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eoe journal In-Demand Jobs in Education The Rewards of Working in Healthcare Careers in Commercial Banking and Finance Who’s Hiring Veterans?

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heard once that there are only two rules to life. Rule number one: “Don’t take anything personally.” Rule number two: “Don’t take anything personally.” These rules help me remember that nothing anyone ever does is because of me. I’m thinking of this today because my friend was in a bad mood after we went out for dinner last weekend. I was sure I had said or done something to upset her, and I decided I was going to apologize to her, even though I wasn’t sure why I needed to! My friend and I usually talk on the phone once a day, or at least communicate by text or Facebook, but for three days, I didn’t hear from her. It bothered me that I couldn’t figure out how I had offended her. Then I remembered the rules. After remembering the rules, literally like 10 minutes later, the phone rang and it was her, asking how I was. She told me she had been exhausted from working harder than usual and just needed some time to herself. “Don’t Take Anything Personally” is the second agreement in Miguel Ruiz’s book “The Four Agreements.” This excerpt explains it well: “As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. When you truly understand this, and refuse to take things personally, you can hardly be hurt by the careless comments or actions of others.” It’s hard for it to soak in, I know, and I’m sure there is an exception to every rule, but it’s something to think about the next time someone upsets you. Whether a coworker bothers you or you even get a “talking to” from your boss, try to remember the rules and I can guarantee you’ll have a better day.

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Table of Contents Diversity in the Workplace

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In-Demand Jobs in Education Page 5 On Becoming A Teacher

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Top 10 Highest Paying Criminal Justice Careers

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Prevent Procrastination

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10 Reasons to Work for the Federal Government

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Careers in Securities, Commodities & Financial Services

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5 Most Effective Work Habits

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7 Keys To Job Hunting Success

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Are You Super Competent? Page 21 Stress Management Techniques

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Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant

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The Role of Nuclear Medicine Technologists

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Rewards of Working in A Healthcare Career

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6 Steps To Becoming A Powerful and Persuasive Writer

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A Career as an Ornithologist Page 33 Effective Communication

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College To Career

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Apprenticeships: Earn While You Learn

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The Top 10 Economic Facts of Diversity in the Workplace

A Diverse Workforce Is Integral to a Strong Economy


By Sophia Kerby and Crosby Burns

ur nation and our workforce are both becoming more diverse. The share of people of color in the United States is increasing; more women are entering the labor force; and gay* and transgender individuals are making vital contributions to our economy, while being increasingly open about who they are. To that end, businesses that embrace diversity have a more solid footing in the marketplace than others. A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together breed a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce. And businesses have learned that they can draw upon our nation’s diversity to strengthen their bottom line. In this way, diversity is a key ingredient to growing a strong and inclusive economy that’s built to last.

Let’s look at the top 10 economic benefits of workplace diversity: 1. A diverse workforce drives economic growth.

Our nation’s human capital substantially grows as more women, racial and ethnic minorities, and gay and transgender individuals enter the workforce. A McKinsey & Company study, for example, found that the increase in women’s overall share of labor in the United States—women went from holding 37 percent of all jobs to 47 percent over the past 40 years—has accounted for about a quarter of current GDP.

2. A  diverse workforce can capture a greater share of the consumer market.

By bringing together individuals from different backgrounds and experiences, businesses can more effectively market to consumers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, and consumers who are gay or transgender. It is no surprise, then, that studies show diversifying the workplace helps businesses increase their market share. Untitled-1 1

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3. R  ecruiting from a diverse pool of candidates means a more qualified workforce.

When companies recruit from a diverse set of potential employees, they are more likely to hire the best and the brightest in the labor market. In an increasingly competitive economy where talent is crucial to improving the bottom line, pooling from the largest and most diverse set of candidates is increasingly necessary to succeed in the market.

4. A  diverse and inclusive workforce helps businesses avoid employee turnover costs.

Businesses that fail to foster inclusive workplaces see higher turnover rates than businesses that value a diverse workforce because they foster a hostile work environment that forces employees to leave. The failure to retain qualified employees results in avoidable turnover-related costs at the expense of a company’s profits. Having a diverse and discriminationfree work environment helps businesses avoid these costs.

5. D  iversity fosters a more creative and innovative workforce.

Bringing together workers with different qualifications, backgrounds, and experiences are all key to effective problem-solving on the job. Similarly, diversity breeds creativity and innovation. Of 321 large global enterprises—companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue— surveyed in a Forbes study in 2011, 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace.

Our nation’s entrepreneurs are a diverse set 6. Businesses need to adapt to our changing nation of people of color, women, gay, and transgender to be competitive in the economic market. Census data tell us that by 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majorindividuals. According to the Census Bureau, ity in our country. Further, between 2000 and 2050 new immigrants and people of color own 22.1 percent of U.S. businesses. their children will account for 83 percent of the growth in the workingage population. Our economy will grow and benefit from these changing Moreover, women own 28.8 percent of U.S. demographics if businesses commit to meeting the needs of diverse combusinesses, and Latina-owned businesses in particular munities as workers and consumers. are the fastest-growing segment of the 7. Diversity is a key aspect of entrepreneurialism. Our nation’s entrepreneurs are a diverse set of people of color, women, women-owned business market. gay, and transgender individuals. According to the Census Bureau, people of color own 22.1 percent of U.S. businesses. Moreover, women own 28.8 percent of U.S. businesses, and Latina-owned businesses in particular are the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, gay or transgender individuals own approximately 1.4 million (or approximately 5 percent) of U.S. businesses.

8. D  iversity in business ownership, particularly among women of color, is key to moving our economy forward.

The diversity of our nation’s business owners helps boost employment and grow our economy. For example, women of color own 1.9 million firms. These businesses generate $165 billion in revenue annually and employ 1.2 million people. Latina-owned businesses in particular have total receipts of $55.7 billion since 2002.

9. D  iversity in the workplace is necessary to create a competitive economy in a globalized world. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. It owns an interest in or operates more than 54,000 miles of pipelines that transport primarily natural gas and petroleum products. The company also operates over 180 terminals that store and handle products like gasoline and coal. For more information, including career opportunities, please visit our website at:

Kinder Morgan provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship or status as a covered veteran or any other legally protected status.

As communities continue to grow, it’s important to harness the talent of all Americans. Businesses should continue to capitalize on the growth of women, people of color, and gay and transgender people in the labor force. Our increasing diversity is a great opportunity for the United States to become more competitive in the global economy by capitalizing on the unique talents and contributions that diverse communities bring to the table.

10. Diversity in the boardroom is needed to leverage a company’s full potential.

By 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the United States, and our nation’s boardrooms need to represent these changing demographics. Currently people of color and women only represent about 14.5 percent and 18 percent, respectively, of corporate boards among the senior management of Fortune 500 companies. Recruiting board directors with a breadth of expertise and varied experiences will make companies more proficient. Article provided by the Center for American Progress, supporting progressive ideas for a strong, just, and free America. Visit for more information. Sophia Kerby is Special Assistant for Progress 2050, and Crosby Burns is Research Associate for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress.* In this column, the term “gay” is used as an umbrella term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

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In-Demand Jobs in Education T eachers are more in demand than ever, and not just to teach children. With more adults having a harder time finding jobs in this difficult economy, many are headed back to school to continue their education, so education careers are vital for educating them all. It stands to reason that you would need a higher education to pursue a career in education, but the type of position you’re seeking dictates what type of college degree program you are required to start your career in education. An associates degree may be all that is required for some careers, or you can use it to enter the field and then transfer your credits to a bachelors degree program at a 4-year college or university. To teach at the college level, you are generally required to complete both your masters degree and doctorate degree. Learn more about popular career options in the field of education below.

Early Childhood Education

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Interested in working with young children and contributing directly to their lives? Day-care, pre-school and elementary school education are vital for children, to teach them important skills and help them thrive in a structured school environment. Students who major in Early Childhood Education will learn the skills needed to teach infants to third graders in preschool, kindergarten, elementary school or other educational settings. In this Teacher Training major, you can expect courses in child development, curriculum methods, classroom management and more—all

related to kids eight years old and under. Because licensed public school teachers usually must hold a bachelors degree, 4-year college and university programs are the norm for Early Childhood Education majors. Many colleges and universities offer masters degree programs as well. One to two-year certificate and associates degree programs are offered at technical schools, career colleges, online schools, 4-year colleges and universities as well for students interested in work in day care centers and assistant positions. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time with young kids one of the most important personality traits for Early Childhood Education majors is an inherent love for children. Most students also describe themselves as patient, nurturing, compassionate, flexible, caring, organized, creative and energetic.

Popular early childhood education majors:

• Elementary Education and Teaching • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching. • Montessori Teacher Education • Waldorf/Steiner Teacher Education

Education and Teaching

The field of education and teaching can lead to a career in both education administration and teaching students directly. Many state schools, online schools, public colleges and private colleges offer majors and degrees in education and help prepare you for an education career. Education and Teaching majors will learn the ins and outs of creating lesson plans,

Interested in working with young children and contributing directly to their lives? Day-care, pre-school and elementary school education are vital for children, to teach them important skills and help them thrive in a structured school environment.

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Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (PVL #76282 or 76283) CHS or Tenure Track The University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry seeks a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to provide leadership for child faculty, therapists, and nurse practitioners, further develop innovative training programs, provide clinical care across both inpatient and outpatient settings, and initiate and oversee translational research programs. Tenure track applicants will also be expected to pursue his or her successful record of funded research, publication, and other dissemination of knowledge in the field. As a Psychiatry faculty member, this position will be expected to perform teaching and supervision of psychiatric residents, psychology interns and medical students and provide administrative and/or committee service to the Department, University and the public as appropriate to the track. Appointment on the CHS (non-tenure) track requires credentials and experience to meet school-wide criteria for rank and review by the CHS Track promotions and appointments committee. Appointment on the tenure track requires credentials and experience to meet school-wide criteria for rank and review by the Tenure Track promotions and appointments committee. Minimum qualifications include MD, Board certified in Psychiatry and ability to obtain Wisconsin Licensure.   Please send a letter of interest along with your curriculum vitae to:  Jeff Charlson, UW Department of Psychiatry, 6001 Research Park Blvd., Madison, WI 53719 The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Wisconsin Caregiver Law applies.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and outstanding service. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

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Teachers should have fantastic communication skills. running schools and educating students from infancy through adulthood. Within Education and Teaching many students focus on a particular area of teaching such as Early Childhood Education or Health Teacher Education, while others prepare for other education careers such as Education Administration and Supervision. College and university bachelors degree programs are common for Education majors because they’re required for most teaching positions. Masters degrees are also offered in Education and can qualify students for counseling and administrative positions. If you already have a bachelors degree in another subject and want to change careers, you could consider a certificate program or associates degree program in Education. These degree

Saint Mary’s College of California Human Resources, P.O. Box 4227 Moraga, California 94575-4227 Working at Saint Mary’s means joining a diverse community of scholars and skilled professionals who are committed to providing a transformative education. We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, generous vacation time, and a location that combines natural beauty and urban sophistication. Please visit our website at to learn about Saint Mary’s College. For employment information please go to Saint Mary’s College of California is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, disabilities, national origin or veteran status.

Our mission is to provide high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services.

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is proud to be Ohio’s first and largest community college. Each year more than 55,000 credit and non-credit students take courses at our four traditional campuses, two Corporate College locations, 50+ off-campus sites and via television and the Internet. Offering more than 1,000 credit courses in more than 140 career and technical programs and liberal arts curricula, we are a highly respected academic institution and have earned distinction as one of the Board Member Colleges for the League for Innovation in the Community College. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For information regarding all available opportunities and how to apply, visit the College web site at

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programs will also prepare students for entry-level assistant, aide and tutor positions. To excel in the Education and Teaching major you should have fantastic verbal, written and listening communication skills. For early childhood education careers a love for children is a must. Being patient, energetic, compassionate, caring and organized can help in Education and Teaching careers, too. With these skills and a desire to help others learn, you should consider related majors including Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Psychology; Educational/ Instructional Media Design; General Education; Physical Education Teaching and Coaching and Secondary Education.

September 2013 Popular Education Majors:

• Education Administration • Education Research • General Education • Special Needs Education • Student Counseling

Secondary Education

An education career specializing in secondary education allows you to teach students in junior high and high school, usually grades 7 through 12. Popular Education and Teaching Majors: Depending on your preferences and college degree program, • Curriculum and Instruction you can choose to learn to • Educational Administration and Supervision teach a variety of courses or • Educational/Instructional Media Design focus on learning how to teach • General Education specific subjects. Learn more Because of the valuable service education provides to about Secondary Education students of all ages, the field is always in need of quali- colleges. fied educators. Administrators are needed to teach chil- Popular Secondary dren, college students, and other teachers. The level of Education Majors: education you complete can affect your salary potential Junior High/Intermediate/ in your teaching career, as can the type of school you are Middle School Education and Teaching teaching in and the location of the school. Learn more Foreign Language Teacher  about General Education. Education We are seeking faculty and staff who Latin Teacher Education are committed to the community college Physical Education Teaching mission, actively engaged in promoting and Coaching diversity, and prepared to use their unique strengths to experiment and innovate in the Social Studies Teacher  name of student success. Education Teaching English as a For more information visit: Second or Foreign Language/ ESL Language Instructor NECC is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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We pledge equal access to a teaching environment that supports diversity and equality regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, or disability.

With the increase in students going back to school, teachers are not only needed to teach these students, they’re necessary for teaching other educators how to teach effectively. If you’re interested in learning about teaching styles and strategies and with training other people who are committed to the field of education, a career in teacher training could be right for you. Learn more about Teacher Training colleges.

Popular Teacher Training Majors:

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On Becoming A Teacher Dr. Bob Kizlik

rom my own teaching experience and from discussions and teaching many hundreds of teachers and thousands of teacher education students, there emerge common threads of understanding and skill that good teachers weave into an effective personal style of teaching. Assess your own knowledge and values in terms of your thoughts about the following:


Are Good at Explaining Things

Do you like to explain how something works, or how something happened? Being comfortable with explaining content to students is an essential skill for teachers, regardless of the subject or grade level.

Keep Their Cool

There will be times when you will be tempted to scream or yell at your students, other teachers, parents, administrators, and so on. Good teachers Don’t Take Things for Granted are able to successfully resist this urge. This applies to everything, from selecting a college or school of educaHave A Sense of Humor tion to filing papers for certification. Good follow-through habits should Research has consistently shown that good teachers have a sense be cultivated throughout life, but they are never more important than durof humor, and that they are able to use humor as part of their teaching ing your teacher education program. Read the catalog, know the rules, be methods. Humor, used properly, can be a powerful addition to any lesson. aware of prerequisites and meet deadlines. Like people, Especially Students in The Age In one sense, you don’t learn to teach by getting a degree and becoming Range in Which They Intend To Teach certified. You learn to teach in much the same way you learned to drive -Most teachers choose an area of specialization such as elementary by driving. You learn to teach by teaching, by making mistakes, learning education, special education, secondary education, or higher education from them and improving. The purpose of a teacher education program because they have a temperament for students in those age ranges. If is to get you as ready as possible to learn how to teach by subjecting you are not comfortable working with young children, don’t major in you to a variety of methods and experiences that have a basis in tradition elementary education! and research.

Are Inherently Fair-Minded

They are able to assess students on the basis of performance, not on the students’ personal qualities.

