Expand Your Horizons – New Graduates Find Positions Out of the Lab

Speaking with recent graduates, one would come to believe that science majors have only two available routes: lab work or medical school. The truth is that some of the fastest-growing areas for recent science graduates have been outside the lab, particularly in computer and business-related positions.

Expand Your Horizons – New Graduates Find Positions Out of the Lab

Many companies are seeking individuals to test either general or company-specific laboratory information management software or systems (LIMS). Similar positions available include scientific data entry and analysis. Higher-level positions may involve scientific software development, scientific database development, or similar applications.

Science graduates with computer experience are often hired for these positions because they not only can use computers, they are also able to understand both the data and results derived from the software or system. Once in the company, lateral movement to Research and Development (R/D) or Quality Control (QC) is often possible.

As biotech and pharmaceutical industries grow, the need for scientific support staff and science-based business positions grows as well. These can include regulatory affairs and clerical positions that support R/D or QC. Scientific companies and hospitals often employ biologists, microbiologists and chemists in other departments, such as marketing, sales and business development.

If a recent science graduate does feel the need to obtain a lab position, he/she can broaden their search. In addition to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, which receive numerous resumes and applications daily, there are many other opportunities for biologists, chemists and microbiologists in areas that include:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Plastics manufacturers
  • Electronic component manufacturers
  • Agricultural companies
  • Fertilizer manufacturers
  • Synthetic fiber manufacturers
  • Feed companies
  • Environmental companies
  • Consumer products companies

All of these industries contain high- and medium-growth companies in which to establish and build a career. So, whether or not the lab is your comfort zone, the job outlook is good for science graduates.

Getting a Graduate Degree

The reasons for going back to school aren’t necessarily monetary. While a master’s degree will most likely earn you a better position and higher salary in the long term, you may have to settle for the satisfaction of expanding your knowledge and skills — at least in the short term.

Going Back to School

Some of the more common reasons people return to school for advanced degrees are because they:

  • Postponed choosing a career or job after college graduation.
  • Failed to get a job following college graduation.
  • Aspire to broaden their expertise and advance their careers.
  • Are seeking a career change.
  • Wanted to return to school later in life in order to expand their knowledge and make good use of time.

Grad Enrollment Slows

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that graduate enrollment rose from 1.3 million in 1983 to 1.7 million in 1996 — a 28 percent increase. It’s only projected to hit 1.75 million by 2008, an increase of just two percent.

Graduate enrollment is slowing (one reason being that some employers prefer employees with technology experience, rather than another degree). The NCES found that of people age 25 and older, only 10 percent went beyond just a bachelor’s degree.

Advance Your Career

If you are employed and happy in your field, and you think earning a higher degree may advance your career, it’s wise to discuss it with someone at work who can advise you. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement, but you need to verify your eligibility requirements. Often, companies only pay for classes specific to your job.

Some companies may want to limit your schedule to certain classes, rather than pay tuition reimbursement expenses for earning a full degree. With job functions becoming so specific, it’s often uneconomical for companies to pay for an employee’s tuition costs when a degree may not enhance their job performance.

More Money?

Of course, the subject matter often determines whether or not it’s worth the extra education (M.B.A.s have become more popular lately, especially for those in management positions in technical fields). Other factors may include whether or not your company will pay for it, your stage in life and how helpful it will be for you in the long run.

If money is a large factor in your decision, the NCES found that median annual income increases by nearly nine percent for people with a master’s versus a bachelor’s degree.

Look at the Big Picture

Whatever your reason for returning to school, it’s always nice to take a step out of the working world where people often get caught up in their daily routines. In academia, everyone strives to learn new things and better him or herself. You may leave school with more than just a degree.

For a list of graduate school rankings, visit Online U.S. News

More Diverse Work Force Helps Fill IT Skills Gap

As concern grows over the shortage of qualified IT workers, companies are stepping up initiatives to find candidates to fill open jobs. The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, has developed a program to create more job opportunities for minority students to help companies overcome this worker shortage.

