Tuesday, December 25, 2012
U.S. News Reports:Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020 Urban areas with high demand for educated workers are the best bets for finding work. By PHILIP MOELLER
We know which kinds of jobs will be most plentiful over the next eight years until 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that positions in healthcare and social assistance, professional and business services, and construction will represent more than half of the 20.5 million new jobs it expects to be created by 2020. [See The Best Healthcare Jobs.] More than 34 million additional job openings will be available to replace workers leaving the labor force. And of the five occupations expected to have the largest number of openings, only one of them, nursing, requires an associate's degree or higher. More to the point, those five occupations don't create economic growth but reflect growth that's being driven in other, higher-skilled sectors of a local economy. These "driver" careers increasingly demand college and advanced degrees. Educational attainment is thus a powerful predictor of where you should look for work. The Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington, D.C., think tank, has assembled extensive information on the economic vitality of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, as well as data on the extent to which these regional hubs are being powered by highly educated workers. Nationally, about 32 percent of the adult (25 and older) populations of these areas hold at least a bachelor's degree. Employers, however, want a much higher percentage of their employees to have such degrees. And in the "high education" markets and professions, jobs in greatest demand are into the 50-percent and 60-percent range. The correlation between economic growth and an educated workforce is strong enough to produce this message: Education will drive future U.S. economic growth. "In the long run, the factor that is by far the most important is the education gap" between an area's workforce and the education requirements needed by local employers, says Jonathan Rothwell, an associate fellow at Brookings and the author of its recent study on the educational component of future job growth. "Metro areas with a well-educated labor force compared with industry demand have performed more strongly and will continue to do so for the next 10 years." [See The 10 Best Jobs of 2012.] Brookings looked at online job postings from early 2012 to study which metro areas were doing well and which jobs were most plentiful. Its results closely track BLS projections, Rothwell says, except for showing somewhat stronger opportunities for computer jobs. He attributes this to the greater likelihood that employers would seek computer-job applicants online than companies trying to fill other kinds of jobs. Here are the 10 jobs Brookings found to have the largest numbers of online openings: 1. Computer Occupations: 859,833 2. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: 443,611 3. Other Management Occupations: 196,199 4. Financial Specialists: 184,312 5. Business Operations Specialists: 183,574 6. Sales Representatives, Services: 178,859 7. Engineers: 177,581 8. Information and Record Clerks: 177,194 9. Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers: 168,646 10. Supervisors of Sales Workers: 164,610 All but two (information and record clerks, and supervisors of sales workers) require high levels of education. Further, high percentages of existing workers in these occupations had undergraduate or graduate college degrees. Brookings also provided U.S. News with a list of the 10 metro areas with the highest demand for workers with at least a bachelor's degree as a percentage of overall job openings, as well as a list of the 10 jobs with the most openings in each area. It's important to factor in a metro area's total employment when considering the appeal of a certain type of job. Open jobs for computer occupations are certainly appealing in San Jose, Calif., accounting for an astounding three of every eight job openings earlier this year. But the numbers of job openings for computer occupations may actually be greater in bigger local labor markets, even if this occupation's share of overall job openings there is less than it is in San Jose. For More...http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/09/10/where-the-jobs-will-be-in-2020
For Republicans, it may be the season to be jolly, but not optimistic. Seventy-two percent of Republicans are fearful about their future in 2013, and 79 percent fear for the world, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. This is a substantial increase in GOP gloom since 2006, when only 20 percent said they were fearful about their personal future during the Republican presidency of George W. Bush. Fifty-four percent of Republicans were fearful about their personal prospects after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008. [ENJOY: Political Cartoons on President Obama] In contrast, three-quarters of Democrats are hopeful about their own lives today, the same as in 2008, the poll found, as are half of independents. Overall, 53 percent of Americans say they are hopeful for themselves in 2013, and 44 percent are more fearful, but 56 percent are more fearful for the world in general. This represents a decline in optimism from four years ago, when President Obama was poised to take office and when 63 percent said they were hopeful about their future. [RELATED: Public Sours on What 2013 Will Bring] Among the reasons cited by the pollsters for the relatively unsettled mood are perceptions of a lingering recession and a weak economic recovery, and fears of the economic sinking into trouble if Washington leaders fail to reach an agreement on the budget. More than three-quarters say the economy is still in a recession, despite some signs of improvement. About 53 percent say that based on their own experience, the economy has begun to recover, though weakly. While 55 percent are optimistic about the policies of President Obama in his second term, 51 percent are pessimistic about the ability of Obama and congressional Republicans to work together. Obama and congressional leaders are involved in negotiations to find a compromise that would avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that are scheduled to start phasing in January 1. More News: Study: No Candidate Could Have Beaten Obama Santa Obama: Fed Workers Get Christmas Eve Off Apocalypse Porn for Doomsday Preppers Ken Walsh covers the White House and Congress for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Lesson of the Year...Personal Reflection: Are You Willing to Change your Perception of History to Get to Your Future?
