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"BIG DATA" JOBS
Work in the rapidly evolving data analysis field requires training in computers, statistics and a content field such as engineering, health or economics along with problems solving, communications, teamwork and curiosity skills. (Occupational Outlook Quarterly Fall 2013)
Smart Grid Workers in Demand
National implementation of a greatly improved electrical distribution system is increasing demand for well paying power industry jobs as electrical engineers and technicians; power line, substation and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers; power plant operators and dispatchers; electricians and meter readers. (Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Fall 2013).
OLDER WORKERS DELAY RETIREMENT
Citing financial, job satisfaction, and longevity factors, over 80% of Americans over 50 expect to continue working after "normal" retirement age according to a respected poll. Workers 55 and over are forecast to be a quarter of the labor force by 2020. (AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, October 14, 2013)
Automation Rapidly Expanding – Which Jobs Affected?
The latest industry impacted is logistics, with storage and shipping now handled by computers and robots. Future affected occupations will be those that use steps or models, regardless of the worker's level of education. Those less likely affected require creative analytical or intuitive work that solve problems, work with new information or do non-routine manual tasks. (Time Magazine September 9, 2013)
GREEN ENERGY JOBS GEOGRAPHICALLY CONCENTRATED
Significant numbers of the 11,400 solar photovoltaic installers and wind energy turbine technicians are found in just a few states led by California and Texas followed by Tennessee, Colorado, New York, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Florida according to a recent analysis which includes an employment and wage table for every state (EMSI article August 13, 2013).
AUTOMATED TRUCK DRIVING
The first self directed trucks are now operational in what may be a 20 year process to fully automate the industry. If cost and safety issues can be solved many of the 6 million drivers will need to substantially change job duties or move to other careers. (Wall Street Journal July 24, 2013)
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND IT SPECIALISTS IN HIGH DEMAND
Automotive manufacturers are having difficulty finding graduates and professionals with special electronic and digital skills. They are working with high schools on STEM programs to address long term needs (USA Today, July 24, 2013)
MBA HIRING UP IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES
Business schools report increased employer recruiting, particularly in technology, energy, consumer goods and new start up companies. Government and financial sectors hiring remains weak. [Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2013]
COMPUTER NETWORK AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS
Continuing in demand with projected fast growth through 2020 is the computer network and system adminstrators careers. A BA in computer science is the typical education with hands-on experience starting in school. An interview with a web operations engineer is featured in the latest BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly. (OOQ spring 2013).
New Manufacturing Automation Changing Skills Needs
The potential of rapidly advancing 3D manufacturing to customize production while reducing labor and storage needs could lead to less assembly line, warehouse and transportation workers while increasing the need for highly skilled computer analysts and artisans. (Business Week, May 16,2013)
College Graduates Employment Continues Favorably
Even through the recession, unemployment rates for college graduates have remained relatively low while the financial return on a degree high. However, graduates are being increasingly employed in lower skilled jobs not usually requiring a college degree. [New York Times, May 4, 2013]
"BIG DATA" JOBS
Work in the rapidly evolving data analysis field requires training in computers, statistics and a content field such as engineering, health or economics along with problems solving, communications, teamwork and curiosity skills. (Occupational Outlook Quarterly Fall 2013)View More >
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