The DOI Program

The ITAA and some of the leading technology companies in the United States, including Lucent Technologies, HealthAxis.com and Covad Communications, sponsor the Digital Opportunity Initiative (DOI). MCI WorldCom and Capital One fund the DOI program.

DOI was created in response to the IT worker shortage, and in particular, the lack of minorities in the IT work force. It’s a way to reach minority students and make them aware of the opportunities in the IT field, says Darlene VanEvery, senior program manager for ITAA. The DOI is composed of two parts:

  • An Internship program
  • An educational outreach program (still under development)

The ITAA serves as a link between minority students seeking IT experience and companies looking for IT talent.

Internship Program and Goals

Students submit their resumes to the DOI Web site, and employers search the site for qualified students to participate in their paid internship programs.

Internships offer benefits for both sides, says VanEvery — the company gets talented workers for less money than they’d pay a full-time employee, and students learn technologies and soft skills needed for future employment demands. Often, students end up accepting full-time positions with the companies that initially offered them internships. It gives both the companies and students an opportunity to observe each other and determine if they would make a good match on a long-term basis. The ITAA hopes the programs will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Promote a diverse work force to include additional minority groups, currently representing only a small percentage in IT, when compared with their presence in the general work force.
  • Provide supervised work experience for students to develop and enhance IT skills.
  • Help students build expertise, proficiency and confidence in applying IT skills to real work situations.
  • Develop stronger interactions between students and IT employers.
  • Supply IT employers with a pipeline of future skilled IT workers to meet the growing demand for a qualified work force.

To be eligible for the DOI program, applicants must:

  • Possess a minority student classification
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year institution
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Aspire to gain work experience in the IT industry

Outreach Program

The Outreach initiative is still in development, but ITAA plans to organize a “think tank of movers and shakers in the IT industry,” says VanEvery. The group will focus on filling the skills gap by linking companies, as well as educational and government institutions, with a qualified, but inexperienced, talent pool capable of meeting IT demands.

Their goals are to:

  • Increase industry awareness of the untapped resource of minority students, who have the potential of being good IT workers and reducing the number of open IT positions.
  • Inform school counselors of the available opportunities for IT students and remove any limited judgments as to who could qualify for jobs in the technology field.
  • Acquaint students as soon as possible with opportunities to prepare them for technology careers.

Filling in the Gaps

Minorities are under-represented in most technical fields, leaving employers with a large pool of latent, untapped IT candidates. As U.S. companies scramble to fill more than a million technology jobs, organizations like DOI are stepping forward to help them find and train those potential employees.

Pros of Internships

Internships can make all the difference in getting started on a new career. And in today’s business environment, they are no longer just for college students. Whether you’re in college, just graduated or are about to make a career change, an internship may be a good way to find out if your chosen field is the right one for you.

Internships are important for many reasons, including:

Internships can make all the difference in getting started on a new career. And in today’s business environment, they are no longer just for college students. Whether you’re in college, just graduated or are about to make a career change, an internship may be a good way to find out if your chosen field is the right one for you.

Internships are important for many reasons, including:

  • Experience: You will probably not know if your chosen career field is right for you until you have worked in the actual setting and gained some experience. It is important to have some exposure to people actually doing the type of work you plan to pursue.
  • A More Accurate Picture: Classroom/textbook experience and work experience are two different things. An internship affords the opportunity to test the waters of your field, rather than just learn about it in school. This will give you a better idea of the work involved and whether or not you will find it fulfilling.
  • Competitive Advantage: More and more employers’ hiring decisions are based on demonstrated career-related experience. In order for you to be competitive in the job market, you should be able to show some experience in your field, either through paying jobs, volunteer positions or internships.

The Traditional Internship

College internships are generally one or two semesters long and are often completed for college credit. In most cases, you’ll earn little money but will gain great experience.

