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Administrative professionals such as receptionists, clerks, office managers and executive assistants are trained, skilled individuals whose contributions to the office are immeasurable. They typically work in an office environment organizing the flow of work and greeting clients and guests. Administrative assistants are employed in a very wide range of fields and provide various types assistance. Depending on the workload, they may be trusted with carrying out tasks for one or many individuals within a department, and cross-department work is sometimes necessary.

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Experience to start: 0-2 years
Certifications
  • None required, but certifications are available through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
Education

A minimum of a high school diploma is generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer applicants who have an associate’s degree or higher. Administrative assistants generally work in office environments during traditional business hours, while some do work from home.

Due to the variety of office environments that an administrative assistant may find employment in, it is recommended that anyone who is interested in this job pursue an education that is based within their desired field of work.

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Qualifications
  • Of all of the positions within a company, administrative assistant positions, and positions within the support function, require the largest variety of skills.
  • Since they are the first point of contact for the company or people they support, they must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • They should also possess computer skills and be able to multitask within a fast-paced environment.
  • Often, administrative assistants also have secretarial duties, such as accounting, data entry, billing, inventory, record keeping, correspondence, and sales, so strong typing skills (including 10-key) are very important.
  • Some positions also require candidates to be familiar with particular software depending on the duties of the job.
  • Room to grow
  • Meet people and network
  • Work on a variety of projects
  • Only a H.S. diploma is needed
  • Jobs available in many industries

Administrative Support
Starting: $27,000
5-years: $34,000
10-years: $42,000

Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

The career trajectory for a receptionist is vast. Through participation in internships and on-the-job training programs, many administrative assistants refine their skills in order to become eligible for promotions. The most common opportunities for advancement are in marketing, human resources, operations and facilities management.

Administrative positions include receptionist, administrative assistant, executive assistant, clerical, data entry, customer service, secretary, office manager, accounting, sales assistant, medical, legal, marketing, payroll, office manager, purchasing and human resources.



Construction

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There are approximately seven million Americans working in the construction industry, making it one of the largest industries in the United States. The construction industry is as diverse and dynamic as the people that work in it. Workers are a member of a very important team and make a difference to the community. Craftspeople are a highly skilled part of the work force and have the ability to work on jobs around the country (and the world). Meaning that learning a trade can be a gateway a whole world of possibilities.

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Experience to start: 0-1 years
Certifications
  • Some construction jobs require workers to be licensed or certified, such as the hazmat license for removing hazardous materials from an area.
  • Construction workers also may obtain optional certifications to advance their usefulness on job sites. Certification is available in many areas, including signaling, welding, radiological work, pipeline operation and asbestos removal. For example, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering offers a Health Care Construction Certificate allowing candidates to take on projects such as renovations at a hospital.
Education

There are usually no specific educational requirements for entry-level construction workers. Apprentice laborers are often expected to have a high school diploma or GED. A construction worker can learn the trade on the job, attend vocational school or obtain a Bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology. Workers often start as unskilled laborers to learn the basics of the trade, then refine their skills by learning a specialized construction craft.

  • To become a construction worker, it is advised to become an apprentice at an entry-level position.
  • Apprenticeship will take a few short years, workers will become well-versed in that particular area of construction.
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Qualifications
  • Many construction positions are physically demanding and require long hours.
  • An ability to communicate in both English and Spanish is becoming important for all construction workers (particularly supervisors) as the number of Spanish-speaking workers grows.
  • Variety of work
  • Belong to a team
  • Abundance of jobs
  • Make a difference in community
  • Training is short and inexpensive

Construction Trades Worker
Starting: $35,000
5-years: $44,000
10-years: $48,000

Employment of construction laborers, construction equipment operators and construction managers is projected to grow 16-25 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure should generate many new jobs in the construction industry.

Opportunities for advancement in construction are available in every trade. A craftsperson is able to distinguish themselves through both preparation and completion. For individuals interested in advancing their careers beyond journey-level, many of the building trade training centers and construction trade associations such the Construction Advancement Foundation offer higher-level, industry specific training programs.

