Archive for the ‘Job Spotlight’ Category

For most people born into Gen X, Y, or Z(?), Earth Day has been an annual part of our lives. We planted trees, learned about recycling, and learned to turn the water off when we brushed our teeth when we were little grade schoolers. Now, we’re older and environmental issues have become a permanent part of our lexicon. You can’t go a day without hearing “sustainable,” “eco-“, or “green” somethings.

Not only is this good for the environment, but it’s also good for the job market, which is good for you. A new batch of jobs are popping up all the time and although you might not have thought about them when you entered college, they’ll exist once you graduate.

In fact, one-in-ten employers say they have added “green jobs,” otherwise known as environmentally-focused positions, in the last 12 months, according to a new national survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers by CareerBuilder. The survey was conducted between February 20 and March 11, 2009.

Not only are companies showing their commitment to the earth by creating new environmentally friendly positions, but also through “green” programs that get current employees involved. Seventy percent of companies say they have added programs to be more environmentally conscious in the last year. The most popular “green” programs include:

  • Recycling (50 percent)
  • Using less paper (45 percent)
  • Controlling lighting (44 percent)
  • Powering down computers at the end of the day (30 percent)
  • Purchasing office supplies made from recycled materials (27 percent)

“Green jobs have increased in popularity over the last few years as companies take continued action to become more environmentally conscious and reduce their carbon footprints,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The economic stimulus plan is expected to spur an increase in the number of green jobs by creating investments in alternative energies. There are a variety of positions that fall under the green category that could present great new career opportunities for job seekers.”

The following are examples of green job opportunities:

  1. Hydrologist: The median annual income is $64,604.
  2. Environmental Engineer: The median annual income is $63,673.
  3. Pollution Control Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  4. Biologist: The median annual income is $53,665.
  5. Science Teacher: The median annual income of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers ranges from $41,400 to $46,991.
  6. Fund-raising Director: The median annual income is $79,762.
  7. Urban Planner: The median annual income is $55,365.
  8. Economist: The median annual income is $82,628.
  9. Forester: The median annual income is $48,110.
  10. Environmental Attorney: The median annual income for attorneys specializing in construction, real estate and land use is $90,146.
  11. Community Affairs Manager: The median annual income is $57,359.
  12. Environmental Health and Safety Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  13. Landscape Architect: The median annual income is $53,241.
  14. Waste Disposal Manager: The median annual income is $31,572.
  15. Environmental Chemist: The median annual income is $48,850.

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It’s official: 2008 is over and it’s time to focus on all the possibilities that lie ahead in 2009. Much as we would like it to, time doesn’t stand still, even in a rough economy — which means that in five short months, many of you will be graduating. Which means that pretty soon, you’ll be searching the rough, dangerous waters that are the current job market along with the rest of us.

To help you in your search, we looked to one of our salary partners, ERI Economic Research Institute, which publishes various salary data. One interesting list they’ve compiled is top starting salaries by degree. The list was created from the Salaries Review College Graduate Salary Survey Report. In creating this survey, ERI Economic Research Institute utilized the degrees defined and reported upon by the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics.

Here is what they came up with:

Degree field: Engineering
Job offer: $49,707

Degree field: Computer Programming
Job offer: $46,775

Degree field: Mathematics
Job offer: $46,405

Degree field: Construction Trades
Job offer: $44,370

Degree field: General Economics
Job offer: $43,419

Degree field:Accounting
Job offer: $42,104

Degree field: Chemistry
Job offer: $41,638

Degree field: Management Science
Job offer: $40,592

Degree field: General Finance
Job offer: $38,024

Degree field: Human Resources Management
Job offer: $34,746

To see the full list, click here.

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New CareerBuilder CareerCast!

Check out our latest podcast!

The new CareerCast can be heard by clicking here. (Note: Clicking this link will open the CareerCast in Windows Media Player.)  Our podcast is also available on iTunes!

You can hear discussions and find tips and resources on these topics:

  • Dealing with crushes on co-workers
  • Salaries for college graduates that are on the rise
  • What are you doing when your boss is not looking?
  • Avoiding major mistakes during an interview

In case you missed our first podcast, you can listen to it here.

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Most recent graduates are familiar with the concept of social networking. Sites like Facebook and MySpace have been around for the last several years, and sites like LinkedIn and BrightFuse make a logical leap for users from social networking to professional networking.

We recently talked about alumni associations as one possible alternate resource. But building and sustaining relationships in your network should not be limited to the professors you learned from, or fellow students with whom you collaborated.

Many graduates overlook the people they knew when they were younger. They assume those relationships are only personal ones that have no weight in a professional context. And students may be uncomfortable about interacting with these familiar faces on a professional level.


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A few weeks back, we mentioned that you could tap into the CareerBuilder.com network at the touch of a button on your iPhone.

We are proud to announce another way to tap into CareerBuilder.com — we have launched a live podcast!

Now you can take us with you on your commute, or to the gym, and let us keep you informed and in touch with issues and topics important to job seekers.

