing this career can mean you will never have an issue finding a job!  You can also begin this field with fairly minimal schooling.  You can obtain an Associate of Arts in Business Administration online and begin your career in as little as a year (depending on how many credits you take).  If you wish to open up even more opportunities a bachelor’s degree in business administration can mean a higher paying job right off the bat.  This makes the healthcare field an excellent career path for professionals with an MBA. Some of the hottest career paths for healthcare MBAs are:

#1 Hospital Administrator Job Description

In this career, you will work behind the scenes making the healthcare facility work as efficiently as possible. You may work at a hospital, nursing home or an outpatient center. You will do some or all of the following:

● Recruit and hire physicians

● Develop budgets

● Create policies for quality assurance and patient services

● Promote and implement new types of medical treatments and equipment

● Assure compliance with government regulations

Median salary: $111,000

#2 Pharmaceutical Project Manager Jobs

If you have an MBA and marketing experience, you can use that experience as a pharmaceutical project manager. Some of the job responsibilities for an MBA may include:

● Analysis of investments

● Reviewing market data

● Development of promotional plans for certain drugs

Many pharmaceutical firms will look for strong project managers who are MBAs who have consulting experience, are strongly proactive and have demonstrated strong leadership ability.

Median salary: $92,000

#3 Practice Manager Job Descriptions

A hospital administrator deals with the business affairs of a large healthcare organization, while a practice manager deals with the operation of a smaller medical office. Some of an MBA’s tasks could include:

● Budgeting

● Billing

● Hiring staff

● Managing work schedules

● Ordering supplies

● Regulatory compliance

You also can eventually move into consulting or to a position at a larger medical organization.

Median salary: $81,000

#4 Hospital CFO Job Description

It is very important for a hospital to be run in the most cost effective manner possible. As a CFO, you would be responsible for meeting and managing all of the financial risks of the health organization. You also may be responsible for much of the financial planning and record keeping. Also, you will probably need to do most of the financial reporting to upper management above you. You will need to have strong skills in finance, business, marketing and management. An MBA in healthcare is an excellent background for this job.

Median salary: $155,000

#5 Hospital CEO Job Description

The CEO is the head of the hospital and has a great deal of responsibility. You will be in charge of the directing, planning and organizing all operations for your company. You will need to do a hospital budget, negotiate contracts with outside vendors, analyze sales reports and financial information, decide on how to save money, and select personnel for top positions in the hospital. You will usually report to a board of directors for major decisions.

Median salary: $166,000

#6 Healthcare Consultant Job Description

In this MBA job, you will work with client companies to do organizational studies and evaluations. You will design new systems and procedures, and prepare manuals to help healthcare clients to manage their healthcare organization in a more effective fashion.

Median salary: $96,000

#7 Research and Development Business Manager Job Information

If you are not working in a hospital or a nursing home, many people with a background in healthcare management with an MBA will be involved in research and development. You would be involved in the business management aspects of the research and development organization. This could include:

● Making budgets

● Billing

● Hiring management staff

● Compliance with financial regulations

Median salary: $102,000

#8 Health Information Manager Job Information

In this MBA role, you will be working in a hospital, medical practice or other healthcare facility managing the information flow in the organization. You will ensure that all data is delivered in an efficient fashion to the right areas of the organization. You also will ensure that all of the computer hardware and software is up to date and is processing information accurately. Also, you will need to constantly make sure that all information is being stored and tracked properly, according to the latest government regulations.

Median salary: $84,000

The market for healthcare MBA professionals is constantly growing, and you really should consider focusing your career in this booming field.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Business_Administration

http://mbanogmat.com/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-51266849/the-healthcare-mba-one-f…

The Career Project: Thousands of Job Profiles for Students & Job Seekers!

TheCareerProject.org began with the simple premise that if a job seeker or student had access to speak to someone in any given career they would be able to better understand if that career is really for them. When I worked at a community college I realized there was a huge barrier in students getting practical real-world advice regarding what degree they should pursue and when finished with their degree, what jobs would be open to them.  Many students pursue a degree in public administration or a fine arts degree in English, with unrealistic expectations of what type of jobs they can find upon graduating.

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Vice President Job Profile

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a 2nd Vice President do?
  What field is your job in?Insurance
  What is your job title?2nd Vice President
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)General Star is a property/casualty insurer with about 250 employees. Our parent company is General Reinsurance, which is a Berkshire Hathaway company.
  How long have you been employed in this position?6 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?40
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)I am a medical malpractice insurance underwriter. I select and price physician accounts of every size. I also provide referral services for less experienced underwriters. My emphasis is on large group accounts though I also underwrite individual accounts.
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.$125,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.145000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)4 weeks vacation, health insurance (choice of HMO or PPO) , life insurance. 15 sick days per year. Company matches 1st 6% of 401k contributions

Account Manager Job Profile

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Account Manager do?
  What field is your job in?Logistics
  What is your job title?Account Manager
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)We are a 3PL (3rd party logistics provider) in the international freight forwarding and customs brokerage fields. We have approximately ten offices in the U.S. and Asia with around 100 employees in our U.S. locations. Our Asian counterparts are a new addition to the fold, and I do not know the employee count for them.
  How long have you been employed in this position?1.5 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?40
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)I route cargo internationally from overseas factories to the foreign ports/airports for departure, then via the U.S. ports and after clearing Customs, I deliver to the ultimate consignee. I am cross-trained in exports and occasionally route freight in the reverse — out of the U.S. to various points worldwide.
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.28000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.34000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)401k, retirement plan


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  What field is your job in?Emergency Services
  What is your job title?911 Dispatcher
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)It’s a non profit organization of approximatly 500 employees. The company services hospital systems such as St Barnabas Health Care system and Meridian Health Care System. The company is also contracted through different townships and nursing facilities. We provide transportation such as advanced life support, critical care transportation and basic life support transportation.
  How long have you been employed in this position?6 years
  How many hours do you work a week on average?40
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)911 in take, dispatch non emergent or emergent units, and flight following operations.
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.37,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.45000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)Cigna health insurance, tuition reimbursment, 401k, paid time off approximately 6 hours every 2 weeks.