Construction careers include carpenters, equipment operators, roofers, electricians, painters, foreman, superintendent, project management, estimator and safety management.



Customer Service

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Customer Service is a job that requires the ability to handle multiple tasks. These professionals serve as an intermediary between a company and its customers, answering consumer questions and helping resolve issues with a product or service. Customer service reps must be willing and able to help customers and exercise patience – even when dealing with people who may be angry or frustrated. They may work with customers in person, over the phone or via computer.

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Experience to start: 0 years
Certifications
  • None required, but being a certified typist is highly desirable because of the time required to input data, and companies want people with typing experience and speed.
  • Customer service representatives who provide financial and insurance information to customers may be required to obtain a state license.
Education
  • In most instances, customer service professionals are required to have a high school diploma, and in most cases an Associate degree in Arts or Business is highly desirable.
  • Most customer service reps work in call centers and undergo company training, which generally focuses on the company and its products but may also include a primer on basic communication skills, answering frequently asked questions and phone and computer systems.
  • A customer service professional might come in a number of different forms. Some might have backgrounds in computer science and the like. This is especially true for those people who work customer service for tech companies.
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  • In today's fast paced technology industry it is required that most Customer Service Representatives have knowledge or experience in some computer base systems such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  • In addition, individuals in this job typically have strong communication skills.
  • They have to learn to speak and write clearly.
  • These people also have an immense amount of patience. Because they deal with difficult people on a daily basis, they are required to keep their cool in difficult situations.
  • Transferable skills
  • Abundance of jobs
  • Growth opportunities
  • Work from home options
  • Opportunity to help people

Customer Service Representative
Starting: $26,000
5-years: $29,000
10-years: $30,000

The expected growth of industries that specialize in customer service, like telephone call centers, should lead to more job openings in the coming years, as will consumers’ increasing appetite for products that require service and support. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in this profession to grow 12.6 percent by 2022, which is about the average growth rate for all occupations. An additional 298,700 jobs will need to be filled.

There are many different avenues of opportunity and advancement available for customer service representatives. Since more positions than applicants are expected, opportunities in this field should be great. Applicants that are bilingual should have particularly good opportunities.

Customer service representatives are employed in nearly every industry including telephone call centers, credit and insurance agencies, banks, retail stores, insurance companies, manufacturing corporations, cable corporations, rental industries, beverage industries, credit intermediation and many more.



Education

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Careers in education and training make up a massive volume of jobs and a good percentage of total employment in the country. This career family includes all teaching and academic administration positions across all levels of education and vocations.

An elementary school teacher is a person whose career involves educating students, typically those in grades one through six. But working in the education sector is not just about standing chalk in hand in front of a class of children, bestowing knowledge onto the future generation of this country. A career within the education sector can mean teaching students from all ages and backgrounds. Special education needs (SEN) teachers teach children with emotional, behavioral or learning difficulties and those with gifted abilities that need to be nurtured. And this broad career category also includes corporate and professional education

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

The path to becoming a teacher is a bit different from other career paths. Teachers must be qualified, educated, and then earn a teaching credential from the state in which they would like to teach. Each state is different, however, and the specific requirements to become a teacher can vary greatly on a state-by-state basis. Many states offer various levels of teaching credentials depending on your experience, the grade level and subject matter you would like to teach.

Teachers can also become National Board Certified in many different subjects.

Education
  • Teachers usually pursue a degree in education, with emphasis on the grade level or subject they would like to teach.
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Qualifications
  • In order to acquire a job as a teacher, one must have experience working with children.
  • A person can gain experience working with children by becoming a summer camp counselor or volunteering.
  • Teachers and education are also very responsible and organized.
  • They should also be meticulous and detail oriented. Previous accounting experience is generally required or preferred as well.
  • They are able to multitask and have a good time management skills.
  • They are generally natural leaders who are able to take initiative.
  • Rewarding
  • Job security
  • Good vacation time
  • Share your passions
  • Collaborate with others

Teachers and Instructors, Elementary School
Starting: $38,000
5-years: $43,000
10-years: $45,000

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Starting: $56,550
5-years: $71,450
10-years: $84,450

Employment of teachers and education professionals is projected to grow 6-12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace those who leave the occupation or receive promotions.

