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Best and worst cities for jobs

Location matters when buying a home (“Oh, a lake view!”) or accepting a job offer (“It’s just a 15-minute drive!”). If you don’t like the home with the lake view, you can drive a few blocks and look for a home with a park view. Or you can turn down the job with the 15-minute drive and find one near a train stop. But if you’re job searching, your location isn’t quite as flexible. You can’t say, “The local economy is a bit rough, so I’ll just pick up and move across the country.” You can, I suppose, but it takes a lot of time and money, two items job seekers can’t afford to waste.

Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics looked at the unemployment situation in metropolitan areas throughout the country for December 2010, the month with the most current data. Although the economy’s recovery is slow and steady, it is improving when compared to year-over-year data.

Of the 372 metros included in the study, 238 held lower unemployment rates in December 2010 than they did in 2009. Conversely, 115 metro areas had higher unemployment rates, while only 19 were unchanged.

In December, the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. Yet, the rate in 109 metros was higher than 10 percent, a significant improvement from 140 metros in 2009. Fortunately, one number that did rise is the amount of metros with unemployment rates lower than the national average. In 2009, 66 metros had rates below 7 percent, but in 2010 that number climbed to 73 metros. It may seem like a small victory, but if you’re a job seeker in one of these states, it’s a welcome improvement.

Michigan boasts the most improvements
Michigan, a state that has seen some particularly rough jobless numbers over the past few years, experienced many of the best improvements from 2009 to 2010. According to the BLS, “The 10 largest year-over-year jobless rate decreases in December were reported in Michigan areas.” These cities all saw jobless decreases between 3.4 and 4.8 percent:

Unfortunately, Yuma, Ariz. experienced the largest year-over-year jobless rate increase at 4.4 percent. On the plus side, no other city saw a jobless rate increase higher than 2 percent, and even then only 24 metros experienced such jobless rises.

Who had the best years?
When it comes to who saw the biggest year-over-year increase in employment, each region of the country had some reason to boast. Two-hundred metros experienced improved employment, but these saw the most significant increases, ranging from 17,000 new workers to 57,500:

In terms of percentage, these metros saw the biggest improvements:

Who had the worst year?
Unfortunately, not every city had a strong year. These metros saw the largest decreases in employment:

Perhaps the most interesting point to be made about these cities is that Detroit saw a decrease in the number of workers, but in terms of the unemployment rate, it improved. Although there is no definitive way of knowing what is at play, long-term unemployed workers might have quit searching and no longer factor into the figure. Either way, the Detroit metro is an interesting area to watch.
And in terms of percentage, the cities with the largest December-to-December decreases were:

What you should do with this information
If you’re a job seeker, you might be wondering, “OK, so a lot of people are better off than they were a year ago, and some aren’t. So what?” Well, as a job seeker, you should always be aware of your local economy because it does affect your job search. Knowing what the employment situation is like where you live can help you understand why you’re not receiving an offer or inspire you to get more creative to stand out.

Another option that some job seekers will consider is relocation. We understand that it’s not for everyone.First, it’s expensive. Flying back and forth to interviewers, hiring movers or driving to your new city, and finding new place to live–they all cost money. Plus, leaving behind your family and friends isn’t always possible. However, if you have the means and desire to look beyond your current city, you will increase your chances of finding a job. In fact, some regions might be experiencing a shortage of workers in your industry, and you will be a sough-after applicant. You never really know what you’ll find by looking in another city.

By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder Writer

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Which Top 10 Careers Will Pay Better in 2011

Whether you managed to survive the recession with your job intact, or you’ve recently landed yourself a new position after being laid off, 2011 could be a good year for your paycheck.
Although employers aren’t yet ready to start hiring like crazy, they are encouraged by signs of growth and are willing to expand budgets a little and start giving out raises in an effort to hold on to the talent they already have.
Surveys show that on average, raises won’t be as great as they were right before the recession (2005-2007), but they will be better than they were last year. Below we have the top 10 career areas that will experience the best raises this year.

