Best And Worst Seasonal Jobs

Best/worst seasonal jobs
Seasonal jobs can be a good way for students to earn money while on break from their studies. But for many adults, including parents and retirees, temporary jobs are a reliable source of much-needed extra income during the holiday season.

Seasonal job seekers will find it a bit easier this year than last to find a part-time gig. Overall, employers are expected to boost hiring by 3 percent compared to last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The key, of course, is finding a job that pays decently and isn't too physically or emotionally demanding.
Using these criteria and more, CareerCast.com recently compiled a list of the Best and Worst Seasonal Jobs, derived from its Jobs Rated reports. Check out the list below and share.

Best Seasonal Jobs Are:
Santa Claus: The star of the season is in high demand. Becoming a Santa Claus stand-in can pay handsomely. One PayScale estimate says top Clauses can earn more than $100 an hour.

Retail Sales Clerk: The National Retail Foundation estimates that retail outlets will add about 600,000 new jobs this holiday season, including at many of the nation's largest retailers. For those looking for permanent retail work, a seasonal job often can lead to a full-time job.

Volunteer: Yes, this is unpaid. But volunteering in a food bank or hospital is good karma -- and can lead to paid positions as, say, a volunteer coordinator.

Package Delivery Workers: The U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx all bolster their employment numbers during peak shipping seasons to meet the demand for prompt package delivery. Last month, FedEx said it planned to hire as many as 20,000 seasonal workers this year, while UPS announced plans to add 55,000 temporary staff.

Food Server: Restaurants welcome an influx of guests during the holidays, which is why more than 45 percent of the part-time positions this season are in food service.

Candy Maker: More than 1.7 billion candy canes are produced annually and consumed almost exclusively during the holiday season. Christmas marks one of the high points in the year for chocolate consumption as well.

Seasonal Jobs To Avoid:
Santa's Elf: As author David Sedaris all-too-hilariously detailed in an essay that debuted on NPR in 1992, directing sometimes frightened children and exhausted parents through the crowds is a much less glamorous gig than being Santa himself. Elves typically earn minimum wage, and competition for the jobs is fierce, especially among high-school students trying to earn money for gifts.

Christmas Tree Lot Attendant: Attendants who staff makeshift Christmas tree lots must endure exposure to wind, rain, snow and cold throughout the workday -- not to mention sticky tree sap from lugging pine trees to customers' cars. A sampling of job postings on Craigslist in the Chicago area showed wages of about $10 to $12 an hour, but most attendants rely on tips to further their earnings.

Airport Helper: Travel during the holiday season to spend time with family leads to long lines and increased anxiety at airports. This makes for a stressful work environment; the pay tends to be minimum wage; the hours definitely aren't standard; and the likelihood of turning the job into full-time employment is very slim.

Taxi Driver: Driving a taxi is a difficult enough job even when the roadways aren't congested and passengers aren't anxious. In fact, this job ranks as one of the nation's most stressful year round, and continues to be a job susceptible to much higher crime rates. Further, the pay isn't stellar. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the median wage for taxi drivers and chauffeurs is $10.79 an hour, or slightly more than $22,400 a year.




Source: AOL

Eight Industries for Bilingual Workers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey, approximately 80 percent -- or 223.2 million people -- of Americans use only English at home. The remaining 20 percent -- 55.8 million people -- speak a language other than English. Add the millions of tourists visiting the country each year and you have a huge demand for workers who can communicate in more than one language.
Thankfully, bilingual workers come to the rescue. In almost every line of work the ability to speak a second language makes you a valuable asset. Any job that requires you to interact with customers -- either in person, on the phone or online -- can use your knowledge of a second (or third) language. Think about it: Every additional customer you can speak with not only improves his or her experience but also brings in revenue to your employer.

The states with the largest percentage of citizens speaking a language other than English at home are California, New Mexico, Texas, New York and Arizona. Spanish is by far the most popular non-English language spoken at home with roughly 34 million speakers nationwide.  Still, there are millions of people speaking other languages -- including French, German, Mandarin, Arabic and lesser known languages -- that also benefit from bilingual workers.

If you speak more than one language or have thought about learning a second one, here are some industries and jobs where your skills will come in handy.

Industry: Health care
Why: Patients visiting emergency rooms and doctor's offices come from all walks of life. In fact, America's reputation as a leader in medicine attracts people from around the world, so you never know what language you'll hear when someone walks through the door.
Jobs: Registered nurse, paramedic, physician's assistant, home health aide

Industry: Hospitality
Why: Spas, resorts and hotels help visitors escape their daily routine and makes them feel like royalty. Creating a little bit of paradise -- for a tourist or a local just trying to get away -- is easier when you can understand what your client is saying to you.
Jobs: Concierge, resort manager, hotel manager, desk clerk

Industry: Education
Why: One of the richer aspects of an American education is the exposure to different cultures. You can walk into most classrooms, from kindergarten through graduate levels, and find students who come from multilingual households or who are studying abroad.
Jobs: Teacher, ESL instructor, guidance counselor

Industry: Law enforcement
Why: Among the many duties of law enforcement personnel is interviewing people, either to solve crimes or to understand what's happening in a conflict. You can save a lot of time (and maybe even a life) if you don't have to wait for an interpreter.
Jobs: Police officer, investigator, security guard, probation officer, corrections officer

Industry: Customer service
Why: Every aspect of customer service involves dealing with people. Depending on where you work, you might have customers who are tourists or who come from households where English isn't spoken. Knowing more than one language means you can communicate to a larger amount of visitors, which both your employer and customers will appreciate.
Jobs: Sales clerk, demonstrator, retail store supervisor, computer support specialist, customer service representative

Industry: Social services
Why: Social service workers meet with families, adoption agencies and schools in order to ensure the wellbeing of children. The fewer language barriers between the worker, children and important people in their environment, the smoother things can run.
Jobs: Family social worker, substance abuse social worker, social work administration

Industry: Finance
Why: Money doesn't only stay on one continent, so in the world of finance, whether you're a teller or the CEO of an investment bank, you're dealing with euros and yen and the languages that come with them.
Jobs: Teller, financial adviser, investment banker, accountant

Industry: Communication
Why: Whether your job is talking to the media or writing for a publication, words are your livelihood. The more you know, the better you can do your job. Whether it enables you to speak to a reporter or interview a source for a story, being bilingual makes your job easier.