If you are a student, check with your college regarding their recommended internship programs, or contact specific companies that interest you. Be aware that some college and university internships are sponsored by an academic department and must first be approved. Check with your advisor about processes and policies regarding approving internships.

Some internships are sponsored by a local employer and in order for you to gain college credit for the experience, you must substantiate an academic link to between your field of study and the internship.

For more information on internships, refer to these possible resources:

  • A trade association in your career field (if you plan to go into information technology, the Information Technology Association of America provides sources for internship programs)
  • Web sites that specialize in posting internship opportunities, such as Internship Programs.com
  • Other students who have already had internships

Not Just for College Seniors

Internships are not always for college seniors. Many programs allow anyone to apply, and academic or previous work background in the field is usually more important than age or school level. A non-traditional internship can give you the opportunity to experience something new if you are planning to change or expand your field. No matter what type of internship you pursue, be sure the experience is a balanced mix of “grunt” work and participation in substantive projects.

Reaping the Benefits

Internships are an excellent way to build your resume while proving to potential employers that you have a strong interest in developing some “real world” experience in your field. As a post-internship job seeker, you can use it to your advantage in convincing companies to give you a foot in the door.

Tech Skills and an M.B.A. – A Good Mix

In today’s fast-paced workplace, where nearly all business functions use some form of computer technology, you can no longer rely on either technical skills or business acuity to get the job you want — rather, you need a combination of the two. So if you have a technical background and earn an M.B.A., or already have an M.B.A. and build on your technical skills, you are an exceptionally marketable employee.

Benefits of an M.B.A.

There are some advantages to adding an M.B.A. to your resume of technical expertise. For example, there is a definite benefit for technical people pursuing a career through an organization’s management ranks, as well as those who want to start their own company.

Typically, the “M.B.A. types” are more inclined to encounter greater career opportunities over the long haul, says Michael Love, a Dallas recruiter.

A Good Combination

The mixture of IT and business backgrounds is a hot commodity right now, says Marjorie Bynum, VP of work force development for the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). Many M.B.A.s are popping up in areas like e-commerce, where a basic knowledge of HTML and Internet skills go a long way when combined with a business degree.

In fact, says Bynum, we are seeing such a high demand lately for people who have M.B.A.s because of the explosion of the Internet and e-commerce. M.B.A. programs often help individuals simulate the real world — integrating business skills with technology — making them better prepared for many jobs, especially since so many companies are pursuing e-commerce business practices.

Adding Tech Skills to Your Business Background

In the eyes of many employers, M.B.A. holders wanting to expand their technical knowledge are typically better suited for roles on the business or marketing side of technical organizations, versus a “hands-on” technical role.

Many larger corporations like to have these employees in the role of a manager, director or vice president, with responsibilities including strategy, delivery, marketing, operations and business development. These positions give them transferable skills outside the pure technology arena.

If you already have the M.B.A. and show potential, many employers may be willing to train you in the technical skills needed. But again, technology basics, such as HTML and Internet skills, will make your progress easier.

Future Leaders in a Technological Workplace

Bottom line, there are three main skills, when combined with advance technologies, that will ensure your success. This holds true whether you’re competing for a job as a chief information officer, a tech-savvy executive, or plan to start your own business. They are:

  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Knowledge of technology and the Internet

If you are considering enrollment in an M.B.A. program, take a look at Computerworld’s Third Annual Top Techno-MBA Survey, which lists 25 schools that they found to do the best job of preparing students for careers as technology leaders.

Orlando – Mouseketeers Just Part of the Tale

When you say Orlando, most people think Disney World. And when you talk about jobs in Orlando, people talk about Disney, which employs a veritable “city” of 55,000 people. But Disney is only one job vendor in this booming Central Florida economy.

“There’s growth in every direction,” says Philis Intro, research director for the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Mid-Florida, a public-private partnership serving Orlando, Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties.

Moving into Mouse Country

In fact, more than a thousand adults move into Metro Orlando each week to take advantage of the area’s diversified economy, which includes industries in high-tech, health care, finance, manufacturing, international trade and film.