Veterinarian Job Profile

1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Associate Veterinarian do?
  What field is your job in?Veterinary Medicine
  What is your job title?Associate Veterinarian
  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)I work as a veterinarian in a 3-doctor small animal practice. We see mostly cats and dogs, with an occasional bird or ferret.
  How long have you been employed in this position?1 year
  How many hours do you work a week on average?38
  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)I am a veterinarian – I perform surgeries (spays, neuters, mass removals. I also practice medicine, which ranges from routine health checks and vaccines, to figuring out why a pet is vomiting.
  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.$67,000
  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.76000
  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)2 weeks vacation, individual health insurance, dental insurance

 

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Top 10 Best Communication Schools

Top 10 Best Communication Colleges

Marketing and communication is essential to any businesses success.  Making it a versatile and high demand field.  Where to begin to get into this lucrative profession?  You could pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  Or you could greatly diversify your experience and expand your job market.  If you have a Master’s in Business Intelligence and a minor in marketing the skills you have would be indispensable to a high paying firm.  Alternately you could have an MBA and marketing experience or a Masters in Marketing.  Schooling is going to be an essential part to making it in this career choice. The following colleges and universities rank among the top marketing and communication schools in the United States. Their rankings come from solid reputations, awards, and proven student success.

The following colleges and universities rank among the top best communication schools in the United States. Their rankings come from solid reputations, awards, and proven student success. Many of the schools were founded years ago and have produced successful and inspiring alumni. All of the named colleges and universities have unique communications departments and programs that offer different visions of success, ethics, and fundamentals in communication fields and services. Several have won awards for their successful contributions to society and research, and these colleges and universities are accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

1. University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication

The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication is one of the top best communication colleges in the country. Founded by Walter Annenberg in 1958, the school is devoted to the development of the communications field, and they aspire to do this through research and educational practices. The overall mission of the school is to respect and be of service to others while allowing for the right to free communication. The National Communication Association Doctoral Reputation Study ranked Annenberg the best in the country based on its Ph.D. program in Health Communication, Critical-Cultural Communication, Political Communication, and Mass Communication. The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication Program Description

Requirements for communications majors include 14 courses specific to communication. Communications majors will learn of media institutions, contemporary issues and culture, and will learn the influence and involvement of the numerous disciplines that affect communications, as well as those affected by communications. Additionally, students can benefit from independent study and internships, and many are given the chance to study abroad.

2. Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University was established in 1857. Its Department of Communication studies is a part of the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and offers a valuable liberal arts education that prepares students to become professional communicators in their personal lives, in the community, and in the workplace. Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Gallaudet University Program Description

The program consists of formal and informal communication studies. Students can earn their B.A. in Communication Studies, minor in Journalism, and minor in Communication Studies. The Technology Access Program conducts research associated with communication service and technologies, while the goal is to yield knowledge valuable to government, industry, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers in order to provide impartiality in communications.

3. Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private, Christian university that was founded in 1949. Its academic programs, including the communications program, deliver the indispensable skills and information needed to succeed in the contemporary, multifaceted corporate world. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as The Higher Learning Commission.

Program Description

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Communications program encourages students to cultivate creativity, understanding, and intermodal communication skills essential in planning and distributing persuasive communications. The program base is centered on values-based liberal arts to produce leaders in the media and other communication fields. A total of 120 credits are required to earn the B.A. degree.

4. Alfred University

Alfred University was founded in 1836. The school’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Communication Studies program is a broad program designed to include many specifics such as journalism, advertising, new media, and others, but it is also for those seeking to gain knowledge in general communications. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Description

The Communication Studies program was designed to teach students critical thinking, operative writing, comprehensive teamwork, and vibrant speaking to help them succeed in the moving media world. Additionally, the program offers students hands-on experience by working with the campus radio station, television station, and newspaper while encouraging students to intern with a communications industry organization.

5. George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs is a private school and was founded in 1865. According to their website, their “mission is to explore how ideas and information are communicated and how the media influence policy and politics in a democracy.” It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Description

The school’s proximity to the nation’s capital influences the political atmosphere of the communications program. The political communication program includes global media studies, journalism, and documentary filmmaking. Students are taught to understand the media’s complex role in politics and how people connect with one another, and are encouraged to intern within the government and news organizations.

6. Baldwin Wallace College

Baldwin Wallace College is a private, Methodist-related liberal arts college founded in 1845. Its Department of Communication Arts and Sciences offers over 278 majors. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission.

Program Description

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences provide diverse academic programs to nurture essential skills for ethical and effective communication. Major areas of study include: Broadcast and Media Communication, Film Studies, Communication Disorders, Communication Studies, and Public Relations.

 

7. University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is made up of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university was established in 1847 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Higher Learning Commission.

Program Description

The Communications Studies program integrates the study of human communication and relevant intricacies into its communications program. The program pays attention on how communication affects day-to-day life, and emphasizes critical thinking and evaluation of communication practices. Additionally, it gives students the knowledge to apply real-world applications of communication skill.

8. Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University was founded in 1960 and has “…a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency…” according to the university website. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

Program Description

Sonoma State Communication Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that arranges preparation for students in careers concerning the media or for advanced research or graduate study. Practical application, critical analysis, and historical study are the main learning approaches to the media.

9. University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851, and their Department of Communication Studies was founded in 1914. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission.

Program Description

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Communication Studies program gives students the opportunity to earn a degree that creates Communication Competence & Critical Literacy in the Digital Age, or the ability to formulate ethical and theory-informed messages to inform, persuade, or entertain, the ability to create and perform with appropriate technology, and the critical ability to understand and evaluate messages and performances in a variety of media and multicultural contexts”, according to the department’s web page. Internships are available in nearby organizations.

10. Kent State University

Kent State University was founded in 1910. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranked Kent State among the nation’s 77 public research universities for establishing high-research activity. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and The Higher Learning Commission.

Program Description

Kent State University offers a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication for Public Relations and focuses on PR related fields of management-level careers. The Master’s program offers the knowledge essential to transitioning to new communications industries, such as social media, marketing, and advertising.