Jobs: Translator, public relations specialist, journalist, media relations officer





Source: careerbuilder

America's 10 Most-Wanted Workers

As more workers from the baby boomer generation retire, millions of jobs are opening up across a variety of industries; unfortunately, hiring managers are having trouble filling these vacant positions. 
The reason?  In some instances, there is simply a lack of interest in certain industries, such as manufacturing.  Many of today's young professionals are focusing on jobs that require computer and analytical thinking skills, rather than ones that require working with their hands.  In many cases, however, especially for hiring managers looking to fill management positions, the problem isn't a lack of candidates, but a lack of qualified candidates. 
In order to resolve this problem, some employers are offering incentives to older workers who are willing to delay retirement for a few years. Others are offering hiring bonuses to attract new, more-qualified workers.  Still, other companies are going right to the source of the problem, setting up courses with colleges and universities that train skilled workers or to pay students' tuition to prepare them for specialized work.  Companies like Exelon and General Electric are providing research grants and scholarships for power engineering programs at four-year colleges.  And the Natural Association of Manufacturers recently established the "Dream It. Do It." program to train young professionals and garner interest in manufacturing careers among students.
According to Manpower, Inc.'s 2007 Talent Shortage Survey, the following jobs are most in need of qualified workers right now.  Due to high demand, pursuing a job in one of these fields could mean increased pay and more benefits for those willing to take the plunge.
1. Sales representativesQualifications: A four-year college degree with courses in marketing, leadership, communication, business and advertising, or a high school degree and a proven record of successfully selling other products.  Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills are just as important as education and training.
Average salary:* $40,868
2. Teachers
Qualifications: Educational qualifications for postsecondary teacher jobs range from expertise in a particular field to a Ph.D., depending on the subject being taught and the type of educational institution.
Average salary: $45,281
3. Mechanics
Qualifications: Complete a formal training program in high school, or in a postsecondary vocational school or community college. Some service technicians, however, still learn the trade solely by assisting and learning from experienced workers.
Average salary: $43,760
4. Engineering technicians
Qualifications: An associate degree in engineering technology from a technical institute, vocational school or community college, creativity and good communications skills.
Average salary: $47,759
5. Management/Executives
Qualifications: Vary widely, depending on the size of the organization, but usually include several years of experience within an organization, a bachelor's degree and, oftentimes, advanced degree.
Average salary: $90,913
6. Truck Drivers -- FreightQualifications: Valid driver's license, clean driving record and demonstrated ability to handle machinery.
Average salary: $43,053
7. Drivers -- DeliveryQualifications: Valid driver's license, clean driving record.
Average salary: $29,870
8. AccountantsQualifications: Professional certification or licensure, a master's degree and proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software.
Average salary: $52,940
9. Construction LaborersQualifications: On-the-job training or completion of a formal apprenticeship programs.
Average salary: $40,658
10. Machine Operators
Qualifications: Completion of an apprentice program, on-the-job training or participation in a vocational school, technical school or community college program. 
Average salary: $30,176






Source: careerbuilder

10 jobs for people with all types of sales experience


Sales workers have the advantage of a career with unlimited opportunities. No matter what's being invented or reinvented, somebody is needed to sell it. If you're interested in sales, consider any of these 10 occupations.

1. Advertising sales agent*
What they do: Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations and maintain client accounts.
Typical education level needed to enter occupation: High-school diploma or equivalent
2010 median pay: $45,350

2. Cashier
What they do: Cashiers handle payments from customers purchasing goods and services.
Typical education level: Less than high school
2010 median pay: $18,500

3. Demonstrator and product promoter
What they do: Demonstrators and product promoters create a public interest in products, such as cosmetics, housewares and food. They encourage people and stores to buy their products by showing them to prospective customers and answering questions.
Typical education level: High-school diploma or equivalent
2010 median pay: $23,110

4. Insurance sales agent
What they do: These agents help insurance companies generate new business by contacting potential customers and selling policies. An agent explains various plans and helps clients choose ones that suit them.
Typical education level: High-school diploma or equivalent
2010 median pay: $46,770

5. Real estate broker and sales agent
What they do: Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell and rent properties. Brokers and agents do the same type of work, but brokers are licensed to manage their own real-estate businesses. Sales agents must work with a broker.
Typical education level: High-school diploma or equivalent
2010 median pay: $42,680

6. Retail sales worker
What they do: Retail sales workers include retail salespeople, who sell retail merchandise such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, and parts salespeople, who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts. Both groups help customers find the products they want and process payments.
Typical education level: Less than high school
2010 median pay: $20,990

7. Sales engineer
What they do: Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products' parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.
Typical education level: Bachelor's degree
2010 median pay: $87,390

8. Securities, commodities and financial services sales agent
What they do: These agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors and conduct trades.
Typical education level: Bachelor's degree
2010 median pay: $70,190

9. Travel agent
What they do: Travel agents sell transportation, lodging and admission to entertainment activities to individuals and groups who are planning trips. They offer advice on destinations, plan trip itineraries and make travel arrangements for clients.
Typical education level: High-school diploma or equivalent
2010 median pay: $31,870

10. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representative
What they do: Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have and negotiate prices.
Typical education level: Requirements vary depending on the type of product sold, from a high-school diploma or equivalent to a bachelor's degree.
2010 median pay: $56,620




Source: AOL

9 jobs with a high percentage of under-35 workers

Many recent college graduates are entering the workforce for the first time, but what types of jobs are they pursuing? According to demographic data on the U.S. workforce, certain occupations appear to attract or retain a larger number of younger workers than others. These jobs have a high percentage of workers under 35 – people who have been out of college for about 10 years or less.

