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High pay, higher hopes: Fast-growing jobs require more training Technical training is crucial Research indicates that in the current economy as well as post-recovery, the greatest opportunities for job-seekers will be in the higher-paying sectors. Northeast Ohio may have suffered because it has been late in adapting from heavy manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy, but it is well-positioned for future growth in higher-pay, high-tech jobs not only because of job-training programs at its colleges and universities but also because of the region's many innovative companies creating new products that will in turn create more jobs.
College optional: Jobs that don't fit the four-year mold Northeast Ohio growth jobs come largely at mid-skill level The mantra is simple: if you want a job in this economy, get a four-year college degree. And look anywhere -- everywhere -- but manufacturing.
The mantra is wrong.
Vo-tech and apprenticeships are still the path many are taking to the job market -- bypassing the four-year college route. The difference from the old days of going straight from high school to work is three-fold, though. The jobs are increasingly technical, increasingly competitive and increasingly likely to be in the trades and in government work, rather than on the factory floor.
Looking back for the future: Agriculture grew Ohio and growing things may be the key to its economic rebound Defining agriculture takes means more than cows and plows Ohio's job future may well be tied to its oldest economy -- agriculture. In today's story on good jobs in bad times, WKSU's Tim Rudell reports that the definition of agriculture is expanding almost daily, and that the new and old jobs connected to it add up ... Full story
The gig economy:Making full-time work out of part-time jobs
Many people are cobbling together part-time jobs or juggling free-lance contracts for a full-time paycheck. The drawbacks include a lack of benefits and a lot of uncertainty. The benefits include working at home, making your own schedule and answering to yourself. It's dubbed the "gig" economy and some think the new workstyle will stick around even after the economy picks up. Full story
A career overhaul: A tight economy leads some to re-work their entire work life Encore jobs go from choice to necessity For some, massaging what you've done won't do. Your career field is collapsing and you need to look at a far more drastic change, say from journalist to RN.
The dream job deferred: The fabled nursing shortage may no longer apply in Northeast Ohio
The once recession-proof healthcare industry is now catching the economic cold.
But even as more hospitals announce hiring freezes, more job seekers are flooding into the field. The balance of supply and demand of healthcare workers is finally shifting. With persistence, it can shift in your direction. Full story
Bridge jobs:Making the most of the time after graduation
The days of going straight from college into your career job are over. But the days of paying off college loans are not. Some recent grads are finding ways to pay those bills and beef up their credentials in anticipation of the time when the job market thaws.
What's next:Jobs of the future will likely refine the jobs of today
But these jobs will take more education than in the past No one is predicting the next big thing when it comes to the job market. Job growth is more likely to be for the better trained and flexible people in fields we already know exist.
Good Jobs In Bad Times:
The past six months have been one of the most extraordinary periods in U.S. economic history. As the stock market plunged and companies shed workers at an astonishing rate, thousands of people are suddenly looking for work.
While open positions have been sparse, some fields continue to expand, and even traditional manufacturing has its bright spots. Meanwhile, people are adapting, making drastic changes in their career paths, piecing together their own businesses and finding ways during the lull to build resumes they hope will pay off later. With their 8-part series, the WKSU newsroom dove into the murky waters of the current employment situation in Northeast Ohio.