Need Help Finding a Job? A Consumer Notification Report

When it comes to changing careers or seeking a new position, it helps to know which industries have job security, earnings potential, and the possibility for career advancement. Explore some cool careers, emerging industries, and recession-proof jobs.

Are you feeling unstable in this wobbly world we are now living in?

Do you long for some firm ground to stand on? Something or somebody you know you can count on?

I understand how you feel. We are all looking for ways to adjust to the new economic reality.You can’t count on your credit card companies. They are raising your rates and lowering your credit limits. You can’t count on your bank… And you certainly can’t count on having a job tomorrow.

Let’s face it. There is only one thing you really can count on – Yourself.

Hundreds of hard working people across the United States are losing jobs every day and thousands of jobs are lost every month. Getting ahead means more than choosing a career and finding a job that suits your goals. It’s all about understanding your desired career path, figuring out how to make that career you choose work for you, and navigating your way to the brightest future for you. Those who do best at fulfilling their education and career goals take it step by step; That means exploring every area of what you intend to do — from picturing yourself in a profession, finding a school that will provide the training you need, and being able to afford it and/or apply for financial aid.

Below are 6 new career ideas that you might have not considered:

1. Welding Career – You may be amazed to hear that almost all of the good welding schools are full and have waiting lists even in this recession. Why? Because right now, you can learn skills that will make you at least $50,000 in your first year out of school.

2. Railroad Conductor (BNSF) – Whether its Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railroad, CSX Railroad, Norfolk Southern or any other railroad…you can average $75,000 per year RR job with incredible retirement plan and great benefits.

3. Information Technology Certification – Technical skills may be the foundational requirement for computer and information system managers, but expertise in information security is equally critical for ensuring the integrity of computer networks. As such, more and more IT professionals with professional education are needed; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment to increase 17 percent by 2018. The BLS also reports a strong median annual salary of $113,720. Professional certification is key for career growth, and according to Certification Magazine, more than half of salary survey respondents reported having their most recent information technology certification paid for by their employer. Certificates also benefit from a higher salary and greater career opportunities.

4. Project Management Certification
Not only is the project management field lucrative, it’s also in demand – according to the Anderson Economic Group, about 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016. In order to score one of these positions, you need to be skilled in identifying and managing project risk, leading teams, and executing projects on time and within budget. The industry makes professional certification a bank-boosting pursuit; the Project Management Institute reports the median annual salary for Project Management Professional certificates as upward of $100,000. Plus, 52 percent of project managers have reported a salary increase over the past year – a time when many industries are experiencing cutbacks.

5. Supply Chain Management Certification
The massive shortage of qualified, proactive supply chain professionals is bad news for the industry but good news for you. Trained supply chain managers are needed to identify, acquire, access, and manage the resources an organization needs to meet its strategic objectives. Through professional education and certification, supply chain managers are trained to handle cost and price analysis, negotiation, and contract management. The most recent Institute for Supply Management Salary Survey reports the annual salary for a director of supply management as $131,204; a chief of supply management earns $256,560. Of course, supply chain managers with professional certification boast even greater earning potential.

6. Health Care – With the proper health care training and certificate or degree, you’ll find yourself living out your daydreams and helping people in need. Health care careers are highly in demand as well. Some hospitals offer experienced nurses up to $14,000 as a signing bonus, and statistics show that 400,000 nursing positions will be available by 2012.

If a nursing career is not your style, there are plenty of health care programs that focus on lab tech training and lead to lucrative health care careers. For instance, radiological technologists and technicians earned an average salary of $43,410 in 2003. X-ray and nuclear medicine programs get you ready to earn even higher pay than that.

Note: For more career ideas check the Internet search engines; type in keywords (jobs, schools, etc).

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HSG 264 Asbestos Surveys, Taking Us To New Places? health news reports surveys

The new survey guidance has been around for six or seven months now and I would like to ask where is it taking us?