Career advancement options for teachers can be numerous and are dependent on individual goals and interests. Education administration, guidance counseling and library science are some of the most likely transitions.

Jobs in education include teachers, school administration, academic support, subject matter mentors, special needs professionals and academic advisors. Educational professionals are not limited to the public sector, and include curriculum consultants and professionals in educational content development, private tutors, private schools and certificate programs. In the training family, jobs also include corporate trainers, software trainers, speakers, conference providers, educational courseware developers and implementation experts.



Engineering

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The specific duties of an engineer differ by discipline, but, in general, engineers design, test or build materials, equipment or systems. For instance, electrical engineers may develop or test electrical equipment while civil engineers may oversee the design and construction of bridges, airports or roads. Chemical engineers design equipment or processes related to the production of food, chemicals and other products, and mechanical engineers are responsible for developing, testing and manufacturing mechanical devices. An engineer must be imaginative and resourceful while protecting the environment.

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

There are many organizations and governing bodies that offer certifications for various types of engineers. Engineering certifications are a way for professionals to distinguish themselves and to validate their experience, skill and knowledge in a specific field. Also, all states require licensure for engineers who offer their services directly to the public.

Education
  • The requirements to become an engineer typically include a Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, though a Master's degree may be needed for advancement in some fields.
  • Engineers who wish to become licensed to work with the public must complete a program that is accredited by ABET (formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and meet the state requirements for licensure.
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Qualifications
  • An engineer will need strong critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities to succeed.
  • In addition, advanced mathematics and science skills are helpful, since they're strongly emphasized in all engineering degree programs.
  • Calculus, chemistry and biology are also typical general program requirements
  • Some schools also require advanced computer skills for aspiring engineers.
  • In addition, engineers must be able to communicate with coworkers including architects, drafters and scientists.
  • Variety of jobs
  • Challenging work
  • Lucrative careers
  • Growth opportunities
  • Gain insight into how things work

Starting: $68,000
5-years: $80,000
10-years: $97,000

Employment of engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations over the next decade, but growth will vary by specialty. Biomedical engineers should experience the fastest growth, while civil engineers should see the largest employment increase. Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good.

There are numerous advancement opportunities possible as a recent graduate with an engineering degree. With experience, they can begin handling complex projects that require higher degrees of interaction with other engineers and scientists. Junior engineers may eventually become supervisors, technical engineers, or senior engineers as they advance their careers. Many senior engineers move into management or sales, while some become consultants or even open their own engineering firms.

There are more than twenty-five major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology including aerospace, architectural, bioengineering, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, industrial, manufacturing, materials, mechanical, nuclear and more.



Finance/Accounting

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Each member of a finance and accounting department knows that their role goes well beyond simply reporting the numbers. They are responsible for the financial health of an organization, and play an important role in upholding high ethical standards and business practices. The duties of the two functions include:

Accounting: Day-to-day operations. Balance the books, track expenses and revenue, execute payroll, and pay the bills. Compile all the financial data needed to issue a company’s financial statements in accordance with government regulations.

Finance: Analyze revenue and expenses to ensure effective use of capital. Advise businesses about project costs, make capital investments and structure deals to help companies grow.

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

Earning an accounting or finance designation is one way to increase your standing in the eyes of potential employers. For most accounting and finance roles, the CPA (certified public accountant) continues to be the credential firms value most. Other sought-after credentials include: CFA (chartered financial analyst), CGMA (chartered global management accountant), CIA (certified internal auditor), CISA (certified information systems auditor), CMA (certified management accountant), CPP (certified payroll professional) and PMP (project management professional).