These occupations might appeal to younger workers for any number of reasons -- job security, pay, culture, colleagues who are close in age, to name a few. Whatever the reasons may be, it's interesting to see the types of jobs that tend to employ a large number of workers in the same age group. Here are nine occupations with a high percentage of workers ages 25 to 34.

1. Dancers dedicate their time to learning routines and perfecting their skills. They generally perform as part of a group in a variety of settings, including ballet, musical theater and modern dance companies.*
Percent ages 25 to 34: 51**
Education level: Long-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $14.80

2. Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 45
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $9.36

3. Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 44
Education level: First professional degree
Median hourly pay: $55.43

4. Choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 44
Education level: Work experience in a related occupation
Median hourly pay: $19.40

5. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 43 percent
Education level: Master's degree
Median hourly pay: $46.89

6. Derrick operators, oil and gas, carry out the plans for drilling that petroleum engineers have designed. They inspect derricks before they are raised or lowered and make sure the drilling fluid is flowing correctly.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $21.95

7. Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and processes that people develop.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Master's degree
Median hourly pay: $35.92

8. Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or help veterinarians diagnose animals' illnesses and injuries.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Associate degree
Median hourly pay: $14.74

9. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics provide emergency care for sick or injured people.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Postsecondary non-degree award
Median hourly pay: $15.03



Source: careerbuilder

Hot Careers That Are Hiring Now


Find out which careers are currently experiencing strong hiring rates. Then see how you can prepare to get in on the action.


Want to change careers? Perhaps you're looking to return to the work force after a break. Either way, we have good news: There are a variety of hot careers that are hiring now.

"I'm seeing many people getting more opportunities and even multiple job offers," says Cynthia Shapiro, a career expert and author of "What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here!"
In fact, employers expect to hire over 10 percent more new graduates from the graduating class of 2012 than they did from the class of 2011, according to the National Association of College and Employers' (NACE) "Job Outlook 2012 Spring Update."

And the increase in jobs isn't just isolated to a single location or industry. "It's happening all across America, in a wide variety of industries," adds Shapiro.

Here's a sampling of five hot careers that are hiring now. Keep reading to learn more about why - and how you can get prepped to pursue one.

Career #1 - Medical Assistant

Got organizational skills, an attention to detail, and an interest in the medical field? If so, a career in medical assisting could be a good fit.
Medical assistants often help a doctor's office run smoothly, and could do everything from filing patients' paperwork and scheduling appointments to measuring vital signs and sterilizing medical instruments, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Hot Factors: From 2010 to 2020, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow by 31 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, says the Department of Labor. Job demand could stem from physicians wanting to hire more medical assistants to complete routine administrative and clinical duties, adds the Department.

"Medical assistants can do some of the work a doctor can do at a lower cost - and that saves companies and medical offices money," says Hallie Crawford, an Atlanta-based career coach and founder of Create Your Career Path, a career coaching firm.
Education Options: Although medical assistants can learn on the job, some employers may prefer candidates with formal education, says the Department. Such programs could include a certificate or associate's degree in medical assisting.

Career # 2 - Paralegal

Don't want to go through law school but still fascinated by the legal system? Good news, you don't have to spend the time and money on law school to get into the legal field.
Paralegals lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They might even get to research case law and write legal documents and arguments.
Hot Factors: The paralegal field could see its employment grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, says the Department of Labor. Following cutbacks during the recent recession, some law firms are rebuilding their support staff by hiring paralegals, adds the Department.

"Paralegals can do things a lawyer can do for a lower cost, so it's necessary to have them readily available," says Crawford.
Education Options: An associate's degree in paralegal studies is one common route to preparing for a paralegal career, according to the Department. If you already have a bachelor's degree, look into earning a certificate in paralegal studies.

Career #3 - Accountant

Are you good with numbers and don't mind balancing your checkbook? As an accountant, you could put your math skills to good use by helping others with their finances.
Working with companies, individual clients, or even the government, an accountant could help clients prepare, analyze, and verify the accuracy of their financial documents, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some accountants might even offer budget analysis and financial and investment planning.
Hot Factors: "Accountants are always in need, because the public will always need help with finances - not to mention, someone has to handle our taxes," says Shapiro.

The Department of Labor projects that job growth for accountants will hit 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. In addition, there appears to be an increased focus on accounting in response to corporate scandals and current financial crises, says the Department.
Education Options: Look into earning a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. According to the Department, most accountants have this credential.

Career # 4 - Public Relations Specialist

If you enjoy reaching out to others and communication is one of your stronger skills, consider pursuing an in-demand career in public relations.
Working with clients - that could range from businesses, nonprofits associations, universities, or hospitals - public relations specialists can help their clients build and maintain positive relationships with the public, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Responsibilities might include writing press releases, speaking to media contacts, and planning PR programs.
Hot Factors: Employment for public relations specialists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, says the Department of Labor. Growth could be driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image in this Internet age and with the growth of social media, adds the Department.

