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The best and worst jobs for 2011 ranks the top  careers of the year BY eLiZABetH BrOMstein


hink you have the worst job in the world? Unless you’re a roustabout, you don’t. This according to, which has released its annual “Jobs Rated” list, ranking  jobs from best to worst. Each year, CareerCast researchers survey  jobs – from accountant to zoologist – scoring them according to five key criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, outlook and stress. Some factors remain relatively constant from year to year, but others fluctuate greatly due to changes in the job market, technological innovations or current events. Using data from government sources, trade groups and private organizations, every job receives a score and rank in each category. This year, the best job on the list is … drumroll please … software

engineer. This is followed by mathematician, actuary, statistician and computer systems analyst. Rounding out the top  are: meteorologist, biologist, historian, audiologist and dental hygienist. Not surprisingly, most of the top jobs require skills in math and/or computing, as well as education and specialized training. There’s a reason to go to school, people. Software engineers are needed these days to design everything from operating systems to iPhone apps to video games. CareerCast explains that they only rank rd in terms of salary, but two emerging industries – web applications and cloud computing – helped to push the job into the No.  spot, bumping actuary (someone who solves problems in the business world by analyzing and managing risk) down to No.  (sorry, actuary). The demand for development of mobile applications and cloud

software has diversified the software engineering field and, apparently, “a diverse job market brings improvements in stress factors such as growth potential and competitiveness as workers become less beholden to employers or vulnerable to outsourcing.”

Each year, CareerCast researchers survey 200 jobs – from accountant to zoologist – scoring them according to five key criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, outlook and stress Right in the middle of the list, at numbers ,  and , are broadcast technician, teacher and surgeon, respectively. So, teaching ranks high-

er than operating, because a surgeon may make , and a teacher only ,, but the surgeon’s job is far more stressful. You get the idea. Wild-card placements one might find interesting are: philosopher at No.  and parole officer at No. . Who would have thought those two would be neck and neck? For the second year in a row, the worst job on the list is roustabout (a temporary employee who performs heavy outdoor labour), thanks to “-hour shifts, exposure to the elements in hostile environments, low pay, high risk of injury and isolation from loved ones for weeks at a time – just some of the factors that combine to make roustabout the worst job of .” Case in point: an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon facility in the Gulf of Mexico last year killed  roustabout workers. Also, a sevenyear suspension of offshore drilling in America’s Eastern Gulf and Atlan-

tic coastlines has worsened the hiring prospects for oil-rig roustabouts. Not everyone is hip to CareerCast’s methodology; the comments section below the list is full of angry rants calling the list a load of bull. Some of the less-offensive posts include: “So software engineer is a low-stress job with almost no physical demands? I’ll remember that the next time I pull a buddy out from sleeping under his desk in the middle of a scrum.” And: “taxi driver more stressful than an emergency medical technician? Ha ha ha, that’s the dumbest thing I have ever read.” Maybe the list is flawed, but it does, at certain points, make sense. If you’re thinking of a career change, you might want to have a look at before making any move. • Originally published on the Workopolis Blog at com.


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Property management is an educated career No longer just the rent collector institute OF reAL estAte MAnAGeMent, BritisH COLuMBiA, CHApter 50


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Professional real estate management involves planning for the future of the properties by proposing physical and fiscal programs that will enhance the value of the real estate

A professionally accredited property manger is the first step toward a rewarding career in the real estate industry. Today, opportunities are good for a successful career in this sector. There is a growing demand for certified property managers, and career choices within the industry are ample and diverse. You can be as successful as you want – there is no limit in what you can achieve if you put your mind and effort into it. A prominent industry leader – William McCarthy, who is the past-president of both the Institute of Real Estate Management BC, chapter No. , and the Real Estate Institute of Canada – offers his perspective on the sig-