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Have “Common Sense”

It may sound a bit corny, but good teachers are practical. They can size up a situation quickly and make an appropriate decision. Whether managing a classroom, leading students on a field trip, seamlessly shifting from one instructional procedure to another, assigning detentions, supervising an intern, or dealing with policy and curriculum issues in the school, there is no substitute for common sense.

Have a Command of The Content They Teach

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Set High Expectations for Their Students and Hold The Students To Those Expectations

The Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) with a membership of 13 public school districts is actively seeking certified minority teachers and administrators for elementary, middle and secondary positions. OVEC is located in north central Kentucky and serves the following school districts:

For elementary school teachers, that means having knowledge of a broad range of content in sufficient depth to convey the information in meaningful ways to the students. For secondary school teachers, it usually means having an in-depth command of one or two specific content areas such as mathematics or biology.

If you are thinking about becoming a teacher, you should set high expectations for yourself, and demand excellence not only of yourself, but your students as well.

Are Detail Oriented

If you are a disorganized person in your private life, you will find that teaching will probably be uncomfortable for you. At the very least, teachers must be organized in their professional and teaching duties. If you’re not organized and are not detail oriented, teaching may not be the best choice of a profession for you.

Are Good Managers of Time

Time is one of the most precious resources a teacher has. Good teachers have learned to use this resource wisely.

Can Lead or Follow, as The Situation Demands

Sometimes, teachers must be members of committees, groups, councils, and task forces. Having the temperament to function in these capacities is extremely important. At other times, teachers assume leadership roles. Be sure you are comfortable being a leader or a follower, because sooner or later, you will be called on to function in those roles.

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Top 10 Highest Paying Criminal Justice Careers T

he criminal justice system offers a number of high paying career options to candidates with diverse experience and educational background. As the U.S. government focuses upon increasing security, maintaining social control, deterring crime, rehabilitating offenders, and mitigating criminal penalties, individuals who complete studies within the field of criminal justice gain the skills and knowledge necessary to establish long term, lucrative careers. Featured Programs 1. American InterContinental University - BS Criminal Justice  2. Everest University - BS - Criminal Justice  3. Walden University - BS - Criminal Justice  Professionals who work in the criminal justice system utilize their knowledge of law, sociology, forensic science, political science, criminal justice and psychology to act as vital workers in a quickly evolving industry.

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Ranking the Top 10 Highest Paying Criminal Justice Careers

We’ve selected the Top 10 Highest Paying Criminal Justice Careers based upon the latest information available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) and other sources.

1. Lawyers

Lawyers (or attorneys) represent parties in civil and criminal trials advising clients regarding their legal rights and obligations. Lawyers act as advisors or advocates offering clients sound business or personal courses of action based upon knowledge of laws, judicial decisions, and research. Lawyers may specialize in one particular field of law, including bankruptcy, international, intellectual property, criminal law, civil law, public interest, insurance, environmental, elder, or probate laws. Lawyers are required to complete a 4 year undergraduate degree, 3 years of law school to advance to bar examinations and licensing programs necessary to qualify for employment. Lawyers earn $74,980 to $163,320 annually.

2. Private Investigators and Detectives

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Private Investigators and Detectives provide specialized law enforcement techniques to maintain laws, collect evidence, apprehend criminals, solve crimes, and examine records. Private investigators gather facts through interviews, observation, and researching records to assist in arrests or raids. Detectives may be licensed or unlicensed depending upon their organization of employment. Most work for police agencies, interagency task forces, private firms, or individuals and frequently specialize in fields like homicide, forensics, fraud, or even SWAT teams. Featured Programs 1. American InterContinental University - BS - Criminal Justice 2. Everest University - BS - Criminal Justice  3. Walden University - BS - Criminal Justice  Many detectives begin as police officers after successfully completing physical fitness, written examinations, and psychological testing. Law enforcement professionals then advance gradually upon earning experience and additional training within law enforcement, criminal justice, or even political science programs. Most detectives earn $59,320 to $92,700 yearly upon securing adequate education and experience.

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3. Police Officers

Police Officers maintain public order, collect evidence, pursue and apprehend individuals who commit crimes, testify in court, and prevent, investigate, and report suspicious activities. Police offers also respond to calls from individuals in need of their assistance, make arrests, and detain individuals for limited amounts of time. Police officers may work for local, State or Federal agencies following a strict code of conduct regarding their duties while enforcing laws and maintaining the integrity of their police powers. Featured Programs 1. Walden University - BS - Criminal Justice  2. American InterContinental University - BS - Criminal Justice  3. Everest University - BS - Criminal Justice  Training to qualify as a police officer requires completion of a number of medical, written, and physical fitness tests as well as psychological evaluations to demonstrate their physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities to qualify for employment. Individuals who pass all required tests advance to police academy training programs offering classroom instruction, practical training, and means of improving or maintaining physical fitness. Many agencies prefer candidates who have completed studies within an associate or bachelor degree program in law enforcement or administration of justice often earn higher salaries than candidates with less education. Earnings for police officers range from $38,850 to $64,940 annually.

4. Federal Marshals

Federal Marshals are important members of the executive branch of the U.S. government. These agents responsible for securing federal courts, protecting court officers and structures, and ensuring the effective operation of the judicial system by maintaining security, serving arrest warrants, transporting prisoners, and determining the location of fugitives. U.S. Marshals must obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, possess three years of work experience, have a clear background, and successfully complete physical, written, and psychological assessments to gain admittance into the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy in Glynco, Georgia. The Academy involves 17 ½ weeks of basic training complete with course studies and practical experiences. Individuals who gain employment as a U.S. Marshal have earnings of $38,511 to $48,708 yearly.

Forensic analysts are employed at city, county, or state crime labs, offices, morgues, and at crime scenes and work closely with medical examiners, police departments, toxicology lab technicians, hospital staff, and even researchers at colleges and universities. 5. Forensics Analysts

Forensics Analysts are important workers within the criminal justice system who collect, classify, analyze, and identify physical evidence related to law enforcement investigations. Forensic analysts are employed city, county, or state crime labs, offices, morgues, and at crime scenes and work closely with medical examiners, police departments, toxicology lab technicians, hospital staff, and even researchers at colleges and universities.

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Featured Programs 1. Kaplan University - BCSJ - Crime Scene Investigation  2.  South University - BS - Criminal Justice Crime Scene Investigation Specialization  Many forensic analysts specialize within fields like ballistics, handwriting, fingerprinting, and biochemistry and frequently testify in court as expert witnesses reporting laboratory findings. Forensic analysts are required to complete studies within a four year bachelor degree program in criminal justice with a forensic science specialization though many law enforcement agencies prefer candidates with a graduate level educational background. Generally forensic analysts have salaries of $37,520 to $58,510 annually.

September 2013 of other law office staff as well as maintain financial records for their organizations of employment. Training to qualify for employment as a paralegal requires a minimum of a two year associate degree within a paralegal program though those who complete advanced degrees are more highly compensated. Paralegals may earn from $36,080 to $58,540 yearly.

7. Probation Officers

Probation Officers supervise, rehabilitate, and reform offenders who have been convicted of crimes, are on probation, awaiting sentencing, and are not incarcerated. They also assist offenders released from incarceration and oversee their activities following incarceration. Probation officers investiCorrections Officers oversee incarcerated offenders gate offenders’ backgrounds, hiswithin prisons, jails and other detention centers tory, and environment and report maintaining security, upholding institutional regulations findings to court officials to recommend social resources and and polices, minimizing disturbances, preventing escapes, rehabilitation 6. Paralegals assistance, recomParalegals work within law mend and review sentences, assist and controlling prison populations. firms, law offices, organizawith modifications of court orders, tions, corporations, license service companies, bank- and refer offenders to casework counseling, career training, or community service proruptcy firms, arbitration services, public notaries, or as grams. Probation officers must pass oral, written, and psychological tests and earn a miniindependent consultants performing a number of tasks. mum of an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, social work, law enforcement, or a Paralegals research, analyze, organize, and collect infor- related discipline to gain employment earning salaries of $35,990 to $60,430 annually. mation used for hearings, trials, meetings, and other 8. Corrections Officers proceedings. Corrections Officers oversee incarcerated offenders within prisons, jails and other detenFeatured Programs tion centers maintaining security, upholding institutional regulations and polices, mini1. Everest University - Paralegal (Bachelor’s)  mizing disturbances, preventing escapes, and controlling prison populations. Corrections 2.  Kaplan University - BA - Social and Criminal officers also transport inmates, complete reports regarding inmate behavior, and activities Justice - Corrections Management  and inspect facilities for infractions of regarding sanitation, safety, or hazards regulations. 3. South University - Bachelor of Science in Legal Featured Programs Studies (partially online)  1. American InterContinental University - BCSJ - Corrections and Case Management  Paralegals also assist in the preparation of tax returns, 2. Ashford University - BA - Social and Criminal Justice - Corrections Management  estate planning and creating trust funds for clients. 3. Kaplan University - BCSJ -Corrections  Many also coordinate the responsibilities and schedules Training to qualify for positions as corrections officers requires a high school diploma

and completion of training offered by the American Correctional Association and the American Jail Association. Recent trends have also required candidates to complete a

Become A Trooper The Missouri State Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 99th Recruit Class, which begins training on July 1, 2014. The application deadline is August 23, 2013. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is also accepting applications for the 100th Recruit Class, which begins in January 2015.

We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability or age.

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A successful candidate must: • Be a US citizen and at least 21 years of age at time of application • High School Diploma or GED • Be able to pass a complete medical examination, drug testing and suitability screening • Not have been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor by local, state, federal or military court • Live in Guilford County or any contiguous county


Employee Benefits include Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave, Insurance (Life, Medical and Dental), Opportunities for advancement and promotions, Retirement Programs (State and 401k). Rotating 12-hour shifts with as many as 15 off-duty days per month. Educational incentive for qualifying degrees, compensation consideration will be given for Spanish speaking candidates and experienced officers currently working in the detention field. Apply online at OR Contact the Guilford County Human Resources Department at 201 South Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, phone #336-641-4134.

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bachelor degree in a criminal justice field combined with 3 years of work experience. Corrections officers generally earn $29,660 to $51,000 yearly.

9. Victim Advocates

Victim Advocates frequently work within district attorney’s offices, hospitals, jails, or within non-profit organizations assisting clients who have been traumatized by domestic abuse, violence, rape, and other crimes. Victim advocates help clients work through the recovery and legal process by directing clients to available resources, offering support, and minimizing the physical and emotional consequences of the crime. Victim advocates accompany clients to court hearings and assist with securing court injunctions when required. Featured Programs 1. Capella University - MS - Social and Community Services  2. University of Southern California- Master of Social Work  Victim advocates also investigate complaints, offer administrative support with statistical record keeping, and devise means of improving client support services. Victim advocates generally must possess a bachelor degree with work experience or a master’s degree within psychology, social work, or criminal justice disciples. Earnings for victim advocates are $25,636 to $31,616 annually.

Victim advocates help clients work through the recovery and legal process by directing clients to available resources, offering support, and minimizing the physical and emotional consequences of the crime. 10. Court Clerks

Court Clerks offer clerical support within court systems, municipalities, and federal licensing agencies and bureaus. Court clerks perform a number of administrative duties including: researching and retrieving information for judges, preparing dockets for court cases, maintaining financial records and fiscal accounts, collecting fees, issuing licenses and permits, and drafting bylaws for town or city councils. Court clerks are required to complete technical programs offered by vocational schools or a two year associate degree to qualify for employment. Earnings for court clerks earn $23,430 to $77,770 yearly.


Article provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit The City of Fort Worth affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy is practiced in all personnel actions and conditions of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, employment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, termination, layoff, discipline, compensation, and benefits.


Court clerks perform a number of administrative duties including: researching and retrieving information for judges, preparing dockets for court cases, maintaining financial records and fiscal accounts, collecting fees, issuing licenses and permits, and drafting bylaws for town or city councils. For over half a century, the Institute for Defense Analyses has been successfully pursuing its mission to bring analytic objectivity and understanding to complex issues of national security. IDA is a not-for-profit corporation that provides scientific, technical and analytical studies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Unified Commands and Defense Agencies as well as to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues.

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Prevent Procrastination:

Do It Now!


September 2013

ow do you prevent procrastination? By doing it NOW, as soon as you remember it and as soon as you reach the item in your to-do list. Do not give yourself any excuse or reason why it has to wait or why it can wait. Once you get started doing, there is no stopping the habit. It takes good self-discipline in order to prevent procrastination. It’s difficult telling yourself to do it now. But this behavior can be habituated just as you get into a habit of procrastinating. You can also habituate yourself into doing this immediately. So how do you start this habit of doing things now? These are the few things you need to learn and remember.

1. There Is Only NOW

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Realize this - there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow. There is only NOW. And now determines the tomorrow you will have. If you delay doing something, all you will doing is messing up your tomorrow. Things get piled up for tomorrow. By the same token, you are also messing up tomorrow’s yesterday. Remember, there is only now and now is the all important time slot to help you relieve all your stress. Now is the special formula to ease all your tension on your huge to-do list. If you set into motion something now on what needs to be done, slowly but surely the motion gains momentum and tasks will be completed. The idea is to start doing.

2. There Is NO Better Time

It’s all an excuse. I have been there. You start telling yourself, “I will start on Monday; it’s a nice day to start as it’s the start of the week.” Or whatever similar excuses you cook up. There are no perfect dates and no excellent time-slots for things to be done. You have to do it when it comes up. Push once and you will never stop pushing.

3. Once You Do It You Will Be OK, Seriously

You want to prevent procrastination? Here’s my challenge to you. Pick an item that you have been procrastinating for a long time. Start on it now. Once you start, you will realize the freedom that comes with doing something you have delayed. It makes you feel good. You want to repeatedly allow yourself to feel this feeling. Then you will make it a habit to do things quickly as they come up. As you do so you are – it is positive reinforcement at work.

4. Do All It Takes

If at first, you do not succeed to prevent procrastination - write it over and over again. What does that mean? In your to-do list, keep writing it each time you update the list. Do not allow yourself the excuse of dropping it from the list. There are only so many times you can write the item without starting to work on it.

5. Think About The Repercussions

If positive reinforcement doesn’t work on you, and you still refuse to start on something, then try negative reinforcement. Think about all the repercussions it will bring for procrastinating. Nagging? A bad evaluation? Stress from the fact that you will be thinking about it everyday? If you want to prevent procrastination, you have to do it yourself. No one can help you. Just DO it. That is why action is important. Talking, planning, discussing are not actions. They won’t move anything. Only in doing, things get completed. You want to prevent procrastination. Do it NOW, on your own. No one can do it for you. There is power in action and that power can be habituated to stop procrastinating. Article by Yun Siang Long, or Long as he is popularly known. He spent 16 years in three multinational ad agencies where he also trained people in areas of career management.

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Reasons to Work for the Federal Government

Continue Your Education

n our increasingly complex and challenging world, Uncle Sam is looking for people with the right skills. Do you have them? If you do, you should consider bringing them to the federal government. Here’s why.