"Companies need well-qualified people that understand social media," says Shapiro. "Some companies are hiring in-house positions, while others are hiring outside companies to manage their communications."
Education Options: A bachelor's degree in a communications-related field like public relations, journalism, or communications is generally required to prepare to pursue a career as a public relations specialist, according to the Department.

Career # 5 - Computer Software Developer

If you have a knack for understanding the "ins and outs" of computers - and the programs that run on them - a career in software development could be a good fit for you.
With the opportunity to create different types of software, from video games to word processors, software developers could be in charge of a software program's whole development process, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They're also the ones to fix or improve the computer program if an error occurs.
Hot Factors: The Department of Labor projects 30 percent job growth for software developers from 2010 to 2020.

"Job demand for computer software engineers is on the rise because our economy relies so much on the software these engineers develop and maintain," says Crawford.
Education Options: Look into earning a bachelor's degree in computer science or software engineering. According to the Department, this is the typical credential of software developers.





Source: Yahoo

Turning a Part-Time Kiddie Job Into a Full-Time Adult Career

These juvenile gigs could mature into something greater

Proactive parents might say it's never too early to begin plotting a child's career development. Proactive parents might be right.
Kids running a lemonade standThe unemployment rate recently fell to a 15-month low, but many of the jobs available require skill sets that today's job seekers largely don't possess. If you want your children to be hire-worthy and employed as adults, it's appropriate to begin preparing them for their future now. Gregory Downing, a father, educator, and the author of Entrepreneur Unleashed: Wealth to Stand the Test of Time, is working on a series of books on "how families can take control of their financial future and take control of the economic crisis." According to him, many traditional kid jobs could teach children basic career and life skills like networking, marketing, and budgeting. Those jobs could even start your child on the right path for career planning. "Instill those skills in your kids at an early age, and there's no telling what they might come up with," he says. "Who says your child can't be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg?"
Here's an example of four juvenile jobs that could mature into more substantial full-time careers:

Kids Ages 3 to 6
From running the neighborhood refreshment stand ... Doling out bargain-priced sugary drinks is rarely the pathway to riches. But so what if your kid's lemonade stand isn't the next Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.? This quintessential "kiddie" job makes for a great way to teach the basics of business. Children learn fundamentals about economics (those that make tasty drinks on the cheap will see the most profits); the importance of location to business (place the stand on the sidewalk by the four-way stop. It'll get more foot traffic than in a hidden-away cul-de-sac); and the nuances of sales (mannerable kids with good people skills will sell more). Even Peanuts' bossypants Lucy van Pelt saw the perks of the roadside stand: She used the same principle to run her 5-cent psychiatric booth.
To marketing manager ... Let's say your child learns that selling wintertime cocoa only during the hours that the neighbors are shovelling snow is more profitable than selling lemonade all summer long. Understanding market trends like this, then coming up with a plan to successfully promote them is part of a day's work for a marketing manager. This field should grow 13.6 percent to the end of this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To gain entry, your kid will probably need a bachelor's degree in business, but several other fields of study could also lead to career success, including accounting, finance, statistics, or even public relations and journalism. In 2011, the average salary for a marketing manager was $116,010.

Kids Ages 7 to 11
From dog walker ... A definitive perk for entering this kiddie business is high demand. Dogs are such a common household pet, but owners with the free time to give them the daytime exercise they need aren't as common. And unlike some other kid-friendly jobs, dog-walking won't take up much time, since kids could walk more than one pet at a time at designated intervals in the day. At the same time, being a neighborhood dog walker also teaches the responsibility of keeping to a set schedule and building loyalty and trust with clients. This gig is a good fit for slightly older children who are mature enough to care for the needs of another living thing, and have less-than-squeamish stomachs for cleaning up and disposing of waste.
To veterinarian ... Some adults have made dog-walking a full-fledged career. According to the job-search site Indeed.com, pet sitters/dog walkers earn an average salary of around $28,000, which is more than some paramedics, pharmacy technicians, and security guards take home in a year. But for more variety, more money, and more job security, consider veterinary medicine. Programs take four years to complete, and after meeting the licensing requirements of their state of residence, veterinarians command a starting salary of around $50,000. In 2011, the highest-paid earned six-figure salaries, and the BLS expects the field to grow 36 percent in the next eight years.

Kids Ages 12 to 14
From babysitter ... Not everyone has the chops to babysit. The best do more than just "watch" children; they also play games and do crafts, and they might even assist with homework, bath time, and preparing snacks. Responsible, patient sitters with safety training are able to juggle a larger clientele and command more pay. The online babysitter-booking service UrbanSitter recently reported that average hourly rates to sit one child range from $9.50 an hour in St. Louis to $15.50 an hour in New York City.

To school counselor ... Being a school counselor is more than an occupation, it's a calling. But it could be just the calling for those who enjoyed babysitting when younger. Both positions require attentiveness to a child's social, developmental, and academic needs. Counselors are specially trained to best know how to relate to and work with children, plus they're qualified to evaluate cognitive and social abilities, and provide the guidance and support necessary to deal with them. Counselors also offer advice on issues ranging from bullying and abuse to career paths and choosing a college. The BLS expects a 19 percent increase in school counselors by the year 2020. To find work in this field, a job seeker would need a bachelor's degree—possibly even a master's—in education and counseling, plus a state license. Average pay varied from $32,140 to $87,020 in 2011.

