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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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These days, is college a good value?

Posted by Lori on January 25, 2010

A little over a month ago, I was one of several hundred Kansas State University students to waltz across the stage and collect an advanced degree diploma. It only took two years and several thousand dollars to finally earn my Master’s Degree in Adult Education. When I enrolled in the program, the economy was in pretty good shape and I had plans to increase my overall personal net worth. With the current state of affairs in our state, I wonder if my decision to sink so much money into myself was such a good idea. According to an article in the Wichita Eagle by Mara Rose Williams, others are wondering the same thing. Here’s an excerpt from her article:

Educators and politicians — President Obama included — say loudly and frequently that everyone should seek some college. In speech after speech, you hear that college graduates make at least $1 million more in their lifetimes than those who quit after high school.
But is it true?
In 2007, Sandy Baum, a professor of economics at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., studied the value of a degree for the College Board. Her research — which factored for inflation and left out advanced degrees and their higher earning power — found that someone with a Bachelor of Arts degree plus 40 years of earnings came closer to earning $550,000 more, on average, in today’s dollars.
Baum said that college was easily worth the cost. Plus the recession has laid bare another factor to consider:
“Even in this economy, the number of unemployed college graduates is half that of the unemployed who did not go to college,” she said.
Another, even grimmer, way to look at it: The poverty rate is 10.8 percent among high school grads. It is one-third less for those with bachelor’s degrees.

I wish President Obama would substitute the word training for college when he refers to people needing more education than a high school diploma, as there are many technical schools that provide equally rewarding opportunities for people. The article is a bit lengthy, but it certainly lends a new perspective when faced with making a decision on whether or not to invest in yourself through higher education.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/news/story/1150691.html#ixzz0dddN00vZ

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Top 5 Fastest Growing Salaries in America

Posted by Lori on January 20, 2010

My topic of discussion yesterday was an article that listed the industries that will be hiring the most people in the next decade. After reviewing the list, it appeared that while many of the jobs associated with those employers would be plentiful, they might not necessarily be financially rewarding. Rachel Zupek of PrimeCB.com, a division of Career Builder, compiled a list of industries that are projected to experience the highest growth in salaries. According to Zupek, “Looking for a job with an adequate salary is difficult. It depends on the current job market — which today is not great — where you live, your skill set, your experience level and, perhaps most importantly, your job duties.” The author backs up her facts with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and through surveys from Salary Expert. Here are five of the top twenty on Zupek’s list:

  1. Oral pathologists study the nature, cause and development of diseases associated with mouth.
    Current salary: $188,577
    Last year: $159,759
    Percent increase: 6.83
  2. Social medical researchers conduct research for use in understanding social problems and for planning and carrying out social welfare programs.
    Current salary: $80,151
    Last year: $68,480
    Increase: 6.65
  3. Pharmacologists conduct experiments to determine how drugs and other substances affect organ and tissues.
    Current salary:
    Last year: $90,012
    Percent increase:
  4. Toxicologists research the toxic effects products and ingredients have on living organisms.
    Current salary: $70,273
    Last year: $63,655
    Percent increase: 5.35
  5. Vocational training teachers teach personal, social and professional skills that meet the needs, interest and abilities of disabled students.
    Current salary: $57,401
    Last year: $52,982
    Percent increase: 4.93

I was pleasantly surprised to see Vocational Training Teachers make the list! It would be interesting to know how that salary stacks up to our teachers in Kansas.

As you can see, in order to garner the higher wages, you may need to commit to furthering your education. Make sure you consider the cost of the education, as well as the time it will take to complete the training, and compare it to the potential salary before altering your career path.

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The Declining Value….

Posted by Lori on July 21, 2008

What is your college degree worth in dollars? The Wall Street Journal takes a hard look at the value of the piece of paper hanging on your office wall.

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Kansas Career Pipeline

Posted by Lori on April 22, 2008

The Kansas Career Pipeline (www.kansascareerpipeline.org) is an on-line resource that guides students, parents and job seekers through various assessments in order to facilitate career selection. The KCP uses assessments created by the Kuder Company, as well as Donald Super’s Work Values. Many middle and high school students will participate in the assessments at school, but the instrument is available free of charge to all Kansas residents

Although the order of the assessments is not crucial, it makes sense to begin with the Kuder Career Search With Person Match. This instrument is used to identify career interests. There are 60 sets of three statements that the student ranks in order of preference. Once completed, the computer generates a report listing 16 Career Clusters in order of preference. From the report, the student can explore various career pathways, as well as read about others who have similar career interests.

The Skills Inventory lists 175 tasks for the student to guage their skill level. Even if the student has little, if any skill, they are able to indicate their willingness to learn on the assessment. Like the Career Search with Person Match, the Skills Inventory provides immediate results for the student to view. The Kuder system also provides a Composite Report so the student can view the results of both assessments side by side.

Super’s Work Values assessment is the third and final assessment on the KCP. Created by Donald Super, the assessment lists characteristics of occupations and the student can gauge the importance of those characteristics.

School administrators, counselors and teachers organize the school subjects by career cluster and make that information available to the students. Once the school curriculum has been uploaded, students can plan their course schedule based on their personal interests.

Students can research occupations, the military, apprenticeships, and colleges in Kansas, as well as nation-wide. The KCP provides many resources for completing job applications, creating cover letters and preparing for job interviews. Resumes created on the site are stored for an indefinite period of time and can be easily updated through a person’s career. Students can even search for jobs that are available in Kansas today!

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