In May 2000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a Metro Orlando civilian labor force of 919,300, with a 12-month employment growth rate of 5.8 percent, and a minuscule unemployment rate of 2.6 percent. This is below the state average and well below the 4.0 national average. Total Metro Orlando population is approximately 1.5 million.

Add to this a cost-of-living index below the national average. To dramatize how far your dollars go in Metro Orlando, consider this: To match a $100,000 salary in Boston, based on a range of factors, you need only $51,000 in Orlando. And the EDC reports median Orlando household income is higher than state and national medians, making the good life more than a cartoon fantasy.

To get an idea of the employment range, take a look at the major employers. Florida Hospital, a regional provider employing 12,800, ranks second to Disney in number of persons employed. The next seven, in order, are:

  • Universal Studios – Florida
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare System
  • Winn Dixie Stores
  • University of Central Florida
  • AT&T
  • Lockheed Martin

Employment – Serious Business in the Land of Laughter

Lockheed Martin (electronics and missiles) leads the list of manufacturers with the highest number of employees, followed by Cirent Semiconductor, Sentinel Communications and Siemen’s ICV. Altogether, high-tech companies employ about 80,000 people.

High-tech, business and finance developments are supported by several educational institutions, including the University of Central Florida, whose Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers has contributed to the region’s reputation as “Laser Lane.” Other key programs include Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School for Business and Valencia Community College’s Technology Innovation Center, recognized for its program in microelectronics.

Metro Orlando also presents opportunities in finance and administration. It’s the corporate headquarters for such giants as:

  • AAA
  • Chep USA
  • Dixon Ticonderoga
  • Hilton
  • Tupperware

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, finance, insurance and real estate jobs number about 60,000.

The EDC reports the region’s mix has traditionally been skewed toward low-skill service jobs, since 40 percent of the economy is based on services, including hospitality and tourism. Metro Orlando planners believe growth in industries as diverse as electronics, film/TV production, finance and international trade will add high-paying jobs across the spectrum. They point to a projection by Woods & Poole, an independent firm specializing in long-term county economic and demographic projections, that Metro Orlando will be the region’s fastest-growing employment and population market through 2008.

And you thought engineers and business people didn’t know how to have fun. A lot of them live in Orlando, don’t they?

Phoenix – Diverse Economy, Thriving Business Climate

The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce proudly touts the city as “one of the most vibrant and livable communities in the United States.”

For decades, visitors have come to Phoenix in search of the myriad recreational activities the region offers, as well as for its dry, sunny climate. Last year, Arizona attracted 25.6 million leisure and business travelers, who poured nearly $11.5 billion into the state’s economy. Approximately $5 billion was spent in Metro Phoenix.

Recognized as a good place in which to do business, the city’s positive job growth in 37 of the last 40 years helps make it corporate home to such companies as:

  • America West Airlines
  • Best Western International
  • Callahan Mining Corp.
  • Boeing Helicopter Company
  • U-Haul International

It’s also the regional headquarters for:

  • American Express
  • Bull Worldwide Information Systems
  • Prudential Property & Casualty Insurance Co.
  • State Farm Insurance Company
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Community Profile:

National comparison – Sixth largest city in the United States
Population – 1.2 million
Area – 420 square miles of Arizona’s Salt River Valley
Median income – $32,950
Average new home price – $162,086
Average monthly apartment rent – $640
Unemployment rate – 2.9 percent (in 1999)

Its employment base comprises more than 1.4 million workers in a variety of industries:

  • Manufacturing – 77%
  • Service – 50%
  • High Tech – 30% of all manufacturing employees (this is compared with a national average of 10%)
  • Tourism/hospitality – More than 130,000 people

Some of its larger employers include:

Employer – Number of Employees

State of Arizona – 63,961
Motorola – 18,500
City of Phoenix – 13,300
Maricopa County – 12,963
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – 11,900
Arizona District of the U.S. Postal Service – 10,722
Allied Signal Aerospace Company – 10,500

Economic Climate “Clear and Sunny”

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce says Phoenix is a “hot spot for entrepreneurs,” citing:

  • Excellent location
  • Good access to a skilled work force
  • Fine reputation as an attractive place to live

The city ranks first nationwide in percentage growth of new employees and second in new business establishments. Its metro region has enjoyed six years of record-breaking construction activity. And last year, Fortune magazine placed Phoenix at No. 4 among the country’s top 10 boomtowns.

