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Today’s 20 Fastest Growing Occupations

Posted by Lori on February 15, 2010

It seems like a new Holy Grail of hot jobs appears in my inbox every week. Take a look at this week’s list if you a high school student mapping out your college courses by matching your interests to jobs of the future, or you are an adult seeking vocational training in the form of online courses or career training. According to     CareerBuilder.com,

The economy is recovering but it is slow. If you’re in need of a new job, it’s too slow. You can’t wait several years until things are back to their pre-recession levels. Fortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified 20 jobs that are growing at a rapid rate between now and 2018. These occupations are in high demand now and will continue on this trajectory for the next decade.

Here are 10 of the top 20 occupations:

  1. Biomedical Engineers
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Home Health Aides
  4. Personal and Home Care Aides
  5. Financial Examiners
  6. Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
  7. Physicians Assistants
  8. Skin Care Specialists
  9. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  10. Athletic Trainers

As you can see, the list encompasses a wide variety of careers. Some need a college degree, and some require vocational training. It is important to be able to identify your true interests before embarking down  a career path. You will save time and money if you discover what you really want to do, then stick to your plan!

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10 Deadliest Jobs in the U.S.

Posted by Lori on February 9, 2010

Think about the most dangerous part of your job. While you are pondering that, also think about the number of times you are in personal danger while you are performing the tasks working at the job. Nearly everyone who has spent time traversing the highways has happened upon a drop-out from the Mario Andretti School of Driving. But, how many of us risk our lives day in and and day out to feed the family? Earnmydegree.com compiled a list of the top 10 Deadliest Jobs in the US along with their average annual salary. Take a look at the list and see how your job stacks up:

  1. Fisher – $28,460
  2. Logger – $32,900
  3. Pilot – $119,750
  4. Steel Worker – $47,170
  5. Rancher – $49,140
  6. Roofer – $37,430
  7. Power Line Worker – $54,300
  8. Truck Driver – $38,720
  9. Refuse Collector – $32,790
  10. Police – $52,810

I think it is interesting the deadliest job pays the least amount of money per year. Another amazing factoid is that each occupation requires some sort of training, whether it is an apprenticeship, vocational school, college, or on-the-job.

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A Few More Jobs that are Still Worse Than Yours

Posted by Lori on February 5, 2010

As promised, we are revisiting Justin Racz’ book, 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours. (2004) Take a great big stretch, settle back in your easy chair, and take a look at a few more jobs that are worse than yours. Remember, while you might be tempted to scrap traditional college, or your adult education plan, please take a look at the list of jobs where you could end up working:

  1. Office Plant Watering Dude – Do you really want to be the person sloshing around to 50 companies sprinkling the plants, dusting the leaves, and rearranging the soil? Actually, some days that sounds like a pretty good gig!
  2. Walking Menu – This person wears a life-size menu and walks about the restaurant so customers can see the special of the day. Probably not that bad of a job, especially if you get discounts. Personally, I would get tired of people staring and pointing at me.
  3. Rat Catcher –  According to Racz, the job ranks right below gravedigger. To land this job in Bombay, India all you need to be able to do is swing a baseball bat. Rat-tatouille for two, anyone??
  4. Cheesecake Tin Quality Controller – This job involves a tactile inspection of 8,000 cheese cake tins an hour to make sure they are hermetically sealed. The drawback of the job is a numb thumb, but the benefits include free cake.
  5. New York City Taxi Driver – It’s sort of a mundane job; pick up fares, drive, honk, pick up fares, drive, honk. The job pays about $75.00 day and is considered the most dangerous job in NYC. Not only that, there is no social security, no disability, and no health insurance. They only thing you get is the right-of-way.

Seriously, I think there are times when we do whatever we need to do when the chips are down. We have to make a choice on either working in misery and being able to pay a few bills, or hang it up and wander aimlessly about the streets in search of food scraps for dinner.

Our topic for discussion next Friday will be, 50 Bosses Worse than Yours. I think everyone has a horror story or two about working for a boss-zilla, so we’ll take a look at the book and compare some notes. Have a great weekend!

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