1. Utilities: Energy
Expected pay increase: 3.6%
Jobs in the energy industry are expected to see the largest salary increases of all the industries on our list at about 3.6 percent. Energy research positions are always in demand but positions dealing specifically with clean and renewable energy are leading current growth trends.

2. Oil & Gas
Expected pay increase: 3.5%
The oil and gas industry gets a bad rap — but it isn’t all environmental disasters and price hikes at the pump. Careers in fossil fuel research such as petroleum engineering and making fossil fuels work together with renewable energy sources are especially relevant in today’s market.

3. Business & Professional Services
Expected pay increase: 3.2%
Business and professional services are what keep the rest of the world turning and moving smoothly, as industries grow and consumers spend. Those working in this “catch-all” industry category can expect to see pay increases of about 3.2 percent.

4. Hospitality & Restaurant
Expected pay increase: 3.0%
Restaurants, hotel chains, and other hospitality-based businesses are planning to increase employee compensation by an average of 3.0 percent this year, which means they’re feeling confident that consumers will be spending more on their non-essential services and small but indulgent “extras.”

5. Telecommunications
Expected pay increase: 2.9%
Technology is booming in the telecommunications industry as the latest technology gets smaller and faster while everything continues to go wireless. Demand for new and improved products and services for both consumers and businesses, as well as the need for decision makers to stay on the cutting edge, will propel the industry forward this year and allow for modest pay increases of about 2.9 percent.

6. Pharmaceutical
Expected pay increase: 2.9%
Pharmaceutical research is chronically underfunded, and pharmacists seem to always be in short supply; but whether you’re on the scientific side or the sales side, you will likely see positive growth and pay increases just under 3 percent.

7. Retail
Expected pay increase: 2.8%
The successful 2010 holiday shopping season was a sign that consumers are willing to start spending again — and when consumers spend, so do retailers. Hiring may be slow and jobs competitive, but look for raises around 2.8 percent for top performers.

8. Health care
Expected pay increase: 2.8%
The health-care industry is a monster under scrutiny that’s undergoing painful changes and overhauls, but it’s also an absolute necessity and offers a virtually endless supply of career options, avenues, and specialties to pursue. In addition to seeing raises around 2.8 percent, most health-care employees will also enjoy working in a field that made our Top 10 Most Secure Jobs of 2011 list.

9. Banking
Expected pay increase: 2.7%
Banking and financial services took a major hit during the recession, but in the end it’s an industry few can live without. Some areas, like debt management and retirement planning, are actually doing quite well. Those working in banking can look for pay increases around 2.7 percent this year.
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10. Education
Expected pay increase: 2.6%
Teachers and education professionals are almost always underpaid  but thankfully the education industry squeaks onto our list with an expected average salary increase of 2.6 percent in 2011 although with budgets and funding varying widely across schools, individual experiences will also vary.
By Rigel Celeste for AOL Jobs

Sears Has 21,800 and Lowe’s Has 15,000 Job Openings, apply now ..

