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Friday, January 29, 2010


Tucson Teaching Jobs

There are plenty of opportunities for those considering Tucson teaching jobs.

Tucson's education and health services industry employed 60,100 workers during December 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 59,800 workers during November and a 2.4 percent increase from December 2008.

Educators in the area can expect to be paid relatively well. According to, the average pay for a public school teacher in Tucson is between $40,811 per year and $54,209 per year.

The majority of the city's public primary and secondary schools are run by the Tucson Unified School District, which is the second-largest school district in Arizona, behind only Mesa Public Schools.

As of 2006, TUSD had an enrollment of more than 60,000 students and employed about 3,700 faculty members, according to Wikipedia. The district was previously ordered by the federal government to enforce desegregation to help balance race and ethnicity throughout TUSD schools.

The district has nine traditional high schools and several alternative high schools. The oldest and largest high school is Tucson High Magnet School, which enrolled 2,945 students during the 2006-2007 school year. TUSD also owns the KWXL-LP radio station.

TUSD also has many publicly-funded charter schools, including Sonoran Science Academy, BASIS Tucson and Satori Charter School.

Private schools in the city include: Tucson Hebrew Academy, Fenster School, Salpointe Catholic High School and St. Gregory College Preparatory School.

Institutions of higher-education located in the Tucson area include:


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Arizona Construction Jobs Decline 19 Percent Over the Year

As the state's unemployment rate increased and more jobs were lost on a monthly and yearly basis, Arizona construction jobs took the biggest hit over the year.

During December 2009, Arizona's unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent to 9.1 percent, following a decrease from 9.3 percent during November. Despite the increase, the state's unemployment rate is still lower than the national rate of 10 percent.

Arizona had a total non-farm employment of 2,412,000 workers during December, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 2,417,500 workers during November and a 4.8 percent decrease from December 2008.

Three industries saw a monthly increase in employment, including: mining and logging by 100 jobs; financial activities by 400 jobs; and education and health services by 2,000 jobs.

Employment in the trade, transportation and utilities industry and the other services industry remained even over the month with 471,000 jobs and 91,400 jobs, respectively.

The education and health services industry was the only one that added jobs on a yearly basis. The industry employed 326,200 workers during December, up from 324,200 workers during November and a 1.4 percent increase from the previous year.

The construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to the previous year. The industry employed 132,000 workers during December, down from 133,900 workers during November and a 19 percent decrease from December 2008.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include:


Thursday, January 21, 2010


Tampa Teaching Jobs

There are plenty of opportunities to consider when it comes to Tampa teaching jobs.

Throughout most of the nation, the education industry has remained stable, despite the economic recession. Educators in Tampa can expect to be paid well, with public teachers earning an average salary of $41,362 to $54,941 per year, according to

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area's education and health services industry employed 175,100 workers during November 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 173,800 workers during October and a 2.3 percent increase from November 2008.

The area's public primary and secondary education system is operated by the School District of Hillsborough County, which has an enrollment of about 189,469 students, making it the eighth-largest school district in the nation.

The district is responsible for running a total of 206 schools, including 133 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, 25 high schools, two kindergarten through eighth grade schools and four career centers.

Newsweek has included 12 of the district's high schools among its list of America's Best High Schools. The district also is home to 73 additional charter and alternative schools.

When it comes to higher education, the University of South Florida is one of the most prominent in the area. The school is currently ranked ninth in the country in terms of enrollment with 44,891 students.

The University of Tampa is another well-known higher-education institution. The private university, which has an enrollment of more than 5,500 students, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Other popular colleges and universities in the Tampa area include:
Argosy University
Everest University
Hillsborough Community College
Southwest Florida College
Stetson University College of Law
Strayer University
The Art Institute of Tampa
South University
International Academy of Design & Technology
Remington College-Tampa

Monday, January 18, 2010


Executive Assistant Training

Obtaining the proper executive assistant training is the most important part of preparing for a future career as an executive assistant.

Executive assistants are much like administrative assistants, with the main difference being that executive assistants often serve as the single supporting person for a higher-level executive, while administrative assistants are often entry-level or mid-level workers that support an entire team or office.

While many of the skills needed to become an executive assistant can be learned on the job, priority is often given to candidates who already have those skills, which can often be learned through online training courses or a college degree program.

