10 Best Jobs for 2017

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The job market goes up and down, and sometimes it can be difficult to predict which fields are going to do well, and which will see little or no job growth at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released information on the 20 occupations with the biggest change of employment between 2014 and 2024. Looking for a job in one of these fields or occupations is a great idea if you are hoping to change fields, have a potentially more stable job with a positive future outlook, or you want to know where to look for abundant jobs.

The occupations included in the Bureau of Labor Statistics list vary greatly when it comes to the field that they fall under, so there are opportunities for many different kinds of positions, from wind turbine service technicians to personal financial advisors. Some positions require little education or training, and some require a Master’s or even a doctoral degree.

Here are 10 of the jobs that you can bet will be abundant in 2017:

  1. Wind turbine technicians

It’s no surprise that wind turbine technicians are at the top of this list. According to Energy.gov, the projected growth of the wind industry is 404.25 gigawatts across 48 states by 2050 (a projected increase of 180.15 GW since 2030). As a result, we will certainly need technicians to install and repair the wind turbines. If you’re comfortable working with heights, and you like to work outside, then this might be the job for you. The typical entry-level education is some college but no degree, and the median annual wage was $51,050 in May 2015. Plus, the field is projected to grow 108 percent from 2014 to 2024.

  1. Occupational therapy assistants

If you enjoy helping people recover, or you want to help people improve their ability to work and live each day, but you don’t want to become a full occupational therapist, then becoming an assistant or aid is a possibility. Assistants and aides can help provide the therapy or give support, and work with the therapists. Therapy assistants need an associate’s degree, and may need to be licensed; aides usually have a high school diploma. The 2015 median pay was $54,520 per year.

  1. Physical therapy assistants

Similar to occupational therapists, this is a great job for someone who likes to help others. Physical therapy assistants work directly with the therapists to help patients recover from an injury or illness. The median pay is slightly lower than it is for occupational therapy assistants and aides ($42,980 per year), but the employment change is also 40 percent. The required education is also similar. Many people find that assistant therapy positions can be very fulfilling, and since the pay is also decent, this can be a great choice if you want a job that is projected to keep hiring.

  1. Home health aides

Unfortunately, home health aides don’t get paid very much ($21,920 median per year), and this may cause some people to shy away from these positions. However, the work is certainly meaningful, as aides help people who have an illness, disability, or impairment. They can work with older adults, and work in the patient’s home, but can also work in a group setting or day services program. The job outlook is 38 percent, no formal education is required, and short-term job training is available.

  1. Nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives

If you’re willing to go through some school or educational classes, you might find that it’s worth your time in order to get a job in this field. With a median pay of $104,740 per year, these jobs certainly pay well enough for many people. The job duties for each position can vary by state and by practice, but often nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as midwives, have many varied and interesting job duties. A Master’s degree is required for these positions, and the job outlook is 31 percent.

  1. Physical therapists

You probably noticed that physical therapist assistants are facing a strong job outlook, and physical therapists are projected to do almost as well (34 percent). You will need a doctoral or professional degree, but the median pay for 2015 was $84,020. Like the assistants, therapists help patients improve their movement, manage pain, and help prevent further issues as well. Benefits of this career include making a difference, becoming a movement expert, having job security, and having location flexibility and the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.

  1. Statistician

Like analyzing things? Want to make $80,110 per year? If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, you won’t have to worry about work experience or on-the-job training. Statisticians are seeing a 34 percent job growth outlook, and enjoy using statistical analysis and methods to look over data and help fix problems. Statisticians can work in many different fields, and also many different locations. About 15 percent of statisticians work for the federal government, 14 percent are in scientific research and development services, and 13 percent pursue finance and insurance.

  1. Operations research analyst

This is another position that requires a great deal of analysis and math. These analysts also use mathematical and analytical methods, and they focus on helping organizations handle issues and solve problems. The median pay was $78,630 per year in 2015, and the job outlook is 30 percent growth. Most operations research analysts work full-time in office settings, so if you like to sit at a desk this might be a great fit for you.

  1. Personal finance advisors

Most people want more money, right? If you choose to become a personal financial advisor, you can help people make wiser decisions when it comes to money, and hopefully provide intelligent and helpful financial advice to people from all walks of life. All you will need is a bachelor’s degree, and long-term on-the-job training is often available. The job outlook is 30 percent, and the median pay was $89,160 per year in 2015. This is also a position that can bring you to almost any city or state in the country, because financial advisors are needed everywhere.

