Industry Research

  • More Nurses Are Sick of Their Jobs

    More Nurses Are Sick of Their Jobs

    Now that the recovery is in full, albeit anemic, swing, workers are no longer so inclined to stay put in the jobs they don't like. Among registered nurses, for example, about one-quarter of those surveyed say that they've had it with their current employers, and will seek a new position as the economy... Continue Reading

  • World's Data Doubles Every Two Years, Creating Mega Job Opportunities

    World's Data Doubles Every Two Years, Creating Mega Job Opportunities

    The world's information is more than doubling every two years-with a colossal 1.8 zettabytes to be created and replicated in 2011, according to a study. Creating, managing storing and securing that data is a monumental task that could create jobs for hundreds of thousands. Continue Reading

  • More Disney Layoffs Loom

    More Disney Layoffs Loom

    Despite the international success of "Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides," at least 200 employees will soon be exiting through the gift shop, as Disney's belt-tightening requires the Magic Kingdom to further reduce its population. Continue Reading

  • Five Dying Industries: Ways to Get Out and Move On

    Five Dying Industries: Ways to Get Out and Move On

    If you're knocking on doors looking for work, there are some doors you may want to skip. The economy continues to show signs of rebounding, with increases in consumer spending and a jobless rate that has declined to 9 percent. But, be careful. While career opportunities are predicted to grow in thriving... Continue Reading

  • UPS vs. FedEx: Which Employer Pays Best?

    UPS vs. FedEx: Which Employer Pays Best?

    Despite the fact that gas is nudging close to $4 per gallon, the delivery industry is still going strong. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, delivery and other truck drivers make up one of the largest occupational groups in the U.S., holding 3.2 million jobs. Overall, job opportunities... Continue Reading

  • Six Job Skills in High Demand

    Six Job Skills in High Demand

    For some time now, U.S. economists have concurred that the United States is in an innovation slump. We have fallen behind other countries in several technological fields, especially drug research and software development. The compensation in fields that require innovation is often significantly higher than... Continue Reading

  • Top Four Industries Hiring May Surprise You

    Top Four Industries Hiring May Surprise You

    Health care, health care, health care, right? Sure, hot hiring trends are typically focused on health care and technology, but how about recreation and day care? Dare we even say construction? There are pockets of expansion within various industries that continue to create a demand for workers. Continue Reading

  • Researching Career Options

    Researching Career Options

    Before you commit to a career, you need to have a clear picture of what you're getting into. You need to get accurate information and evaluate it critically. Start by reading about the careers that interest you. The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers detailed descriptions of almost 300 careers. It covers... Continue Reading

  • Coming Soon to a Factory Near You: Jobs?

    Coming Soon to a Factory Near You: Jobs?

    January factory activity in the Midwest rose to a 22.5-year high, signaling improved job prospects in the manufacturing sector in 2011. This is exactly the type of economic improvement America needs most, according to many experts. "The factory sector news is an important positive omen for the broader... Continue Reading

  • Group Claims New Policies Destroy Coal Jobs

    Group Claims New Policies Destroy Coal Jobs

    An internal report obtained by the Associated Press reveals that soon-to-be proposed rules affecting surface and underground coal mining nationwide will cost thousands of jobs across the country, according to coal advocacy group the Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal). Continue Reading

  • Seven Industries to Watch in 2011

    Seven Industries to Watch in 2011

    Economists recently said the great recession officially ended in the summer of 2009, but a year and a half later, the job market is still slow to recover. While it may still take a while for employment to reach pre-recession levels, it looks like 2011 will be an improvement over recent years past. Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Transportation

    Industries to Watch: Transportation

    By the time most people get to work in the morning, they have benefited from the hard work of professionals in the transportation industry. Yet, many probably have no idea how much they depend on these workers. Sure, if you take a bus for your morning commute, you're aware of the driver. But transportation... Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Engineering

    Industries to Watch: Engineering

    The next time you're on your way to catch a flight, think about the amount of work necessary to make your trip happen. Someone had to create the engine system that powers the car you're taking to the airport. Another person designed the roads and bridges you drive on to reach the airport, which someone created... Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Health Care

    Industries to Watch: Health Care

    The effects of the recession were certainly felt in all industries, including those perceived as "recession-proof" like health care. In fact, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, health care spending in 2009 grew only 4 percent, the slowest rate in 50 years. Yet despite... Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Skilled Trades

    Industries to Watch: Skilled Trades

    Professions that require hands-on talent, such as electrical repair, plumbing and HVAC maintenance, fall under the category of skilled trade. You might wonder, "Don't all jobs require skills?" Although the industry name sounds vague, it does point out the unique position of these workers because their skills... Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Education

    Industries to Watch: Education

    That education weathered the great recession better than many industries isn't a huge surprise. For many recently laid-off workers and frustrated job seekers, returning to school was one of the most common ways to deal with the struggling economy. With few employers hiring, job seekers suddenly had the... Continue Reading