Kids Ages 15 to 18
From lawn mower ... Earning extra funds this way is best reserved for older teens since it requires operating complex and sometimes dangerous machinery. And to be competitive, your teenager will need to charge less than a landscaping company—this summer The Wall Street Journal reported homeowners spent between $35 and $67.50 for professional lawn services. Loyal clients/neighbors might also pay your enterprising teen to rake their leaves in fall and shovel their snow in winter.
To landscape architect ... Those who like tilling earth and soil will find there's no formal education requirement to enter landscaping. Full-time landscapers and groundskeepers with on-the-job training earned anywhere from $17,130 to $23,410 in 2011. But advancement opportunities are ample for those who do pursue additional education and proper licensing. For example, many landscape architects use their knowledge of groundskeeping to design parks and highways. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree plus a license from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, and the BLS predicts this occupation will grow 16 percent by 2020. In 2011, the highest-paid landscape architects earned approximately $99,560.




Source: usnews

14 Companies Hiring Big

companies hiring for the holidays
The end of the year is often a quieter time for companies. Doors close for the holidays, workers take time off for vacation and hiring sometimes slows. Yet not every company is halting its hiring plans until the new year and some are even looking to hire a large amount of workers. CareerBuilder just released a list of companies hiring in large volume for both permanent and seasonal opportunities.

"Employers are ramping up staffs as they close out 2012, manage higher holiday volumes and prepare for the business needs of 2013," says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "The hiring environment is still cautious, but opportunities are opening in everything from technology and health care to energy, financial services, manufacturing and retail."

Here's the full list of companies hiring in large volume:

AccentCare
  • Industry: Health care -- health services.
  • Number of openings: 300+.
  • Sample job titles: RN, LVN, physical therapist, occupational therapist, sales, operational leadership, home-care attendant, personal care.

Adventist Health System
  • Industry: Health care.
  • Number of openings: 2,850+ (44 hospitals in 10 states).
  • Sample job titles: Clinical and non-clinical opportunities.

Aflac
  • Industry: Insurance.
  • Number of openings: 500+.
  • Sample job titles: Sales, benefits coordinator.

BAYADA Home Health Care
  • Industry: Home health care.
  • Number of openings: 700+.
  • Sample job titles: Clinical manager, physical therapist, occupational therapist, registered nurse with home-care experience.

Boeing
  • Industry: Aerospace.
  • Number of openings: 500+.
  • Sample job titles: Engineering, airplane manufacturing, cybersecurity, information technology, intelligence, finance.

Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Industry: Consumer products.
  • Number of openings: 500+.
  • Sample job titles: Sales, marketing, merchandising, drivers.

Comcast
  • Industry: Sales/communications.
  • Number of openings: 1,450+.
  • Sample job titles: Sales, customer care, IT, engineering, accounting and finance, field Xfinity operations, corporate -- professional.

Fastaff LLC
  • Industry: Health care -- health services.
  • Number of openings: 500+ each month.
  • Sample job titles: Specialty travel nurse.

Humana
  • Industry: Patient care.
  • Number of openings: 2,300+.
  • Sample job titles: Primarily in the areas of pharmacy, nursing, physician, IT, customer service.

ManTech International Corporation
  • Industry: Computer software.
  • Number of openings: 1,000+.
  • Sample job titles: IT/cybersecurity/software development, intelligence, systems engineering, maintenance/sustainment, supply chain/logistics.

Mercy (Hospital & Medical Center)
  • Industry: Health care.
  • Number of openings: 1,600+.
  • Sample job titles: Health care, registered nurse, physician, allied, IT.

Mimi's Cafe
  • Industry: Restaurants.
  • Number of openings: 1,300+.
  • Sample job titles: Server, restaurant manager.
Schneider Electric
  • Industry: Energy management.
  • Number of openings: 800+..
  • Sample job titles: Energy management opportunities focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green; openings in electrical, mechanical and software engineering, product sales, solutions sales, service and technical support, accounting and finance, IT, project management, operations and supply chain, marketing and communications, human resources, administrative roles.
The GEO Group
  • Industry: Health care.
  • Number of openings: 450+.
  • Sample job titles: RN, LPN, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, correctional officer, life skills worker, case manager/social worker.
The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Industry: Health care.
  • Number of openings: 450+.
  • Sample job titles: Nursing professional, allied health/ancillary, information systems/technology, patient care support, administrative/clerical, management, professional (nonclinical), service/maintenance/trades

Wells Fargo
  • Industry: Finance.
  • Number of openings: 4,850+.
  • Sample job titles: Teller, personal banker, customer service representative, financial crimes specialist, underwriter.


Seasonal Jobs:

Jo-Ann Stores
  • Industry: Retail.
  • Number of openings: 3,000+.
  • Sample job titles: Seasonal store associate, team leader.

Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Industry: Retail.
  • Number of openings: 600+.
  • Sample job titles: Sales.

Toys "R" Us
  • Industry: Retail.
  • Number of openings: 45,000+.
  • Sample job titles: Sales, off-hours stock crew, bike assembler, warehouse operations.

UPS
  • Industry: Packaging.
  • Number of openings: 55,000+.
  • Sample job titles: Seasonal tractor trailer driver (commercial driver's license required) nights -- home every day, seasonal package delivery driver (no CDL needed but must be able to drive vehicle with manual transmission), part-time package handler (day/twi/night/sunrise shifts), driver helper (days).
  