References:

http://www.natcom.org/uploadedFiles/Content/Education/A%20Study%20of%20the%20Reputations%20of%20Doctoral%20Programs%20in%20Communication%202004.pdf

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

Year in Review: Top Paying Jobs and Careers 2012

Top Paying Jobs 2012: Company Average

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Highest Paying Jobs by Company 2012 #1: GOOGLE

Google Average Salary: $74,000

Top 5 Google Jobs &  Salaries:

Top Google Paying Jobs 2012

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Highest Paying Jobs by Company 2012 #2: FACEBOOK

Facebook Average Salary: $87,000

Top 5 Facebook Jobs &  Salaries:

Top Facebook Paying Jobs 2012

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Highest Paying Jobs by Company 2012 #3: WALT DISNEY

Walt Disney Average Salary: $66,000

Top 5 Walt Disney Salaries:

Top Disney Paying Jobs

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Highest Paying Jobs  2012 #4: US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

US Department of Defense Average Salary: $64,000

Top 5 US Department of Defense Job & Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #5: KAISER PERMANENTE

Kaiser Average Salary: $67,000

Top 5 Kaiser Permanente Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #6: TESLA MOTORS

Tesla Motor Average Salary: $79,000

Top 5 Tesla Motor Jobs & Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #7: NASA

NASA Average Salary: $68,000

Top 5 NASA Jobs & Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #8: SALESFORCE.COM

Salesforce.com Average Salary: $87,000

Top 5 SalesForce.com Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #9: KELLEY BLUE BOOK

Kelley Blue Book Average Salary: $78,000

Top 5 Kelley Blue Book Jobs & Salaries:

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Highest Paying Jobs 2012 #10: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE

New York Stock Exchange Average Salary: $88,000

Top 5 New York Stock Exchange Jobs & Salaries:

Top New York Exchange Paying Jobs 2012

Best 5 Paying Jobs 2012: Individual Careers

Department of Labor

Best Paying Jobs and Careers 2012: Neurosurgeon

Median pay: $368,000
Top pay: $643,000

Best Paying Jobs and Careers 2012: Petroleum Engineer

Median pay: $162,000
Top pay: $265,000

Best Paying Jobs and Careers 2012: Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Median pay: $159,000
Top pay: $205,000

Best Paying Jobs and Careers 2012: Petroleum Geologist

Median pay: $149,000
Top pay: $247,000

Best Paying Jobs and Careers 2012: Dentists

Median pay: $147,000
Top pay: $253,000

 

 

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Top Online Medical Billing and Coding Schools

Top Medical Billing and Coding Schools

An education in medical billing and coding prepares you to be an integral part of the healthcare system. As a medical billing student, you will learn to apply codes to different illnesses and treatment procedures in order to make the process of billing patients easier for doctors and insurance agents. Many jobs for billers and coders are available in healthcare environments like hospitals, physician’s offices, and health insurance companies.

A medical billing and coding career appeals to many students because it does not require extended formal education. However, although you can qualify for a select number of jobs in this field without a formal degree, your job options will be best if you earn an associates degree from one of the top medical billing and coding schools. This article will discuss the most important factors to consider when you are looking for a medical billing and coding college.

The best medical billing and coding programs

Although the amount of time that you will have to spend in school is minimal for this job, you can choose to earn medical billing and coding credentials at the associates degree or certificate level. Each type of program prepares you to find a job as a medical biller and coder. However, there are a few things to consider when you are choosing the best online medical coding programs. In particular, you should look for accredited medical billing schools that offer internships.

Accreditation

Professional medical billing and coding organizations grant accreditation to outstanding programs. Medical billing schools voluntarily seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This organization thoroughly reviews billing and coding programs to ensure that it adequately prepares you for your career.

Keep in mind that both medical coding online programs and offline programs can be accredited. If you attend an accredited online medical billing and coding school or traditional program, you know that you are getting a good education.

Internships

In addition to accreditation, you should look for a program that provides you with an opportunity to participate in an internship. Internships are essential parts of your healthcare training because they offer you a chance to practice billing and coding in a real work setting. Participating in an internship will show your school and your potential employers that you know how to do your job in a practical setting. In addition, internships are especially valuable if you earned your degree or certificate online because you will otherwise have no proof of your people skills.

Online medical billing and coding schools

Online education is quite the rage among 21st century students in all disciplines, including medical billing and coding, due to their flexible nature. You do have the option to attend medical coding schools online. In fact, online medical billing and coding schools are a good option for students who have busy schedules due to important commitments like work or family. Students who cannot afford to drop everything in order to fit the inflexible schedules of brick-and-mortar classes.

However, there may be some negative sides to online education, as well. If you consider this option, know that you will have less opportunity for personal interaction if you choose to go to school online. For that reason, it is especially important to find an online medical billing program that offers you an internship so you can practice your skills in the workplace and learn from other people. It will be challenging for you to gain a realistic idea of what a medical billing and coding career is really like if you do not have a chance to interact with others while earning your education.

The best medical billing and coding classes

Whether you attend traditional classes or medical coding online courses, all medical coding colleges will teach you about similar subjects. Some of the classes that you can expect to take from any medical billing college are medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, insurance procedures and healthcare ethics. Through these classes, you can expect to practice certain skills that you will use in your career, like administrative skills, communication and navigation of clinical classification systems.

Medical Billing and Coding Resources

The following resources contain information about the top online medical billing and coding programs:

Best Online MBA Programs

Best Online MBA Programs

Before jumping into the question of what makes an online MBA program the best, let’s first discuss what an MBA actually is. An MBA, or a Master of Business Administration, is a postgraduate degree that focuses on both the professional and academic elements of business and management. Students who enroll in MBA programs learn about finance, economics, management, operations, and marketing. An MBA program can provide students with a better understanding of how businesses, from large corporations to small social entrepreneurships, operate.

Although an MBA is not required to work or advance in business, in recent years, it has become the standard by which many career-minded business people are judged. As such, an advanced business degree typically helps a student’s career path and more and more students are turning to an MBA to further their careers. Between 1998-1999 and 2008-2009, the number of MBA degrees conferred jumped nearly 60%. If executive and managerial positions interest you, consider earning an MBA to further your career.

Because many MBA students are already mid-career and continue to work while earning their degrees, MBA degree programs are often offered in an online platform. As convenient as an online MBA courses and degrees seem, there are advantages and disadvantages to studying online.

Traditional MBAs vs. Online MBAs

Although there are many online MBA programs available to students, on-campus MBA programs from traditional schools are more prevalent. Traditional MBAs offer students the chance to work and learn in a classroom with their classmates and professors ready to discuss lectures, assignments and the latest news in business. Because networking is an important aspect of any MBA program, studying in a traditional on-campus program allows students to network with classmates and faculty face-to-face, collaborating on projects and learning about the latest professional and academic opportunities.

If you are concerned about continuing to work while enrolling in a traditional MBA program, you should know that many brick-and-mortar schools offer on-campus MBA programs with classes that meet in the evenings and on the weekends. These programs are designed with the working professional in mind and are meant to accommodate work and family obligations.