1.   Sears Has 21,800 Job Openings:
Sears Holdings is hiring on both its corporate and its operations side of their business. There are openings for about 1,800 salaried positions and roughly 20,000 hourly ones, reports Fortune.
Those jobs are spread over a broad spectrum of skills, including home services, Sears and Kmart distribution centers, as well as Sears auto centers. These opening will provide opportunities for job seekers with backgrounds ranging from experience operating a store to running an e-commerce site.
When you apply, those screening are looking for future employees who can provide an edge. You can demonstrate you are that kind of employee by already having gone the distance by the time an interview rolls around. This means go beyond checking out the website when you research Sears. If, for instance, you’re interested in a career in retail, you might try swinging by a Sears store or Sears auto center in order to observe how it functions. By talking to people already employed by the company, you can get a feel for the metabolism of the organization. If you see yourself as not only fitting in but also making a difference, don’t hesitate to tell Sears about that in your application and during the interview.
2.  Lowe’s Has 15,000 Job Openings:
Just in time for its busy spring season, Lowe’s is hiring 15,000 workers, reports Fortune. That’s when home-improvement enthusiasts as well as professional contractors dig in on projects. It’s also when homeowners think about buying new appliances, another line of products Lowe’s sells.
The open positions are diverse. Some are in the Lowe’s retail stores, some in the Lowe’s office, and some in the Lowe’s distribution centers. You could be doing direct customer service or overseeing content in a warehouse.
Many of the jobs are seasonal ones; however, given that Lowe’s has an outstanding brand name in home improvement as well as appliance sales and it ranks No. 42 on the Fortune 500 companies, this experience is an enhancer for any resume.
What Lowe’s is looking for is that you already have experience in the job you’re applying for. In your application and during the interview, highlight that. In addition, emphasize what you achieved in your previous jobs. You can also get an edge by swinging by stores or distribution centers where you want to get hired. Get a feel for the organizational culture. Ask workers some operational questions.
How to snag a Lowe’s job:
  • Apply online for open Lowe’s positions.
  • Stop by a Lowe’s facility, resume in hand, and ask to meet with the manager for a few minutes.
  • Hang around a Lowe’s facility and observe how the place runs. That outreach demonstrates initiative.

