Jobs, Education and The Future #7

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To gain a perspective about Jobs, Education and the Future we must first understand what people are saying.  The Future is not all roses and there will be times when it seems as if the there aren’t any jobs to be had. It is clear that students entering University, College, Trade School and Graduate Schools must know; to get a good job you first of all must meet the demanding qualifications. Did you before entering your University of choice, make the right decision in selecting your major? Did you think about the one job that you wanted more than anything in the world, and what did you do to qualify for that one job? Were you in the top 10 in your class, or were you just average and snuck through with a GPA 2.0 when you could have worked rather than spending time with the opposite gender.

When Graduation day comes are you proud of your achievements, because that is what you will be judged on, in getting that first real Opportunity. This is the first time in your life that you must take full responsibility for your life, future and success. Don’t drop the ball when you are in School!

What People are saying:

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The teacher cut notifications going on this week with the Austin Independent School District , and other school districts across the state, are causing concern among Education majors at local universities. “We’re going to graduate in a year and a half and since it’s happening now we’re pretty worried for our future,” said Eunbi Cho. Cho is an Education major and junior at the University of Texas . She’s also a student teacher at a local elementary school.

“Yesterday I found out a couple of teachers got cut at the school I’m working at. So, I’m really nervous about all these cuts,” she said. “It’s kind of hard seeing them struggle with it. Because, they’ll have to find a new job in the next school year, so it’s really hard seeing that happen to such great people.”“This has been the most serious time for us. I have been at UT only nine years. I’ve never seen anything like this in terms of budget,” said Norma Cantu. Cantu is a professor at UT and the department chair for Education Administration.

“It’s a confusing time for students. We reassure our graduates that they’re the best in the United States,” she said. “But, we also bring a reality check to them that school districts will not be hiring. If they do hire it will be the lowest number of teachers they will be hiring.” And even though there’s a lot of anxiety in the department, the students are not letting that hinder their studies. “Our students aren’t coming forward with concerns,” Cantu said. “Our students are preparing themselves. They are working really hard this semester to become the best prepared teachers.” “A lot of the girls in my cohort are really passionate about what we’re going to be doing, so I don’t think it will make us re-think our career paths. It’s just going to be a struggle finding a job,” Cho said. “I’m hoping to move back to my hometown of Fort Worth and try finding a teaching job there, if I can. I just want to work here in Texas.”

Some Reasoning Points:

1. Embedded engineering

A staggering 11 billion processors were used in embedded systems during 2007 and that number has increased dramatically over the last few years. Virtually every electronic device designed and manufactured today contains an embedded system. Embedded systems are often placed inside equipment that is expected to operate continuously for years without any user intervention. An embedded systems engineer needs to be a multidisciplinary engineer with software programming skills and a broad background in electronic engineering. UC Irvine and UC San Diego currently offer degrees and/or certificates in the area of embedded systems engineering. If this is an area that interests you, you should research the pre-requisite requirements and set your educational goals around a program of study in this field.

2. Mobile Media

Cell phones and other mobile devices are now multifunction devices that enable users to perform any number of tasks by using one device. Graphic designers, videographers and video editors, casual game/app developers and software engineers are needed to design and develop sites and content on these mobile platforms. A person who is interested in this type of career might pursue the following degree plans: Computer Graphics, Computer Software and Media Applications, Computer Software Engineering, and/or Computer Software Technology. You can find colleges that offer these degrees at the College Navigator website by entering these majors in the search criteria.

3. Occupational Health and Safety

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11 percent job growth over the next decade to cope with the technological advances in safety equipment, changing government regulations and increasing public expectations. The projection further asserts that 6 out of the 10 jobs will be in the private sector, offering opportunities for employment in this specific field. Over 100 colleges and universities offer degree plans related to Occupational Health and Safety, providing training and certification in this field of expertise.

4. English translation and foreign languages

In the next 40 years, it is predicted that the number of Spanish speakers in the United States will rise from 31 million to more than 100 million. For those completely bilingual in Spanish and English, these highly marketable language skills open doors to new careers.

5. Renewable energy and the greening of all jobs

By the mid-21st century, according to the study, all jobs will be green jobs. Organizations today must address potential regulation changes and recognize the new era of sustainable environmental economics. This opens up a vast opportunity for those just beginning their education or choosing to make a career change.

The University of Illinois, Yale University, and the University of California have conducted studies related to renewable sources of energy and it has produced some interesting facts. The first and most important one is that renewable energy policies will lead to employment opportunities. Secondly, it will increase the consumer’s income and thirdly, it will have positive effect on the US economy too. The study Clean Energy & Climate Policy for U.S. Growth and Job Creation: An Economic Assessment of the American Clean Energy & Security Act and the Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act presents quite an encouraging estimate. According to them as many as 1.9 million new jobs could be created across the United States within the renewable energy sphere.

6. Teaching English as a foreign language

Half the world’s population is expected to be speaking English by 2015. As the world rushes to acquire English, the new language of international commerce, diplomacy, and higher education, the bulk of teaching opportunities abroad are for those who teach English. Your “credential” is simply being a native speaker of the English language. The ability to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit abroad in areas such as Asia and Eastern Europe, and many other English teaching jobs exist around the globe.

7. Action sports innovators

You might be surprised to learn that despite the current economic slump, the surf/skate industry has shown a notable resiliency during recent economic global challenges. U.S. retail sales were over $7 billion in 2008, according to the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA). If you want to learn more about action sports careers and the professionals involved in them, you can check out this site:, where you will find job postings for careers in the field of action sports.

8. Setting up an independent consulting business

When setting up an independent business you are marketing your skills and experience, whether in fine cabinet making, catering, event planning, technical writing, contract engineering or even strategic planning. Providing a service (along with the labor) gives you an edge when companies have a job to be done but don’t have workers available. If you have a skill that’s marketable, this might be a good career option.

9. Geriatric health care

In the U.S., 34 million are 65 years or older, and that population will double by 2030. The growing population of seniors continues to have a major impact on careers in health care.

Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is one of the many universities that recognize the need for education in the field of Geriatric health wellness and offers undergraduate minors, graduate certificates, and MS degrees focusing on this specific area of the population.

10. Repurposing America’s skilled and technical workers for “new economy” applications

There continues to be a demand for welders, pipe fitters and mechanics. While these might not be considered glamorous jobs, there is a demand for these skilled technicians in the labor force. Nearly 100 percent of welding school graduates are finding rapid job placement. While about 500,000 welders are currently working in the U.S., the average welder is now nearing retirement age, with twice as many welders retiring as are being trained. For an introduction to welding schools and careers, follow this link:

It is time for us to wake up and dedicate ourselves to participating in the future. Yes, students are young people and want to have fun and they should. But not at the expense of their future.