This is a really nice article about the potential of nursing as a career for men. It discusses the fact that there is a growing number of men in nursing – still just 13% but that represents real growth. The article notes that across all of the allied health professions, there has been an uptick of men going into those fields. And it profiles a bunch of guys who have chosen nursing as a career.
‘Forget About the Stigma’: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men (NYT)
However, I wonder if this is really a solution for towns like the one profiled in the Chronicle article. Nursing and the other allied health professions typically require 4 year degrees or even longer programs, and are considered to be challenging majors. Is this realistic for towns where the many unemployed people, both men and women, are not interested in college degrees and may not have the academic preparation? Furthermore, is this an option in areas where nursing programs are few and far between, and where access to higher education is lacking in general?
A DYING TOWN
Here in a corner of Missouri and across America, the lack of a college education has become a public-health crisis.
There have also been reports that many men are still resistant to entering what are often termed “the caring professions”.
Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women (NYT)
Opinion? We often discuss nursing as a good field for people who want to have a solid steady career.
Here’s the age at which you’ll earn the most in your career
Does this graph match your experience?
Here are peak years for other parts of your life.
The age when you hit ‘peak loneliness’ – and other life milestones
A new study has found that 35 is the age at which men feel the most lonely. But when might you feel the most creative or content?
Of course each of us charts our own course for peaks and valleys so these broad conclusions can be meaningless for any one person. Are you on the fast track for some of these milestones but a late bloomer for others? Share your observations.
Students’ career paths after college are often surprising and difficult to predict given students’ majors. Not only do students from the same major transition into a surprising variety of occupations, they also earn very different incomes: to take one example, the 3.4 percent of English majors who become managers earn a median salary of $77,000, while the 8.3 percent of their counterparts who become elementary and middle school teachers earn $51,000. Different career paths and the associated earnings differences for students with the same college major are pervasive and important for understanding both the benefits of college majors and of college itself.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, we have calculated annual median earnings for men and women of various ages who have graduated with a particular major and entered a given occupation. For each group of college graduates, we show the most common types of jobs, as well as the fractions of graduates who are unemployed, out of the labor force, and employed full- or part-time. In addition, among each group of workers with a particular major, we show the range of annual earnings and the percent who obtained education beyond a bachelor’s degree for the most common types of jobs. This interactive is intended to be a resource for those who seek a better understanding of how their college major can be used, as well as those interested in how college specialization and the labor market interact.
You can play with the interactive charts at The Hamilton Project. Unfortunately these charts don’t take into account one of our favorite topics, college selectivity.
It’s time to put a stop to ludicrous job titles
Let’s get creative!
Write a ludicrous job title(s) for what you do on a daily basis.
Then write a ludicrous job title for your dream job with a short description.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? What ludicrous job title would you give it?
A recent discussion on the politics open thread got onto the subject of immigration, then onto a discussion of how a change in immigration policy has affected businesses that rely on seasonal summer workers, which led away from politics to a discussion of summer employment of Totebaggers. Apparently many employers who rely heavily on seasonal summer workers have difficulty hiring domestic workers, and rely on foreign workers on visas (Denver Dad also mentioned it could be a problem for ski areas relying on seasonal winter workers).
For those of us with HS and college kids, what are your families doing WRT summer employment? Will, or have, your kids take or taken any of the summer jobs historically associated with kids that age, e.g., lifeguard, cannery work, agricultural work, fast food, wait or kitchen staff, etc? Or would jobs more associated with career plans, such as internships, be in their past or future?
What kind of summer work did you do, and will your kids do similar work?
4 Reasons I Chose To Stick With A Career I Don’t Love
Reason #2 has been mentioned here a few times.
I was fortunate that I loved my careers, if not always the specific jobs. I even loved many of the part-time jobs I had while going to school because they involved photography, which I enjoy and even considered as a career..
What about you? Do you love your career? Do you love your job? If not, why do you stick with it? What “passions” would be part of your fantasy jobs? What have you observed among people around you?
It has been a while since we talked about or vented about our jobs. Let’s talk about that. Also, what about our respective professions, industries and workplaces. Any changes there ? Any impacts from the election, favorable or unfavorable ? Did anyone make changes that worked out or not career wise?
by Grace aka costofcollege
Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat
New data show that, in certain medical fields, large majorities of physicians tend to share the political leanings of their colleagues, and a study suggests ideology could affect some treatment recommendations. In surgery, anesthesiology and urology, for example, around two-thirds of doctors who have registered a political affiliation are Republicans. In infectious disease medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics, more than two-thirds are Democrats.
The author suggests that salary and gender play a role in the political leanings of doctors.
Here’s another measure of politics and occupations that is based on political contributions.
Democratic vs. Republican occupations
Most librarians are Democrats. Most farmers are Republicans.
As a group, doctors are in the middle, though pediatricians lean left and urologists right
Do you see these trends among people you know? Do you fit in with any overall political orientation among your colleagues, or do you usually feel out of place? What about with your neighbors, friends, and relatives? Do you talk politics in real life?
When does it make sense to work for free? I have a 24 year old daughter starting out in digital marketing and a friend at a start up asked her if she would create and manage their social media program for free. I told her that she should go for it – great experience, resume builder, and opportunity for good references. Plus, if it’s not a great experience – or you get a paid job offer – you can just resign (they’re not paying you!)
I wonder what group’s advice would be – I know several senior finance execs who got laid off in tough market and were out for several years. Coming back and working for free at a small financial boutique is a way to get back in the game, prove yourself and demonstrate your value. Several ended up impressing the CEO to such a degree that they ended up getting hired by the firm.