Six-Figure Jobs in High Demand – Yahoo most popular careers …

All six-figure jobs were NOT created equal.
Not only do some require more education and experience than others, some are just more in demand than others. So, if you want to increase your chances of landing a six-figure job, it helps to know which ones have the most positions available.
Finance-related jobs accounted for more than half of the top 25 jobs with the most openings that paid over $100,000, according to research by Monster.com. That’s everything from a finance manager to an internal audit supervisor and an accounting director.
There’s still a lot of competition for those jobs, though: Indeed.com estimates that for every online job listing in financial services and banking, 30 people click on it. For accounting jobs, that number rises to 34. Health care and information technology had the least clicks per post, while media and construction had the most.
So, where are the best opportunities? Here are eight of the top six-figure jobs that have the most openings — and who’s hiring.
Finance Manager
Finance-related positions dominate Monster.com’s list of the most in-demand six-figure jobs and, of those, finance managers are near the top of the list.
The good thing about pursuing a career as a finance manager is that nearly every company, government agency or other type of organization requires a finance manager — no matter what the economy’s doing. That’s the person who oversees the preparation of financial reports and handles the cash management and investment activities of the firm.
A bachelor’s degree is required by most firms — and many require a master’s degree or professional certification. The hours can be long, typically 50 to 60 hours a week, plus some travel.
The field is expected to grow by 8 percent over the next decade, which is average, according to the Labor Department. Competition is expected to be tough for these jobs, so those with a master’s degree are likely to have the edge.
Who’s hiring right now? Ernst & Young, Bank of America and Deloitte are among the firms doing the most hiring for finance managers, according to Indeed.com.
Software Engineers
Not only are software engineers in demand right now, the field is expected to be one of the fastest growing over the next decade, rising 32 percent.
But let the programmer beware: While computer software engineers, the guys who write software, are projected be in demand in the next 10 years, demand for computer programmers, the guys who write the instructions for a computer to use that software, is expected to shrink 3 percent in that time.
The reason? Software engineers will be in demand due to increased computer networking, expanding technologies and the need for more security on those systems, while programmer demand will take a hit from the rise of open-source software and outsourcing.
Most software-engineer positions require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or mathematics, and many require graduate degrees.
Who’s hiring right now? Microsoft, EMC and Broadcom, according to Indeed.com.
Corporate Public Relations Director
Demand for public-relations managers is expected to be stronger than average due to an increasingly competitive and global business environment. It is crucial for a firm to have a good relationship with the public their profitability, whether they’re publicly traded or not, is dependent on their reputation.
Public-relations managers do everything from managing PR campaigns to doing damage control when a negative rumor or story about the company emerges. Some work traditional 40-hour workweeks but most need to be on call 24-7 in case of emergency.
Employment for PR specialists is expected to grow 24 percent over the next decade, faster than other professions. Being on top of new trends, like social media, is crucial and additional languages are a bonus.
Who’s hiring right now? Kaiser Permanente and AstraZeneca, according to Indeed.com.
Investor-Relations Manager
Demand for public-relations managers is expected to be stronger than average and that is particularly true for those who specialize in investor relations, communicating the firm’s financial information to investors, analysts and the media. Increased regulation and scrutiny in particular will drive the need for skilled investor-relations managers.
The qualifications for this job are unique: Not only does the person have to have strong communications skills but also a firm command of financial systems and statements — and how to explain that in plain English. They also have to be good at crisis management and willing to work long hours, should the stock come under pressure from a rumor or news event.
A bachelor’s degree is usually required, with a focus on finance, economics and journalism. Being a member of the National Investor Relations Institute is particularly helpful for networking — they have local chapters in most states.
Who’s hiring right now? Citigroup and Bank of America, according to Indeed.com.
Sales Executive
As companies dig out from the recession, sales executives are going to be in particular demand because they’re the ones that drive growth, bringing in new business and new sources of revenue.
Sales executives are the ones that set strategies and goals, and direct their sales reps for the best way to improve their sales performance. You need good people skills for this job but also good analytical skills — knowing the trends and making sure your team is out front. There’s a lot of pressure with a sales executive job because once you set those goals you have to meet and exceed them. The firm is counting on you.
Having a bachelor’s and/or MBA is helpful, with courses in marketing as well as law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics and statistics helping to provide an extra edge. Most firms tend to promote from within. Advancement is typically quicker at large firms than small ones, according to the Labor Department’s outlook for the industry.
Who’s hiring right now? IBM, CSC and ADP, according to Indeed.com.
Compensation Analyst
A compensation analyst develops salary, bonus and benefits structures, identifies compensation and benefits issues and makes adjustments based on new regulatory requirements.
Typically this position requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in mathematics, business administration or human-resources management.
Not only is there solid demand for compensation analysts today but the outlook is also strong for the next decade, due to health-care reform and globalization.
Who’s hiring right now? KPMG, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, according to Indeed.com.
Associate Professor
The number of tenure-track professors is on the decline as schools increasingly seek flexibility in dealing with compensation issues, making associate professors one of the most in-demand $100k+ jobs on Monster.com.
The trend now is toward hiring professors for limited-term contracts, typically 2 to 5 years. Competition is expected to be tough for the tenured positions and often a professor will have to move into a more administrative or managerial role such as department chairperson in order to achieve tenure. Those with a PhD have the best job prospects, according to the Labor Department.
Overall, demand for postsecondary teachers is expected to grow by 15 percent in the next decade, faster than average, as enrollment is projected to increase — not just among those 18 to 24 but also adults returning to college to change professions or enhance their prospects in an existing field. Demand is expected to be strongest for professors in fast-growing fields such as business, nursing, biological sciences and other health specialties.
Who’s hiring right now? George Mason, University of Iowa and University of Miami, according to Indeed.com.
Company Attorney
Globalization and legislative changes are driving the need for more in-house attorneys.
Among other issues a corporate attorney has to deal with are patents, contracts, property interests and negotiating with unions. Lawyers typically work long hours, though the hours are slightly less brutal for corporate attorneys.
Not only is demand strong now but it’s projected to be strong over the next decade, according to the Labor Department, amid increased demand for services such as health care, intellectual property, bankruptcy, corporate and security litigation, antitrust law and environmental law. Though, a shift toward using big accounting firms or paralegals for some of these functions will curb demand to some degree. Economic downturns also take a toll as companies are less inclined to pay hefty legal fees.
Competition is expected to be tough, so a willingness to relocate is a plus.
Who’s hiring right now? KPMG, Ernst & Young and JPMorgan Chase, according to Indeed.com.
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Six Top Industries Hiring in 2011 – Don’t Miss it ..