Education
  • Although there are some Associate degrees for accounting, a Bachelor’s degree generally looks better to prospective employers.
  • Some employers may even prefer that their accountants have a master’s degree in accounting or business administration with a concentration in accounting.
  • Some universities and colleges offer a five-year combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, which is a smart choice for students hoping to take the Certified Public Accountant exam.
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Qualifications
  • Good analytical skills are essential to recognize issues and develop solutions.
  • While they don't need complex math skills, being able to understand figures is vital to the job.
  • Also desired are basic computer skills and an ability to multitask.
  • They should also be meticulous and detail oriented. Previous accounting experience is generally required or preferred as well.
  • Knowledge of accounting software such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel is needed.
  • Additionally, many of the accountant's tasks are performed independently so it is essential to be self-motivated; however, collaboration is necessary, and the accountant must be able to work as part of a team.
  • Variety
  • Challenging
  • Growth opportunities
  • Work in every industry
  • Keep company financially sound

Accountants and Auditors
Starting: $47,000
5-years: $50,000
10-years: $55,000

Budget Analyst
Starting: $67,400
5-years: $70,200
10-years: $86,400

Employment of accounting and finance is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, these workers will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records.

In today’s business world, accounting careers are widely available with accountancy firms, investment banks, high street banks, insurance companies, building societies, management consultancies and public sector employers. While the demand does vary between each sector, the corporate sector and government sector are predicted to have a lot of job openings in the upcoming years.

Accounting and finance positions include accountant, bookkeeper, revenue agent, financial analyst, tax examiner, budget analyst, bank manager, investment analyst, insurance agent and auditor.



Healthcare

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The health care and medical industries are expanding rapidly and with an ever-increasing elderly population the demand for qualified health care and medical professional is not likely to decrease any time in the near future. The healthcare career group covers a diverse range of professions, ranging from those directly involved with patients, to those that support, manufacture, and produce medical and health related products and innovations.

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Experience to start: 0-2 years
Certifications
  • For some healthcare jobs two-year degrees or other certifications may be necessary, while others call for higher levels of training.
Education
  • Both the health care and medical industries encompass a variety of occupations ranging from medical doctors to dental hygienists to health care administrators. Educational and degree requirements for this wide range of career choices vary, as do credentials and salary levels.
  • For most healthcare positions, a solid foundation in math, science and English is important.
  • To stand out from other applicants, whether applying for a job right away or applying for a college/university program, it is a good idea to take advanced level courses.
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Qualifications
  • Of all of the positions within a company, administrative assistant positions, and positions within the support function, require the largest variety of skills.
  • Since they are the first point of contact for the company or people they support, they must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • They should also possess computer skills and be able to multitask within a fast-paced environment.
  • Often, administrative assistants also have secretarial duties, such as accounting, data entry, billing, inventory, record keeping, correspondence, and sales, so strong typing skills (including 10-key) are very important.
  • Some positions also require candidates to be familiar with particular software depending on the duties of the job.
  • Job security
  • Variety of jobs
  • Meaningful career
  • Growth opportunities
  • Competitive earning potential

Home Health Aid
Starting: $22,000
5-years: $24,000
10-years: $25,000

Medical Assistant
Starting: $32,000
5-years: $34,000
10-years: $36,000

Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistant and Aides
Starting: $52,000
5-years: $55,000
10-years: $58,000

Starting: $69,600
5-years: $74,050
10-years: $77,250

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing occupational fields in the United States. Even with the country’s overall unemployment rate being 6.6%, the healthcare industry is continuously looking to employ new individuals. Employment among healthcare occupations is expected to increase by 29 percent, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Healthcare careers continue to grow with no end in sight, because after all, everyone needs basic health care. Not only is it a field that offers its employees the opportunity to help others, but it’s also a rewarding field with great advancement opportunities.

Healthcare careers include doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical personnel, hospital administration, medical scientists, disease management professionals and any number of related careers. In general, any job which has its focus in helping to cure or prevent disease and/or ailment falls into this cluster of jobs.