We are all aware of the changes:
New Survey types, Management, Demolition/Refurbishment replacing the Types 1,2 and 3. The clarification of the survey types will assist the clients in ensuring the appropriate survey is carried out.

Quality and Competence:
Client has a responsibility to ensure the competence of the surveyor, recommended minimum of training and experience of surveyors.

Report production and presentation:
To ensure reports are produced and presented so that duty holders can utilise the information effectively.

Pre Survey Planning:
Planning prior to survey to enable appropriate survey and production of relevant information.

Survey reports should form part of an asbestos management plan and are not the management plan in itself.

In the main the changes are good for both client and surveyor. There is a requirement to produce useful factual reports by competent and experienced surveyors. The client has a duty to employ and instruct suitably qualified individuals or companies. Will this lead to the duty holders considering that the cheapest surveying quote is not always the best? Will the client focus on who exactly is to carry out the survey rather than how much it will cost? If there was an increased level of awareness among clients of their duties and responsibilities I would say that this is possible. The sad fact is that despite the best efforts of the HSE and other like minded bodies there is still a huge gulf in asbestos awareness. It seems that only those companies that regularly engage in asbestos management; (property surveyors and management companies for example) are aware of the duties and responsibilities. Considering the high profile nature of asbestos, there is still a lot of news coverage, and a massive amount of information on the internet, it is surprising to find that duty holders or interested parties are unaware they have a responsibility to manage their asbestos risk.
In future the hope is that this changes and the duty holder is more asbestos aware.

I would like to spotlight an issue that may have arisen as a result of the way demolition/refurbishment surveys are carried out. This issue, I feel, has an impact across a huge sector of the construction market. Namely the market in home improvements. This sector ranges from new kitchens, double glazing, conservatories, central heating and electrical installation. I am as yet unaware of any large home improvement company that carries out asbestos surveys prior to the commencement of works in a domestic property. Is this because CAR 2006 specifically excludes domestic properties? Recent figures suggest that up to 2.4 million homes contain asbestos products in the UK. There are a large number of tradesmen involved in the installation of home improvements who may be exposed to asbestos during the course of their everyday work. Thanks to the clarification of survey types in HSG264, it is clear that a part survey of a limited area can easily be carried out. The ideal application of such localised area surveys would be a pre refurbishment survey in a domestic setting. This would address the problem of potential exposure during localised works such as kitchen and bathroom refits. For many years PA Group has been carrying out full and part property surveys in domestic properties for social landlords to locate asbestos prior to such refurbishment programmes. It is clear that this approach urgently needs to be rolled out to privately owned domestic properties.

This brings us back to CAR2006, Reg 4 states the domestic properties are excluded. This could explain why home improvements companies do not feel there is a duty to carry out an asbestos survey. I feel that when read with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, an employer has a duty to ensure that its employee’s place of work is a safe environment. This being so, it surely follows that the risks associated with a domestic should be identified as much as they would for a commercial property? If I live in a 1930′s semi and I want a new kitchen with a new boiler, possibly and new circuit breaker why wouldn’t I or the kitchen fitter, have an asbestos survey carried out? There may be a number of asbestos containing materials present including, textured coating on the ceiling, asbestos board in the boiler cupboard, asbestos paper behind the partition? Now that HSG264 points out that any part of a building that is to be refurbished has to have a fully intrusive survey done, why shouldn’t I have one in my home, to mitigate risk to myself and the contactor? Am I the duty holder or is the company I have employed to do the work, who have a duty to their employees under H&S 1974 but are excluded from CAR2006? My guess is that, as usual, the contractor may have to take the responsibility.

In my view this industry is exposing itself to future litigation. My home can be become a place of work, albeit temporarily and therefore H&S 1974 applies. I think that the publication of HSG264 has taken us down a new road. This may not have been considered before because it was excluded, (maybe wrongly?) as domestic properties were not a place of work.

HSG 264 Asbestos Surveys, Taking Us To New Places?