A truly online MBA program offers nearly all of its components online. These include lectures, discussions, assignment submissions and exams. Lectures can be PowerPoint slide presentations or streamed or pre-recorded videos of a professor’s lecture. Discussions are usually held in web forums where students respond to prompts and comment on their classmates’ responses. Assignments, including group project, are typically delivered and submitted online.

Pros of Earning an Online MBA

  • Online MBA degree programs offer flexibility to students who may have professional or familial obligations that demand their attention. Although traditional schools offer modified programs with classes meeting during non-working hours and on weekends, online programs offer even more flexibility, allowing students to participate in courses and complete their assignments from anywhere.
  • Another pro of online MBA programs is the broad and varied network students are exposed to. Online programs often have students from across the U.S. and sometimes from other countries. Exposure to people from other cities, regions and countries can benefit online students by providing them with new perspectives and possible employment opportunities.

Cons of Earning an Online MBA

  • For MBA students who do not concurrently work, internships can be an important stepping stone to finding permanent employment. While many traditional MBA programs can help their students find internships with local organizations and businesses, online MBA programs may have difficulty placing students given their disparate locales. This is not to say that online MBA students will not be able to participate in internships, but the online nature of their program may make it more difficult to find a satisfying one.
  • Online schools, not just online MBA programs, often have poor reputations compared with traditional schools. Although this may change with the proliferation and improvements to online degree programs, the fact remains that many potential employers are biased against online degrees.

Choosing an Online MBA Program

If you are interested in an online MBA program, there are several factors to consider when choosing a school. The first of these is institutional accreditation. The school offering your MBA program should be accredited by an agency that is approved of by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are unsure of your school’s accreditation status, you can search the accreditation databases on the U.S. Department of Education’s or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s websites.

You should also look at the curriculum vitas of your potential faculty, checking to make sure that their academic accomplishments and real world experiences lend themselves to your education. Most reputable business schools list this pertinent information on their websites.

Another factor to consider is whether your program is offered by a for-profit or a nonprofit institution. Although both types of schools are eligible for federal financial aid, nonprofit schools often have better academic reputations and lower student loan default rates.

Non-Profit Online MBAs

Below you will find a list of nonprofit schools that provide online MBA programs.

Best Online Nutrition Degree Programs

Best Online Nutrition Degree Programs

Broadly speaking, nutrition is the study of food and its support of life. Within this, however, nutrition students specialize in a number of areas including research, individual nutrition and public health. Students who are interested in nutrition can earn a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctorate degree in this discipline, but it should be noted that postgraduate degrees are much more common. While some colleges and universities have nutrition schools or departments, many nutrition degrees are offered through other schools and departments, including medicine, nursing, public health and health sciences.

The best nutrition degrees, regardless of whether or not they are offered on-campus or online, will provide students with a strong background in biological sciences, clinical nutrition, nutrition education, and nutrition research. Students in these programs will learn about the importance of nutrition, from the micro and macro points of view, looking at how nutrition affects both individuals and societies.

Online Nutrition Courses

Although the nutrition courses students are likely to take will depend on the area in which they specialize, there are several that most students will take.

  • Organic Chemistry – the study of carbon-based compounds
  • Biochemistry – the study of chemical processes in living organisms (including humans)
  • Nutrition and Metabolism – the study of nutritional biochemistry and physiology, including digestion, absorption, metabolism and storage
  • Food Studies – comparative study of foods in a global context
  • Public Health Nutrition – the concepts and principles of public health nutrition including the differences between population-based and individual-based policies of prevention and treatment of nutrition-related conditions, and the barriers to improving a community’s health
  • Infant and Maternal Nutrition – principles and application of nutrition to promote healthy mothers and infants with a focus on research relating to normal growth and development
  • Pediatric Nutrition – principles and application of nutrition to promote the healthy growth, development, and behavior of children, particularly those with special healthcare needs
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease – studies how nutrition contributes to, prevents and controls chronic diseases, including cancer

Nutrition Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in nutrition can pursue careers in several areas. Most obviously, they can work as nutritionists, offering advice to individuals, families and communities. Many nutritionists also work in the education field. Some graduates go on to teach in nutrition programs, while others focus on educating communities that are prone to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and obesity. In a similar vein, many nutrition degree holders go on to work for nonprofit and non-government organizations (NGOs) providing strategy and analysis for communities and regions.

Online Nutrition Degree Programs

Although there are more traditional, on-campus nutrition degree programs than there are online nutrition degree programs, there are a some well-regarded online degree programs offered by accredited institutions.

University of Bridgehampton

The University of Bridgehampton offers an online Master of Science in Nutrition. In order to successfully complete this program, students must take 44 credit hours of core and elective curriculum courses and pass a comprehensive exam, which is offered twice a year. If a student is interested in completing a thesis, which is optional, that can count as an elective. The comprehensive exam, however, is mandatory. The University of Bridgehampton delivers its online classes via Blackboard and occasionally uses synchronous technology (meaning that all students are online at the same time) to create a virtual classroom.

New York Chiropractic College

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) also offers a graduate degree in nutrition, the Master of Science in Applied in Clinical Nutrition. This program requires 36 credit hours, which usually takes students to two years to finish. In addition to coursework, NYCC’s master’s in clinical nutrition program prepares students to sit for certification exams such as the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), the Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), and the Diplomate for the American Clinicate Board of Nutrition (DACBN).

Arizona State University

Although Arizona State University (ASU) does not offer a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, it does offer a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Healthy Lifestyles Coaching. In addition to courses in fitness, nutrition, healthy eating, stress management, students will also take classes that focus on the cultural and political aspects of healthcare. This bachelor’s degree program encourages students to work with communities through nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

June Jobs Report : 80,000 Jobs added, Current unemployment remains at 8.2%

June Jobs Report: What is unemployment rate?

Current Unemployment Rate = 8.2%

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Hiring was lukewarm last month, with employers adding jobs but not enough to bring the unemployment rate down.

The economy added 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday, barely an improvement from the 77,000 jobs added in May. The current unemployment rate remained at 8.2%.

Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected to see employers add 95,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to remain unchanged.

Check the current unemployment rate by state

Economists have attributed the strong hiring in the winter to unusually warm weather. Now they say fears about Europe’s debt crisis, China’s slowdown and fiscal cliff looming in the United States are holding employers back.

“It’s hard for an employer to hire somebody when you don’t know what the tax rates are going to be in six months. There’s just too much uncertainty,” said John Silvia, Wells Fargo chief economist.

