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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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!!!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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…

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