Our first podcast includes content on these topics:

–  CareerBuilder.com’s Q3 Job Forecast

–  Best Excuses for Calling in Sick from CareerBuilder.com’s 2008 Absenteeism Survey

–  Today’s 20 Fastest-Growing Jobs

–  Cool Jobs That Pay Well

You can hear our podcast by visiting us at  http://podcast.careerbuilder.com  — so check us out!

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Supposedly, as we get older, we’re supposed to worry less about having fun and focus more on being responsible adults. To a degree that’s true: You shouldn’t be doing keg stands on a Sunday night when you have class or work the next morning. Still, you don’t want to forget completely about fun.

A recent survey by Ritz on the importance of fun proves that people of all age still want to have fun. More importantly, people believe fun improves your quality of life – some even believe it extends your life by as much as 10 years.

Some of the other findings:

  • 84 percent of people would choose a fun person over a rich person to have as a spouse.
  • 79 percent say fun influences where they live
  • 77 percent of employed respondents say “the ability to have fun” matters when choosing a job.
  • 42 percent believe having fun at work is more important than making a lot of money

What does this mean?

If you’re on the hunt for a job, don’t feel bad about wondering how much fun you can have. Work is still work, but it’s not prison, so don’t feel like you’re not allowed a little levity on a daily basis.

Here are a few jobs you might find fun (depending on your likes and dislikes).

Actor/Actress – Of course you have the chance of being the next great member of Hollywood royalty. But even if you don’t, you get paid to pretend you’re somebody else and entertain people for a few hours.

Child Caretaker– Caring for children while their parents are at work or running errands is a rewarding and fun experience. Sure, children can be little bundles of stress now and then, but they’re also cute, inquisitive, and funny. You get to have all the fun that comes with having a child, except you get to hand them back to their parents and go home at the end of the day!

Tour guide – If you love the city you live in, there’s no better way to have fun than to show people what’s so great about it. You escort first-time visitors around, showing them the historic sites and also get to explain why you love it.

Proofreader/Editor – If you’re one of those people who’s a stickler for grammar and details, you’ll probably have fun proofreading and editing. It may sound a bit tedious, but I’ve known people who think it’s great because you get to read articles, interviews or books before anybody else does. And because you’re constantly reading these pieces, you gain knowledge about a little of everything, which will at least make you smarter. That’s actually pretty fun.

Public Relations – Whether you’re a spokesperson or marketing director, PR is filled with fun positions for outgoing, creative people. You get to put your imagination to work and interact with people on a daily basis.

Pet Groomer – For animal lovers, you can’t beat the chance to spend all day with animals that need grooming. You get to have one-on-one time with a variety of pets and make them look dapper for their owners.

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“Going green” is a trend that has gone beyond citizens, lawmakers and environmentalists and has seeped into small businesses and corporations around the country. Going green – preserving the earth’s natural resources and improving our standard our living – is especially important to young workers, like us.

Eighty percent of young workers are interested in scoring a job that has a positive impact on the environment, according to a recent poll. Ninety-two percent would be more inclined to work for a company that’s environmentally friendly. Companies are listening to this demand and are responding by developing eco-friendly policies – not only to attract young talent, but also to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism.

Companies are implementing recycling and community effort programs. Some employers are going as far as reimbursing employees for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles or finding other means of commuting. With these changes and more, finding an eco-friendly environment has never been easier.

Not studying science but still looking for a “green” career? No worries – Education, communication, business and most other lines of work all have jobs that let you go green. Science teachers and professors educate the public about environmental well-being. Public health officials look out for health and environmental safety. Eco-friendly interior designers and architects create buildings and spaces that save energy without losing style. Housekeepers and dry-cleaners are ditching harsh chemicals and processes in favor of more energy- and air-friendly means of cleaning. The list goes on.

Here are just a few careers to steer you in the green direction:

  1. Hydrologist – median annual income: $51,080
  2. Environmental engineer – median annual income: $50,000
  3. Pest control technician – median annual income: $30,500
  4. Conservation biologist – median annual income: $52,480
  5. Science teacher – median annual income: $41,400 to $45,920 (depends on level of education you teach)
  6. Toxicologist – median annual income: $79,500
  7. Pollution control technician – median annual income: $32,000
  8. Fund-raising director – median annual income: $45,000
  9. Ecologist – median annual income: $68,950
  10. Camp counselor – median annual income: $19,320
  11. Business manager – median annual income: $50,000
  12. Economist – median annual income: 72,780
  13. Forester – median annual income: $48,230
  14. Environmental attorney – median annual income: $70,000
  15. Community affairs manager – median annual income: $56,000
  16. Environmental health and safety technician – median annual income: $35,500
  17. Landscape architect – median annual income: $53,120
  18. Waste disposal manager – median annual income: $35,000
  19. Environmental chemist – median annual income: $51,080
  20. Corporate waste compliance coordinator – median annual income: $39,000
  21. Urban and regional planner – median annual income: $45,250
  22. Agricultural inspector – median annual income: $35,000
  23. Wastewater water operator – median annual income: $35,000
  24. Wildlife biologist – median annual income: $42,000
  25. Air quality engineer – median annual income: $66,000

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