June’s weak growth added to fears that the recovery is waning. The economy needs at least 125,000 jobs added each month just to keep up with population growth. It needs even more to bring the unemployment rate down.

“Today’s report is the rotten cherry atop the half-baked economic news of the last few months,” Chris Jones, economist with TD Bank said in a note.

On the upside, the housing market seems to be improving, with both home prices and home sales rising recently. Construction companies added 2,000 jobs in June. While that’s not much, it’s still the first time since January that the economy has added construction jobs.

Revisions from previous months showed the overall economy gained 1,000 fewer jobs in April and May than originally thought.

Among the sectors adding jobs, manufacturers hired 14,000 workers, professional and business services added 47,000 jobs, and restaurants and bars added 15,100 jobs.

June Jobs Report, Unemployment Rate, Economy: How are you coping?

Meanwhile, retailers slashed 5,400 jobs and the government cut 4,000 jobs.

Workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher had a 4.1% unemployment rate, whereas workers with just a high school degree had an 8.4% rate.  In addition to having a degree, what you get your degree in matters to.  With Human Resource Manager being one of the top three jobs offered, getting your Human Resources Degree can give you a “leg up” in the job search, even in a bad economy.

“We continue to hear from companies that it’s a two-tier labor market,” said Brian Kropp, managing director at the Corporate Executive Board. “For people who have been employed with professional and technical skills, it’s a decent job market. But for the rest of the workforce it’s still very difficult.”

What is unemployment rate?

Roughly 12.7 million Americans remain unemployed, and 41.9% of them have been so for six months or more.

The so-called underemployment rate rose to 14.9% in June. That rate includes the unemployed as well as people who could only get part-time positions and who have looked for a job at some point in the past year

Check the current national unemployment rate by state

State job markets may decide election 2012

Much of the U.S. presidential campaign has focused on the national jobless rate, but unemployment levels vary widely in critical swing states considered up for grabs. (Mouse over states for results.)
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By John W. Schoen, NBC News

President Barack Obama got some welcome news earlier this month when the government reported that the national unemployment rate fell below 8 percent – to 7.8 percent – for the first time since he took office.

But with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the jobless rates that matter most are the ones in just a handful of states that are up for grabs.

Pundits have argued for months that the president faced a very tough re-election campaign with a national jobless rate that remained stubbornly above 8 percent for 43 months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression.

The latest data on regional and state unemployment rates show they were mostly lower in September. The jobless rate fell in 41 states and the District of Columbia compared to August. It rose in six and was unchanged in three states. Compared to a year ago, jobless rates fell in 44 states and the District of Columbia and rose in six.

Like economic conditions generally, the recession had a very uneven impact on job markets in various regions of the country. Midwest states mostly escaped the housing boom that led to the bust that brought on the Great Recession. Rising energy prices have lifted the economies of energy-rich states like North Dakota. The impact from the ongoing housing bust has been concentrated in a handful of states including Florida and Nevada.

That’s why the health of the job markets in the key “battleground” states will likely have a greater impact than the national, headline number.

Here’s a look at the job outlook in ten key states, as of September, based on the latest jobless data released by the government Friday.

Florida: 29 electoral votes/8.7 percent jobless rate

Of all the battleground states Florida carries the most weight. It’s the state, after all, where a few hundred dangling chads in 2000 swung its 29 electoral votes, and the election, in George W. Bush’s favor.

Florida has been among the hardest hit by the housing crisis and it’s still digging out from a deep real estate hole. After a steady decline from a peak of 11.4 percent in early 2010, the unemployment rate has been falling gradually along with the national number. After inching up again this summer, the notched down again in September.

The state is very much a toss-up, according to the latest NBCNews/WSJ/Marist poll. Going into the latest debate this week, the state was a 1-point race with Obama leading Gov. Mitt Romney 47 percent to 46 percent. The most recent numbers show the two locked in a virtual dead heat, with Obama leading 48 percent to 47 percent.

Ohio: 18 electoral votes/7.0 percent jobless rate

Hard-hit by the recession-driven manufacturing downturn, Ohio has seen some improvement as a pickup in car sales has helped boost orders for automakers and parts suppliers dotting the state. Ohio’s unemployment rate peaked in 2010 and has steadily fallen below the national average to the current 7.0 percent rate.

But the drop has been for the wrong reasons: job creation has been much slower than the shrinkage in the state’s labor force as discouraged job seekers have left the state, retired, gone back to school or given up looking. Since peaking in early 2009, Ohio’s labor force has shrunk by 200,000 – or nearly 4 percent.

In this week’s NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll, after a renewed focus by the Romney campaign, Obama leads 51 percent to 45 percent.

North Carolina: 15 electoral votes/9.6 percent unemployment

In contrast to Ohio, North Carolina’s jobless rate is higher than the national average, for the opposite reasons. Job creation has gained steadily since the end of the 2007 recession; employers in the Tar Heel state have added 1.4 million jobs in the past three years, a gain of 3.5 percent. But thanks to an influx of workers attracted by all those new jobs, the labor force has swollen by 1.6 million. That’s kept the jobless rate higher than it would have been if the labor force had remained the same size.

Recent polling data are not available for the state.

Michigan: 16 electoral votes/ 9.3 percent unemployment.

Michigan was one of the states hardest hit by the near collapse of the auto industry in 2008, which is why the Obama campaign has gone to great lengths to take credit for providing the industry with government help. From a peak of 14.2 percent in mid-2009, the jobless rate has fallen steadily.

But only because, like Ohio, a big chunk of Michigan’s labor force has left the state’s job market.

While car sales may have rebounded in the past year, employment in Michigan is still half a million jobs below pre-recession levels. That’s slightly more than the 420,000 people who are no longer looking for work in the state.

The hollowing out of the state’s workforce continues. And after small but steady job gains, overall employment levels began falling again this spring. That sent the jobless rate back on the upswing in August – up 0.4 percent from July. The rate eased a notch to 9.3 percent in September.

The latest opinion polls show the president holding a lead in the state that Romney’s father once served as governor – and which is still considered a battleground state by political analysts. The race has tightened, though.

The president leads Romney, 52 percent to 38 percent according to the latest Detroit News/ WDIV Local 4 poll. Obama had a 14.2 point lead last month following a bump from the Democratic National Convention; but that edge has shrunk to 6.7 points after the first presidential debate. Obama now leads Romney in Michigan 49 percent to 42.3 percent, with 7.7 percent of voters undecided.

