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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.