Which industries will be the hottest in 2011? Though the economy is still sleepy, some industries are moving again, while others struggle.
To find out where there’s high job demand, we talked to two employment experts: Career expert Robin Ryan, author of ’60 Seconds and You’re Hired,’ and Laurence Shatkin, author of ‘2011 Career Plan.’ Here’s their advice on the industries and jobs that’ll be in demand next year.
1. Health care
There’s never been a recession in this sector, says Shatkin, and demand will continue to be strong next year. Jobs in demand include home health care aides and registered nurses ($61,148). Hot specialties within nursing include nurse anesthetists ($144,821), nurse practitioners ($86,774) and psychiatric nurses ($55,155).
Many nurses begin with just a two-year associate’s degree or acquire their skills during military service, Shatkin notes. Advanced nursing specialties may require a master’s degree.
“Health care is the industry where almost none of the work can be outsourced overseas,” he says. “Most of it has to be done hands-on with patients.”
Health care opportunities aren’t all where you might think, says Ryan.
“It’s not just doctor’s offices and hospitals,” she says. “It’s with pharmaceutical companies, insurers, suppliers — any company that provides services to keep medical facilities in operation.”

2. Federal government
While local and state governments have seen their budgets slashed, there’s no recession at the federal level. Between new government programs and a wave of baby-boomer civil servants who are retiring, hiring will be huge in government for the next couple of years. It’s forecast that 600,000 need to be hired by 2013.
There are many administrative positions such as accountants ($55,188) and auditors ($104,762), says Shatkin.

3. Human resources
As companies begin to hire, Ryan notes, they first need human resource professionals to help manage that process. Jobs in demand at larger companies include human-resource manager ($56,227) and human-resource specialist ($45,267), while smaller companies usually seek a human resources generalist ($50,950).

4. Manufacturing
This one may surprise you, but because manufacturing went down so sharply in the downturn, it’s now one of the industries doing substantial hiring as production expands again, says Shatkin. Unlike in decades past, many manufacturing jobs today are highly skilled, he notes. One in high demand is a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) programmer ($50,466), who runs a tool-and-die computer that creates tools for manufacturing processes.
“In some places there are shortages of workers with these skills,” he notes, “because of the prejudice people have against blue-collar jobs.”

5. Energy
Thanks to federal stimulus funding, green jobs have grown. One in demand is energy auditor ($48,098), says Shatkin, along with wind-turbine technicians ($48,990) and solar-energy system installers ($47,658).
Traditional energy is thriving too, he notes, with strong need for petroleum engineers ($121,214). One engineering role in energy that requires less training is engineering technician ($47,918), who assist senior engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports many engineering technicians specialize in electricity or electronics. A two-year degree at a technical institute or community college can get you started in this career.

6. Education
While many districts have laid off teachers, opportunity remains in inner cities, says Ryan. Cities such as Memphis are hiring teachers ($45,914) with just a six-week bootcamp training. You need a bachelor’s degree to qualify for such programs, she notes.
“You used to need to get a teaching certificate in most states,” she says. “Now, you can find a teaching job without one.”
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Make $40K-$60K With An Associate’s Degree

You’re just two years away from a well-paying career! …

Conventional wisdom holds that you need a four-year degree to maximize your earning potential.
Reality, however, tells a different tale: If you make wise choices, you can enjoy great dividends on a much smaller investment of both time and money.

The truth is that there are many jobs that you can land with only a two-year associate’s degree.

If you’re interested in high-paying jobs that don’t require four years at school, read on…

1. Nurses

If the idea of providing health care services to people in need appeals to you, look into nursing. Nurses offer expertise and emotional support to patients.

The Pay Off: Registered nurses (RNs) make a mean annual wage of $62,450.

The Degree: You can join the ranks of these essential heroes with a two-year associate’s degree in nursing. From there, get licensed to work in your state.

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2. Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists are trained experts who can troubleshoot and keep computers and computer systems working. As computers have become a larger part of both the home and the workplace, keeping them operational has become a bigger priority.

The Pay Off: Because these unique skill sets are in such demand, the payoff can be very attractive. Computer support specialists can enjoy a mean annual wage of up to $43,450.