Make a Difference

The federal government impacts the lives of all Americans, and you can too. Use your skills to protect the environment, strengthen the nation’s security, ensure the safety of our skies, help kids Advance Your Career get a good education, fight crime or serve in any Since more than 70 percent of federal senior number of rewarding federal careers. executives will reach retirement age in the next few years, there are ample opportunities to gain The Government Is Hiring While prospects for finding a good job in the more responsibility and achieve management private sector shift with the prevailing economic and leadership positions more quickly than you winds, there are literally thousands of opportu- might expect. nities in the federal government. Federal agen- Work Just About Anywhere cies need to hire 250,000 new employees in the You can work for the federal government in next few years. any of the 50 states or in one of the 180 countries No matter what your interest or aspiration, where the US has a State Department embassy or chances are there’s a federal job that matches it consulate. In fact, 84 percent of all federal jobs in the 15 cabinet departments and hundreds of are located outside Washington, DC. US REPUBLIC, government ARIZONA PHOENIagencies. X NY000779B 10/1/2006 Jim Ferr eira Build Your Resume

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The government offers some of the country’s best advanced education and training assistance opportunities. You can complete a graduate degree or executive program at your local college or university while working for Uncle Sam. The federal government also helps its employees pay for school through hundreds of scholarship opportunities.

Work with People Who Reflect America’s Diversity

The federal government is a leader in providing real opportunities for career growth to all Americans regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability. The government simply wants the best and the brightest. That includes America’s veterans, who may have an advantage when seeking employment with the federal government.

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Careers in Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services


ecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.

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services sales agents deal with a wide range of products and clients. Agents spend much of the day interacting with people, whether selling stock to an individual or discussing the status of a merger deal with a company executive. The work is usually stressful because agents deal with large amounts of Duties Securities, commodities, and finan- money and have time constraints. A security or commodity can be tradcial services sales agents typically do the ed in two ways: electronically or in an following: • Contact prospective clients to pres- auction-style setting on the floor of an ent information and explain available exchange market. Markets such as the National Association of Securities Dealers services • Offer advice on the purchase or sale of Automated Quotation system (NASDAQ) use vast computer networks rather than particular securities • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks human traders to match buyers and sellers. Others, such as the New York Stock and bonds • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, Exchange (NYSE), rely on floor brokers to oil, and gold performance of individual complete transactions. The following are some types of securisecurities ties, commodities, and financial services • Analyze company finances to provide sales agents: recommendations for public offerings, Brokers sell securities and commodities mergers, and acquisitions directly to individual clients. They advise • Evaluate the cost and the revenue of people on appropriate investments based agreements Securities, commodities, and financial on the client’s needs and financial ability. The people they advise may have very different levels of expertise in financial matters. Finding clients is a large part of a broker’s job. They must create their own client base by A recognized strength of The Underwriters Group calling from a list of potential is its superior claims administration services for clients. Some agents network both employee benefits and workers’ compensation. by joining social groups, and others may rely on referrals Learn more about us at: from satisfied clients. Investment bankers connect UNDERWRITERS SAFETY & CLAIMS businesses that need money 1700 Eastpoint Parkway • Louisville, KY 40223 Equal Opportunity Employer to finance their operations or expansion plans with investors who are interested in providing that funding. This process is called underwriting, and it is the main function of investment banks. The banks first sell their advisory services to help companies issue new stocks or bonds, and then the banks sell the issued securities to investors. Some of the most important At California Bank & Trust we pride ourselves on creating California’s services that investment bankbest banking relationships. And we know that the most important step in achieving our goals is to first build a team of committed associates. ers provide are initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers We offer a highly desirable work environment where opportunities and acquisitions. for personal and professional growth are part of the fabric of our An IPO is the process by culture. The achievements of our talented team of banking professionals are recognized and rewarded through a wide array which a company becomes of benefits and programs. open for public investment by issuing its first stock. We have multiple job opportunities available in a wide range of Investment bankers must estibanking and support specialties. Visit to view and apply for current career opportunities. mate how much the company is worth and ensure that it California Bank & Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. meets the legal requirements

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to become publicly traded. Investment bankers connect companies in mergers (when two companies join together) and acquisitions (when one company buys another). Investment bankers provide advice throughout the process to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly. Investment banking sales agents and traders carry out buy-and-sell orders for stocks, bonds, and commodities from clients and make trades on behalf of the firm itself. These workers are primarily employed by investment banks, although some work for commercial banks, hedge funds, and private equity groups. Because markets fluctuate so much, trading is a split-second decision-making process. Slight changes in the price of a trade can greatly affect its profitability, making the trader’s decision extremely important. Floor brokers work directly on the floor—a large room where trading is done—of a securities or commodities exchange. After a trader places an order for a security, floor brokers negotiate the price, make the sale, and forward the purchase price to the trader. Financial services sales agents consult on a wide variety of banking, securities, insurance, and related services to individuals and businesses, often catering the services to meet the client’s financial needs. They contact potential clients to explain their services, which may include checking accounts, loans, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, credit cards, and estate and retirement planning.

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Most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents work long hours under stressful conditions. The pace of work is fast, and managers are usually demanding of their workers, because both commissions and advancements are tied to sales.

Work Environment

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents held about 312,200 jobs in 2010. The following industries employed the most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents in 2010: • Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage: 40% • Depository credit intermediation: 23% • Other financial investment activities: 10% Most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents work long hours under stressful conditions. The pace of work is fast, and managers are usually demanding of their workers, because both commissions and advancements are tied to sales. Investment bankers travel extensively because they frequently work with companies in other countries. Because computers can conduct trades more quickly than people, electronic trading is quickly replacing verbal auction-style trades on exchange floors. The environment of the stock exchange is changing as a result, with more traders carrying out orders behind a desk and fewer working on the exchange floor. A growing number of securities sales agents, employed mostly by discount or online brokerage firms, work in call-center environments. In these centers, hundreds of agents spend much of the day on the telephone taking orders from clients or offering help and information on their accounts. Most of the major investment banks are located in New York City, making employment in the occupation of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents concentrated in this metropolitan area. The following metropolitan areas had the highest employment level of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents in 2010: • New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: 40,790 • Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: 16,830 • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: 7,970 • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: 7,920  • Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division: 7,430

Work Schedules

How to Become a Securities, Securities, commodities, and financial ser- Commodities, or Financial vices sales agents usually work full time and Services Sales Agent many work more than 40 hours per week. In addition, they may work evenings and weekends because many of their clients work during the day. Call centers often operate 24 hours a day, requiring agents to work in shifts.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level jobs, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is useful for advancement when planning to work in the field of finances.

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Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Studies in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate. Numerous agents eventually get a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which is often a requirement for high-level positions in the securities industry. Because the MBA exposes students to real-world business practices, it can be a major asset for jobseekers. Employers often reward MBA holders with higher-level positions, better compensation, and large signing bonuses.

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September 2013 employees pass the licensing exams. Agents who are registered with FINRA must attend continuing education classes to keep their licenses. Courses consist of computer-based training on legal requirements or new financial products or services.


Although not always required, certification enhances professional standing and is recommended by employers. Brokers, investment bankers, and financial services sales agents can earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, sponsored by the CFA Institute. To qualify for this certification, applicants need a bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related work experience and must pass three exams, which require several hundred hours of self-study. Exams cover subjects in accounting, economics, securities analysis, financial markets and Training Most employers provide intensive on-the- instruments, corporate finance, asset valuajob training, teaching employees the specif- tion, and portfolio management. Applicants ics of the firm, such as the products and ser- can take the exams while they are getting vices offered. Trainees in large firms may the required work experience. receive technical instruction in securities Advancement analysis and selling strategies. Firms often Securities, commodities, and financial rotate their trainees among various depart- services sales agents usually advance to ments to give them a broad understanding senior positions in a firm by accumulating of the securities business. a greater number of accounts. Although Securities and commodities sales agents beginners often service the accounts of must keep up with new products and services individual investors, they may eventually and other developments. They attend regular service large institutional accounts, such as conferences and training seminars. those of banks and retirement funds. After taking a series of tests, some broLicenses Brokers and investment bankers must kers become portfolio managers and have register as representatives of their firm with greater authority to make investment decithe Financial Industry Regulatory Authority sions regarding an account Some experienced sales agents become (FINRA). To obtain the license, potential branch office managers and supervise other agents must pass a series of exams. Many other licenses are available, each sales agents while continuing to provide of which gives the holder the right to sell services for their own clients. A few agents different investment products and services. advance to top management positions or Traders and some other sales representa- become partners in their firms. Many investment banks use an “up or tives also need licenses, although these vary out” policy, in which entry-level investby firm and specialization. Financial services sales agents may need to be licensed, ment bankers are either promoted or termiespecially if they sell securities or insur- nated after 2 or 3 years. Investment banks ance. Most firms offer training to help their use this policy to ensure that entry-level The Vision of Mount Pleasant School District, a small, multi-culturally enriched community nestled in the East Foothills, is to provide an excellent personalized education producing socially responsible students prepared for their futures as lifelong learners, where schools serve the community through active partnerships, linking advanced technology with progressive teaching and learning techniques.

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Hagerstown Community College is committed to the recruitment, selection, hiring and retention of a diverse workforce. To view and apply online visit HCC does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, or conditions of disability in the admission and treatment of students, educational programs and activities, scholarship and loan programs, hiring of faculty and staff, or any term and conditions of employment. The College is a committed equal opportunity employer.

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positions are not occupied long term, allowing the bank to steadily bring Job Outlook in new workers. Employment of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as Important Qualities the average for all occupations. Customer-service skills. Securities, commodities, and financial The financial services industry experienced some consolidation because services sales agents must be persuasive and make clients feel comfortof the recent financial crisis, but the industry has resumed growth. able with the agent’s recommendations. Overall, employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to Decision-making skills. Investment banking traders must make splitgrow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020. second decisions with large sums of money at stake. Financial regulation, including restricDetail oriented. Investment tions on proprietary trading, may create a bankers must pay close attention shift of employment among traders from to the details of initial public offerinvestment banks to hedge funds, howings and mergers and acquisitions ever, overall employment growth for the because small changes can have occupation should not be affected. large consequences. Services that investment bankers proInitiative.  Securities, commodvide, such as helping with initial pubities, and financial services sales lic offerings and mergers and acquisiagents must create their own client tions, will continue to be in demand as base by making “cold” sales calls to the economy grows. The United States people to whom they have not been remains an international financial cenreferred and to people not expecting ter, meaning that the economic growth the call. of countries around the world will conMath skills. To judge the proftribute to employment growth in the itability of potential deals, finanAmerican financial industry. cial services sales agents must have In addition, employment growth should strong math skills. be particularly strong for commodities Pay brokers and traders. Trading in comThe median annual wage of secumodities markets has increased substanrities, commodities, and financial tially in recent years, driven by large services sales agents was $70,190 group investors, such as retirement funds, in May 2010. The median wage is entering the market. As the number of the wage at which half the workers transactions increases in commodities in an occupation earned more than trading, such as oil futures, employment that amount and half earned less. of commodities sales agents will increase The lowest 10 percent earned less to meet this demand.  than $31,330, and the top 10 percent Although employment growth for secuearned more than $166,400. commodities, and financial serMany securities and commodities The high pay associated with securities, rities, vices sales agents as a whole is expected brokers earn a commission based on to be strong, the use of online stock commodities, and financial services sales the monetary value of the products trading sites will restrict growth for stock they sell. Most firms pay brokers a agents draws many more applicants than brokers. As clients themselves conduct minimum salary in addition to comtransactions online, the need for stock missions. there are openings. Therefore, competition brokers will diminish.    Trainee brokers usually earn a salary until they develop a client base. Job Prospects for jobs is intense. The salary gradually decreases in The high pay associated with securifavor of commissions as the broker gains clients. ties, commodities, and financial services sales agents draws many more Investment bankers in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions applicants than there are openings. Therefore, competition for jobs generally earn a base salary with the opportunity to earn a substantial is intense. bonus. At higher levels, bonuses far exceed base salary. Certification and a graduate degree, such as a Chartered Financial Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents usually Analyst (CFA) certification and a master’s degree in business or finance, work full time and many work more than 40 hours per week. In addition, can significantly improve an applicant’s prospects. For entry-level jobs, they may work evenings and weekends because many of their clients having an excellent grade-point average (GPA) in college is important. work during the day. Call centers often operate 24 hours a day, requiring Article provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit agents to work in shifts.

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Stantec’s goal is to recruit, motivate, and develop our employees with diverse ranges of talents and perspectives to ensure that we have the breadth of The key to our success is our people. viewpoints, experiences, and intellectual skills needed People, passion, and progress have made our Company to succeed across our global environment.

Stantec is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to Affirmative Action, Workforce Diversity, and the principles of Employment Equity. If you are an individual with a disability and require accommodation is an Equal Opportunity Employer to complete anyStantec part of the application process, you may contact dedicated our Helpline at 1-855-917-7440 or Action email to Affirmative and Workforce Diversity

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orientation, religion, belief, education, physical ability, personality, experiences and even our diverse approaches to work. Stantec strives to attract leaders for today and tomorrow. If you are seeking an opportunity with a dynamic, growing company, we invite you to review our career opportunities online at

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what it is today, and create the foundation for what it will be tomorrow. We are a strong, dynamic, growingDiversity expresses itself in so many different ways. company with virtually infinite career opportunities. Some examples include gender, race, culture, sexual

Stantec is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to Affirmative Action, Workforce Diversity, and the principles of Employment Equity.

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Discover The 5 Most Effective Work Habits for Freshies Starting Out in The Working World


eing new in the working world, I am sure you are eager to show off your newfound skills and knowledge. However, out there in the working world some basic work effective habits can increase your productivity. By being consistently effective at your work increases your chances of success in your career. The 5 effective work habits are:

Have a list of things to do according to its strategic importance. When you prioritize your work, you are more productive and that increases your chances of career success.

1. Volunteer For Assignments

One of the best ways to signal that you are a keen learner and are not afraid of hard work is to volunteer for assignments. Especially assignments that no one seems interested to do. However, before that do assess your own skills and knowledge to see if you can confidently accomplish it. If you are confident in completing the task in full and perfection, go ahead and volunteer for it. However, do remember one thing. Under promise and over deliver on the assignment you volunteered. Do not be too confident that you turn a perfect opportunity into mess. Once you start the project, see it till the end. You would be seen as someone who is courageous enough to take on additional assignments. You would also be seen as someone who follows through in your work. This is the first habit you need to internalize.

2. Be Nice To People

I am sure we have all heard this often enough. Be nice to people regardless of their rank and designation. It sounds philosophical but when you are nice to people they go out of their way to help you. And being new in an organization you would never know what sort of help you would need. Colleagues often like to work with nice talented people. When you have this effective work habit you increase the chances of people wanting you to work on their team. Being nice to people is just common courtesy. There is nothing extra ordinary about this particular habit that you need special skills. A smile in the morning and a “Good Morning” is a good start. In this day and age, people working in pressurized environments often use stress as an excuse when they blow up. Is this necessary? Nice is often reciprocated by nice. In fact, it can lower your stress level.

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3. Prioritize Your Work

We all love to start work on things that are close to our hearts. However, often these may not be the most urgent and important in our list of tasks in the workplace. When you select things you are more interested in rather than work that is more important or urgent, you lower your chances of success. Have a list of things to do according to its strategic importance to your company. Know your role in completing the tasks at hand in order to achieve that corporate goal. When you prioritize your work, you are more productive and that increases your chances of career success.

4. Stay Positive

As someone new in the working world it is very easy to feel down because you are new. You are not used to the work system. You have new people to deal with and people in the working world who behave very differently from school. It takes a lot of getting used to. There will be office politics to deal with regardless of how little. Be above all these and stay positive in the face of challenges. When you are positive you remain focused on your goals. You make better decisions and therefore become more productive.