Hospitality

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The hospitality industry brings in trillions of dollars in revenue on a global basis. The hospitality career family includes every job and profession associated with lodging, casinos, resorts, travel agencies, dining, and recreational events. A broad group of professions are represented, including everything from hotel management to tour guides. The non-stop growth in the service sector means that there’s usually enough room for everyone who wants to be a part of the action, whether their passion is pancakes, canapés, or the perfectly made bed.

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Experience to start: 0 years
Certifications
  • None required, but certifications are available through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI).
Education

Requirements for a career in the hospitality sector depend upon the position. Some entry-level positions, such as dishwashing, housekeeping, maintenance, and clerical jobs may require a high school diploma or an associate's degree. Other positions may require specialized training offered by accredited vocational schools, colleges, or universities. Graduates of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in hospitality and business in the hospitality industry enjoy the most opportunities.

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Qualifications
  • As a vast, dynamic and growing industry, hospitality and tourism provides tremendous opportunity for ambitious people who enjoy working with people.
  • Individuals who wish to enter the hospitality industry should have a certain set of relevant skills including effective communication and exemplary customer service.
  • Other desired skills are specific to the type of hiring establishment. Hotel employees should understand the importance of safety and security measures, for example, while casino employees must have a working knowledge of applicable gaming laws; similarly, restaurant employees should follow government-mandated regulations pertaining to food preparation, service and storage.
  • Room to grow
  • Job Security
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Relocate across the globe
  • Wide range of opportunities

Hotel Manager
Starting: $35,000
5-years: $45,000
10-years: $64,000

The travel and tourism industry is closely tied to upticks or downturns in the economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment growth in the hospitality industry is expected to grow slightly in coming years, and skilled employees with an advanced degree in hospitality management will benefit the most from this growth.

From high school graduates thinking about their first career to a mid-career professional longing for a change, the hospitality industry offers numerous entry-level as well as mid-level opportunities – many of which can eventually lead to advancement. The highest-paying hospitality jobs can easily reach six figures.

Hospitality positions include waiters, restaurant managers, hotel management and hotel staff, tour guides, travel guides, resort workers and operational staff in any type of leisure or travel related industry.



Information Technology

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Computer and IT (Information Technology) workers are a major part of the economy and allow many other workers to complete their daily tasks and routines. The range of IT jobs is vast. But no matter what job they do, all IT professionals focus on improving the usability and efficiency of technological systems and processes. Their goal is a smoothly functioning computer network-free of bugs, glitches, and interruptions-that provides an effective flow of information so the company can keep on improving its work processes, customer retention and acquisition, and other aspects of its business.

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

Today's employers and employees generally find that certifications are valuable. Certified employees improve productivity and efficiency, uplift the credentials of an organization, and improve customer confidence.

Education
  • A strong background in the technical fundamentals of computer science and programming languages are important for success in the field.
  • Requirements for being an information technology worker are a Bachelor's or Master's degree in information technology. Many positions also require prior experience in the information technology field.
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  • People who wish to pursue IT careers now and in the future must be flexible and open to change. The IT industry and corporate IT departments are undergoing dramatic changes due to the influence of social media, consumer technology, and technological innovations such as cloud computing.
  • In the Computer and IT industry, the employee must be capable of solving problems in an area where few people have much understanding.
  • They have the technical know-how for the tools that other people use every day.
  • When not fixing the issues that occur with computers and networks in an office, they are often busy implementing new software to make the jobs of everyone else more efficient.
  • Variety of jobs
  • Lucrative careers
  • Challenging work
  • Growth opportunities
  • Learn new technologies

Computer Programmers
Starting: $70,650
5-years: $87,750
10-years: $99,000

Software Developers
Starting: $87,150
5-years: $105,200
10-years: $115,900

Information Technology is a reliable industry with continued growth, competitive compensation and a variety of specializations. By 2020, employment in all computer occupations is expected to increase by 22%, but some IT fields will fare better than others, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) biennial update of employment projections.

Like most industries, IT is made up of many different occupations. As technology continues to impact our lives, employees in today’s competitive IT job market must have the right skills and certifications to advance to higher level positions.

IT careers include computer programmers, technical support, computer help desk support, network administrator, computer network architects, database administrators, software developers, web developers and many more.



