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Sep 1 2011

Now some of the most popular careers for women are in fields that were once male dominated, including business, legal, engineering and sciences. The training available for high paying jobs for women is accessible and affordable. Selecting what career you want to pursue will take a bit of research on your part, but will certainly be worth the effort once you finish your training and land that high paying job you’ve always dreamed of.

To begin researching the top jobs for women, start by assessing local needs for your region and what fields are consistently hiring. In many areas of the United States, the health care industry, education, business and information technology fields are in high demand and provide great income and growth opportunities. If you are willing to move, this opens up your options, but regardless if you want to stay in your current area or are able to travel, knowing the job market is the first real step in deciding your career. Checking online frequently and keeping a job search journal is a great way to keep track of hot job trends and in demand fields.

Next, talk to a career counselor about well paid careers for women and see what suggestions they might have. Career counselors are usually available at training facilities, colleges or employment agencies. They can really give some great insight on what sort of training is available for your area, funding options, help with child care as you attend school or training, and even provide helpful tips on how to land that job once you do complete your training. There are even some online aptitude assessments and career planning tests that you can take absolutely free, which will give an in depth report and help match your results with career ideas for women in many different fields.

No matter if you’re looking at an entry level job like office support, child care, administrative assistant, veterinary technician, adjustment clerk or many others, or thinking about longer term degrees and training such as earning a BA in nursing, teaching, computer software development, network administration or business management, there are endless options available with a multitude of training levels. Researching the hottest careers for women and the current job trends in your area, getting professional advice and planning your career will be one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family.

By Career Explorer

Jul 25 2011

Health Care Information Technology - Infographic
[Via: Carrington College's Health Information Technology Program]

The Increasing Cost of Health Care

Health care costs in the United States have continued to rise steadily for quite a few years, and they show no sign of slowing down. At the same time, there is a large and growing percentage of the population with no health care coverage at all and an even larger percentage that depends on government-funded health insurance for their health care needs. These factors are making good health care a luxury available only to the wealthy.

Why do health care costs continue to increase? There are various reasons driving the increase of health care costs in the U.S. A population that is growing older and therefore needs additional services has been cited as part of the reason for higher health care costs. The U.S. population is living longer, but that longevity also includes many chronic illness sufferers who need long-term treatment. This also impacts the costs of health care.

The development of new technology and medications has also affected the costs of health care. The companies developing the new technology and medications have to raise costs to recoup their initial investments. Additionally, patients prefer using the newer products, even when there is no need, increasing demand for more costly services.

The health insurance system is another culprit. The cost of insurance premiums, both for individuals and families, is quite high nationwide and continues to increase. Even though most people covered under health insurance are covered by plans through their jobs and the companies cover most of their premiums, the premiums have risen steadily for the past 5 years. Premiums for private insurance also increase sharply as people get older. However, as people get older, they do qualify for Medicare, which is government-funded health insurance for senior citizens and some disabled persons.

Finally, administrative costs also have an impact on the increasing health care costs. These costs include things such as marketing, billing and payroll and only help in causing health care costs to continue increasing.

As the costs of medical treatments, operations and health insurance continue to increase, many people are left without any viable avenues for their health care. Since about 13 percent of the population does not carry health insurance at all and about 27 percent depends on government-funded health insurance, there are many surgeries and treatments that are simply not an option. Preventive medicine might be one way to manage the increasing costs. If more money is invested in prevention now, there is less chance that costly, chronic illnesses will develop later.

CareerExplorer has a great number of schools in the health care industry, feel free to use our school search or job search tools to find the best career path for you.

By Career Explorer

May 19 2011

Male Nursing - The Unsung Hero of Medicine
Via: Online Nursing Schools

By Career Explorer

May 18 2011

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Source: OnlineSchools.org

With the rising costs of tuition and textbooks at Universities and Colleges, a new movement of open source text books has begun. Which is great for students who may have to drop out of school because they cannot cover all of their expenses. The bad news is that the open source books may never be widely available thanks to old-school publishers trying to squash the idea.

By Career Explorer

Apr 19 2011

Hacking is a general term that refers to the reconfiguration or reprogramming of a computer system in order to allow an outsider who wouldn’t otherwise have access to that system to gain entrance. It is an art and a dark science that has been around ever since the dawn of computers themselves. Hacking is often used by the mainstream media to refer to all types of electronics manipulation including “phreaking” and “cracking.” It is a catch-all term that has fallen securely into place as a handle for any outside manipulation of electronic devices, even though in the real world of hacking it refers to a specific type of manipulation.

“Hacker” is a word invented in the 1940s by mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., played by Russell Crowe in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Meaning it as a derogatory term, Nash used it to refer to anyone looking for a quick way around a problem.

In 1972, it was discovered that a cereal box whistle emitted a frequency that would authorize long distance calls when played into a phone. This is considered one of the first technology hacks.

In 1981, a hacker named Ian Murphy was the first to be convicted of a felony when he broke into AT&T systems and switched their discount rates to daytime hours.

A hacker named Kevin Mitnick made it to the US Most Wanted list after hacking into a number of phone and computer companies. Some believed he could cause the launching of a nuclear device simply by whistling into any public phone.

Allegedly searching for little green men, Gary McKinnon broke into US Navy, Air Force, Army, Defense Department, and NASA web sites in what some consider the greatest military hack ever.

The US leads the world with thirteen percent of the planet’s spam sent from hacked computers within its borders. Cheap online hacking universities in China lead the world in revenue generated with an annual $40 million profit.

Across the globe, intellectual property amounting to around $1 trillion has been stolen by hackers. This is in addition to an annual $4 billion in damages in the US caused by hackers and $1 billion in China. According to a Symantec survey performed in 2009, slightly less than half the businesses surveyed had been hacked and lost valuable information. It is said that a third of companies have to face daily hack attacks, 17 percent of which manage to gain entry. Hackers attempt to break into power plants thousands of times per year. Successful attempts extort millions of dollars annually.

Around 250 professional hackers are hired every year by the Defense Department to protect the US from malicious hackers. Job applicants are given a thorough career assessment of their past life and must pass a challenging aptitude test. The Pentagon invested $6 billion into computer safety measures in 2009 alone. This figure is expected to at least double in the next five years.

Some of the most often hacked sites include Facebook and other social networks.

By Career Explorer