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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

Apr 14 2011

Don’t overlook working for Ronald & Company…

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McDonald's is hiring

“Explore a golden opportunity!” That’s what the job application states at McDonald’s, and in all honestly, they might not be kidding.

According to emerging signs in the recent economic recovery, McDonald’s plans on hiring near 50,000 people later this month –better yet, in a single day – on April 19th.

A large part of this massive hiring move is due to more golden arched locations staying open 24 hours, in addition to America’s “jobless recovery.” To put it simply, several of the chains are in need of more and more people – daily. In fact, people who had at one time never considered the food colossus are now changing their minds as a result of the growing opportunities available to them. No longer is McDonald’s just a place for prepubescent teens to find work during high school – it’s become more than just a McJob, it’s become a career ladder of opportunity.

Despite all the negativity Micky D’s received after documentaries like 2004’s Supersize Me hit theaters – spawning a growing concern for high-calorie foods in an already unhealthy America – the fast-food kingpin has shifted its reputation into a company built on helping sculpt careers. Now that doesn’t mean that every drive-thru and grease fryer is going to end up owning a location or sitting in a desk that says CEO, but it does show promise knowing that most of McDonald’s higher ups have had to ask at some time or another “What kind of drink would you like with your value meal?”

If you’re looking for a career – a growing career with plenty of outlook and opportunities, don’t overlook the big M. Good news is that if you do move up the corporate chain, you’ll already be used to wearing a shirt and tie to work every day – minus the name tag. If you aren’t sure what you want to do with you life, take our free career assessment to get a feel for what line of work may fit you best.

By Career Explorer

Mar 31 2011

Does higher education mean a higher salary?

Everyone knows that there is a large correlation between educational level and salary. However, having a higher education does not always mean that you are able to find a higher paying job and many factors should be considered before deciding to pursue a higher educational degree.

The average income of a college graduate is $49,303 where the average income in the United Sates overall is $32,104, a large gap illustrating how education can improve your job opportunities and income. The salary for careers that only require a high school diploma or GED is between $17,700 and $33,300, on the other end of the spectrum, salary for careers that require a Ph.D., M.D., or law degree is between $53,500 and $166,400+. This illustrates what an enormous income gap there can be between someone who has a higher degree and someone who only has a GED; but this is only the potential gap, and while the actual gap is large, it is much smaller then the potential.

Is having a better opportunity to find a high paying job worth all the work involved in getting a higher education? Not only does it take a lot of work but it also costs money, and even puts many in debt. Career assessment and job aptitude tests are very useful tools that should be included in this decision; they can be very useful in helping find which career you could do well in and would enjoy, therefor impacting your decision on higher education. Knowing what you career you would like to pursue is extremely helpful when deciding whether of not to pursue higher education and can prevent many from making the wrong decision and can even motivate some to make the right one.

Though a higher educational degree will give someone a much greater opportunity in finding a higher paying career, it does not guarantee that they will be able find one. There is a large difference between the average income for a college graduate and the average income for someone in the United States, which shows that it would be worth it to obtain a higher degree. However, there are more factors to consider the as the job market is constantly changing and unemployment is high; which has created a whole new set of problems for recent college graduates that are looking for work. But there are still many jobs that are growing and are expected to continue to to so over the next few years.

The decision to pursue higher education should never be taken lightly. Career assessment and job aptitude tests can be very useful when making this life changing decision. Overall, although salary does improve with higher education it does not guarantee it.

By Career Explorer