The Degree: All you need to qualify for some well-paying IT jobs is a two-year associate’s degree in a computer-related field.

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3. Paralegals

Paralegals assist lawyers in a large variety of ways, preparing depositions, coaching witnesses for trial, drafting contracts, and more. As law firms and businesses continue to shift more legal duties from the hands of high-priced lawyers to paralegals, the need continues to grow.

The Pay Off: The median annual wage for paralegals is $46,120.

The Degree: Unlike lawyers, who must make a hefty education commitment, paralegals can enjoy a great job after earning just a two-year associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

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4. Fashion Designers

If you have a passion for clothing, you may want to consider a career as a fashion designer. Fashion designers, who are highly concentrated in Los Angeles and New York City, are responsible for the clothing, accessories, and footwear you see at the mall and in stores around the world.

The Pay Off: In addition to the thrill of seeing their creativity take shape in clothing, fashion designers can be well-compensated. In May 2008, the mean annual wage for salaried fashion designers was $61,160. Remember: starting salaries in fashion can be low, so you’ll need to be committed to this career!

The Degree: Fashion designers are hired on the strength of an innovative, creative portfolio and the education that comes with an associate’s degree in fashion design. So if you have a strong fashion sense, that two year investment might really pay off handsomely for you.

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5. Food Service Managers

If you want a fast-paced career, consider becoming a restaurant manager. Restaurant managers work with kitchen staff, wait staff…they even interact with customers to ensure that the service and food is up to par. Food ordering, employee recruiting, and preparing payroll are some other common duties.
The Pay Off: Food service managers earned an average of $46,320 yearly in last month. Top earners averaged at more than $76,940 per year.
The Degree: Experience in the food services industry is a common entry path into food service management, however, a two-year associate’s degree in hospitality or food service management can also give you the real-world experience needed for the job.

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All salary data from the U.S. Department of Labor

By Jason Latshaw


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The Best-Paying Finance Jobs, Apply Now

Want to have one of the best-paying jobs in finance or insurance? Do something that combines analytical skills with running a department that sets company policy, advises Laurence Shatkin, PhD, author of 250 Best-Paying Jobs and a career information expert. “The best-paying finance jobs are managerial, but if you’re entry-level, the best-paying work is in the field of financial analysis or sales,” he says.

To create his list of best-paying jobs, Shatkin combined US Department of Labor and Census Bureau data on current median earnings, as well as projections for future annual openings and job growth. Taken together, those figures reveal the best-paying jobs in fields with a reasonable number of openings now and in the future.

High-paying jobs often share two challenging characteristics: responsibility and consequences for mistakes. Take the two best-paying jobs within finance and insurance, for example: financial managers and chief financial officers, both with average earnings of $86,280. Both positions call for managing workers, making decisions and project management. Fail at any of those tasks, and you could be out the door.

Shatkin has other warnings for people shooting for a high-paying job. “There tend to be a lot of people gunning for high-paying jobs,” he says. “You have to be able to put up with the chance that you may be out-competed by someone else.”

Jobs rounding out the best-paid list for people in finance and insurance and the annual earnings for those positions are:

How much you make in any of these positions will be influenced by cost-of-living differences and geographic industry niches. “We looked at what the median earnings were nationwide,” Shatkin explains. “Overall, you’ll make more working in New York City than in Atlantic City. In music, you want to go to Nashville, and if you want to work in the movie industry, you’ll earn more in Los Angeles.”

250 Best-Paying Jobs also includes lists based on the education and experience required to enter a field. For those who want on-the-job training rather than college, auto-damage insurance appraising or working as a real estate broker offer the best salaries. If you want to go to graduate school, becoming an actuary or an economist should lead to a relatively high paycheck.

Despite having written 250 Best-Paying Jobs, money isn’t everything, Shatkin warns. “Not every day is payday,” he concludes. “You have to think about what you’re doing the rest of the time and the rewards that are other than financial, those involve doing what makes you feel comfortable.” 

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