Overall this year, Life in general has been very extraordinary as if I was living some retarded 90's flick with your average roller coasters including bills, work, jealous selfless bitches, and death. As the ride continues and I ride the ride blindfolded, I try to think with a clear and stress free mind but achievement is far within my reach. As the year begin, I asked myself one simple question and the answer finally appeared recently in the most strange way. You see the year before I asked myself, Can you face your demons and be true to yourself? It took everything in me to do it but I was able to complete my task and answer the question for myself at the end of the year. So my question for this year was quite obvious for the following year after I notice how much communication with close ones have faded to black because they were fake. Fake in every sense of the word when it comes to how they communicated, loves, and honesty cared for me or anything involving my life. As the year when by with a flash, people were dropping like files out of my life. Some were a shock to go and others just reveal to my conscience what I was thinking was not far from the truth. I asked myself at the beginning of this year, “Are you willing to change your perception of history to get your future? In the beginning, I was not sure what to think about this question but the answer was laid out all around me. What I consider my history, it had flaws just like the American history that I learned about in school. As this year when by within a flash, more and more truth came to the light. I know who I am and still learning as I go more about myself. The first brick to the foundation was laid down by my grandmother and she pass bricks to me all the way up to her last day in the physical. So far for this year, the question that I seek to answer through out the year has not appear to me yet but it will. When the smoke clears, it would stick out in my mental like a sore thumb and the quest will begin. I share this question with you just like I share all other thoughts as they come to me. Are you willing to change your perception of history to get to your future?You don’t have to answer it for me but answer it for yourself!
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
ATLANTA — The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car a week ago has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but the differences are significant. Unlike the Martin case, several people witnessed this shooting and there was no scuffle before 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot to death. And notably, the man accused of firing into the car was arrested a day later. Michael David Dunn is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 23 shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. The 45-year-old Dunn parked beside the sport utility vehicle occupied by Davis and three other young men and told them to turn the music down, police said. Dunn exchanged words with Davis, who was in the back seat, and started firing. He later told police he felt threatened. His attorney has said Dunn saw a gun and shot in self-defense, perhaps laying the ground work for a case under Florida's "stand your ground" law. Since the shooting, Davis' family has received an outpouring of support from the community. A "Justice for Jordan" Facebook page was set up and his classmates gathered at a memorial service with T-shirts showing Davis' smiling face. Fire trucks saluted him by spraying water over an airplane carrying his body to Atlanta while it was on the runway. The teen's mother lives near Marietta, and a funeral is scheduled for Davis Saturday at the Trinity Chapel Church of God in Powder Springs. Davis' father, Ron, said his son was a typical high school junior who was getting ready to start his first job at McDonald's, looking forward to buying his first car and turning 18 early next year. He had a "million-dollar smile" and liked music, listening to mostly rap but also the sounds of his dad's generation, including James Brown and The Temptations. Standing over his son's casket, Ron Davis promised to fight laws that allow people to carry guns outside of their homes. "Law enforcement should be the only people who should have guns on the street," he said. "That's what's killing our kids more than anything." Police said they didn't find a weapon in the SUV with the young men, and Ron Davis said he doesn't believe Dunn's claim that he saw a gun. He thinks Dunn is searching for an explanation. "They were just 17-year-old kids that were having a good time, coming from the mall," he said.