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4 Manufacturing Jobs Making A Comeback

manufacturing jobs coming back The recession has decimated many fields, but the manufacturing sector -- once given up for dead -- is making a big comeback, thanks in part to a revived U.S. auto industry.
It's greatest among computer-controlled machine tool operators, an occupation that now has more workers than in 2007, according to a new study by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. and CareerBuilder (an AOL Jobs sponsor). Machinists, engine assemblers and other production jobs also are on the upswing, nearing their pre-recession employment levels.
The report, which includes data for employees as well as self-employed workers, culled from more than 90 national and state employment resources, found four major areas of re-emerging jobs:

Overall, CareerBuilder reports, manufacturing increased by 4 percent from 2010 to 2012. The jobs site notes these findings, in particular, from the report:
  • Primary metal manufacturing added 47,000 new jobs (13 percent growth), at employers such as iron and steel mills, steel product manufacturing and foundries.
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing employment rose by 124,000 new jobs (10 percent growth), including shipping containers, forging and stamping, and machine shops.
  • Machinery manufacturing increased by 118,000 new jobs (12 percent growth), including mining, agricultural machinery, engine and turbines, and plastic and rubber machinery manufacturing.
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing grew by 140,000 new jobs (10 percent growth), at businesses that make cars, motor vehicle bodies, motor vehicle parts, railroad stock, and to a lesser degree, aerospace.




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Hate Wearing Suits? 6 Jobs That Have No Dress Code

jobs with no dress code
For some, having to wear a uniform or suit to work every day may be a blessing. Not everyone enjoys buying clothes or putting together a work-appropriate outfit. For others, fashion is a form of personal expression. They look forward to creating outfits and don't want to be restricted by a formal office dress code. And then there are the workers who put comfort before all else and dream of a pajama-only office environment.

If you want the freedom to wear your fashion-forward wardrobe or the most comfortable sweats in your closet, here are six occupations with loose dress codes.


1. Fashion designer
If you love fashion, then seeking a fashion-related career is a no-brainer. And if you want total control over your wardrobe, then why not become a fashion designer and make your own clothes? It's a competitive, cutthroat industry, so if it's your passion, gain the fundamental skills by getting a degree in fashion design. You should also take business and marketing classes, so you know how to sell. Pursue relevant internships too, even if they're unpaid, to strengthen your résumé.
  • Average annual pay*: $73,930
2. Photographer
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so as a photographer, it's your job to capture those special, no-words-required moments. While some commercial and news photographers may work for organizations with specific dress codes, many photographers work for a smaller studio or own their own business, giving them more freedom in their outfit choices. Since photographers often travel to offsite locations for shoots and move around to get the right shots, dressing for comfort may be the best bet. Yet, since it's a creative field, there's room for originality in the wardrobe.
  • Average annual pay: $36,580
3. Publicist
As a publicist, your job is to get press coverage for your client. Since many publicists work with high-profile or celebrity clientele, it's often important to look polished and professional but also fashion-forward. According to The Princeton Review, publicists often have a bachelor's degree in journalism or communications, but having a business background can be a plus. Many start their career as an intern, which may require some less-than-glamorous grunt work. But hey, at least they look good while doing it.
  • Average annual pay: $60,400
4. Radio announcer
As a radio announcer, your voice is your vehicle of expression. Your appearance is less important, so if you work in this profession, you can usually dress for comfort. While most of the time you won't be seen by anyone but your co-workers, some stations may broadcast video clips of radio shows on their website. You may also need to step up your outfit when making appearances or broadcasting remotely. But even in those situations, you'll probably never need to wear a suit.
  • Average annual pay: $40,510
5. Software engineer
According to recent data from national employment resources and CareerBuilder's Supply & Demand Portal, job listings for software engineers have grown by 74 percent year-over-year. Due to the high demand for these workers, companies have to compete for talent. One way of luring job seekers is by offering excellent benefits, including a wear-what-you-want dress code. These workers log long hours developing applications for computers and other devices, so dressing comfortably is key.
  • Average annual pay: $96,620
6. Writer
According to the BLS, 68 percent of writers are self-employed, giving them authority over their outfit choices. Writers that work from home have the most freedom, and pajamas or sweats may be the work wardrobe of choice. When on assignment or conducting an interview, writers may dress more formally or mold their style to match the environment or culture of the assignment.
  • Average annual pay: $68,060




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Top 10 Blue Collar Jobs

Blue collar workers tend to get a bad rap.  Often unfairly associated with poor education and minimal abilities, most occupations that are classified as "blue collar" actually involve specialized skills, extensive training and technical know-how. 

Unfortunately, the job market for these professionals is experiencing a decline.  The emergence of more specialized equipment, the movement toward a service-based economy, and the outsourcing of jobs to developing nations with lower wages have all contributed to this decline. 

Despite the overall decrease in blue collar jobs, however, several of these professions maintain a strong presence in today’s workforce, and the most highly-skilled workers will have the best opportunities for work in these occupations.  What’s more, the pay for these jobs is comparable to many so-called white collar jobs, and oftentimes, depending on the industry, these workers even make significantly more than the average American worker.     

Below are 10 of the best-paying blue-collar jobs that are still very much in demand in today’s workforce.  Most of the jobs on this list pay more than $43,318 annually, what the Census Bureau lists as the U.S. median income, and none of them require more than a high school education (though you may need apprenticeships or vocational training for some).