  1. Genetic counselor

If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, becoming a genetic counselor can be an extremely interesting career, and will allow you to study DNA. The median pay in 2015 was $72,090, and the job outlook was 29 percent. Genetic counselors meet with individuals or families, and help determine the risk of inherited conditions. They also can provide information to health care providers. You may work in your own office, at a hospital, or at a doctor’s office. You will need to become certified in order to be a genetic counselor.

Source: www.cheatsheet.com

LBI Media Appoints Liliana Aristizabal As New Vice President of Sales and General Sales Manager For KRCA

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Liliana Aristizabal

Spanish language broadcasting company sets standard for number of women in top executive leadership positions among its Hispanic media competitors.

Burbank, CA., March 28, 2017— LBI Media, the fastest growing, minority owned Spanish language broadcasting company in the U.S. announced today that it has appointed Liliana Aristizabal as vice president of sales and general sales manager for its flagship Estrella TV station KRCA in Los Angeles.

In her new role, Aristizabal will be responsible for managing KRCA’s sales staff, growing the business, and strengthening client relationships for the station. She is also responsible for managing the day-to-day sales operations of the station. Aristizabal will report directly to Winter Horton, chief operating officer at LBI Media.

Aristizabal, a seasoned Hispanic media executive, comes to LBI Media following a 17-year sales career at Telemundo, where she spent the last nine years in sales management. While at Telemundo, she worked as a national sales manager with WNJU – Channel 47 in New York, as a local sales manager with WSCV – Channel 51 in Miami, and returned to WNJU – Channel 47 in New York as vice president of sales. Prior to Telemundo, Aristizabal served as director of national sales for ZGS Communications. She holds a BA in International Marketing and Management from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).

Aristizabal becomes the latest addition to the single largest executive team led by women in any Spanish language broadcasting company. LBI Media boasts an unprecedented number of women in its top-level leadership, representing 47% of its executive team. With her addition to the management team, she becomes the sixteenth highest-ranking female executive in the company, and the tenth Latina to be part of this elite group of women. Other notable positions headed by women at LBI Media include its CFO, general counsel, VP of human resources, SVP of distribution and affiliate sales, SVP of station sales, VP of local news, VP of research, and VP digital sales, to name a few.

“We welcome Liliana Aristizabal to our executive team. At LBI Media we pride ourselves in putting into practice what we state in writing. One of our company’s core values is diversity and inclusion, and we hope to serve as an example in the broadcasting industry when it comes to promoting and providing professional opportunities for women in key executive leadership roles,” stated Lenard Liberman, CEO, LBI Media.

About LBI Media, Inc.

LBI Media, Inc., is the largest privately held, minority-owned Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, with ten television stations and seventeen radio stations operating in top U.S. Hispanic markets. LBI Media, Inc. is the parent company to the Estrella TV Network, Don Cheto Radio Network, Fenomeno Studios MCN, Que Buena Radio and La Raza Radio. The company produces over 50 hours of original television programming at its Burbank Television Studios each week. The Estrella TV programming catalog consists of over 7,500 hours of original, Spanish-language television programming in genres including talk, drama, comedy, variety, reality, music and more. To learn more about LBI Media and see company updates, please visit www.lbimedia.com .

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Career Fair Etiquette-5 Helpful Tips

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Career fairs are an important part of the job search. They allow job-seekers to quickly and efficiently introduce themselves to many companies at once.

While career fairs can seem like a free-for-all, and much less intimidating than a one-on-one interview, there are still rules and protocol you’ll need to follow to make a positive impression.

Do your research

When you go in for a normal interview, it’s definitely expected that you do your research and know why you want to work there.  In the case of a career fair, the same thing is expected.  Just because you are meeting multiple companies instead of one doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about them in advance.

Generally the list of companies is published in advance of the date of the career fair.  Take a look, decide which companies you want to chat with, and then do a little research on each.  You probably don’t need to go into as much depth as you would for an interview, but showing up at a company’s table knowing nothing about them won’t make a positive impression.

Know what opportunities are available/you’re interested in

When I’ve gone to career fairs I’ve always been the most impressed with people who showed up and knew exactly what they wanted to get out of their time with me.  Knowing what opportunities are available with the company (that you’d also be interested in) is a great way to focus the conversation.