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y  there will be approximately , people employed in trades occupations throughout British Columbia, representing an annual average growth of .%. That’s a lot of jobs. “We are looking at significant growth in trades employment every year, so it’s a great time to get trained in a skilled trade,” says Kevin Evans, CEO, Industry Training Authority (ITA). “Trades occupations run the gamut from … carpenters, plumbers and electricians to … cooks, hairstylists and funeral directors.” Major areas of trades occupations, according to the ITA, include construction, automotive and mechanical work, aerospace, metal work, graphic arts, horticulture, hospitality, motion picture and theatre. All of these jobs require specialized skills; involve working with your hands and your head; are quite well paid; and are or will soon be in high demand due to a shortage of qualified workers. According to BC Stats the fastest-growing trades occupations will be masonry and plastering trades (.%), other construction trades (.%) and carpenters and cabinetmakers (%). Growth will also occur among technical occupations in personal service (.%), butchers and bakers (%) and automotive service technicians (%). Evans says that a generation of baby boomers that is getting set to retire makes now a good time to consider getting apprenticeship training or a college education in a trades occupation. “As we look at projected labour shortages in skilled trades in B.C. we’re seeing , estimated job openings by , many of which are due to attrition, people retiring,” he explains. “Those jobs will need to be filled and the best way to do that is start focusing on developing a strong training culture in our province.” Trades training begins with asking yourself some basic questions, like, do you have a natural ability with wood? An

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“The other component of apprenticeship training is the technical training, which consists of four to eight weeks of specialized courses per year in a classroom or a shop setting, for a period of between one and five years.” At the end of your apprenticeship you will achieve a provincially or nationally recognized trade credential.

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here are many myths about careers in tourism. Here, we provide the facts on the top . MYTH: All tourism jobs pay minimum wage. FACT: Like many industries, entry-level positions in tourism may pay minimum wages; however, there are opportunities to supplement your income with commissions, gratuities or other benefits, such as free or discounted accommodations. Tourism positions above entry level often pay well in comparison to other industries. Many factors determine what you’ll earn, such as job, location, type of operation and your education and training. MYTH: All people who work in tourism travel the world for free. FACT: Most people in tourism do not usually receive free travel as an employment benefit. While some careers may involve travel (for example, flight attendants and travel counsellors), employees usually travel on business and work hard during these trips. Although some employers offer discounts on airfare or accommodation, this is not the norm. MYTH: Tourism jobs only offer parttime employment and shift work. FACT: Work is changing in all sectors of the economy. More people are working

non-traditional hours because of job sharing, flexible hours and lifestyle choices. Some people may have one or more part-time jobs. Depending on the tourism job, work may be part time or full time. Individuals who cross-train for several occupations increase their chances of finding full-time employment year-round. Tourism jobs offer flexibility and opportunity for those who want to work part-time only. Individuals in supervisory positions often work more traditional schedules. People who have a job in the tour-

Entry-level positions in tourism may pay minimum wages; however, there are opportunities to supplement your income

ism industry may work weekends, holidays or nights – just as community doctors, nurses, lawyers, bankers, engineers and graphic designers do! MYTH: Tourism jobs are only available in the summer months. FACT: While there are many employ-

The tourism sector offers something for everyone in terms of employment, with varying levels of responsibility

ment opportunities available in the summer, there are opportunities during other seasons, as well. Ski resorts, snowmobilingtour operators and ice-fishing guides enjoy tourism-related employment in the winter. In addition, golf courses need people to develop business plans for the coming summer season. By diversifying their skills, most tourism professionals can be employed throughout the year. MYTH: All tourism jobs involve working

face-to-face with the public. FACT: Many tourism occupations involve working with the public, particularly in frontline positions. There are, however, numerous jobs behind the scenes in tourism where employees have little direct contact with tourists. People in research, marketing, technology or cooking positions may deal with outside clients but not necessarily tourists. see Myth, 14

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Number of health occupations in B.C. to increase By Noa Glouberman


C Stats says the number of sciencerelated jobs in B.C. will increase % by . While every industry employs at least some workers in scientific capacities, the latest () census shows six out of  jobs in these occupations are in just two industries: health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services. In fact, the health care and social assistance industry is the largest employer

of workers in science-related occupations in B.C., providing % of all jobs. It includes positions in hospitals and nursing homes; offices of doctors, dentists, veterinarians and other health professionals; medical and dental labs; and other, similar establishments. “A career in health care is always a positive option to consider,” says Alon Hendel, director, Community Care First Aid. “It’s not a big secret that an increase in projected life span and improvement in medical treatments will greatly increase the demand for health care professionals in all levels.”