5. H  ighlight A Problem But Bring Solutions

The last effective work habit of the five effective work habits is to bring solutions each time you highlight a problem to your boss or management. You need to remember that when you bring problems and not solutions, it is often construed as complaining. To avoid that label, offer solutions. A range of possible solutions also indicates to your boss that you have thought this through before approaching him/her with a problem. Have in mind a recommended solution amongst those you suggested. These are the 5 effective work habits I constantly drill into new employees who are fresh graduates in our company. At first glance, these may seem like common sense. However, in actual working environment people tend to sometimes forget these very basic effective work habits. And don’t practice them often enough. Internalize these and consistently practice them to increase your chances of success. Long Yun Siang or Long, as he is popularly known runs with his wife Dorena as their way of paying it forward. Their website – based on their real life experiences - provides tips, tools and advise for newbies pursuing career success.

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Sysco Food Services of Sacramento opened in October 2001 serving the greater Sacramento area. We deliver to the Oregon border, Fairfield, Lodi, and east Fallon, Nevada. Our facility is located northeast of the Sacramento International Airport in Pleasant Grove, CA.

Learn more about us and our current job opportunities at: Sysco Sacramento, Inc. 7062 Pacific Avenue Pleasant Grove, CA 95668

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Companies Looking to Hire Vets Must Overcome Obstacles, Stereotypes The Center for a New American Security recently released a report on employing America’s veterans, and the overarching theme of the study will come as no surprise to most in the defense industry—hiring veterans is simply good business.


high rate of veteran unemployment continues to be a nationwide concern, pulling together both national security and economic advocates. With veteran employment above the nation average, at 12.1 percent for post 2001-era veterans, and more service members being required to leave the military thanks to troop drawdowns, it’s a topic that will only increase in importance over the next several years. The Center for a New American Security recently released a report on employing America’s veterans, and the overarching theme of the study will come as no surprise to most in the defense industry – hiring veterans is simply good business. More than 87 individuals representing 69 companies were interviewed for the study, and took the approach of getting to the heart of why companies hire veterans and why, in some cases, they don’t. The reality is that as great as veterans are and as attractive as their skillsets, with continuingly high unemployment numbers there must be some obstacles employers are encountering when it comes to actually making the hire. At the end of the day, veterans will rarely get a job simply because they’re vets (which comes as good news for most service members, who aren’t expecting a hand-out when they leave the military). Translating military skills into the civilian sector is a key issue for employers looking to hire vets, the CNAS study noted. Negative stereotypes concerning post-traumatic stress or inability to acclimate back to the civilian workforce were also cited as concerns. As was simply finding veterans, thanks to the plethora of veteran hiring organizations and government initiatives (you’ll want to note that 75 percent of ClearanceJobs users are veterans, so we’re a good place to start). Some view veterans as perhaps not having as much experience as their civilian counterparts, although study author and senior fellow at CNAS Dr. Margaret C. Harrell disagreed: “I would challenge the perception that service members come back from the service without marketable skills,” said Harrell before an audience at CNAS’ annual conference at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. “They worked in a team environment, kept people safe, were responsible for expensive equipment. There are a lot of things a young vet brings to the table. A 22-year old vet should complete fairly well with a civilian of the same age. Right now they’re just not able to articulate it well.” Despite the challenges, almost two-thirds of the employees in the CNAS sample actively looked to hire veterans. All agreed that they would select the most qualified candidate but as one respondent noted, “the tie goes to the vet.” When it comes to where employers find vets to hire, they listed base visits and transition assistance programs, military career fairs, partnerships, and employment websites. While stereotyping can have a negative impact on service members, it has a definite upside. The qualities employers and hiring managers have come to expect from veterans, and those that make them a valuable employee, include character, discipline, resiliency, loyalty, and effectiveness. It would seem employers come to expect certain qualities from veterans that help them to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. It’s these qualities that likely make a veteran hire the “good business” option. They’re a key reason why many companies will continue to make veteran hiring a priority, although more needs to be done to streamline veteran hiring resources to make it less confusing for companies, as well as helping service members translate and transfer their military skills into the civilian world. Lindy Kyzer is the editor of She loves cybersecurity, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards,” — President Theodore E. Roosevelt

Wine is a blend of vision, character, and style. So is a great place to work. That’s why we made a commitment to an inclusive environment to help us continue to pioneer new ways in which to improve and expand our vision. Valuing the differences of employees, suppliers, and consumers has made us a leader in the wine industry. It’s also like over 75 years of family winemaking something worth celebrating. “Gallo sees diversity as an opportunity to become a company that better reflects the world we live in. It positions us to meet the needs of today’s increasingly diverse marketplace.” - Joseph E. Gallo CEO

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7 Keys To Job Hunting Success


hile there are signs that the job market may be improving in the U.S., it is still very competitive with many highly qualified candidates vying for the same few open positions. Still, even with the increased competition there are ways that the motivated job seeker can stand out from the masses and ensure that she wins the attention of recruiters, get calls for job interviews, and ultimately lands in positions that are personally, professionally, and financially rewarding. How? Here are seven tips to help you to conduct a successful job search and put yourself on the path to career success. Tip #1: Clearly specify who you are and what you’ve got to offer. Even if it’s a little uncomfortable, remember that you are marketing yourself. Your job as a job hunter is to “sell” yourself as the ideal candidate for a job opening. What is your unique value proposition? What are the benefits you bring to the table of the employer? You need to be very clear about this and be able to speak atriculately and comfortably when somebody asks you “what do you do” or “tell me more about you.” Tip #2: Be single-minded about your goal and go after it. Without clear goals your job search can be neither efficient or effective. If you’re not certain about your career goals, spend time now to think about this and define them before you launch your search.

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At Sysco, our mission is to market and deliver great products to our customers with exceptional service. At Sysco, we promote diversity at every level within our organization and believe that employing the very best talent from all groups within the communities in which we live and do business enables us to better serve our customers. Sysco is a place of unlimited opportunity where all associates can make a difference. Visit for more information about us or email resumes to EOE. :: Sysco Central Pennsylvania, LLC • 3905 Corey Road • Harrisburg, PA 17109 ::

Once you know what it is you want to achieve you can determine what you can bring to the table in relation to that goal and this will give you confidence that simply won’t be matched by most of your competitors. Tip #3: Yes, baseline qualifications for a position are important. But most of your competitors will have those as well. To stand out you need to understand and promote what makes you different and unique from your peers. What is it that you do especially well? What do your co-workers or bosses repeatedly rely on you for? What are your major achievements over the years? Is there a common thread that runs through them? The key here is to differentiate yourself from all the others. Tip #4: Diversify your job search and use multiple job search techniques. Answering advertisements is not enough by itself, neither is working with headhunters exclusively, or going through a process of researching and targeting specific companies. Combining all these approaches with Internet job searches, networking, and other techniques will help you achieve success far more quickly. Tip #5: Your first impression must be your best one. Like it or not, your resume is that first introduction and you must use it to best effect. Your resume must be a very highly focused marketing document that is written strategically to sell you as the best solution to an employers’ needs. You can not cut corners with your resume. To do so could cost you months and months of extra time in the job market, lost income, and missed opportunities. It is well worth the investment to work with a professional resume writer to ensure your resume is effective and competitive. Tip #6: Network as much as you can. Talk to everyone and nurture relationships. Make sure that everyone you know is aware that you are job searching. Never ask people in your network for jobs. Instead, ask them for introductions to other people they know and continuously expand your network. It has been said that 80% or more jobs are “unpublished.” These are effectively jobs that are landed through referrals or word-of-mouth, rather than through posting resumes to databases, answering advertisements or other techniques. Networking will provide you access to these jobs. Tip #7: Make sure that you follow up. Don’t underestimate the importance of a handwritten thank you note, or a formal thank you letter sent to a networking contact, or after attending a job interview. If you say you will call, do it. If you sent your resume in response to an opening, call to ensure it has been received. Few people do this and it will give you a competitive advantage. Follow up! While it may at first seem there are no jobs out there, there are. Following these tips will help you make the most of them. Finally, remember that failure is not an option. You must not give up. This requires persistence and consistency. But the more effort you put in the more potential leads you will get and eventually the more job offers you will get.

Michelle Dumas runs of one of the longest-standing and most respected professional resume writing firms on the internet. Since 1996, Michelle has empowered thousands of professionals with resumes that get results and win jobs fast. Get insider resume writing tips that you won’t find anywhere else at her website. Go now to

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Are You Super Competent?

Performing at Your Productive Best SUPERCOMPETENT KEY 1: ACTIVITY

SuperCompetent people have an acute sense of direction, in which the nature of their Activity reflects priority. They’re particularly aware of one thing that escapes most of their colleagues: that being busy and being productive are two very different things. Activity demonstrates value and reflects importance. You can be busy all day long, running from one brushfire to another, and not accomplish anything productive at all. True Activity involves knowing your goals intimately, keeping them constantly in mind, and working toward them in an efficient way that wastes a minimum of energy and time. SuperCompetent people aren’t hidebound by the old ways of doing things, either; if there’s a possibility of doing something more efficiently, they suggest or implement it. They make every effort to avoid getting mired in the trap of Schlimmbesserung, in which new processes and technologies intended to make work easier end up making you work longer and harder than before. Here are a few ways to help you fine-tune your workday in the Key of Activity, keeping things humming along like a well-oiled productivity machine. 1. Know exactly why you work hard and what you’re trying to achieve. You can’t be very productive if you don’t know what you’re working for. Plan out your goals and dreams, and work toward achieving them. Learn what makes you tick, own your destiny, and keep focused on your mission. 2. Know what to do, when to do it, and why. Take initiative and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Don’t just work on projects in the order they come across your desk; learn to structure your time and processes effectively, or others will out-compete you. 3. Create systems to perform tasks more efficiently, so you can leave the office on time. Too often, we’re gulled into working harder than we should by stuff that was supposed to make our lives easier. Step forward and create or suggest more efficient ways of doing things, so that you can take back your time. 4. Regularly rest and recharge your batteries, so that you can be productive and creative when you return to work. For heaven’s sake, you’re not a robot. Take a break when you need to! As long as you don’t become a slacker, taking time off can be one of the healthiest, most productive things you can do. 5. Do the day’s most profitable and valuable tasks first. Instead of taking care of piddling brushfire issues, learn to delegate. Put the most important tasks at the top of your list, and work through them first—then do all the rest, if you have time. It’s not a sin to let unimportant tasks go. At the end of the day, all that matters is results—and results are measured by productivity. That means you need to be very sure that your time is not only accounted for, but has real value. Productivity, in its most meaningful sense, is all about reaching high-value goals in every area of your life, often in the shortest amount of time (but not always, such as spending time with loved ones). Nobody cares how many things you crossed off your list. Nobody cares how busy you were last week if key projects are falling through the cracks. Only results matter, so strive to get the most value out of every day. Grab your dreams and get going!

SuperCompetent people are particularly aware of one thing that escapes most of their colleagues: that being busy and being productive are two very different things. Ranked a “Best Firm To Work For” by Structural Engineer magazine!

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures. We are always looking for talented engineering candidates for all of our offices. To learn more about SGH and current job opportunities, visit our web site at SGH is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in our work force. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package in a corporate culture based on learning and growth.

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Just as setting valid priorities and goals is important, so is accepting your responsibility in carrying them out. You have to structure your schedule very carefully to ensure that things get done—because if you don’t, other people will be perfectly happy to structure your schedule for you.

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Availability is driven by Activity. Just as setting valid priorities and goals is important, so is accepting your responsibility in carrying them out. You have to structure your schedule very carefully to ensure that things get done—because if you don’t, other people will be perfectly happy to structure your schedule for you. Think about it: how many times have you attended a meeting and asked yourself, “Why am I here?” Often, it’s because someone decided you should be—without bothering to consider if that was best for you and your productivity goals. You have to be willing to protect your time from everyone who wants a piece of it. Among other things, you must learn to say no when appropriate, to delegate, to cancel unnecessary meetings, to let some tasks go, and to eliminate bottlenecks—whatever’s necessary to take back your time and use it the way you need to. More importantly, you must learn how to leverage technological productivity tools that can lighten your scheduling load. Webinars, teleconferencing, and services like Jott or GoToMeeting can accelerate productivity and streamline your schedule. So can the effective use of organizers and other paper-based methods. The trick is finding which one works best for you, and that takes some experimentation. Try these tips to hone your Availability toward SuperCompetence: 1. Refuse requests when appropriate. Learn how to say no graciously. Because you’re good at what you do, you’ll always be fielding requests for help and input. It’s human nature to want to please others, but you can’t do it all. There’s no need to be rude, but there are polite ways to avoid being overworked. 2. Set appropriate boundaries. Learn how to protect your time from others. You’re always going to face what I call the six D’s of Interruptions: Deadlines, Disruptions, Dependencies, Discrepancies, Distractions, and Drop-Ins. You can’t let others use any of these to slow down your productivity. 3. Push a task down to the lowest level of responsibility. Trust others to do their jobs; “delegation” is a popular business buzzword for a reason. Don’t waste your time and productivity on tasks other people can do more cheaply. Hand them off to someone else, and let them do their jobs without micromanagement 4. Schedule your day realistically according to your key activities. While it’s normal to make an effort to accommodate other people’s needs, your own should come first. Learn to manage your time properly, and take control of your own schedule. Don’t let other people do it for you. 5. Weigh the results of attending any meeting against the results you could produce instead. Meetings can take up your entire day if you let them. Instead of dropping everything to attend a meeting, see if you can send a proxy, attend by phone, or just cancel it altogether. Availability is a loaded word, at least in business terms. It means so much more than just being there—any decent worker can and should be there for their employers, subordinates, and co-workers when they’re needed. AE Business Solutions is a Midwest based privately held IT consulting and Systems Integration Company that has been providing information technology and business solutions to organizations throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest for over 50 years. AE Business Solutions hires only the best and the brightest people - people who are hard-working and dedicated to excellence. To explore any of our current opportunities online, please email our recruiting department at, or send your resume and salary history to: Technical Recruiting - AE Business Solutions 2310 Crossroads, Suite 2800, Madison, WI 53718 • EOE

At Glatfelter Insurance Group, we believe our success ultimately rests with the people who serve as the face of Glatfelter on a day-to-day basis, our associates. We are committed to providing advancement opportunities for our associates through continuing education and training provided by the company. As a result, nearly half of our over 500 associates have enjoyed more than 10 years of service with us. If you are considering becoming a part of our enthusiastic and dedicated team of professionals, consider reviewing our current open positions online at:

Glatfelter Insurance Group is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other legally protected status.

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Visit our website to view and apply online for current open positions. United Way of Greater Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer.

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SuperCompetent people, on the other hand, need to be keenly aware of time management. After all, time isn’t like money, office supplies, or Brussel sprouts: we’ve each got a very limited amount of it, and we’re not going to get any more. You can’t give everyone who wants it a sliver of your time; therefore, you must fully commit to making the changes necessary to take control of your life. Stand up, step up, and take back your time!