As part of your chat with the company representative you can always say “I saw on your website that you are hiring for X. I’m really interested in roles like that and was wondering the best way to express interest” or something along those lines.

Know what you are going to say

A part of career fair etiquette is planning what you are going to say ahead of time, especially when you are introducing yourself.  This should be in the form fo some sort of “elevator pitch” (check out this tutorial to create one).  The elevator pitch will allow you to concisely say who you are, what you’re interested in, and why you’d be great at it.

It’s great to show up at each booth with a plan of what you are going to say versus just walking up and saying “hi”. That sets the conversation up to fail from the beginning because it’s more likely to “fall flat” and not give you the chance to explain why you’re great.

Note: You should also have certain materials ready before you go to a career fair such as your resume. Companies are generally looking to collect that resume as they meet you.

Be mindful of people’s time

One thing that can be slightly awkward about career fairs is that you are generally stepping up to a table or booth but there are a line of people standing behind you waiting to do the same thing.  Spend a little time with each company but don’t stand there all day (5 minutes is probably the maximum time).  You also need that time to go visit other companies so be sure not to put all of your eggs in one basket.

Find out the best way to follow up

If you are visiting a company’s booth at a career fair, you probably want to follow up with them in some way (to eventually get a job or internship). Ask the company representative their preferred method of follow up.  Equally important is knowing who to follow up with.  When a company says “just apply online” and won’t offer up a contact, that means they probably don’t necessarily want you to follow up with anyone directly. That’s not ideal but it’s okay. Your goal is to find out what they want and be respectful of that.

Say thank you

For those who do offer up contact information, write a thank you note after your meeting with them just as you would if you had an interview.  Similar to writing a regular thank you note, make sure it is thoughtful, somewhat customized, and send promptly after the meeting.

Read more about Career Fair Etiquette here

NASA’s Youngest Researcher Poised To Be First Mexican On Mars

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NASA’s youngest researcher Yair Israel Piña López, 20, might be on his way to Mars.

According to Remezcla, the National Autonomous University of Mexico student is among six crew members en route to Utah’s Mars Desert Research Station. Through intricate astronaut cosplay and individual research, the physics major is an essential part of making an eventual mission to the Red Planet possible.

“I’m very proud,” he said of his selection in a statement. “Now in Mexico we need to support each other to get ahead, and it fills me with pride to be able to carry the flag of Mexico on such an important mission, and make the first mission to Mars a real possibility.”

Here’s to making history!

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10 Reasons to Consider a Career in the STEM Fields

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Thinking about going for a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Now is the perfect time. STEM is a quickly growing and high paying area that is a great direction for new or graduating students to take. But is it really right for you? Check out these 10 reasons why you should consider making STEM your future career.

1). Cross-Marketability of Skills
It’s not like if you’re a biologist than you can suddenly go into theoretical physics, but the basic skills you learn are useful in many different professions. By studying to follow a field in science or technology you’ll be learning math, research methods, problem solving, and how to fill out mountains of paperwork. Many different jobs across all fields need that, which means you’re already qualified. If you decide to change jobs or have trouble finding one right away, you won’t be left out in the cold.

2). High Pay
Going into STEM isn’t just a great way to get a job. It’s also a way to get a high paying job. Studies have shown that 63 percent of people with a degree in STEM-related work get paid more than someone with a bachelor’s degree in anything else. More than that, 47 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field make more than people with a Ph.D. in other areas. Basically, you’ll be more likely to make lots of money than someone who majors in another field of study.

3). Job Availability
With this economy, you might be worried about how you’re going to get a job. Are there really that many jobs available to you? The short answer is yes. There are STEM jobs in numerous different fields ranging from research assistant to physics educator. More jobs are added all the time, so you’re never going to find a scarcity of positions for someone with your qualifications.

4). Less Competition
Even though there are plenty of jobs, there are still probably hundreds of people clamoring to get at them, right? Wrong. Every year 3.2 million jobs in the STEM fields go unfilled, mostly because there is no one qualified to fill them. By educating yourself and preparing to go into one of those jobs, you’ll be a head above the rest who don’t have what it takes to qualify.