Currently, job seekers find openings in:

  • Technical fields
  • Health care
  • Construction
  • Service industries (including tourism and business services)
  • Manufacturing (including basic and electronics/semiconductor)
  • Financial/professional sector
  • Transportation/distribution

On the technology side, a 1998 report issued by Arizona State University revealed that high-tech manufacturing “accounts for one of every five jobs in Arizona and has a greater economic impact than any other industrial sector.”

Motorola, Allied Signal and Honeywell first brought high tech to Phoenix in the 1950s. Today, Motorola is the city’s largest employer; and Allied Signal and Honeywell merged to create a huge Phoenix-based aerospace unit.

Fortune 300 company Avnet Inc. — a distributor of semiconductor, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components — is the largest business headquartered in Phoenix. Avnet, which employs nearly 9,000 in the region, reported annual sales of more than $6.4 billion in 1999. Other key players in the city’s technology arena include:

  • MicroAge Inc.
  • Insight Enterprises Inc.
  • Intel Corp.

More Fine Weather Ahead

According to Karl Gentles, media and communications manager for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the outlook for Phoenix is the brightest it’s been in the last decade.

Gentles notes that several factors led to the region’s emergence as one of the country’s best places to do business:

  • Strong and skilled labor force
  • Environment less costly for businesses than other communities with technology-based economies
  • Quality of life that is “unparalleled” compared with other technology communities

He also says, “In addition, our university systems are among the best in the nation, and have structured innovative partnerships with industry to train workers.”

The city’s growth hasn’t been without its challenges, though, and Gentles admits that issues like transportation will need to be addressed. The city won approval for a light rail system and expects to upgrade its overall transportation infrastructure to accommodate increased traffic.

Gentles explained: “I believe the answer is to plan for the growth, not just let it happen. We’ll continue to invest in our universities and our community in general, to be sure the community understands what the new economy will bring. And we will take action — legislative and individual corporate action, for instance — to be ready for a new way of business.”

Pittsburgh: The Steel’s Gone – Get Over It!

“I been a-workin’ that Pittsburgh steel,” Woody Guthrie sang to a wandering worker in his 1940s song, Hard Travellin’. If he came through the city nowadays, chances are his lyrics would be something like, “I been a-livin’ that Pittsburgh good life.” Once known for its steel industry and little else, Pittsburgh now boasts a number of thriving industries, including high tech and health care, and is also a center for academic research. And here’s a big surprise: Pittsburgh offers free public transportation.

Concern for Quality of Life

Pittsburgh residents say their city began working on quality of life issues right after World War II — long before most U.S. cities. They say it’s what makes the city such an attractive place to live. This concern has led to the evolution of old-style, individual neighborhoods with pre-mall emporia, such as:

  • Bakeries
  • Affordable housing (well below the national average)
  • Low crime rate
  • Public transportation system that is free until 7 p.m.

The city also boasts one of the fastest commute times in America.

Raw Material for Change

The steel industry’s gone, says the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. And it tells those nostalgic for a return to the Steel Era to “get over it — we have.” Rather than dwell on the past, the Chamber points to the steel industry’s legacy, noting that thousands of workers laid off from steel mills 20 years ago founded technology-based firms, and later created the raw material for thriving high-tech companies.

University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University’s renowned technology programs have also contributed to the city’s high-tech boon by supplying highly trained workers. The area’s 30 additional colleges and universities offer many research courses, with particular strengths in engineering, business, law and pharmaceuticals.