Attitude is your motivation, drive, and proactiveness. The most effective people in any endeavor are those with a hard-working, positive, can-do attitude. Their attitudes exude the kind of passion that commits fully to a course of action and sees it all the way through. It’s infectious, and it keeps them and others in their team moving forward, even when the way becomes difficult. In order to succeed in a competitive work environment, you have to be a self-starter, consistently driven, consistently flexible, and consistently innovative. You must also learn to be a good communicator in all directions: up to your customers and superiors, laterally to your coworkers, and down to your subordinates. On top of all that, you have to be willing to accommodate different personalities, points of view, and the various vagaries of emotion and circumstance that affect other people’s behavior on a daily basis. Having trouble honing your Attitude to a SuperCompetent level? Keep these five tips in mind: 1. Keep an eye on your stress level. It’s a mistake to ignore your emotional health. Negative emotions, stress, worry, and your temper can all conspire to bring you down—especially if you don’t take the occasional break to recharge your batteries. Don’t let them cause you to boil over and impair your productivity. 2. Even when a task is monumental, keep working at it until you whittle it down to size. Most tasks can be broken down into manageable subtasks. Don’t look at that mountain of work and just give up. Dive in, find an efficient way to do what needs to be done, and move that mountain. 3. Don’t be afraid to unleash your creativity and apply it to problems at work. If you try, you just may discover a new, simpler way of doing things. Without creativity there is no progress, no change, no experimentation, no innovation. Creativity, properly used, opens up new worlds of possibility and profit. 4. Learn to communicate clearly. People can’t read your mind. Clean communication is necessary in all directions in order to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. Learn to deal with difficult personalities, emphasize teamwork, and play nice—even when others don’t seem willing to do so. 5. Look for a silver lining in every situation. Do your best to be positive at all times. Wherever it’s possible, try to reframe challenges and problems as opportunities. Sure, maybe it’s not what you were looking for, but some of the world’s most spectacular successes started as spectacular failures. Your attitude is your state of mind, the way you perceive the world about you. So be upbeat; be positive; and always have a can-do attitude about work and what you can accomplish there. A particular task may seem outrageously difficult, and it may seem impossible for anything human to accomplish it, but here’s one thing that’s certain: if you don’t try, you’ll definitely never get it done. 6. On the other hand, if you jump right in, show your willingness to be part of a team and to make the proper effort to accomplish whatever needs to be done, you’ll become insanely productive. Do this right, and you’ll end up so far ahead you’ll wonder when you passed the finish line. © 2010 Laura Stack. Laura Stack is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker who is dedicated to building SuperCompetent¨ cultures by creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time¨. She is the president of The Productivity Pro¨, Inc., a time management training firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations. Since 1992, Laura has presented keynotes and seminars on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in todayÕs workplaces. She is the bestselling author of four books: SUPERCOMPETENT; The Exhaustion Cure; Find More Time; and Leave the Office Earlier. Her clients include Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Nationwide, and 3M. To have Laura speak at your next event, call 303-471-7401. Visit to sign up for her free monthly productivity newsletter.

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We’re on the move – literally! CRST International, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading transportation and logistics companies. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we have offices throughout the United States, employing more than 1,000 office employees and 4,200 company drivers and working with more than 3,000 independent contractors. If you are interested in making a valuable contribution to a dynamic company with plans for a bright future, apply now. Learn more about us and our employment opportunities at We support equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications to perform the job and actions alone without regard to race, gender, age, religion, genetic information, national origin, disability or any other protected category.

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Stress Management Techniques: The Top 5 To Cultivate to Succeed at Work


he techniques described here take time to cultivate, but is well worth your effort. The ultimate objective being to develop a habit of these techniques— so that it becomes second nature to you. As a career builder newbie, I urge you to start developing some of these techniques in order to manage the stress you will experience as you climb the corporate ladder.

SMT #1: Greet People Warmly

Greeting people warmly especially in the morning is important to manage stress. You wonder why? Have you ever noticed how some people come in the office grumpy? It is almost as if, they have decided that they will be stressed out that day. When you greet someone warmly in the morning, it says you have decided that you will start a great day. Imagine starting a day on the low and watch it get worse!

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SMT #2: B  e Conscious

Being conscious of your behavior means to be conscious of how you feel and act. It is the trigger in your mind that says “I am getting impatient with this discussion. And I am going to raise my voice.” Once you are mindful of your actions you can choose to react in a more positive fashion. Now, you may ask – how can I be conscious of my actions if I am in the middle of an argument with someone? Well, it takes practice. Just as we practice a certain sport prior to an important tournament.

SMT #3: B  e Conscious of Our Breath

Taking deep breaths and counting is a popular stress management technique. In this particular one, my variation is to be conscious of my breath. Whenever I feel stressed, I excuse myself if I am in the company of others and walk away. While walking away to the washroom for example, I concentrate on my breath touching the tip of my upper lip. And I consciously slow my breath down while concentrating on it. It takes the negative thoughts out of my mind.

SMT #4: Reviewing The Positive

Create a habit of reviewing the positive that has happened throughout the day. The idea is to cultivate the habit of looking at the positive. Instead of crashing in front of the television when you reach home, spend five to ten minutes reviewing what nice things others have done for you. The kind deed others have done that made your day turn out great. I practice this while being stuck in traffic. It kills two birds with one stone, it allows me to review the positive and takes my mind off the traffic situation at the same time.

SMT #5: L etting Go of The Negative

Let’s face it - we are but mere mortals. We will make mistakes while trying to cultivate these habits to manage stress. In reviewing the positives, we should also be conscious of the negative that we have done. Maybe we did not realize it earlier in the day. It could be something nasty we have said to someone. Realize this and “cleanse” yourself by flushing away the misdirected actions. Do this by forgiving yourself and remind yourself that you will not do it again. Admittedly, these 5 stress management techniques take time to cultivate. Make a decision to start today and watch your stress greatly reduced as time goes by. Long Yun Siang or Long, as he is popularly known runs with his wife Dorena as their way of paying it forward. Their website – based on their real life experiences - provides tips, tools and advise for newbies pursuing career success.

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Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant If

you want to become CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and establish a long-term and respected career in this noble field, it is important to undergo CNA training. There are numerous courses provided by many reputed schools, colleges, institutes, and universities that you can take advantage of to get proper education and practical training. Both types of courses, classroom teaching and online courses, are available. Depending upon your preferences, you can choose either of the options suiting you better. If you want to continue your job while studying simultaneously, online CNA certification is an ideal choice. But if you can afford to go back to school again, classroom coaching is an ultimate idea. Working as a CNA is a highly reputed job as it requires up-todate skills, knowledge, and information about a particular field. Apart from this, if you look to build a long-term career in this field, trust, it offers you excellent opportunities to earn handsome. It is considered as one of the most highly paying and respected job in the healthcare industry. This is the reason why more and more youngsters are preparing to enter in this field. CNA training courses can be done online as well as by attending physical classes. These courses offer you unlimited advantages. Here we discuss some of its benefits.

Benefits of CNA Training

• CNA training course opens doors to new work opportunities. You are certified to work anywhere in health industry. You can apply for senior and more respectful positions in hospitals or other similar organizations. • Once you attend online or physical CNA classes, you get to know more about technicalities involved in this noble profession. These courses expand the horizon of your understanding and knowledge about different skills and technologies used in this profession. You can specialize in a particular

branch in order to have in-depth understanding. • CNA certification helps you in fulfilling your dreams by fetching you a good job where you can earn handsome. This high-paying job increases your job satisfaction and compels you to do better in your field and achieve the highest designation. • If you want to explore the depth of your field by getting proper education, undergoing a higher level of CNA training program is a must. By doing this, you get not only theoretical knowledge, but also the practical facts and familiarity. • Being a certified nursing assistant is a great way to enter the organization of your choice. You can then upgrade your skills and knowledge by pursuing h igher level of courses. This helps you achieve your dream career. • CNA training programs are more than a nursing degree course as they prepare you for taking good care of patients increasing the level of care and service. You grow both professionally as well as personally. Nursing is a highly respected job. Individuals can look forward to enter into this profession and build a rewarding career by enrolling themselves into CNA training programs of their choice. As demand for certified nurses is continuously increasing, these programs offer you ample opportunities to establish a fulfilling and highly paid career. offers you the most comprehensive information on CNA training programs in the different states and cities of the USA. You can browse through the website to have in-depth knowledge about different programs.

Nursing is a highly respected job. Individuals can look forward to entering this profession and build a rewarding career by enrolling in a CNA training program.

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The Role of Nuclear Medicine Technologists


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uclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

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Nuclear medicine technologists typically do the following: • Explain imaging procedures to the patient and answer questions • Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from excessive radiation exposure • Examine machines to make sure that they are safe and working properly • Prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to the patient • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to drugs • Operate equipment that creates images of areas in the body, such as images of organs • Keep detailed records of procedures

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Radioactive drugs, known as radiopharmaceuticals, give off radiation, allowing special scanners to monitor tissue and organ functions. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Physicians then interpret the images to help diagnose the patient’s condition. For example, tumors can be seen in organs during a scan because of their concentration of the radioactive drugs.

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Photo Caption: Nuclear medicine technologists administer radioactive drugs to patients by mouth, injection, inhalation, and other means. Nuclear medicine technologists held about 21,900 jobs in 2010. Technologists are on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled. As shown in the following tabulation, most nuclear medicine technologists worked in hospitals in 2010:

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Although radiation hazards exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of gloves and other shielding devices. Nuclear medicine technologists wear badges that measure radiation levels in the radiation area. Instruments monitor their radiation exposure and detailed records are

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kept on how much radiation they get over their lifetime. When preparing radioactive drugs, technologists use safety standards to keep the chance of radiation exposure low for patients, other healthcare workers, and themselves. Like other healthcare workers, nuclear medicine technologists may be exposed to infectious diseases.

Work Schedules

Because imaging is sometimes needed in emergencies, some nuclear medicine technologists work evenings, weekends, or on call.

How to Become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. Formal education programs in nuclear medicine technology or a related healthcare field lead to a certificate, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Technologists must be licensed in some states; requirements vary by state.


Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology; there are also bachelor’s degree programs. Some technologists become qualified by completing an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree program in a related health field, such as radiologic technology or nursing, and then completing a 12-month certificate program in nuclear medicine technology. Generally, certificate programs are offered in hospitals; associate’s degrees in community colleges, and bachelor’s degrees in 4-year colleges and universities. Nuclear medicine technology programs include clinical experience— practice under the supervision of a certified nuclear medicine technologist and a physician who specializes in nuclear medicine. In addition, these programs often include courses in human anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, radioactive drugs, and computer science.

Licenses and Certification

Nuclear medicine technologists must be licensed in some states; requirements vary by state. For specifics, contact your state’s health board. Some nuclear medicine technologists get certification. Although certification is not required for a license, it fulfills most of the requirements for state licensure on its own.

Nuclear medicine technologists work with multiple computers and large pieces of technological equipment and must be comfortable operating them. Without certification, most states require testing and have other requirements to get a license. Some employers require national certification, regardless of state regulations. Certification usually involves completing required coursework and having the necessary hours of clinical experience, as well as graduating from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Certified nuclear medicine technologists must also take continuing education to keep their certification. Frequent innovations and technology changes in the field of nuclear medicine make continuing education necessary. In addition to receiving general certification, technologists can get specialty certifications that show their proficiency in specific procedures or on certain equipment. A technologist can earn a certification in


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equal opportunity employment journal Important Qualities

Nuclear medicine technologists can get specialty certifications that show their proficiency in specific procedures or equipment. positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT). PET uses a machine that creates a three-dimensional image of a part of the body, such as the brain. NCT uses radioactive drugs to obtain images of the heart. Patients exercise during the imaging while the technologist creates images of the heart and blood flow. MRI uses a magnetic field to create images of an area of the body. CT uses computers to show the layers of x-ray images taken of a patient in a three-dimensional view. Each field requires the technologist to have a high level of knowledge about the specific procedures and technologies involved. The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) offers NCT and PET certification exams. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the CT and MRI certification exams.

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Compassion. To get the images needed for a diagnosis, nuclear medicine technologists must be able to reassure and calm patients who are under physical and emotional stress. Detail oriented. Nuclear medicine technologists must follow exact instructions to make sure that the correct dosage is given and that the patient is not overexposed to radiation. Interpersonal skills. Nuclear medicine technologists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician. Science, math, and technical skills. Nuclear medicine technologists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate accurate dosages. They also work with computers and large pieces of technological equipment and must be comfortable operating them. Strength and stamina. Nuclear medicine technologists must stand for long periods and be able to lift and move patients who need help.

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Job Outlook

Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the growth will result in only about 4,100 new jobs over the 10-year period. Nuclear medicine technologists work mostly with adult patients, although procedures may be performed on children. A larger aging population should lead to the need to diagnose and treat medical conditions that require imaging, such as heart disease. Nuclear medicine technologists will be needed to administer radioactive drugs and maintain the imaging equipment required for diagnosis. Overall employment growth is expected to be driven by rapidly growing industries, including physicians’ offices and diagnostic laboratories, which employed about 31 percent of nuclear medicine technologists in 2010.

Job Prospects

Nuclear medicine technologists can improve their job prospects by getting a specialty cerPay The median annual wage of nuclear medi- tification. A technologist can earn a certificacine technologists was $68,560 in May 2010. tion in positron emission tomography (PET), The median wage is the wage at which half nuclear cardiology (NCT), magnetic resonance the workers in an occupation earned more than imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT). that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification percent earned less than $49,130, and the top 10 Board (NMTCB) offers NCT and PET certification exams. The American Registry of percent earned more than $91,970. Because imaging is sometimes needed in Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the CT and MRI certification exams. emergencies, some nuclear medicine technoloArticle provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. gists work evenings, weekends, or on call. Visit

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Rewards of Working in A Healthcare Career


orking in the healthcare field is rewarding. There are a wide variety of medical occupations for people of all education levels. So if you are unable to stand the sight of blood, you can perform clerical duties. Although all healthcare jobs are stressful, the rewards are worth the effort.

Some hospitals offer paid training or tuition assistance, if you promise to work for their facility after graduation. The hospital you work at may provide continued education through formal college programs.

Fast Paced Environment

Healthcare careers have excellent job growth. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations are in the healthcare industry. You can be apart of one of the top twenty fastest growing professions. The nation’s population is getting older. More people need continued health care. So there will always be patients that need care and assistance. You will be able to find a job anywhere in the country.

Every day is different in a medical career. There are always new challenges and situations. New patients come in daily. Each patient has his or her own problems and issues that need to be treated and resolved. You are constantly dealing with life or death situations. Life in the hospital is fast paced. Working in a hospital will push you to your limits. You will develop excellent problem solving skills. You will always be learning something new. Technology is changing the way medical professionals administer care. You will need to be current on new procedures and equipment.

Medical career professionals earn a competitive salary and work flexible schedules. Most healthcare professionals receive health insurance, paid vacation, and pension plans. Those that work in hospitals generally earn more than those in other facilities. Nonsupervisory healthcare workers earn an average of $18.08 an hour. Pay increases with education and specialty. Hospitals are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. So the hospital staff works various shifts to meet the demands. If you are more nocturnal, you could work night shifts. You can choose when and where you want to work.

In the medical field, you will help people daily. You will work closely with patients. Families will trust their loved ones to you as your patients. You will help patients heal and recover. Many will appreciate the care and consideration you put into your work. Patients are suffering from all kinds of ailments. They are worried about their health, their family, and their future. You will get to know your patients. You will remember them and they will remember you. What greater service can you give, than to help someone be restored to health? People’s lives are forever changed by the efforts of healthcare workers.