Management

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A manager is a person that is responsible for overseeing a project and/or groups of employees or departments within a business or organization. Managers and executives work in nearly every industry. They work for large and small businesses, ranging from one-person companies to firms with thousands of employees. Managers perform necessary duties related to planning, organizing and coordinating events, production or other purposes of the business’s nature.

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

None required but may vary widely depending on position and industry.

Education
  • Managers typically have some level of higher education or experience; a Bachelor's degree in business management is typically the minimum
  • The specific level of education and training needed to be an effective manager is dependent on the type of business or organization in which the individual works.
  • Training courses which cover topics including human resources, leadership and motivation provide some managers with the necessary skills and education for operating businesses within areas such as retail, food and other small business types.
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Qualifications
  • Many positions require experience supervising other employees or experience in the industry they'll be managing.
  • In order to perform their duties effectively, managers must possess the skills necessary to work as a team player, be able to think strategically, have the ability to solve complex problems and make quick decisions when needed.
  • Managers must all have the skills needed to work with diverse groups of people and be flexible.
  • As they regularly interact with customers or clients, customer service skills are important to this position.
  • Rewarding
  • Challenging work
  • Make a difference
  • Drive success for company
  • Help employees’ achieve goals

Starting: $52,000
5-years: $73,000
10-years: $98,000

Employment of managers and executives is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by industry and is largely dependent on the rate of industry growth.

While managers can come in different shapes and sizes, most strive to climb the ranks to coveted higher-level management positions. To gain the necessary skills and experience to become an effective manager, an individual should first hold entry-level positions within the industry that interests them.

Jobs in management include first-level managers, middle-level managers, senior-level managers as well as executive level positions such as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operational Officer (COO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chairperson of the Board, Vice President and President.



Marketing

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Marketing is comprised of many facets and activities. Marketing can be defined as being the intermediary function between product development and sales. Think of it as the storehouse for such things as advertising, public relations, media planning, sales strategy, and more. It's the marketing professionals job to create, manage, and enhance brands. Careers include jobs in which professionals engage in all facets of researching, developing and coordinating a company's marketing efforts.

The position of marketing assistant is typically the first step to working in marketing, and it is normally entry-level. The assistant can be tasked with researching various cost factors for prospective marketing campaigns, as well as helping to coordinate existing campaigns by filtering necessary information among marketing, sales, and advertising teams.

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Experience to start: 4 years
Certifications

None required, but there are professional credentials available including Public Relations Society of America, Marketing Research Association (MRA) offers the Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) and American Marketing Association recommends the Professional Certified Marketer (PCM).

Education
  • A Bachelor's degree is the usually preferred degree type to enter the world of marketing.
  • A Master's of Business Administration (MBA) will make candidates more desirable.
  • Most companies will hire marketing assistants with associate's degrees, but in this competitive field, many employers may prefer candidates with four-year degrees. Most marketing assistants work regular business hours in an office environment.
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Qualifications
  • It is essential that a marketing professional be able to communicate clearly and effectively and demonstrate creative thinking.
  • They must also be well organized and show strong knowledge of the products sold by the company they are employed by.
  • Also desired are basic computer skills and an ability to multitask.
  • Individuals need to have excellent computer and communications skills, and they also need to exhibit outstanding organization characteristic.
  • Generally speaking, outgoing and friendly individuals who enjoy challenges should consider pursuing a career in marketing and/or sales.
  • Those who have the aptitude and ability to be friendly, persuasive and sympathetic can find exciting and lucrative careers in the selling and promotion a wide variety of products and services, ranging from anything from business services and software to automobiles and medical devices.
  • Variety
  • Job growth
  • Be creative
  • Utilize new technology
  • Meet people and network

Marketing Assistant
Starting: $68,000
5-years: $80,000
10-years: $97,000

Employment of advertising, promotions, and marketing professionals is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. These jobs will continue to be essential for organizations as they seek to maintain and expand their share of the market.