Construction and building inspectors receive their training on the job, but they must learn building codes and standards on their own.  Experienced inspectors can teach them the most about techniques, regulations and recordkeeping and reporting duties.
Average pay: $43,670/year*

Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters install, maintain and repair many different types of pipe systems from those in municipal water treatment plants to residential, commercial and public buildings. They generally learn the trade through comprehensive training programs.
Pay: $23.86/hour (about $49,628/year)

Structual iron and steel workers usually participate in a three- or four-year apprenticeship to learn the skills necessary to place and install iron or steel construction materials that form structures such as buildings and bridges.
Pay: $20.40/hour (about $42,432/year)

Electricians learn their trade through apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.  Manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and a good sense of balance are essential to excelling at this trade.
Pay: $20.33/hour (about $42,286/year)

Elevator installers train for their jobs through apprenticeships that can last up to four years, and then apply through a local affiliate of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, which requires the successful completion of an aptitude test.
Pay: $28.23/hour (about $58,718/year)

Police officers often train for 12 to 14 weeks at the state and local levels and then go through a probationary period ranging from six months to three years.  Through experience and demonstrated skill, they can work their way up to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.
Pay: $45,210/year

Subway or streetcar operators most often start off as yard laborers before they begin training.  In addition to needing physical stamina, manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude, these workers need to pass a physical exam, drug screening and criminal background check. 
Pay: $23.70/hour (about $49,296/year)

Commercial and industrial equipment electrical and electronics repairers need knowledge of electrical equipment and electronics to make necessary repairs when equipment breaks down.  They can train through a one- to two-year community college or vocational school programs or on-the-job training.
Pay: $20.48/hour (about $42,598/year)

Aircraft and avionics mechanics specialize in preventive maintenance, inspecting aircraft engines, landing gear and other aircraft parts.  Professionals must have 18 months of work experience to obtain certification or complete a Federal Aviation Administration-certified program before they can work.
Pay: $21.77/hour (about $45,281/year)

Plastic machine setters set up and tend machines that transform plastic compounds into consumer goods from toys to auto parts. These professionals learn their skills on the job, sometimes participating in formal training programs.
Pay: $21.28 (about $44,262/year) 

The 10 Happiest Jobs In America

Happiest JobsCareerBliss  recently surveyed 200,000 independent employees from 70,000 jobs all over the country to determine which ranked the highest in nine key areas that affect employee happiness: the employee's relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and the amount of control the employee has over the work that they do. The results may surprise you.
For one thing, employee happiness is not dependent on how much they make, but rather the quality of their relationships and the amount of control they have. According to Heidi Golledge, CEO of CareerBliss, although "salary is always an important component of every job ...the research shows that money is not enough to keep good employees happy. From the employer's perspective, realizing salary is not one of the key drivers of workplace happiness can help employers focus on the areas which will drive job satisfaction to create a happier environment for all." These key drivers break down into three main criteria:
  1. The specific tasks their job entails on a day-to-day basis
  2. How much control they have over his or her daily tasks
  3. Their relationships with co-workers and customers, including supervisors and colleagues

Based on these criteria, here are the top 10 happiest careers in the country:

10. Legal
What They Do: Lawyers may represent a party in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client or counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest particular courses of action in business and personal matters.
What They Make: Legal Assistants $35,101 | Corporate Attorneys $101,198
Job Outlook: About as fast as the average employment growth is projected, but job competition is expected to be keen. *



9. Health Care
What They Do: The health care industry diagnoses, treats, and administers care around the clock, responding to the needs of millions of people-from newborns to the terminally ill.
What They Make: Certified Nurse Assistants $23,138 | Orthopedic Surgeons $250,142
Job Outlook: Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population. *



8. Nonprofit-Social Services
What They Do: Social workers assist people by helping them cope with and solve issues in their everyday lives, such as family and personal problems and dealing with relationships.
What They Make: Case Manager $32,312 | Social Services Director $44,306
Job Outlook: Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.*



7. Finance
What They Do: Financial managers oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies.
What They Make: Customer Service Representative $31,910 | Chief Investment Officer (CIO) $211,881
Job Outlook: Employment growth for financial managers is expected is to be as fast as the average*



6. Accounting
What They Do: Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time.
What They Make: Accounting Clerk $31,406 | Chief Financial Officer (CFO) $130,143
Job Outlook: Accountants and auditors are expected to experience much faster than average employment growth from 2008-18.*



5. Purchasing-Procurement
What They Do: Procurement clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle inquiries about orders.
What They Make: Purchasing Assistant $31,924 | Purchasing Manager $64,978
Job Outlook: Employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average.*



4. Admin-Clerical
What They Do: Administrative assistants perform and coordinate an office's administrative activities and storing, retrieving, and integrating information for dissemination to staff and clients.
What They Make: Clerical Assistant $25,823 | Office Manager $36,859
Job Outlook: Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average. *



3. Education
What They Do: The educational services industry includes a variety of institutions that offer academic education, career and technical instruction, and other education and training to millions of students each year.
What They Make: Elementary School Teacher $40,697 | Professor, Postsecondary $82,093
Job Outlook: Greater numbers of children and adults enrolled in all types of schools will generate employment growth in this industry. A large number of retirements will add additional job openings and create good job prospects for many of those seeking work in educational services.*



2. Customer Service
What They Do: Customer service representatives provide a valuable link between customers and the companies who produce the products they buy and the services they use.
What They Make: Customer Service Representative (CSR) $29,151
| Customer Service Manager $46,652
Job Outlook: Customer service representatives are expected to experience faster than average growth. Furthermore, job prospects should be good as many workers who leave this very large occupation will need to be replaced.*



1. Biotechnology
According to Careerbliss, Biotech is the happiest job in America. "In biotech, the people that they work with, and more specifically the person that they work for, tends to rank higher in terms of importance, and employees are overwhelmingly happy with those conditions," says Golledge.
What They Do: Biological scientists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment.
What They Make: Research Technician $38,843 | Research Scientist $14,675
Job Outlook: Employment of biological scientists is expected to increase much faster than the average.*




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Top STEM Jobs: 8 Science And Tech Careers In High Demand

in-demand STEM jobs
A set of jobs is receiving some well-earned attention. President Obama has mentioned these jobs often in his speeches about improving the economy, nearly every industry is influenced by the discoveries that these workers make, and your children's toys and education are both directly affected by what these workers are capable of.