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6 Steps To Becoming A Powerful And Persuasive Writer


by Ruth Barringham

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you have a favorite writer someone whose books you love to read? And when you buy their books do you sit spell-bound while you mentally absorb page after page of their writing? Or have you been so mesmerized by a magazine article that once you started reading it you couldn’t stop? Or how about a sales page you’ve read that had you so intrigued that you were dying to find out more about what it was advertising? There are writers like these in the world (although not many) and the reason that their books, articles and sales letters put you into a “reading trance” is because they are powerful and persuasive writers. Not only can they make you want to sit and read their books, articles or sales letters, but, through their writing, they also convince you that everything they are telling you is true. Wouldn’t you like to know how they do this? Or better still, wouldn’t you love to be able to write like them? Imagine being able to write an article or practice here, to be treated a salestoletter thatandputs yourhere. readers into a trance-like state that keeps them not only reading and absorbing every word you write, but believing every word you say. This turns your readers into customers and turns YOU into a highly-paid copywriter because powerful and persuasive writers are always in demand. And here are the 6 steps that can catapult your career as a first-class copywriter:

2. Research, Absorb, Write

This is the order in which you need to work so that you can do powerful and persuasive writing. First you need to research your subject thoroughly. Don’t take notes as you go along. Just keep reading and learning as much as you can. You’ll soon discover that the more you read the more you absorb the information and this creates a better understanding. Once you’ve researched and absorbed as much information as you can, then AND ONLY THEN is it time to start writing, because you can’t write persuasively about a subject you don’t fully understand.

3. Use the “Free Writing” technique to write

This means writing from your subconscious rather than your conscious mind. The reason for this is because your conscious mind always has your internal editor attached to it. Your internal editor is the little chatter box inside your head who criticizes everything you write. As you write he says things like, “That’s not very good writing.” “Your punctuation is all wrong.” “No one will want to read that garbage.” “You are a terrible writer.” Now imagine that instead of being in your head, your internal editor is an actual person standing behind you, looking over your shoulder and criticizing your writing out loud. 1. Copy the greats. Would you be able to write if someone Find an extract from a book or a sales let- was doing that? Of course not. That’s why ter that you think is persuasive writing and you need to switch your internal editor off, copy it. otherwise it’s as though he’s physically in By this I mean sit down and write it out the room with you. word-for-word. Do it several times and What you need to do is take a few deep look for other pieces of powerful and per- breaths to calm yourself before you start suasive writing and copy those out too. writing. Then begin. Just put your pen to Copying writing instead of only reading it your paper or your fingers to your keyboard will help you learn the secrets of powerful and get going. If you’re using a computer, and persuasive it’s sometimes best to turn off your screen Job Number: writers. 160018.1 JD Client: Publication: Size: Artist: Ad Delivery: Insertion Date(s): Color: Email Address: Confirmation:

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September 2013 so you can’t see what you’re writing. This will help you to keep going forwards instead of reading back over what you’ve already written. Don’t worry if you think you’re going wrong or you think your writing things in the wrong order. Just keep writing. And NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try and edit as you go along. Writing and editing are two totally separate jobs and should never be done together. If you think you’ve made a mistake, ignore it. You’ll pick it up later when you edit your work. The famous horror writer, Stephen King, calls this a “writing trance”. You just forget about everything around you and keep writing - no matter what - until you get to the end. Once you’ve finished all your writing and taken a break away from it for a few hours (or a few days), THEN it’s time to edit it, because you can now see your writing with “fresh” eyes. And you’ll be surprised at how good it actually is.

4. Use Bart Simpson as an Editor

In order for your writing to be powerful and persuasive, you have to convince your readers to see things your way. For instance, if you are writing a sales letter to try and get people to by a particular product, you have to convince them that they need it. You can do this two ways. You can persuade them by describing how bad their life/business is without this product. Or you can persuade them by describing the benefits of owning this product and how much better this will make their life business. Or you can use both ways. But first you have to keep their attention so

equal opportunity employment journal that they’ll keep reading long enough to see everything you are trying to tell them. A simple way of doing this is by keeping Bart Simpson in your head. Young Bart is wellknown for being completely disinterested in anything that isn’t of personal benefit to him. So with every sentence you write imagine Bart

Writing and editing are two totally separate jobs and should never be done together. If you think you’ve made a mistake, ignore it. You’ll pick it up later when you edit your work. Simpson reading it and asking “So What?” “Who Cares?” “What’s In It For Me?” These are the exact questions your readers will be thinking, although probably more politely. So give reasons in every sentence as to why you’re making the statements that you are. Use words such as because, and, or. These will help you to give more explanations. So instead of writing something like “Follow these 6 steps and you can become a powerful and persuasive copywriter” you can think about the Bart Simpson questions, “So what? Who cares? What’s in it for me?”

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Then you can change the sentence to “Follow these 6 steps to becoming a powerful and persuasive copywriter and earn a 6-figure income working from anywhere in the world!” Now doesn’t that sound more tempting? Remember, people won’t buy or do something if it doesn’t benefit them in some way. So keep in mind that, like Bart, they ALWAYS want to know what’s in it for them.

5. D  on’t suggest things, COMMAND them.

The most powerful and persuasive writers never make suggestions to their readers - they use COMMANDS. They make bold statements that leave no room for compromise such as: “Don’t settle for second best” “Not to be missed” “Don’t delay. Buy it today” This is because once your readers are in a trace-like state while they are reading your sales letter or article, their minds become more open to persuasion. For the same reason, when a hypnotist is trying to put someone into a hypnotic state, they don’t say “Are you getting sleepy yet?” They command their subject to go to sleep by saying “You are getting sleepy.” Now I know you don’t want to hypnotize your readers, but you do want to influence their decisions, so use direct commands: “You don’t want to miss this” “This is the only product you need” “This is what you’ve been looking for”

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“Once someone becomes absorbed in reading your article or sales letter, the one thing that can break the trance is by their questions not being answered. Questions will come to their minds with every sentence they read. Your job as a persuasive copywriter is to anticipate these questions and answer them immediately. 6. Keep your writing interesting. is because using a number in a heading

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A Career As An Ornithologist


hen ornithologist Amanda Rodewald talks about tweets and angry birds, she’s not usually referring to social media and video games. She’s probably discussing science. “Birds have calls that they use when they’re agitated or to alarm others of danger,” says Amanda. “In fact, there’s been research showing that chickadee calls can actually communicate the size and type of a predator.” Ornithology is the branch of zoology related to birds. Some ornithologists study birds to find clues about how to protect the environment. For example, Amanda’s research focuses on the ways that human activity affects birds and their ecosystems, and her findings are useful for conservation and land management efforts.

What They Do

Ornithologists work in academia, federal and state agencies, wildlife and conservation organizations, and other institutions, such as the World Bank. They study birds in their natural habitats or in the laboratory. They also may write research reports and proposals for grants, teach classes, present research to the public, and have administrative duties related to these activities. Some ornithologists, like Amanda, do all these tasks. Research and writing. Many questions about ornithology are best answered by observing birds in the wild during fieldwork. Amanda and her students have done fieldwork in locations as remote as the Andes Mountains in South America and as nearby as the forests of southern Ohio and the Midwest.

Fieldwork usually involves surveying, or counting birds and monitoring their nests. “Fieldwork is where many ornithologists learn how to collect data for research.” Fieldwork usually involves surveying, or counting, birds and monitoring their nests. “Fieldwork is where many ornithologists learn how to collect data for research,” says Amanda. “For example, we’ll watch and record different species foraging to discover where and what they eat.” During fieldwork, ornithologists might also attach metal or plastic bands to a bird’s leg to help identify individual birds and aid with survival estimates.

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Outreach activities might include giving talks and making presentations to natural resources managers of government and other nonprofit organizations as well as to people in public interest groups, birdwatching clubs, and schools.

But not all ornithologists work outdoors. Much of the research that ornithologists do is in the lab. For example, feathers collected during fieldwork are analyzed in the lab for a variety of purposes, including genetic mapping. And some studies of migratory behavior or mate choice might involve observing birds in special cages. Ornithologists often write reports about their research or publish articles in scientific journals focused on biology, ecology, conservation, or wildlife management. And ornithologists who do research also write grant proposals to seek funding for specific research. Teaching and outreach In addition to educating people through writing about birds, ornithologists share their knowledge by teaching college courses. For

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example, Amanda will teach a course on conservationgy for Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources. But education is not limited to teaching college students. Outreach activities might include giving talks and making presentations to natural resources managers of government and other nonprofit organizations as well as to people in public interest groups, birdwatching clubs, and schools.


An ornithologist’s administrative tasks vary, depending on the job. Most of Amanda’s administrative duties are related to her work as director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Her responsibilities include program oversight and supervision, budgeting, and strategic planning.

How They Prepare

Ornithologists need an advanced degree for most jobs. But at every level of ornithology work, says Amanda, academic credentials alone aren’t enough. “Education is important,” she says, “but practical experience in the field or lab is critical.” Education Ornithologists may start out with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or some other life science.

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he mission of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut. Learn more about us at AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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Students also benefit from coursework in math and statistics, for deciphering the quantitative side of science; communications, to gain writing and speaking skills; and social science, for understanding how human behavior affects ecosystems. For most professional jobs, Amanda says, ornithologists need a master’s degree that includes a research thesis. Those who want to develop their own research projects, work in high-level management positions, or teach at a university usually need a Ph.D. in a discipline related to their work. Amanda’s degrees are in wildlife biology (bachelor’s), zoology (master’s) and ecology (Ph.D.). Experience Aspiring ornithologists can begin getting experience as early as high school by contacting local birdwatching clubs, becoming active in networks for young birdwatchers, and attending workshops to learn the basics of fieldwork. College students interested in ornithology should check job boards to find temporary positions; search online for internships, some of which may be paid; and volunteer on projects with ornithology, ecology, or wildlife organizations. The important thing, says Amanda, is to “get outside and get experience.”

What It’s Like

Getting outside is what first drew Amanda to ornithology. “I loved the outdoors and always had a curiosity about wildlife and ecology,” she says. Rewards and Challenges Fieldwork allows ornithologists to combine

their passions for studying nature and being outdoors. But that also means being out in all types of weather—sometimes, almost every day— if there are limited times during a season to observe a particular species. Also, there is travel to and from field locations and a variable work schedule that is far from standard. But because ornithologists love what they do, says Amanda, they don’t mind the unpredictable climate and hours. “So often when working outside in these beautiful field locations, surrounded by such fascinating birds, I can’t believe that I am actually paid to do this,” she says. Erratic financial support is a different story. “There’s a lot of uncertainty about funding, both for research and for education,” Amanda says. “That’s the worst part of the job.” Employment and wages. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not collect employment and wage data specifically on ornithologists. Instead, ornithologists are included among zoologists and wildlife biologists. In May 2012, BLS counted 18,650 zoologists and wildlife biologists; their median annual wage was $57,710. The American Ornithologists’ Union, citing data from the Ornithological Societies of North America, estimates that there are about 6,000 ornithologists employed in the United States. But it’s difficult to determine wages or a precise employment number, the organizations say, because of the overlap among scientists in related disciplines (such as ornithologists who also study mammals or forestry).

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For ornithologist Amanda Rodewald, fieldwork often includes capturing birds to band them. Passion Many bird enthusiasts throughout the United States enjoy learning more about these creatures. Employment estimates don’t count the large and growing segment of citizen scientists in ornithology: trained hobbyists, students, and volunteers who collect real data for science because of their interest in birds. “This is one area where amateurs can be exceptionally important,” Amanda says. Whether employed as ornithologists or doing fieldwork as citizen scientists, these nature enthusiasts share the same passion. “Our work is meaningful,” says Amanda. “We’re helping to conserve the world around us.” Article provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit

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Effective Communication

Improving Communication Skills in Business and Relationships What is effective communication?

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Effective communication helps us better understand a person or situation and enables us to resolve differences, build trust and respect, and create environments where creative ideas, problem solving, affection, and caring can flourish. As simple as communication seems, much of what we try to communicate to others—and what others try to communicate to us—gets misunderstood, which can cause conflict and frustration in personal and professional relationships. By learning these effective communication skills, you can better connect with your spouse, kids, friends, and coworkers. In the information age, we have to send, receive, and process huge numbers of messages every day. But effective communication is about more than just exchanging information; it’s also about understanding the emotion behind the information. Effective communication can improve relationships at home, work, and in social

situations by deepening your connections to others and improving teamwork, decision-making, and problem solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust. Effective communication combines a set of skills including nonverbal communication, attentive listening, the ability to manage stress in the moment, and the capacity to recognize and understand your own emotions and those of the person you’re communicating with. While effective communication is a learned skill, it is more effective when it’s spontaneous rather than formulaic. A speech that is read, for example, rarely has the same impact as a speech that’s delivered (or appears to be delivered) spontaneously. Of course, it takes time and effort to develop these skills and become an effective communicator. The more effort and practice you put in, the more instinctive and spontaneous your communication skills will become.

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Effective communication skills #1: Listening

Listening is one of the most important aspects of effective communication. Successful listening means not just understanding the words or the information being communicated, but also understanding how the speaker feels about what they’re communicating. Effective listening can: Make the speaker feel heard and understood, which can help build a stronger, deeper connection between you. Create an environment where everyone feels safe to express ideas, opinions, and feelings, or plan and problem solve in creative ways. Save time by helping clarify information, avoid conflicts and misunderstandings. Relieve negative emotions. When emotions are running high, if the speaker feels that he or she has been truly heard, it can help to calm them down, relieve negative feelings, and allow for real understanding or problem solving to begin.

Effective communication skills #2: Nonverbal communication

When we communicate things that we care about, we do so mainly using nonverbal signals. Wordless communication, or body language, includes facial expressions, body movement and gestures, eye contact, posture, the tone of your voice, and even your muscle tension and breathing. The way you look, listen, move, and react to another person tells them more about how you’re feeling than words alone ever can. Developing the ability to understand and use nonverbal communication can help you connect with others, express what you really mean, navigate challenging situations, and build better relationships at home and work. You can enhance effective communication by using open body language—arms uncrossed, standing with an open stance or sitting on the edge of your seat, and maintaining eye contact with the person you’re talking to. You can also use body language to emphasize or enhance your verbal message—patting a friend on the back while complimenting him on his success, for example, or pounding your fists to underline your message.

Tips for improving how you read nonverbal communication

Practice observing people in public places, such as a shopping mall, bus, train, café, restaurant, or even on a television talk show with the sound muted. Observing how others use body language can teach you how to better receive and use nonverbal signals when conversing with others. Notice how people act and react to each other. Try to guess what their relationship is, what they’re talking about, and how each feels about what is being said. Be aware of individual differences. People from different countries and cultures tend to use different nonverbal communication gestures, so it’s important to take age, culture, religion, gender, and emotional state into account when reading body language signals. An American teen, a grieving widow, and an Asian businessman, for example, are likely to use nonverbal signals differently. Look at nonverbal communication signals as a group. Don’t read too much into a single gesture or nonverbal cue. Consider all of the nonverbal signals you receive, from eye contact to tone of voice to body language. Anyone can slip up occasionally and let eye contact slip, for example, or briefly cross their arms without meaning to. Consider the signals as a whole to get a better “read” on a person.