A career in marketing can take you in several different directions. Marketing professionals typically begin as marketing assistants, marketing associates or administrative assistants and are promoted. Internships and freelance work are a good ways to build a resume.

Careers in marketing include creative designer, account coordinator, public relations, media director, media buyer, account executive, product marketing and all related management level marketing careers.



Restaurant

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Half of all American adults have worked in the restaurant industry, and millions of people have found vibrant, engaging careers within this fast-growing community of professionals. The restaurant and foodservice industry is the United States’ second-largest private-sector employer. Whether its working in the kitchen whipping up entrees or prepping vegetables, or hoping for a big tip as a server, there are a lot of perks to working in a restaurant.

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B Work/Life

B- Career Track

B Benefits


Experience to start: 0 years
Certifications
  • Formal certification programs are available for various areas of work, with citations available for chefs, cooks, managers and others.
Education

Those interested in postsecondary education in the restaurant and hospitality industry have many opportunities, including Associate, Bachelor and post-graduate degrees. Areas of study may include culinary arts, baking and pastry, restaurant or foodservice management, and hospitality management.

More than 1,100 institutions in the United States offer college-level programs that specialize in restaurant or hospitality management. Prospective chefs can find an appropriate course of study at hundreds of cooking schools.

Many restaurant managers start off as cooks or servers and work their way up through promotions. Both Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in restaurant and hospitality management can also be very useful. Generally, the courses will include business, computer science, and accounting.

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Qualifications
  • Restaurant workers generally have strong background in hospitality.
  • They must be able to work in a team environment, have problem solving skills, and possess strong communication skills as they will frequently interact with customers and employees.
  • Variety
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Meet people and network
  • Relocate across the globe
  • Camaraderie with employees

Chef
Starting: $33,350
5-years: $36,850
10-years: $40,650

Restaurant Manager
Starting: $41,000
5-years: $57,000
10-years: $66,000

The restaurant industry is the second largest private-sector employer in the United States, and it adds jobs at a stronger rate than all other industries combined. By 2022, the restaurant industry is projected to add 1.3 million jobs.

Like many industries, the restaurant industry likes to promote from within its ranks. Job opportunities can be found in every segment of the industry, in every state. And statistics show that entry-level work often is a stepping stone to a long career. Nine of 10 salaried restaurant employees started out as hourly workers, and 80 percent of restaurant owners began their careers as hourly restaurant employees.

Restaurant careers include positions that combine food preparation and service, such as foodservice managers, servers, chefs and head cooks.



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Retail surrounds everyone’s lives. It is a fast-moving industry as companies try to respond to - and predict - customer demand and future trends. Working in retail has a vast array of meanings. There are a broad range of career opportunities to pursue within the retail sector – buying, visual merchandising, marketing, finance and human resources. Employees can start off at the bottom and work their way up without necessarily needing to gain higher education qualifications.

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  • None required.
Education

Employees in this field typically do not require advanced college degrees although 28% of retail workers have completed some college, and 15% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Many retail managers worked their way up to the position from the sales floor, but it’s easier to land the job with a degree. Most have a Bachelor’s in business administration and some even have an MBA. For those without a degree, internal training and development programs are beneficial.

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Qualifications
  • Many employers base hiring criteria on people skills and an ability to deal with difficult customers tactfully and with patience.
  • Other desirable characteristics of a prospective retail worker include an ability to communicate clearly and efficiently, a well-groomed appearance, and a sincere interest in helping people.
  • Foreign language skills may also be looked-for in communities that are rich with culture.
  • Room to grow
  • Employee discounts
  • Flexible work schedules
  • No college degree required
  • Abundance of job openings

Retail Manager
Starting: $35,000
5-years: $42,000
10-years: $46,000

Over 15 million people work in the retail sector, and that number is expected to grow, as retail sales worker occupations make-up the second largest job growth projections in the country, after food preparation occupations. More than 1 out of every 10 jobs in the country is in retail trade, which makes it a major part of our economy.