Even the recent economic downturn couldn’t shake the stability of employment in health professions; in , when B.C.’s unemployment rate averaged .%, the jobless rate remained low in health occupations. “Health care is generally countercyclical in challenging economic times; people continue to require care,” confirms Randall Bannister, director, admissions, Vancouver Central College. “Employment demand in this industry is affected more by demographics, rather than the economy.” “[An] aging population means more medical care, which translates to higher demand for health care personnel,” echoes Hendel, who adds that B.C.’s aging population – baby boomers approaching retirement – will likely impact the health industry. “The long-term projection is that senior employees will finally retire, which will mean an ever greater demand to fill up these positions in the coming years.” While occupations in health include everything from doctors to dentists to dieticians, Bannister predicts “health care jobs outside of hospital environments will have the highest growth rates.” “Hospital jobs will decline as administrators attempt to achieve greater efficiencies and seek alternative, off-site care options. Occupations such as medical assistants and home health care assistants are likely to have the highest employment growth in this industry.” Public and private institutions around the province offer a variety of health-related training programs. “Intensive, full-time programs are available for those who are starting or changing their careers. These will usually be about six

or seven months in duration, with job-site practical experience as part of the program,” says Bannister. “Accelerated part-time programs are also available to existing workers in this field who require recognized training to upgrade their careers. They can study evenings and weekends so that their current job is not impacted.” He adds that, besides making sure you possess the patience, people skills, physic-

“An increase in projected life span and improvement in medical treatments will greatly increase the demand for health care professionals” – Alon Hendel, director, Community Care First Aid

al involvement and flexibility the field demands, it may be useful to speak with an admissions adviser or even gain some experience in various care settings before making your final decision on a permanent training or professional situation. Hendel agrees: “Talk to people that already work in this profession; go to their workplaces, ask yourself if you like this kind of work environment. Research the profession you are considering and really know what it involves. Bottom line: make sure that whatever you choose to be will make you happy.” •

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MYTH: Tourism provides only temporary jobs for students until they start their careers. FACT: The tourism industry offers the first work experience for many people. Although employment in tourism exists for students, challenging careers with more chances for promotion also exist. MYTH: Tourism jobs are found only in hotels, airlines and travel agencies. FACT: The variety of occupations found within each sector is as diverse as the sectors themselves. The nature of the work varies from working on a ski slope to developing marketing strategies for an international organization to preparing gourmet meals. Tourism offers something for everyone, with varying levels of responsibility. MYTH: Post-secondary education and training are not needed for employment in the tourism industry. FACT: Most entry-level positions in the tourism industry do not require a university degree, although other forms of education and training are usually necessary. Many occupations require skills that must be learned and practised. There are many routes to learning and, depending on the occupation you choose, you may achieve a management position through on-the-job training, a college or university diploma and/or through an apprenticeship program. Once employed, tourism professionals have the opportunity to achieve nationally recognized professional certification for many tourism occupations. MYTH: A university education in tourism will secure you a management position in the industry. FACT: In today’s economy, few people,

even those who have a university degree, step into a management or executive position. Most industry leaders want their employees to gain practical experience on the job first. A university degree indicates your background and demonstrates your ability to learn, think and organize yourself to complete tasks. A degree can help you move more quickly into supervisory and management positions. MYTH: Changes and advances in technology do not have an impact on tourism careers. FACT: Changes and advances in technology have had a major impact on the world. The tourism industry is no exception. For example, travel writers use various software programs and front-desk agents use computerized reservation systems. As well, the industry needs people who can use technology to develop websites and conduct research on the Internet. This knowledge also assists in meeting global needs of the tourism industry. •

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