Tips for improving how to deliver nonverbal communication

Use nonverbal signals that match up with your words. Nonverbal communication should reinforce what is being said, not contradict it. If you say one thing, but your body language says something else, your listener will likely feel you’re being dishonest. For example, you can’t say “yes” while shaking your head no. Adjust your nonverbal signals according to the context. The tone of your voice, for example, should be different when you’re addressing a child than when you’re addressing a group of adults. Similarly, take into account the emotional state and cultural background of the person you’re interacting with. Use body language to convey positive feelings even when you’re not actually experiencing them. If you’re nervous about a situation—a job interview, important presentation, or first date, for example—you can use positive body language to signal confidence, even though you’re not feeling it. Instead of tentatively entering a room with your head down, eyes averted, and sliding into a chair, try standing tall with your shoulders back, smiling and maintaining eye contact, and delivering a firm handshake. It will make you feel more self-confident and help to put the other person at ease. Article provided by, a trusted non-profit resource.

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office protects persons and property by providing public safety services while promoting community involvement, stability and order through service, assistance, and visibility, with emphasis on integrity, fairness and professionalism. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability, in employment or in providing services.

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Projected job openings in occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree


hich occupations are expected to have the most jobs for college graduates? U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment projections shed light on occupations likely to have many opportunities for jobseekers who have a degree. BLS has classified more than 150 occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree for entry. Between 2010 and 2020, these occupations are projected to have more than 8.5 million job openings. Occupations related to three groups—business, education, and computer science—account for many of these jobs. Keep reading to learn more about prospects for moving from college to career. The first section describes unemployment and earnings by college major. The second section talks about projected job openings in occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree. The third section explains how to use this information to plan a career. And the final section gives sources for exploring further.

Unemployment and Earnings by College Major

People with a bachelor’s degree have a lower unemployment rate and earn more money than people who have less education, BLS data show. But your choice of college major can influence your employment options and earnings—and, sometimes, your ability to get a job. Unemployment rates of recent college graduates vary by field, National Center for Education Statistics data from 2009 show. One year after graduation, 2007–08 bachelor’s degree recipients in business, the most popular field of study, had an unemployment rate of about 9 percent. And unemployment among humanities and social science majors was almost 13 percent, more than twice the rate of their counterparts who majored in education or computer science and mathematics. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, class of 2012 engineering graduates had the highest average annual starting salaries, at $62,655. Humanities and social sciences graduates had average annual starting salaries that were more than $25,000 less than that. To enter some occupations, you typically need a bachelor’s degree in a specific field. Engineers, for example, usually need a degree in engineering. For others, employers may be willing to hire people from a variety of college majors. But having taken courses related to your occupations of interest is often helpful when looking for jobs.

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People with a bachelor’s degree have a lower unemployment rate and earn more money than people who have less education, BLS data show. But your choice of college major can influence your employment options and earnings—and, sometimes, your ability to get a job. Projected Job Openings in Bachelor’s Degree Occupations

How can you identify which occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree are projected to have many job openings in the future? BLS classifies occupations into several education and training categories. Each occupation is assigned to the education, on-the-job training, and work experience categories that best describe a typical path for workers who want to enter the occupation.

Job Openings

BLS economists project the number of job openings in an occupation by estimating the jobs expected to be available over 10 years, the most recent

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being between 2010 and 2020. The estimates reflect the total number of job openings expected in an occupation over the decade. Projected openings include all jobs expected to be available in the occupation, stemming from both the need to replace workers who leave an occupation permanently and the creation of new jobs.


A median wage means that half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount, and half earned less. Recent college graduates and other entrylevel workers should expect to earn less than the median wage. Whether an occupation is considered to have a high or low wage depends on how it compares with the May 2012 median annual wage of $34,750 for all wage and salary workers.

On-the-job Training

To enter some occupations, prospective workers first must have held a job in a related occupation. For example, art directors typically must have worked as a graphic designer, copy editor, or similar occupation before being eligible for entry-level art director jobs.

The training is occupation-specific, not job-specific, meaning that the skills learned can be transferred to another job in the same occupation. And it includes technical training that workers receive after being hired. Short-term on-the-job training lasts 1 month or less, moderate-term on-the-job training lasts between 1 and 12 months, and long-term on-the-job training lasts more than a year. Required internships or residencies, which generally involve supervised training in a professional setting, are also included in the category of on-the-job training.

Work experience

To enter some occupations, prospective workers first must have held a job in a related occupation. For example, art directors typically must have worked as a graphic designer, copy editor, or similar occupation before being eligible for entry-level art director jobs.

Occupation groups

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The occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree are grouped into eight career fields. These fields are discussed in order of most projected job openings to least projected job openings for the occupations in each: • Business, financial operations, and sales • Education, training, and library


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• Computer science and math • Arts, media, and related • Architecture and engineering • Healthcare and community and social service • Life, physical, and social science, and • Other Some of these career fields are associated with specific college majors. A marketing major, for example, might consider occupations in business, financial operations, or sales. An English major might be interested in arts, media, and related occupations. And a social work major might find a good fit with healthcare or community and social service occupations. These groupings by career field are based roughly on the occupation groups used in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).

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Business, Financial Operations and Sales

People in business, financial operations, and sales occupations usually like working with numbers or people or both. They have good organizational and analytical skills, which they use in decisionmaking and planning. And they are often detail oriented. Accountants and auditors and management analysts are projected to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. For business, financial operations, and sales occupations, the median annual wages in 2012 ranged from $39,420 for credit counselors to $91,830 for sales engineers. In many of these occupations, college graduates typically can qualify for—and be competent in—entry-level jobs with a bachelor’s degree and no additional on-the-job training or work experience. Examples are financial analysts, cost estimators, and training and development specialists. Graduates usually need additional training or experience. Sales representatives, for example, often need moderate-term on-the-job training to become competent in the occupation. And meeting, convention, and event planners often need some hotel or planning experience.

Education, Training, and Library

Workers in these occupations usually enjoy interacting with people. Most have good communication and instructional skills. Patience, critical thinking ability, and creativity are also important for some jobs. Elementary and secondary school teachers are the occupations projected to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. (Both totals exclude special education teachers, and secondary school teachers also does not include career or technical education teachers.) Median annual wages in May 2012 ranged from $38,220 for museum technicians and conservators to $56,830 for secondary school special education teachers. Public school teachers must be licensed by the state in which they work. Licensure requirements vary, but supervised teaching experience (classified by BLS as an internship/residency) is usually required. Prospective teachers often complete this requirement, commonly known as student teaching, while earning a degree. In some education, training, and library occupations, entry-level workers typically need experience in a related occupation. Career and technical education teachers, for example, typically need 1 to 5 years of experience in the field in which they teach, so many of these teachers have had careers in business, computer science, or engineering. Computer science and math. BLS projects have about 1.1 million job openings between 2010 and 2020. Most of the occupations are related to computer and information technology. People well suited for computer science and math occupations usually like analyzing and solving problems. Most have good technical ability and a strong grasp of mathematics. They also usually are detail oriented. Communication skills are important for some jobs in this group. Between 2010 and 2020, computer systems analysts and applications software developers are projected to have the most job openings . In May 2012, median annual wages for occupations in this group ranged from $62,500 for Web developers to $99,000 for systems software developers. Actuaries typically require on-the-job training. These workers must pass a series of exams to become fully competent in the occupation; many people take these exams while working as trainees in the occupation. BLS classifies this preparation as long-term on-the-job training. Prospective workers usually need experience to get an entry-level job. Database administrators, for example, typically have 1 to 5 years of experience in a related occupation such as financial analyst, market research analyst, or operations research analyst. And computer network architects

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Prospective architects usually must have at least 3 years of training before they are eligible to take the licensing exam that is required to work in the occupation. Most people meet this training requirement through an internship at an architectural firm after earning their degree.

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usually have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or a similar field. Arts, media, and related. BLS projects about 623,000 job openings in these fields between 2010 and 2020. This group includes arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations. Workers in these occupations are generally creative and enjoy interacting with people or developing ideas. Jobs may require artistic or musical ability. Good communication skills are important for some occupations in this group. Others jobs typically need technical or computer skills. People interested in arts, media, and related occupations often forge their own career path by working for themselves. Writers and authors, music directors and composers, and interior designers are among the occupations with a high percentage of selfemployed workers, according to BLS. Graphic designers and public relations specialists are projected to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. In May 2012, median annual wages for the occupations in this group ranged from $28,020 for radio and television announcers to $80,880 for art directors. On-the-job training is important for some of the occupations, including writers and authors, interpreters and translators, and multimedia artists and animators. For example, an entry-level public relations specialist might learn on the job by helping experienced staff members assemble information for speeches, news releases, or articles. These specialists may work in this role for 1 to 12 months before being assigned to write the products independently. Some occupations typically require 1 to 5 years of experience in a related occupation in addition to a bachelor’s degree. Producers, for example, might have experience as a business manager, assistant producer, or director.

Architecture and Engineering.

From 2010 to 2020, about 570,000 job openings are projected for those interested in architecture and engineering. People who pursue these occupations usually like math, analysis, and problem-solving. Communication, project management, creative, and technical skills are also valued in some engineering or architecture occupations. Mechanical ability and visualization skills may be required too. Civil and mechanical engineers are projected to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. In May 2012, median annual wages for the occupations in this group ranged from $56,230 for surveyors to $130,280 for petroleum engineers. Prospective architects usually must have at least 3 years of training before they are eligible to take the licensing exam that is required to work in the occupation. Most people meet this training requirement through an internship at an architectural firm after earning their degree, although college internships may also count toward the required time. Some engineers, such as those who sell their services directly to the public, need a license. However, people don’t typically need on-the-job training or work experience to be competent in, or to get entry-level jobs in, engineering occupations.

Healthcare, Community and Social Service

These occupations are projected to have about 533,000 job openings between 2010 and 2020. People who do these jobs usually enjoy helping others. They need good communication and interpersonal skills. And some jobs require workers to have attributes such as critical thinking, problem-solving, as well as decision-making abilities.

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Child, family, and school social workers and clergy are the occupations that BLS projects to have the most job openings from 2010 to 2020. In May 2012, median annual wages for the occupations ranged from $37,280 for religious activities and education directors to $66,790 for occupational health and safety specialists. For some occupations, on-the-job training is required. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, for example, often must complete a training program offered by their state government or the federal government and then pass a certification test. Dietitians and nutritionists typically need to complete an internship, which involves several hundred hours of supervised training; many states also require that these workers are licensed.

Life, Physical and Social Science

About 193,000 job openings are projected for the occupations in this area between 2010 and 2020. Most of these projected job openings are in the life and physical sciences. People in these occupations usually like researching and solving problems. They need good critical-thinking ability. Communication skills, the ability to work well as part of a team, and an aptitude for math or technical subjects are also helpful. BLS projects environmental scientists and specialists, including health scientists, and biological technicians to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. Wages for the occupations ranged from $39,750 for biological technicians to $91,860 for economists in May 2012. A bachelor’s degree is usually enough preparation for entry-level jobs in these occupations. An exception is forensic science technicians, who typically also need moderate-term on-the-job training.

Before choosing a college major or thinking about a career, learn about occupations that interest you and identify the types of education and training commonly required. Talking to a career counselor and researching occupations are also helpful. Other occupations. BLS projects about 197,000 additional job openings between 2010 and 2020. These diverse occupations include workers from farming, fishing, and forestry; legal, office and administrative support; personal care and service; and transportation occupation groups. Necessary skills for these workers vary. Attention to detail is important for proofreaders, for example, but ship engineers need mechanical ability. Recreation workers and airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers are projected to have the most job openings between 2010 and 2020. In May 2912, median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $22,240 for recreation workers to $114,200 for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. More than half of the occupations in this area typically require moderateterm on-the-job training. Some of these occupations also may require experience in a related occupation. Airline pilots, for example, typically receive 6 to 8 weeks of ground school training and additional flight time from their employers after being hired. In addition, all pilots who are paid to transport passengers or cargo need a commercial pilot’s license and an instrument rating. These workers also typically need flight experience, such as that gained by flying planes in the military or having worked as a commercial pilot.

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How to use This Information in Career Planning

There are many things to consider when choosing a career. In addition to data—such as unemployment rates and projections of job openings— you should also take into account your interests and abilities, what workers in an occupation do, and more. The projections data in this article provide information about future job openings. But for most occupations, many factors influence the job market and a college graduate’s ability to get a job in it. If you complete an internship while in school, for example, you may have an advantage over jobseekers who did not. Also keep in mind that people with a bachelor’s degree can work in occupations other than those shown here. This analysis looks only at

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occupations that BLS classifies as typically requiring a bachelor’s degree for entry. Other occupations aren’t discussed because they are classified as typically needing another level of education, such as an associate’s or doctoral degree. BLS assigns occupations to education and training categories based on what economists in the Occupational Employment Projections program determine is a typical path for people to take to enter an occupation. However, many occupations have multiple paths to entry. For example, registered nurses often have a bachelor’s degree, and BLS projects more than 700,000 job openings between 2010 and 2020 for registered nurses. But BLS classifies this occupation as typically requiring an associate’s degree, because analysts have determined an associate’s degree to be the minimal requirement for entry-level jobs. After they are hired, many registered nurses complete additional levels of education. Jobseekers with a bachelor’s degree may apply for entry-level jobs, even if applicants do not typically need more than an associate’s degree, and some employers may prefer to hire candidates who have more education than what is typical. Before choosing a college major or thinking about a career, learn about occupations that interest you and identify the types of education and training commonly required. Talking to a career counselor and researching occupations are also helpful.

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The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is published by BLS and has lots of information about careers. Search hundreds of occupations based on entry-level education, projected number of jobs, wages, and more at Find the latest employment and wage data from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program at The education and training page on the BLS employment projections website, system.htm, has detailed information about the education and training categories presented in this article. The Occupational Outlook Quarterly also has several articles related to education and training: • “Paying for college: Strategies to afford higher education today,” in the spring 2013 issue, online at ooq/2013/spring/art01.pdf • “Certificates: A fast track to careers,” in the winter 2012–13 issue, online at • “High wages after high school—without a bachelor’s degree,” in the summer 2012 issue, online at ooq/2012/summer/art03.pdf • “Paving the occupational path: A new system for assigning education and training,” in the fall 2011 issue, online at Article provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit

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like that I can have a full-time job and pay my mortgage while going to school,” says chef’s apprentice Brian Schmitt of Davenport, Iowa. “And I like that my job is directly applicable to the work that I want to do.” Many people work and learn at the same time. But in addition to getting a paycheck, apprentices like Schmitt are also getting a career boost: their on-the-job experience and technical instruction are part of a formal program to help them master an occupation. Formal apprenticeship programs connect jobseekers who want to learn new skills with employers who want to train workers in jobs that use those skills. Most programs last about 4 years, although some take as little as 1 year and others as long as 6 years. At the end of a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices get a nationally recognized certificate of completion as proof of their skills. But it’s not always easy to find apprenticeship programs. It helps to know where to look—and what to look for. This article is an overview of registered apprenticeships. The first section explains what apprenticeship programs are, some of the occupations they prepare you for, and what advantages they offer. The second section describes how to find, choose, and apply for an apprenticeship. The third section helps you plan for success. The fourth section has sources for more information. Testimonials from apprentices appear throughout the article.

About apprenticeships

Whether you’re new to the labor force, changing careers, or just looking to expand your skills, there might be an apprenticeship that appeals to you. People start apprenticeships at almost any age, but many apprenticeship sponsors require participants to be at least 18. Although many apprentices have a high school diploma or equivalent, others have more or less education than that. And about 7 percent of active registered apprentices nationwide in 2012 were veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Most formal apprenticeship programs are registered with DOL. These programs prepare workers for occupations in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and healthcare. The opportunity to earn money, train for an occupation, and build a career foundation are just some of the benefits.