From sourcing new producers to transporting goods, ordering stock and forecasting trends, there are a multitude of roles that are critical to the retail operation. And these roles can also be found in a number of associated sectors, from warehousing and distribution to finance, marketing and design. As many departments work closely together of projects, retail workers will pick up a diverse range of skills in various business disciplines.

Retail positions include retail manager, store manager, retail store manager, retail sales, sales representative, cashier, assistant manager, merchandiser and buyer.



Trucking/Transportation

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Truck driver/tractor-trailer drivers are responsible for the transportation of various kinds of cargo and freight. A typical day for a truck driver may include long hours on the road and planning ahead for future pickups and deliveries. While truck drivers are one of the most visible jobs in transportation, there is also a multitude of logistical and administrative support positions needed in this fast-moving, dynamic industry.

A- Ease to start

B Work/Life

B+ Career Track

B+ Benefits


Experience to start: 0-1 years
Certifications
  • Truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
  • CDL training schools help students earn a CDL license in as little as 3 weeks instead of spending months or even years in school at a college or university.
Education

A college degree or even a high school diploma is not required to be a truck driver either, so those without higher education can still enjoy a successful trucking career and earn a substantial income.

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Qualifications
  • Truck drivers must have keen driving skills and be able to handle long hours on the road.
  • They must be able to plan ahead and handle any unforeseen circumstances that may happen while on the road.
  • Strong communication skills are necessary as workers may be required to stay in contact with supervisors and/or other truck drivers via radio or telephone while on the road.
  • Freedom
  • Paid to travel
  • Job Security
  • High earning potential
  • Training is short and inexpensive

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Starting: $45,000
5-years: $53,000
10-years: $62,000

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average of all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

After earning a CDL, truck drivers have a multitude of jobs to choose from. Each job requires strong driving and communication skills but may have different travel requirements. Generally, the higher paying jobs require traveling long distance or overnight delivery.

Transportation careers include positions with airlines, shipping companies, transportation services, railways, bus lines, and other related industries. From delivering packages and escorting people to their destinations, to coordinating shipments and designing commodity transportation routes, this diverse industry covers a broad number of positions.



Warehouse/Logistics

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Warehouse workers facilitate the distribution of goods. They load and unload trucks, place goods in storage and move inventory when needed. Depending on the position, warehouse workers may locate items and prepare them for shipping, move large volumes of product with forklifts and pallet jacks, print and place shipping labels using a computer or perform checks to ensure that orders are filled properly. Warehouse jobs are available seasonally and as full-time employment with possible flexibility for various shifts.

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Certifications

Warehouse workers also use several different tools to complete their job. They may use hand trucks, ladders, forklifts, and they may wear protective equipment such as a back brace or gloves. Heavy equipment operation may require a specialty license or certification.

Education
  • Many warehouse associates will have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Vocational courses are an advantage, but rarely will a warehouse associate need to have a college degree for employment.
  • Most employers provide training in the form of video, hands on learning or some combination.
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Qualifications
  • Warehouse workers must be strong and have a great deal of endurance.
  • Although skill requirements vary based on the job being performed, warehouse workers must be able to lift a certain amount of weight, fill orders accurately and possibly use computers or pallet moving equipment.
  • Workers must also be able to crouch, bend and stoop in order to reach and lift items from lower shelves.
  • Individuals who work in a warehouse need to be in good physical condition with an understanding of best safety practices for manual tasks.
  • In many cases, they will need to have knowledge of tracking systems either at designated workstations or with handheld electronic equipment. Some basic mechanical expertise for minor equipment repairs can be helpful.
  • Various shifts
  • Exercise on the job
  • No college degree required
  • Wide range of opportunities
  • Camaraderie with employees

Warehouse Associate
Starting: $22,000
5-years: $24,000
10-years: $26,000

Employment of warehouse workers and material movers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average of all occupations.

Warehouse associates can begin their career at an entry level, but it will be helpful to have some knowledge of inventory control systems. Dock off-loading and staging experience will be useful. Background checks should produce a clean driving record and personal history.

Warehouse careers include dock worker, forklift driver, warehouse worker, material handler, shipping and receiving, operations manager, distribution manager and more.