STEM careers -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- are driving the economy and redefining modern living. Whether you're beginning your career or are considering a change, learn about why STEM careers are leading industries across the nation and world*.


The Top 8 STEM Jobs

Within the set of occupations, these STEM jobs have the most projected growth through 2020:

Money, Money, Money

While the majority of new and replacement STEM jobs require at least some postsecondary education, they're a good return on your education investment. The average U.S. salary is $43,460, compared with the average STEM salary of $77,880.

Many of these workers can expect a big paycheck for their hard work. These are the highest-paying STEM jobs making $100,000 or more annually:

These workers also have more freedom in their careers to go out on their own. Between 2009-2011, the growth of self-employed STEM workers in the U.S. was nearly twice the rate of growth for all self-employed workers.


The Top 11 STEM Locations

These 11 metropolitan areas have a strong concentration and large volume of STEM jobs (compared to total employment). Even better news: These locations are predicted to grow their STEM employment by more than 6 percent in the next five years.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Minneapolis
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.



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30 Jobs That Pay $30 An Hour

$30 an hour jobs


A well-paying job can be easier to find than you think. In fact, people such as medical technologists, social workers and store managers all earn about $30 per hour. A full-time job that pays around $30 per hour can equal roughly $62,400 per year, which means a comfortable living, and above the national average. Are you eager to earn an above-average wage?

Consider these 30 jobs that pay around $30 per hour and see how your own job stacks up:

1. Anthropologist
  • Hourly wage: $30.81.
  • What it's like: Anthropologists never stop learning about the natural history of the world. The job is challenging yet fun.

2. School psychologist
  • Hourly wage: $33.71.
  • What it's like: Helping children resolve conflicts can be a rewarding career, especially if you're interested in human behavior.

3. Medical technologist
  • Hourly wage: $29.87.
  • What it's like: Working with different disease states, most medical technologists work in hospital laboratories.

4. Financial services representative
  • Hourly wage: $32.35.
  • What it's like: Financial services reps sell various bank services.

5. Technical writer
  • Hourly wage: $33.80.
  • What it's like: Writing anything from dense technical manuals to textbooks calls for a deep expertise in the specific subject matter.


6. Executive assistant
  • Hourly wage: $31.85.
  • What it's like: Providing administrative services to corporate executives can be a high-pressure job.

7. Registered nurse
  • Hourly wage: $34.47.
  • What it's like: Working directly with patients can make nursing a rewarding career path.

8. Branch store manager
  • Hourly wage: $33.14.
  • What it's like: Managing retail stores and working with executives at corporate headquarters can help open other doors in the retail industry.

9. Budget analyst
  • Hourly wage: $34.16.
  • What it's like: Helping departments adhere to their budgets is a perfect role for the math whiz.

10. Account sales representative
  • Hourly wage: $32.17.
  • What it's like: Working to sell products or services, account reps must have stellar people skills.

11. School social worker
  • Hourly wage: $30.89.
  • What it's like: Working with children to iron out behavioral or emotional problems is a key role within a school system.

12. Statistician
  • Hourly wage: $35.28.
  • What it's like: With plenty of number crunching, statisticians help companies make sense of their data.

13. Communications analyst
  • Hourly wage: $34.64.
  • What it's like: Analysts work to communicate the company's corporate image through all types of media.

14. Electrical research engineer
  • Hourly wage: $33.32.
  • What it's like: Working to improve electrical systems, engineers must possess superior technical skills.

15. Network security officer
  • Hourly wage: $30.87.
  • What it's like: People who deal with computer networks to prevent security breaches are frequently in demand.

16. Police detective
  • Hourly wage: $33.30.
  • What it's like: Protecting people and property, police detectives help to solve crimes in cities and towns.

17. Certified public accountant
  • Hourly wage: $34.40.
  • What it's like: People who look at financial data to ensure fair and consistent tax practices are always in demand.

18. Emergency room nurse
  • Hourly wage: $35.02.
  • What it's like: A high-pressure job in the medical profession, working in the ER also has great rewards.

19. Sales supervisor
  • Hourly wage: $33.42.
  • What it's like: Working on the sales floor to help maintain consistency can make for a fun retail career.

20. Aircraft mechanic
  • Hourly wage: $30.33.
  • What it's like: Mechanics work on airplanes to ensure that each one meets safe flying standards and to repair anything in nonworking condition.

21. Quality assurance engineer
  • Hourly wage: $33.51.
  • What it's like: Testing new products and processes to maintain the needed level of quality.

22. Micro computer programmer
  • Hourly wage: $29.76.
  • What it's like: Working to develop software, programmers have the flexibility to work on a project basis.

23. Tax agent
  • Hourly wage: $32.97.
  • What it's like: Working with businesses and individuals to collect taxes.

24. Political adviser
  • Hourly wage: $32.86.
  • What it's like: Understanding how world events affect a company or industry is a job for politics buffs.

25. Animal scientist
  • Hourly wage: $30.66.
  • What it's like: Using biology know-how to study animals can be a dream job.

26. Human resources analyst
  • Hourly wage: $30.37.
  • What it's like: Most analysts are generalists who work in an HR department and search for many different types of positions.

27. Industrial production manager
  • Hourly wage: $31.17.
  • What it's like: Perfecting the production process, industrial production managers possess plenty of technical skills.

28. Grant writer
  • Hourly wage: $30.72.
  • What it's like: Working with nonprofits to raise money by submitting grant proposals.

29. Landscape architect
  • Hourly wage: $34.81.
  • What it's like: Landscape architects help design green outdoor spaces.

30. Fashion designer
  • Hourly wage: $31.78.
  • What it's like: Most use their creative spark to design clothes and accessories for men and women.




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