Virginia: 13 electoral votes/5.9 percent unemployment

Virginia is one of the few states that escaped the recession largely unscathed. The state continues to enjoy a much better job market than the national average, largely because of the steady flow of government jobs and contracts to residents of Virginia’s, Washington, D.C., suburbs.

The jobless rate peaked at 7.3 percent in January 2010, and fell steadily to 5.6 percent this summer, but as the pace of layoffs for federal workers has picked up, so has the state’s jobless rate. And with cuts in federal spending looming, that bright job outlook could darken next year.

Romney saw his largest gains this week in Virginia, where he now edges the president 48 percent to 47 percent, a 3-point reversal from last week’s NBCNews/WSJ/Marist poll, released the day of the first presidential debate. The spread is within the poll’s margin of error.

Wisconsin: 10 electoral votes/7.3 percent unemployment

Unemployment in Wisconsin peaked at 9.1 percent in 2010 and has trended lower since the recession ended. But those gradual employment gains reversed course sharply beginning this spring, adding six-tenths of a percent to the jobless rate since April.

The most recent data show the jobless rate trending lower again, beginning in August and falling another two-tenths of a percent in September.

In Wisconsin, Obama is ahead by six points among likely voters, 51 percent to 45 percent, which also is virtually unchanged from last month

Colorado 9 electoral votes/8.0 percent unemployment

Colorado also has yet to recover the more than 100,000 jobs the state lost to the recession. With its workforce roughly unchanged, that slow job growth has recently nudged its jobless rate back up. Unemployment fell from a peak of 9.0 percent in November 2010 to 7.8 percent this January.

Romney pulled a percentage point ahead of Obama in the state, according to recent Denver Post poll, which means the two are still effectively tied. Romney’s one-point lead represents a small shift from a Post poll five weeks ago showing Obama with a one-point, 47-46, advantage.

Iowa: 6 electoral votes/5.2 percent unemployment

Iowa largely escaped the housing boom that fed the bust and recession, but its job market still felt the blow. Going into the recession, the state had one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country, at 3.8 percent, though it rose sharply – to 6.3 percent – when the financial storm hit.

Since then, with a highly stable labor force and steady gains in hiring, the jobless rate has fallen gradually, hitting 5.1 percent in June. After bumping up again this spring, the jobless rate is again trending lower.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll – which was conducted from Monday through Wednesday, encompassing Tuesday’s presidential debate in New York– Obama receives the support of 51 percent of likely voters in Iowa to Romney’s 43 percent. That eight-point margin is unchanged from the NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released last month (before the debate season began), when the president led his Republican opponent 50 percent to 42 percent.

Nevada 6 electoral votes/11.8 percent unemployment

Like its housing market, Nevada saw one of the sharpest reversals of fortune in the jobs numbers when the recession sent the unemployment rate from a pre-recession 4.2 percent to a peak of 14.0 percent in October 2010. Since then, the recovery has been steady, but slow.

Obama recovered some lost ground among older Nevada voters since his first-debate against Romney, according to a new poll, commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow, that shows the president holding a three-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent.

Romney expanded his lead over Obama among independents, according to the survey

New Hampshire: 4 electoral votes/5.7 percent unemployment

The Granite state also entered the recession with among the lowest jobless rates in the country, 3.4 percent, but also saw a sharp spike (to 6.7 percent) which has been gradually receding. By April of this year, the rate had fallen to 5.0 percent. But employment levels began rising again this summer.

The New Hampshire race is tied, according to a recent WHDH 7News Suffolk University poll, which shows both Romney and Obama winning 47 percent of the vote.

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, North Dakota Retains Lowest Rate at 3%, Nevada highest with 12%

The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest point since January 2009 at 7.8%.

It was the second-to-last report before the Nov. 6 election that pits Obama against Republican Mitt Romney.

North Dakota retains the lowest unemployment rate at 3% while Nevada continues to struggle at 12%.

Unemployment Rate by State

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
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Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 3.0
2 NEBRASKA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 4.0
3 SOUTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 4.5
4 OKLAHOMA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.1
5 VERMONT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.3
6 IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.5
7 NEW HAMPSHIRE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.7
7 WYOMING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.7
9 UTAH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.8
10 MINNESOTA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.9
10 VIRGINIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.9
12 HAWAII UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.1
13 KANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.2
14 MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.3
14 MONTANA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.3
16 NEW MEXICO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.5
17 DELAWARE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 6.9
18 MARYLAND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.1
18 TEXAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.1
20 MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.2
20 OHIO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.2
22 ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.3
23 IDAHO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.4
23 LOUISIANA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.4
25 WEST VIRGINIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.5
25 WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.5
27 MAINE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.6
28 ALASKA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 7.8
29 PENNSYLVANIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.1
30 COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.2
31 ARIZONA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.3
31 INDIANA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.3
33 ALABAMA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.5
33 KENTUCKY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.5
33 TENNESSEE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.5
36 WASHINGTON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.6
37 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.8
37 FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.8
39 OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 8.9
40 CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.0
41 ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.1
41 MISSISSIPPI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.1
41 NEW YORK UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.1
44 GEORGIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.2
45 MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.4
46 SOUTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.6
47 NORTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.7
48 NEW JERSEY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 9.9
49 CALIFORNIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 10.6
50 RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 10.7
51 NEVADA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 12.1

CNN: Top 15 Stressful jobs that pay badly

#1: Social worker

Median pay: $43,200
% who say their job is stressful: 72%

Social workers step in when everyone else steps aside to help people and families in vulnerable situations. They provide patients with education and counseling, advise care givers and make referrals for other services. And with social workers in short supply and programs underfunded, few must juggle the work of many, while reaping little reward.

Just ask Heather Griffith, a social worker who works with children in intensive foster care in Boston: “You’re getting paid $12 an hour and kids are screaming at you, telling you that you are just in it for the money and you’re just like, really?”

 

#2: Special events coordinator

Median pay: $35,900
% who say their job is stressful: 75%

Planning a major event or party is a ton of work, and can easily turn into a real circus if you don’t hire a pro to pull it all together.

“My colleague was throwing a circus-themed event, and one hour before the event started, Peanut the elephant died in the ballroom,” said Anne Giapapas, a special events coordinator in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “Without time to move the elephant, they threw a tarp over Peanut and made it look like a circus tent. No one even knew what was underneath during the event.”