Downtown, old steel mills are being renovated for new high-tech businesses. A number of major corporations have made their homes in high-rise buildings around the picturesque Golden Triangle, where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers converge. They include:

  • Heinz
  • PPG
  • Alcoa
  • USX
  • PNC Bank Corp.

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) says that, along with major corporations, the city’s employment growth areas include security, financial institutions and biotechnology, while some traditional manufacturing industries, such as stainless steel, still exist. Pittsburgh employs 34,000 people in its hospitals, 8,000 in health care services, and more than 11,000 at US Airways. The U.S. government also employs 20,000 people.

The Sporting Life in Steel Town

The construction boom also includes two new sports stadiums for the Pirates and Steelers. According to the PRA, the city’s nightlife is “getting better all the time,” as it points to a host of new clubs and activities. The “Strip” warehouse district, which has nothing to do with adult entertainment, has new bars and restaurants opening all the time.

For those considering a move to the one-time steel capital, the PRA recently conducted a survey showing the region’s most in-demand professions in 2000:

  • Marketing, advertising and public relations managers
  • Technical trainers/instructors
  • Electricians
  • Dining room and cafeteria attendants, and bartenders
  • Short-order cooks
  • Multimedia developers
  • Specialty fast-food cooks
  • Restaurant, lounge and coffee shop hosts/hostesses
  • Tech support workers
  • Machinists

Source: Pittsburgh Region’s Occupation and Workforce Link (PROWL), produced by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, from research conducted in October-November 1999.

With the rejuvenation under way here, it looks like Pittsburgh is “steeling” itself for the future.

Portland: An Environmental and Manufacturing Hub

lanked by the Columbia and Willamette rivers, and with the Pacific Ocean just 78 miles to the west, Portland, Oregon, is a mecca for those who enjoy outdoor sports, such as:

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • River rafting
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Wind surfing

Portland’s metro area has 37,000 acres of parks, including one of the largest urban parks in the nation — Forest Park — that boasts 5,000 acres with 50 miles of trails.

From Fishing Lines to Assembly Lines

It should come as no surprise that employment in Portland’s environmental industry has climbed in recent years. According to a July 1999 study released by the Sustainable Portland Commission, the Portland Development Commission and Worksystems, Inc., jobs in Portland’s environmental sector grew by nearly 4,800 between 1992 and 1997. Of that growth, 85 percent was in the engineering and architectural fields.

The study also cited the occupations in highest demand include:

  • Environmental planners/analysts
  • Environmental engineers
  • Water resources specialists
  • GIS and mapping technicians

In moderate demand are:

  • Environmental regulatory specialists
  • GIS/GPS specialists
  • Wastewater specialists
  • Environmental compliance technicians
  • Environmental conservation restoration technicians
  • Hazardous waste technicians

In addition to a booming environmental sector, Portland is home to more than 1,300 manufacturing companies. Major employers with Portland-area headquarters include:

  • Adidas America, Inc.
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Epson Portland, Inc.
  • Freightliner Corp.
  • InFocus Systems
  • Louisiana Pacific Corp.
  • Norcrest China Co.
  • Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
  • Sequent Computer Systems, Inc.
  • Tektronix, Inc.

Three Fortune 500 companies consider Portland home:

  • NIKE, Inc.
  • Pacificorp
  • Willamette Industries, Inc.

Dollars in Transportation, Tourism and Trade

Portland proper has a population of 508,500. The primary metropolitan statistical area, which consists of six counties (one of which is in Washington state), raises the population to 1.8 million — the largest metropolitan area in Oregon.

Other key segments of Portland’s economic base include transportation, tourism, and wholesale and retail trade. According to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a strong economic climate has kept Portland’s unemployment rate low, fluctuating between 3.5 and 4.3 percent in the past six months.

The cost of living, while slightly higher than the national average, is lower than other major cities along the Pacific Coast, such as the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Seattle, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association.

