Landing a job of the future (WSJ article)

The Wall Street Journal had an article last week with some advice for those looking for some promising areas to get into. It incorporates some of the findings from the BLS’s occupational outlook for 2008-2018, and advice from staffing firms in various industries. Here’s a summary:

  • Technology:
    • computer and information technology
    • social media
    • public relations
  • Green/alternative energy:
    • systems design engineers
    • energy consultants
    • installation & maintenance
  • Financial sector:
    • regulatory compliance
    • risk management
  • Healthcare:
    • case management
    • physical/occupational therapy
    • nursing informatics

Specific resources mentioned:

Diagnosis from Irwin Kellner

Irwin Kellner, the chief economist at, provides some critiques on the Obama administration’s actions with respect to job creation.

Dr. Kellner has been in the business for some time, so his advice could be well worth listening to. He wrote an article six years ago on how to create new jobs that is still highly referenced, based on google hit ranking. Much of what he wrote then still holds true today (just add 4 or 5 points to the unemployment rate).

House approves $174 billion job bill

As the LA Times reports, “The $174-billion jobs package passed the House 217 to 212, with no Republican support. It includes $75 billion for highway and transit projects, school renovation and keeping teachers and firefighters on the job, and $78 billion to further extend unemployment insurance and healthcare subsidies. The Senate won’t consider the jobs measure until next year.”

The WSJ reported that it was only $154 billion and explained that Republicans shied away from it because with midterm elections approaching in 2010, they “seek to tap into voter unease about the rising federal deficit,” and this bill would definitely add to that.

WSJ also noted that the bill “doesn’t include several proposals by the Obama administration, including a hiring tax credit and rebates for homeowners to weatherize their houses.”

I like the weatherization proposal. It’s in the same vein as the green building renovations that SF is doing.

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