But the elephant in the room may be the least of a special events coordinator’s troubles. Juggling vendors, collecting payments, shepherding guests and taking on bridezillas is just another day at the office.

 

#3: Probation/parole officer

Median pay: $38,400
% who say their job is stressful: 58%

Looking for a challenging and stimulating work environment? How about working with convicted felons? Keeping ex-cons in line is certainly no easy task, but the work can be rewarding. Probation or parole officers help parolees and probationers get back on their feet, with everything from rehabilitation plans to education and employment arrangements.

But it’s not just about helping people. A lot of former felons end up doing repeat performances or skipping town. Their probation officers need to track them down, testify in court and help decide whether to throw them back in the slammer. It’s no surprise that some “clients” can direct anger toward their POs.

“I once was in the middle of a hostage incident” said Don Meyer, chief probation officer of Sacramento County, Calif. “I didn’t sleep for two days after that. It makes you think, man, I might be better at computers.”

#4: News reporter

Median pay: $32,900
% who say their job is stressful: 62%

Every minute is another deadline for those who report and write the news. While racing against the clock, reporters gather data, conduct interviews and analyze their findings all before writing about major events for a newspaper, magazine, radio show or television program.

#5: Music ministry director

Median pay: $40,800
% who say their job is stressful: 67%

You may not think of people who plan, direct and conduct performances for religious services as being under a particularly high amount of stress. But they also choose the appropriate psalm or hymn for every wedding and funeral — only some of the most important events in a family’s life. And those stressful situations can create some demanding clients.

“Every now and then you’ll get a strange request,” said Dan Fenn, Music Ministry Director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minn. “A couple of years ago I got a request to play the Beer Barrel Polka at a funeral. You have to ask yourself, is this appropriate for a worship service?”


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TheCareerProject.org Celebrates 5 Years of Helping Students and Job Seekers Find Their Calling with a New Look, Features & Partnerships

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2012

The Career Project launches their new beta today with new features, look and registration process. Job seekers and students can now search through thousands of unique job profiles and contact any mentor for free through Facebook connect.

This is a departure as schools previously had to purchase access to the site for their students. Originally launched in 2007, founder Alicia Schwartz says “It is time for all students and job seekers to have the ability to directly connect with our mentors. Facebook connect and our new registration system allows us to maintain TheCareerProject.org’s integrity. We have had just about 3 million visits since our start and are excited to help millions more with our new user-friendly interface.”

New partnerships with CareerBliss.com and QuintStreet.com allows users to search for jobs and online college programs while on the site researching their various careers.

There is also a comprehensive Career Counselor Directory and a new Career Resource Directory for job seekers to better research their career paths.

“TheCareerProject.org is the ultimate one-stop-shop for career research. With thousands of unique job profiles we allow job seekers to obtain an honest understanding and portrayal of what it is like to really work in a particular career.”

About TheCareerProject.org
http://www.TheCareerProject.org is an interactive career profile database that allows job seekers to learn the intimate details about thousands of jobs from the people who work them.

Career Realism: 5 Things Job Seekers Need to Know About LinkedIn

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I just saw a great blog post on how LinkedIn can cause problems at work on Resume Bear, and it got me thinking that there are some things job seekers should be aware of in addition to the excellent points mentioned in that article:

1. Sudden flurry of updates tell your network something’s afoot.

Every time you update one area of your profile, everyone in your network is updated. So imagine if you really start tinkering with your profile in earnest… that means there’s activity going on… and that you are cleaning up your act, possibly preparing for some action.

Instead: take the profile off public visibility, update it with everything you intend to change, then make it visible again to avoid multiple updates. Better yet: regularly update your profile with one thing at a time, perhaps once per week. If updates are constant and regular, there are no red flags.

2. Reasons to be contacted.

If you include “Looking for job opportunities” or anything that implies an active job search, you could be informing your employer indirectly that you are anticipating a change. If you are employed, keep your reasons to be contacted business-related only.

3. Using your work email address to register.

So you have a robust network, lots of recommendations, and everything is humming along. Except you just lost your job as well as your company email address. Guess what? You could get locked out of your account if your employer decides to exploit this and changes the password on your LinkedIn account too.

It would be a whole world of pain trying to get logged back in – so the point here is: Take your account registrations OFFLINE to a personal e-mail account. You won’t regret it as you will always have control of who logs in YOU!

4. If you are looking for work, use your personal phone number.

I cannot tell you how many times people have included a work number when conducting a job search. Don’t EVER use company resources to look for work elsewhere.

5. Space out your recommendations.

If you suddenly start going on a “binge,” asking everyone and their brother to recommend you, this can also set up some red flags for your employer who might be monitoring your profile. Instead of asking everyone all at once, instead try pacing them out – like one per month. That way, again, a flurry of activity doesn’t suggest that something is going on in the background.

Career Realism: How to get the job you are unqualified for

You see your dream job advertised. You immediately put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to keyboard, and send off a well-crafted cover letter, to which you attach your resume. In the letter you explain that you have “transferable skills” and let your passion come forth from the page like boiling hot water and steam from Old Faithful.

And your reward?

Rejection.

But you have “transferable skills.” You have passion. So, why are you being rejected?

Because you are unqualified. “Transferable skills” means, “I don’t have the qualifications for the job, but do me a favor and interview me anyway.” No. Sorry. The employer does not need to do you a favor. The employer needs to fill the position with someone who can actually do the job. A person with a proven track record of success. A person who will not have a steep learning curve, if any at all (over and above learning “the company way”).

“But,” I hear you say, “people change careers all the time. Why does it work for them and not for me?”

Simple. They network. They get introduced by a credible person, someone whose opinion the employer respects. That person tells them, “I understand that you are looking for a marketing pro. I know a woman who would be perfect for the position. And before you ask, she is totally unqualified, except for the fact that she has a great skill-set and more passion for marketing than you’ll find in anyone else. If I could, I’d hire her. Give her ten minutes.”

And since I did that for one of my clients, I know it works.

Bernanke, Goldman Agree: 8% Jobless Rate Isn’t Permanent

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is betting the new U.S. economy is the same as the old one as he lays out arguments for more stimulus to revive it.

He made that diagnosis last week in a rebuttal to those who blame an 8.3 percent unemployment rate on structural shifts in the economy wrought by the financial crisis and who contend joblessness is permanently elevated.

“I see little evidence of substantial structural change in recent years,” Bernanke told fellow central bankers and economists at the annual monetary-policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “Following every previous U.S. recession since World War II, the unemployment rate has returned close to its pre-recession level.”

