Framing the Dialogue

Today’s Hottest Jobs

Kiplinger writers Martha Craver and Michael DeSenne have done the impossible and uncovered 10 hot jobs in an era of high unemployment. Even more unlikely one of the professions, and number four no less, is my profession. The “jobs” are ranked by the number of job seekers for every position open environmental engineers only have 1.15 active job seekers per opening according to Kiplinger. I was happy to see the 10-year growth projection at 31 percent though I don’t see a move to another employer in my future.

I am skeptical of the statistics used as my recent, forced foray in to the environmental job market gave me a different outlook. I found that while there were a great number of openings for environmental engineers the job criteria was either hard to meet (i.e. VERY specific job experiences required) or companies were looking for candidates with less than five years of experience. In other words employers were not seeking someone as seasoned as me. I have no evidence that companies are looking to stay away from older candidates, but a resume is a great screening tool if they are. Perhaps I was shooting too low?

I have to admit that my search criteria were limited as I had no desire to relocate especially overseas which a good number of opportunities required. I also was wary of companies where I was sure that a decent salary came with expectations of 60, 70, or 80 hours work weeks. Been there, done that and found that the “reward” was sleepless nights, stressful days, and a tense home life. Those jobs are never boring, but when you look at the hourly compensation I was not doing all that well. I was pleased at the salary range and my show the range to my boss since my salary lists toward the lower end of the spectrum. I’m sure I can count on a good raise.

With a daughter a senior in high school and not sure what she wants to do I found the headline tempting. The then hot jobs vary greatly in requirements and could take up to six years to get a degree pushing the limits on projected growth projections. I question whether the health-related professions listed will ultimately be lucrative enough to pay back the massive loans required to achieve the college degree (assuming Mom and Dad aren’t footing the bill) or whether a career as a “social media manager” has any longevity. At some point all of these social media flashes fizzle. What ever happened to My Space?

The authors “filtered” their review to “represent a range of industries and educational requirements. I would really be interested in unfiltered views perhaps ranked in different ways like demand, salary, growth projection, etc.

I have to admit to some disappointment, not surprise, that blogging was not a career in demand or that pays well (if at all). I would be nice if this labor of love turned into a labor of love and some income. If everyone who reads this will tell 20,000 of their closest friends I may be able to attract some tasteful advertising.

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