5). Less of a Gender Gap
Ok, so maybe you’re a woman and are worried about that huge pay gap determined by gender. This is yet another way STEM can help with your life. Studies have shown that there is a much smaller salary gap between men and women in the STEM fields. It’s also got plenty of racial and gender diversity, so if you’re looking for equality in the workplace then look no further.

6). Basic Skills Won’t Get Obsolete
It’s true that technology is ever progressing, but the basics stay the same. The world will still need math and still need research. Because you have a basic knowledge of the scientific method, computers, essays or report writing and much more, you’ll be valuable no matter how things innovate. You’ll be more ready to adapt to the changes than people who have no experience in the field at all.

7). Innovation
All that innovation doesn’t just help you get a nice paycheck. It also helps others. You have the chance to work on the cutting edge of fields like medicine, computer technology, robotics, and more. If you have a humanitarian streak, what better way to show it than by gifting the world with your ability to innovate?

8). Better Classes
Right now the government is making a big push to get classes funded and available for STEM students. There are more varied classes in different areas and the funding in most states is better for STEM related classes. Given that half of high school students say they’re not going to go into STEM majors, you may also find that your classes are smaller, which gives you better access to professors and resources.

9). Everyday Critical Thinking
Being a problem solver in the classroom and at work can lead to you being a problem solver in life as well. Being trained in a STEM field can assist you in your everyday world and can even save you money. If you have a better grasp of computer engineering, maybe you won’t have to take your computer to the IT guys so often. If you’re a math wiz, doing your taxes might not be as big a bother. Besides, who else do your friends know that can make a potato cannon out of office supplies or a fighting robot from car parts?

10). Love
There is no better reason to go into a field than this. For some people, science, math, and technology are not just jobs. They’re a passion. If your career is something you enjoy doing, you’ll lead a happier and more productive life. You’ll be one of the few who doesn’t dread going to work every day and is able to brag about your job. Even if your grades weren’t the best, even if your pay isn’t as high as you’d like, pursuing what you love is a reward all its own.

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Ever Thought About Owning Your Own Franchise?

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Nothing lasts forever. Hot brands in franchising don’t stay hot forever. New brands are always entering the marketplace. New ideas for products and services are introduced every year. Some of these new franchise concepts end up succeeding–exploding even. Some of them fade away soon after they’re launched. But, even the hot ones eventually lose their fire. Keep that fact in mind as you’re searching for a franchise you’d like to own.

Picking the Winners
Too bad crystal balls don’t really work. If they did, you could choose franchise concepts that were getting ready to go big. But, they don’t, so you’re left with doing good old-fashioned detective work to find then research franchise opportunities you hope will be a good fit and that you can be successful owning.

Goal-Setting
Before you begin taking a serious look at franchise opportunities, it’s important to set some goals. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself clicking from one franchise opportunity website to another for hours on end-with nothing to show for your efforts except a sore wrist and tired eyes.

Ideas for Goals
I want you to decide on your own goals for a franchise you’d like to own. It’s your life and your money. But, allow me to prime the pump a bit. Check out these 5 possible goals.
1. I want to own a franchise that allows me to have a lot of flexibility in my day.
2. I don’t want to invest more than $200k in a franchise.
3. I want to own a franchise with a well-known brand.
4. I only want to buy a newer franchise concept so I can get in on the ground floor
5. I want a franchise that can serve as a family business-for my family.

Did I get you thinking?

Deciding When
Number #3 and #4 above may not be goals you had planned on having, but, they’re important ones to consider. That’s because you need to decide when you want to get in. In other words, would you like to have first dibs on a franchise location in your area? If so, you should look into younger franchise brands … franchise businesses that are up and running in other parts of the country-just not in yours.

Or, would you like to be the second or third franchisee in your local area? If so, that could mean that the “best” locations may already be spoken for. It may also mean that the residents living in your area already know of the brand; that could make it easier for you to get your new business up and running.

The Ebbs and Flows
If you know going in that all franchise brands experience ebbs and flows, you’re already ahead of the game. You may end up buying a franchise that’s considered an up and comer. Your timing could turn out to be perfect. If so, take advantage of your brand’s popularity. Earn as much money as you can. But, make sure you put aside some of your earnings if possible, because business may not always be good.

Tip: Choose a franchise opportunity with an innovative executive team. A team that’s not afraid of introducing new products/services to the marketplace. It’s one way to try to limit the inevitable ebbs and flows that all brands experience.

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