The message for investors is Bernanke believes what he calls the “grave concern” of 12.8 million Americans out of work can be tackled by a stronger economic recovery, driven by monetary support if necessary. The view that the country’s woes are cyclical was a keen subject of debate in the shadow of the Teton mountains, dividing Bernanke’s fellow central bankers, Wall Street economists and academics.

Backing Bernanke are Princeton University’s Alan Blinder, Jan Hatzius of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Stanford University’s Edward Lazear. On the other side are Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, Northwestern University’s Robert Gordon and Mohamed El-Erian and Bill Gross of Pacific Investment Management Co., who popularized the term “new normal” to describe how growth patterns changed after the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Tight Credit

Bernanke and his supporters argue that the sluggish recovery and lingering unemployment are more the result of temporary headwinds, such as tight credit conditions and housing-market weakness, and can be cured with monetary aid. His critics blame structural changes, such as a mismatch between job openings and skills. They say further easing will help little and may even do harm by fanning inflation.

“In an environment where the actual unemployment rate is not coming down, at least not quickly, I think there’s still room for monetary policy to do more,” said Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Hatzius, whose estimate of the so-called natural rate of unemployment that triggers inflation is just below the 6 percent calculation of Fed researchers. “My view of this is pretty similar to the Fed’s.”

At Pimco, co-Chief Investment Officers El-Erian and Gross estimate the natural rate is closer to 7 percent.

“Our analysis strikes a different balance between cyclical and structural factors,” Newport Beach, California-based El- Erian said in an e-mail after Bernanke’s Aug. 31 speech. “It places greater emphasis on structural headwinds, including segments of the labor, housing and credit markets.”

Asset Purchases

Those headwinds can be affected “only at the margin” by quantitative easing, or large-scale asset purchases, Gross said in a separate e-mail.

“That is why after three-plus years of zero-based interest rates and $2 trillion of the Fed’s balance-sheet expansion, the economy is only growing at 2 percent,” he said. “Cyclical weakness is more easily rectified with quantitative easing remedies than structural weaknesses, which rest more logically in the hands of fiscal policy makers.”

Just what is ailing the U.S. economy formed part of Bernanke’s case for greater Fed intervention that may come as soon as the next meeting of policy makers on Sept. 12-13. The 58-year-old former Princeton University economist and Great Depression scholar used his Jackson Hole address to lament the suffering caused by unemployment, and his defense of unorthodox policies such as bond-buying signaled he may deploy them again.

Costs of Policies

“The costs of non-traditional policies, when considered carefully, appear manageable, implying that we should not rule out the further use of such policies if economic conditions warrant,” Bernanke said. “Over the past five years, the Federal Reserve has acted to support economic growth and foster job creation, and it is important to achieve further progress, particularly in the labor market.”

Bernanke’s challenge may be highlighted Sept. 7, when economists surveyed by Bloomberg News predict Labor Department data will show unemployment exceeded 8 percent for a 43rd straight month in August as payrolls grew by 125,000, slowing from July’s 163,000 gain.

At the same time as some of his colleagues question his faith in monetary policy’s power, they also push back against his labor-market analysis. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told the conference “it sure looks like the economy was on one trend pre-crisis and is on a very different trend post-crisis.”

“It’s quite unhelpful to equate structural and permanent factors,” the Richmond Fed’s Lacker said during the same discussion. The gap will eventually close as “people are working on training programs” to address the mismatch in skills.

‘Real Impediments’

“In the meantime these are real costs, real impediments to clearing labor markets the way we want, and it’s not clear monetary policy can obviate these costs,” said Lacker, who dissented from the Federal Open Market Committee’s Aug. 1 statement, which repeated the benchmark lending rate is likely to stay close to zero at least through late 2014.

The debate over just how transitory high unemployment will be is also sparking academic scrutiny. In Wyoming, Bernanke received backing from a study by Stanford’s Lazear and James Spletzer of the U.S. Census Bureau.

It concluded that weak economic growth is the reason for heightened joblessness rather than fundamental labor-market weaknesses. Unemployment stems mostly from “cyclic phenomena” that are more pronounced after the last recession than after prior contractions, the authors wrote.

Construction, Retailing

They cited data showing that industries such as construction, manufacturing and retailing that had the biggest losses during the recession have also gained the most jobs since the recovery began. The 18-month slump that ended in June 2009 was the longest since the Great Depression.

“The problem is not the structure of the labor market, but the weakness of the economy,” Lazear said in an interview. “If the economy was stronger, the labor market would be stronger.”

A study published last month by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York echoed his findings. It estimated only about one-third of the jump in unemployment from 5 percent to its 10 percent peak in October 2009 can be traced to a divergence between the supply of labor and job openings. The remainder was due mainly to a lack of demand, it suggested.

Potential Growth

Not all economists agree. A paper written by Northwestern’s Gordon, published last week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, concludes the potential growth rate in the U.S. is damaged, and the past 250 years may prove to have been a “unique” period of expansion.

Ben Bernanke should read my paper,” said Gordon, a member of the NBER committee that determines when recessions begin and end.

Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays Plc in New York, is another skeptic. His work suggests a shift in the so-called Beveridge Curve, which measures the relationship between job openings and unemployment and indicates there are more jobs available today than before the recession given the current unemployment rate.

That suggests to him the natural rate is about 7 percent, and while “it doesn’t mean the Fed can’t reduce unemployment, it does mean we’re likely to see inflation pressures emerge sooner.”

More Dangerous

One area of agreement: the longer unemployment stays high, the more dangerous it is for the economy. Princeton’s Blinder and Deputy Bank of England Governor Charles Bean cited Europe’s experience in the 1980s of so-called hysteresis, when the failure to find jobs led to workers losing skills and becoming unemployable.

“We may get structural shifts like Europe in the 1980s,” said Blinder, a former Fed vice chairman. Bean warned “cyclical unemployment can turn into structural unemployment,” especially if the long-term jobless suffer “disenfranchisement.”

“You shouldn’t assume that they will just naturally get sucked back in,” Bean said.

“We would agree with Chairman Bernanke that the longer the economic malaise persists, the greater the risk that it will get embedded in the structure of the economy,” Pimco’s El-Erian said. “It is a loud call for policy action, and one that needs to involve many more official entities than just the Fed.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Simon Kennedy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at ; Joshua Zumbrun in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at +1- [email protected]; Steve Matthews in Atlanta at [email protected]