  • Industries to Watch: Sales and Customer Service

    Industries to Watch: Sales and Customer Service

    The functional areas of sales and customer service have always been linked. When you're shoe shopping, for example, the pushy salesperson who tells you how great you'd look in loafers that cost a month's rent -- or the opposite, one who ignores you completely -- is more likely to run you out of the store than... Continue Reading

  • Beauty Business Still Booming in Ugly Economy

    Beauty Business Still Booming in Ugly Economy

    Salons are everywhere these days, because according to industry experts, the beauty business is booming. Research done through StyleCareer.com reported that there were over 400,000 beauty salons in the United States in 2005, and Americans spent over $23 billion a year on haircuts alone. "This career is in... Continue Reading

  • Predictions for 2011 Employment

    Predictions for 2011 Employment

    Every year at about this time, Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, strategic business futurists and publishers of The Herman Trend Alert, issue their annual forecast. Here are their 2011 employment predictions. Continue Reading

  • Dog Detective Checks Up on Malicious Dog Walkers

    Dog Detective Checks Up on Malicious Dog Walkers

    How much could possibly go wrong hiring someone to walk your dog? The answer it seems is, plenty! That's why some New York City dog owners hire pooch private eye Brock Schwartz, reports the New York Post. Either by trailing the dog-walkers on the streets of Manhattan or by installing doggy cams in apartments,... Continue Reading

  • Soft Porn (Creating Fantasies) Great Niche If You Are Confident, Legal Savvy

    Soft porn is a niche confident Ivy League School graduates as well as risk-takers like Madonna enter. And to play in this sandbox you also have to know how to stay within the law. Defined broadly, "soft porn" is a type of escapism that deviates just enough from reality to attract even mainstream audiences and... Continue Reading

  • Insurance Industry Hiring Facebook Obsessives, Tweeters

    Insurance Industry Hiring Facebook Obsessives, Tweeters

    Social media amateurs as well as professionals could find a nice home for yourselves in the insurance industry, reports Fins.com. The Center for Marketing Research at UMass Dartmouth conducted a study of how the Fortune 500 companies use Facebook as a platform for communications and sales. What it found was... Continue Reading

  • Top Five Industries for Salary Growth

    Top Five Industries for Salary Growth

    Looking for a well-paid job in construction or real estate? Most people know that the chances of getting hired or getting a raise in either of those industries are pretty slim these days. In fact, average salaries in both real estate and construction are down even from where they were a year ago. But, there... Continue Reading

  • Five Jobs That Let You Try Before You Buy

    Five Jobs That Let You Try Before You Buy

    People love to be the first person to do something. Anything. Look no further than those annoying posts on blogs and online news stories where someone simply writes, "FIRST!" because they're celebrating being the first person to comment. Or watch any news program and see how they will report the detail of any... Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Most Secure Jobs in 2011

    Top 10 Most Secure Jobs in 2011

    How secure is your job? Whether you think you're indispensable or totally expendable, if there's anything the last few years have taught us it's that nobody really knows what to expect. But job security doesn't have to be a total game of chance, as research and statistics do point out some jobs and some... Continue Reading

  • Jobs Open: Job Candidates in Highest Demand

    Jobs Open: Job Candidates in Highest Demand

    Even in this economy, there are some jobs that employers are desperate to fill, and can't seem to find enough candidates. These are high-paying jobs, too, starting in the $80,000-per-year range. Unfortunately, they're also the types of jobs that leave most of us smacking ourselves in the forehead and saying, "If... Continue Reading

  • Jobs of the Future: Eight Business Growth Areas Revealed

    Jobs of the Future: Eight Business Growth Areas Revealed

    According to strategic business futurists Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, publishers of the Herman Trend Alert, health, education, Internet, technology, and green jobs are on the rise. And even if your expertise is not in one of these areas, employers will need professionals with peripheral skills to support the... Continue Reading

  • Baby Boomer Exodus Puts Many Industries at Risk

    Baby Boomer Exodus Puts Many Industries at Risk

    Baby Boomers make up more of the U.S. work force -- 38 percent -- than any other age group, and even with the recession forcing many to delay retirement a few years, the first Boomers will turn 65 in 2011 and will begin retiring. That will be the beginning of a retirement boom over the next five years, giving... Continue Reading

  • In Demand Jobs: 4 Careers That Will Be Booming in the Years to Come

    In Demand Jobs: 4 Careers That Will Be Booming in the Years to Come

    As a job seeker or as a student, it's important to keep one step ahead of the game and anticipate which jobs will be in demand in the future. Between the baby boomers heading into retirement and companies looking for ways to survive the recession, it's been projected that careers in the healthcare and technology... Continue Reading

  • Top 5 Jobs for Master's Degree Holders

    Top 5 Jobs for Master's Degree Holders

    Getting a master's degree may be a lot of work, but it's a fine thing to have from a money-making perspective (especially after you've paid off your student loans). While many people think of getting a master's in business administration when considering the possibilities for a professional degree, an MBA is in... Continue Reading