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Apprenticeable Occupations

In 2012, DOL counted more than 250 occupations with registered apprentices. Apprenticeship isn’t the only way to prepare for many of these occupations, but it’s often a popular way. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), apprenticeship is a typical entry path for 15 occupations: • Boilermakers • Brickmasons and blockmasons • Carpenters • Electricians • Elevator installers and repairers • Funeral directors • Glaziers • Mechanical insulation workers • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters • Real estate appraisers and assessors • Reinforcing iron and rebar workers • Sheet metal workers • Stonemasons

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Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by individual employers, employer associations, and labor unions. Sponsors pay wages, which often start out at about half those of a fully qualified worker.

Registered apprenticeships must meet certain guidelines set by DOL. People who complete these programs receive a nationally recognized certificate of completion, either from DOL or from an approved state agency. According to DOL, there were more than 358,000 registered apprentices in more than 21,000 apprenticeship programs in 2012. The actual number of apprenticeships may be higher, however, because DOL and state apprenticeship agencies do not oversee all programs. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by individual employers, employer associations, and labor unions. Sponsors pay wages, which often start out at about half those of a fully qualified worker. Wages increase as registered apprentices advance in the occupation. For most programs, apprentices must complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and at least 144 hours of related technical instruction each year. Apprentices usually work fulltime, under the direction of experienced workers, to meet training requirements. Many apprentices receive their technical instruction by attending classes at an apprenticeship training center, technical school, or community college. Apprentices may go to class 1 or 2 days a week, either before or after work, or go to school full-time for several weeks each year. Frequently, sponsors pay for this technical instruction.

September 2013 • Structural iron and steel workers • Terrazzo workers and finishers Descriptions of some apprenticeship career areas are listed below, along with examples of occupations categorized in ­ each area and typical length of apprenticeship program for each. For apprenticeships that do not match a title in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) manual, a SOC title is given in parentheses. Career areas and occupations are arranged roughly in order of the number of registered apprentices in 2012. Construction. Construction workers build and repair homes, office buildings, and other structures. Common construction apprenticeships include: • Electricians, 4 years • Carpenters, 4 years • Plumbers, 3 or 4 years • Construction craft laborers, 2 years • Pipefitters, 4 or 5 years. Installation, maintenance, and repair. Workers in this group install and fix goods and equipment. Apprenticeable occupations in this group include: • Millwrights, 3 or 4 years • Line repairers and maintainers (Line installers and repairers), 3 or 4 years • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, 3 years • Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers, 3 yrs. • Automobile mechanics (Automotive service technicians and mechanics), 4 years. Production. These workers operate machines and equipment to manufacture goods. Occupations with apprentices include: • Machinists, 3 or 4 years • Machine operators (Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic), 1 year • Tool and die makers, 4 years • Welders, 3 years • Cabinetmakers, 4 years. Food, personal care, or child care. Workers in this group make food or provide personal care or services to the public. Apprenticeable occupations include: • Cooks, 2 or 3 years • Bakers, 3 years • Childcare development specialists (Childcare workers), 2 years • Barbers, 1 year • Animal trainers, 2 years Potective service. By providing a range of services in their communities, these workers help to keep people safe. Occupations with apprentices include: • Correctional officers, 1 year • Wildland firefighter specialists (Forest firefighters), 2 years • Firefighters, 3 years • Police officers, 2 years • Paramedics, 2 years. Healthcare. Workers in this group help to administer care in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing facilities, and other settings. Healthcare occupations that offer apprenticeships include:

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• Pharmacy support staff (Pharmacy technicians), 1 year • Nursing assistants, 1 year • Long-term care nurse managers (Medical and health services managers), 1 year • Dental assistants, 1 year • Home health aides, 1 year. Architecture, engineering, or computers. These workers use specialized knowledge to design or work with concepts, systems, or structures. Occupations with apprentices include: • Mine inspectors (Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers), 4 years • Electromechanical technicians, 3 years • Computer programmers, 2 years • Utilities instrument technicians (Electronics engineering technicians), 4 years • Computer operators, 3 years. Other. People apprentice in a wide range of other occupations. These include: • Heavy truck drivers, 1 year • Administrative services managers, 2 yrs. • Landscape technicians (Landscaping and groundskeeping workers), 2 years • Decorators (Merchandise displayers and window trimmers), 4 years • Tree trimmers, 2 years.

Advantages of An Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship programs have many advantages, including a paycheck, hands-on training, technical

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“I did a pre-apprenticeship program called Building Pathways. It was a brilliant program. If it weren’t for that program, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That program gave me an opportunity to get a taste for every trade that was out there, and at the end I got to pick which ones I liked best. It also gave me an idea of what to expect with the union and with an apprenticeship. The people at the pre-apprenticeship also helped me get references and fill out applications. I wanted to be a sheet metal apprentice, and I was lucky because they were taking people in. Building Pathways was a preapprenticeship program for low-income housing authority residents. I was out of work, saw the flyer in my building, and took a chance. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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instruction—which is often free—and a solid start to a career. A paycheck. Apprentices start earning money right away, which is a big draw for many who choose this type of career preparation. In addition to wages, some apprentices are eligible for health insurance or other employee benefits. Apprentices usually make at least minimum wage. As apprentices’ skills progress, their wages typically increase. “You’re going to start off pretty low on the salary scale because you’re preparing for a trade that takes a long time to learn,” says Drew Haigh, a moldmaker apprentice in San Dimas, California. “You’ll make your money over time.” According to DOL, the average wage for a journey-level, or fully qualified, worker who completed an apprenticeship in 2012 was $24.77 an hour, or $51,522 a year. And a 2012 DOL-sponsored report by Mathematica Policy Research found that people who completed their apprenticeships have higher average lifetime earnings than those who did not. But even before they earn journey-level wages, some apprentices say that their starting wage is an improvement over what they had been making. For example, Tyrell Ellis earns about $17 an hour in his first year as a sheet metal worker apprentice in Mattapan, Massachusetts. “Before the apprenticeship I was making $10 an hour, working all kinds of hours,” says Ellis. “I would have to work nonstop every day to make what I make now. Hands-on training. While on the job, apprentices learn practical skills from experienced workers. Having worked under many mentors has helped Dan Glass to develop a wide range of skills. “You learn something different from everyone,” says Glass, a third year outside lineman (power line installer and repairer) apprentice in Delta Junction, Alaska. By the end of their apprenticeship, people usually have had experience with all of the major aspects of their occupation. “It’s an effective way to learn,” says Schmitt. He adds

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that because apprentices get their skills on the job, they don’t face the same learning curve that many inexperienced workers do when they begin a new job. Technical instruction. Apprentices receive related technical instruction that they use on the job. “When you go to work the next day, you get to apply what you’ve learned,” says Monique Gerard, who recently finished a steamfitter apprenticeship in Peoria, Illinois. “You really get to hone your skills.” Apprentices’ technical instruction is usually provided by people who work in the industry, and their sponsor frequently pays. Completed classes may count toward certification or licensure requirements, which help boost apprentices’ credentials and are sometimes necessary to work in an occupation. Some apprentices earn college credits or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree during their program. And apprentices often appreciate how much they gain from the instruction. “I’ve learned so much in my class this past year that it’s really amazing,” says Bob Solden, in his first year of a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinist apprenticeship in Petaluma, California. “I feel like I’m gaining so much knowledge.” Build a career foundation. At the end of their programs, apprentices earn a certificate of completion, issued by DOL or a state apprenticeship agency. This certificate is recognized by employers around the country. Because apprentices’ credentials are widely accepted, people who have finished an apprenticeship program frequently haveincreased occupational mobility. “It puts you in a position where you can go anywhere in the United States and get a job in a short amount of time at a decent wage, rather than having to start out at the entry level,” says Schmitt. During the course of an apprenticeship program, apprentices are encouraged to make contacts in their industry. This networking may help them get a job when they reach journey-level status. Some apprentices finish the program and then start a career with the same employer who sponsored them.

Getting An Apprenticeship

Getting an apprenticeship is similar to getting a job: you need to find a program, apply for an opening, and qualify for selection.

Finding Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships involve commitment, so you’ll need to find and choose a program that’s right for you. Search for programs. You can look for apprenticeship openings in a variety of ways. State apprenticeship agencies are often a good resource and usually keep lists of apprenticeships. Another way to identify apprenticeship programs is to visit an American Job Center. You might also search for apprenticeships advertised in a newspaper or online. Or you can contact a local union or other apprenticeship sponsor directly to ask about opportunities. DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship website provides contact information for all of the sponsors in the registered apprenticeship database, searchable by state and county. In addition, community colleges and other schools sometimes post openings for available apprenticeships, which may be offered as part of an educational program. Some workers approach their employer about creating an apprenticeship position in a job they already have. To find apprenticeships by occupation, visit DOL’s My Next Move website at Special programs. Some programs are designed for specific groups. For example, school-to-apprenticeship programs allow high schoolers in some states to get started in an apprenticeship while they are students. Apprenticeships for active-duty service members provide training in some military occupations. And some correctional institutions offer programs for inmates. Preapprenticeship programs are another option. These programs help people qualify and prepare for apprenticeships. Participants might learn about career options and what an apprenticeship involves, for example, while they develop occupational skills. Choosing a program. Apprenticeships vary in their schedules, pay, costs, technical instruction, and other details. Costs, for example, might include application fees, union dues, school tuition, books, and tools or other equipment, such as safety boots or uniforms. Before you choose a program, it is important to learn about the occupation you’re interested in. Talk to people in the occupation or tour a jobsite to get a better sense of the work culture and tasks.

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• Apprentice: Monique Gerard (Peoria, Illinois) • Occupation: Steamfitter • Sponsor/program: Union, joint training organization • Status: Completed a 5-year program in September 2012

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Gerard didn’t really know what steamfitters did until she asked someone about the basics of the work. After learning more about it, she decided to apply—and is glad she did. “I’ve never been happier in any job in my life,” Gerard says. “The skilled trades are fantastic to get into. I am doing something productive and important.”

Application and Selection

To get an apprenticeship, you must first apply for one. Apprentices are typically chosen through a competitive process, which often involves interviews, rankings, and other factors. Applying. Apprenticeship requirements vary by sponsor and program. For many programs, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You might also need to have completed certain classes in school or to pass an aptitude test in subjects such as math, physics, and reading comprehension. Related work experience is sometimes necessary. And some programs require drug tests or a phys-

ical exam to verify that you are able to do key tasks in the occupation. When you apply for an apprenticeship program, you may need to pay a fee of about $20 to $45 and submit other material. This supplemental material might include written recommendations, school transcripts, and proof of identification, such as a birth certificate or driver’s license. Interviews. Applicants who meet the initial requirements usually have one or more interviews with their prospective sponsor. Interviewers want to know more about your qualifications, that you’ll be reliable, and whether you are really interested in doing the work. Prepare for an apprenticeship interview as you would for a job interview: dress nicely, think about how you will answer common interview questions, and be ready to discuss your work-related skills and interests. In addition, sponsors usually want to know that you understand the work involved in the occupation you will train for. “Before they invested in me, they wanted to make sure I was completely devoted to it,” says

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Haigh. “You have to be really committed to want to do a 4-year apprenticeship.” Rankings. Qualified apprenticeship applicants are often ranked on factors such as aptitude test results, interview performance, education, and work experience. As sponsors need apprentices, the most competitive applicants—those with the highest rankings—are chosen first. Applicants with lower rankings might need to wait until there’s another opening. The wait may last several weeks to several years. Gerard, for example, had to wait for 6 months before being contacted about an opening. Sometimes, people apply for an apprenticeship more than once. Networking. For apprenticeship applicants, like for jobseekers, networking can be beneficial. It allows you to meet people in the occupations you might be apprenticing for and helps you to learn more about a program. Applicants might also gain a better sense of what to expect in an apprenticeship. In addition, your networking contacts may recommend you to sponsors. “Definitely make connections, because that’s a big part of the application and selection process,” says Shamir Turner, a sheet metal worker apprentice from Somerville, Massachusetts. “I’m not sure I would have gotten into my apprenticeship program if I hadn’t known someone who could vouch for me.

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• Apprentice: Brian Schmitt (Davenport, Iowa) • Occupation: Chef • Sponsor/program: Individual employers, community college, regional apprenticeship program • Status: Final year of a 3-year program

“I retired from an outside sales career that I was in for about 20 years. It was good money, but I wanted to do something that I enjoyed. In my program, you get a 2-year associate’s degree from a college. Because it’s an apprenticeship program, you receive your journey-level card from the U.S. Department of Labor. Part of the curriculum is a practicum class each semester, including summers. The practicums are like a fulltime job. Most classes are on Monday, with a 3-hour class in the morning and a 3-hour class in the evening, and then you have the rest of the week off to work in the field. It’s up to the students to choose where they work. You get jobs on your own merit, through interviews and applications. You earn the same wage as anyone hired to do the job. There are about 90 to 100 local restaurants in our area, and they are categorized as entry-level, intermediate, or advanced, based on how much experience you’ll get at them. You learn classical training in school, but at the end of the day, there are shortcuts, things that you learn on the job that you won’t learn in school.”

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Plan for Success

Those who are in or have completed apprenticeships have a few pointers to help prospective apprentices succeed. For example, Schmitt says that apprentices should remember that they are entrylevel workers. “Set your expectations realistically,” he says. “Be willing to pay your dues for a few years, and don’t get discouraged if you’re not running the show.” Ellis agrees. “Expect to be the lowest one on the totem pole and to do whatever is asked of you, even if it’s just getting coffee,” he says. Others who’ve succeeded encourage apprentices to take advantage of any additional training or certification programs offered to them. Apprentices should also to try to learn as much as they can from their mentors about different aspects of the work. “What you get out of it,” says Schmitt, “is what you put into it.”

For More Information

To research occupations you might be interested in, use the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), available at The OOH describes what workers do, ways to enter an occupation, pay, and more information for hundreds of occupations. DOL’s registered apprenticeship site has a variety of resources, including more information on what apprenticeships are and how to get them, at For example, the DOL site provides: • State apprenticeship agency and related information at • Detailed contact information for apprenticeship sponsors by state and county at http:// • Pathways to Success, an online tool that allows you to search for many apprenticeship opportunities, preapprenticeship programs, and community college partners by state or zip code at To search for apprenticeship openings by occupation, or to learn more about an occupation and its apprenticeship options, visit My Next Move at On an occupation’s profile page, click the “Find Jobs” link under the “Job Outlook” section. Then, select a state to get job listings from the mySkills myFuture website or to find state and national job banks, many of which include apprenticeship openings. You can also click the “Registered Apprenticeship” link in the “Education” section on a job page and select a state to learn more about its apprenticeship programs, sponsors, and agency contact information. Learn more about the United Services Military Apprenticeship program at For a full list of apprenticeable occupations, go to DOL’s CareerOneStop website has links to resources, including to apprenticeship information, for jobseekers and others interested in careers. Visit educationtraining/find/apprenticeshipoffices.aspx. American Job Centers also provide resources for jobseekers and might be a source of information about apprenticeships opportunities. To find a center near you, go to www.

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“Be willing to pay your dues for a few years, and don’t get discouraged if you’re not running the show.” Unions and trade organizations are often a good source of information about apprenticeships. Among the many organizations that have apprenticeship information are local chapters of the following: • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the plumbing and pipefitting industry (for plumbers, fitters, welders, and HVAC service technicians), • United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Article provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit

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