Following is a table of various positions in the area, along with 1998 statistics for number of workers, and average hourly and annual salaries.

1998 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Portland-Vancouver (Oregon-Washington) PMSA

Job – Employment 1998 – Average Hourly – Average Annual

Chemists – 300 – $21.72 – $45,180
Computer Engineers – 3,340 – 31.02 – 64,510
Computer Programmers – 4,740 – 28.08 – 58,400
Financial Analysts – 270 – 26.10 – 54,290
Financial Managers – 4,590 – 27.66 – 57,530
Foresters & Conservation Scientists – 260 – 25.92 – 53,900
Geologists, Geophysicists And Oceanographers – 230 – 26.65 – 55,440
Home Health Aides – 1,310 – 8.40 – 17,480
Insurance Sales Agents – 2,370 – 20.99 – 43,670
Insurance Underwriters – 610 – 21.82 – 45,380
Lawyers – 2,780 – 33.86 – 70,440
Mechanical Engineers – 2,330 – 29.70 – 61,780
Medical Assistants – 2,000 – 11.35 – 23,610
Paralegals – 810 – 16.09 – 33,460
Personnel, Training and Labor Relations Specialists – 3,440 – 22.34 – 46,470
Registered Nurses – 12,060 – 21.65 – 45,040
Surveyors & Mapping Scientists – 300 – 23.00 – 47,840
Systems Analysts, Electronic Data Processing – 3,680 – 25.80 – 53,660

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Whether you love the outdoors, or simply enjoy the view, Portland might be just the right place for you to cast out your resume and reel in an exciting new job.

Princeton – An Intelligent Approach to Life

Best known for the college that shares its name, Princeton, New Jersey, offers more than just a good education.

The Township of Princeton is an economically strong community spanning 16.5 square miles in the heart of central New Jersey. It surrounds the 1.85 square mile area of the Borough of Princeton, but the two municipalities are completely separate political entities. The 1990 census recorded the Township population at 13,198.

Township residents include faculty and staff members of the area’s numerous academic institutions, along with workers from various companies, such as:

  • General Electric
  • Food Machinery Corporation (FMC)
  • Columbia Chemical Corporation
  • Educational Testing Service
  • American Cyanamid
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

Princeton is also home to executives and employees who work in Princeton, New Brunswick, Trenton and other nearby communities. The area also claims a commuter population oriented to New York and Philadelphia, each about 50 miles away, as well as Newark. A small number of farmers and retirees also reside in the Township.

A Fast Trip to Stability and Well-being

Commuting from Princeton isn’t always an easy job. No major travel arteries directly touch the Township. However, the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are all within reach of Princeton, the latter two providing direct rail service to Philadelphia and New York, as well as the rest of the northeast corridor.

This area is the fastest growing part of the Garden State and is known as the Route 1 corridor, the route number of the New Jersey Turnpike. Attracting a number of large office parks and conference centers, this trend began with Princeton University’s Forrestal Center and the recently completed Carnegie Center. The area is also home to Merrill Lynch’s new training and conference facility.

Not surprisingly, an unusually large portion of the population is engaged in teaching, education and research activities, providing exceptional employment security even in times of unfavorable economic conditions. This factor allows a stable community environment through both good times and bad.

Prosperity in Princeton

The Township itself is an open, semi-wooded community of substantial, rather pricey homes, with an average single-family construction value of $442,199. Within the community, you will find:

  • One shopping center
  • Several smaller shopping areas
  • Office research and service areas
  • A large amount of undeveloped land (approximately 35 percent of the Township’s total area)

Average annual wages for private sector employees is $51,794, and for those who work in the government, it’s $45,267.

Heavy industry in the Township is prohibited under present or foreseeable land use regulations, so expect Princeton’s suburban feel to remain for a long time.

Sound laws protect its natural and developed advantages, and with an intelligent citizenry dedicated to preserving its present community character, Princeton will continue to grow as one of the most attractive and prosperous suburban communities in the United States.