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Feb 22 2010

We are now two months into 2010 – are you where you want to be with your career? Since unemployment is still higher than average, it’s difficult to tell where the job growth is and how long it will take to break into a particular field. There a number of blue-collar jobs that are offering stability and job growth during these tough times.

Here’s a list of the top blue-collar jobs that are in demand right now!

Plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these occupations are among the highest paid in the construction industry. Training requirements include graduating from a technical or community college and learning on the job with an apprenticeship. Median annual salary of $49,773.

Elevator installer/repairer
Have the skills that are recession-proof. According to the BLS, the job growth is expected to increase 9% through 2018. Most elevator technicians start their training on the job through an apprenticeship and having some higher education is preferred. Median annual salary of $49,036.

Carpenter
Even though the construction industry took a hit during the recession, the demand for green and energy-efficient construction careers increased. According to the BLS, this career is expected to grow 13% through 2018. Median annual salary of $38,473.

Electrician
According to the BLS, employment growth in this field is expected to increase 12% through 2018. This career has gain momentum because of the nation’s move to green technology and energy sources. Training requirements are an apprenticeship or earning your degree or certificate. Median annual salary is $45,218.

Start your training in one of these 2010 in-demand careers today with CareerExplorer.net!

Source: Salary data from PayScale.com, a leading online provider of employee compensation data. The salaries listed are median annual salaries for full-time workers with 8 years of experience and include bonuses, commissions, and profit sharing.

By Career Explorer

Feb 19 2010

Remember the iconic Rosie the Riveter you’ve seen on vintage posters? With her red polka dot bandana and can-do attitude, she was an inspiration to American women taking over the factory jobs traditionally held by men during World War II.

So, what’s Rosie up to these days?

She’s found work motivating girls and women yet again! And in Long Beach, California, Rosie even has an entire high school named after her.

In 2007, Rosie the Riveter High School was opened as a charter school with the specific goal of helping girls prepare for careers in trade industries – places where women have not been commonly found in the past. Today, its 50-member student body includes both girls and boys, but the mission remains the same: to help girls and young women break down the barriers to careers in welding, plumbing, carpentry, electrical technology and other trades.

For women who are curious about the benefits of working in a trade profession, Lynn Shaw, one of the school’s co-creators, has first-hand experience. She has a long and varied work history that includes titles such as limestone miner, Pennsylvania steelworker and San Francisco longshoreman. What’s her takeaway from these experiences? Women in non-traditional jobs can earn 20% to 40% more than women who work what are considered “traditional” women’s jobs. And that adds up to $1 million over a lifetime!

Whether you’re a man or a woman, career trades offers some great possibilities for your future. Try searching for schools in your area that offer a program that interests you!

By Career Explorer

Feb 18 2010

College just got a little bit more affordable with the new American Opportunity Tax Credit – a remodeling of the old Hope tax credit – which not only wasn’t as generous, but fewer families qualified for.  This money can help students and parents pay for college expenses such as tuition, books and school fees.

If you’ve been considering increasing your education, now could be the perfect time to do it – because this new tax credit applies for the years 2009 and 2010.  Many of those eligible qualify for the full annual credit of $2,500.  And if you’re already a student or parent of a student – make sure you claim your 2009 credit!

By Career Explorer