Although a college degree is not always required, more employers require that candidates have formal schooling and give preference to those with a degree in an office-related industry, according to an article by

Once you apply for and obtain an executive assistant job, you will most likely be responsible for: forwarding e-mail and phone messages; keeping track of meeting times, places and priorities; and meeting the needs of top executives. You also may be asked to generate correspondence; make travel and personal arrangements; and research and prepare materials needed by the executive.

As an executive assistant, you must be able to use software and be familiar with word processing, database and scheduling programs, as well as the Internet. You'll generally be expected to work in an office for about 40 hours per week.

According to, the average salary for an executive assistant is between $43,669 and $55,672 per year. Those working in corporate settings, such as finance, technology or the federal government, can expect to earn even higher salaries.


Thursday, January 07, 2010


Fort Lauderdale Jobs Provide Less Confidence

Those with Fort Lauderdale jobs (Click here) and positions throughout Florida are losing confidence in their careers.

According to the most recent Spherion Employment Report, the Florida Employee Confidence Index decreased by 3.6 points to 43.5 during November 2009. The monthly report is conducted by Harris Interactive.

November's report shows that employee confidence has declined, as more workers express concerns about job availability and the overall health of the economy. However, 74 percent of workers in Florida believe it is not likely they will lose their jobs this year, an 11 percent increase from October.

Overall, only 17 percent of workers think the economy is improving, a 9 percent decrease from those who thought so during October. About 81 percent of workers think there are fewer jobs available, a 10 percent increase from October.

Despite high levels of believed job security, 37 percent of workers say it is likely they will make a job transition during the next 12 months, up from 26 percent who planned to do so as of October.

"With more than one million Floridians unemployed and a state unemployment rate that exceeds the national figure, it is not surprising that Florida workers are feeling a bit pessimistic about the economy and job market," Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida, said. "Our latest Florida Employee Confidence Index paints this picture.

"However, it is encouraging to see that the majority of workers are expressing a sense of job security in their current positions," he added. "Despite this heightened sense of security, more than one-third of workers have revealed plans to look for a new job in the next 12 months, serving as a reminder to companies not to forgo critical retention activities as the economy eases out of this downturn."


Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Phoenix Management Jobs Created by New Call Center

One company's move to open a new call center will create Phoenix management jobs.

First American Corporation recently announced that it will open a call center in Phoenix this March. The facility will initially employ 100 workers, with that number expected to grow to anywhere between 200 and 400 workers by 2012.

In addition to management positions, available jobs will include those for front-line customer service representatives and claims agents. Pay for customer service jobs will range between $10 per hour and $16 per hour.

"This is a great win for the City of Phoenix and for the Valley," Barry Broome, CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said. "With their plan to bring 400 jobs in the next 24 months, First American is providing a much-needed boost to the local economy."

Santa Ana-based First American offers home warranties in 35 states. The company also does mortgage lending and title insurance, as well as other financial services.

"As we looked around the nation for a location for our new call center, Phoenix offered the ideal blend of technological infrastructure, convenience and access to talented employee candidates," Jeff Powell, vice president of First American, said. "We plan to grow our operations over the next several years, and this new call center will enable us to provide the responsive support our customers deserve and expect."

The Phoenix area could certainly use the additional jobs. Although the city's unemployment rate has decreased as of late and more jobs have been added on a monthly basis, Phoenix has lost workers when compared to last year.

During November 2009, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area's unemployment rate decreased from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent, following an increase from 8.6 percent during October. That places the city below the national unemployment rate of 10 percent.

The area had a total non-farm employment of 1,731,500 workers during November, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 1,722,700 workers during October, but a 6 percent decrease from October 2008.


Monday, January 04, 2010


Thousands of Pittsburgh Construction Jobs Lost

Thousands of Pittsburgh construction jobs were lost during the past year.

The Associated General Contractors of America recently reported that the Pittsburgh area lost 4,700 construction jobs from November 2008 to November 2009. The city received a ranking of 98 for construction employment.

The Pittsburgh area's construction industry employed 54,100 workers during November 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 55,600 workers during October 2009 and an 8 percent decrease from November 2008.

Statewide, Pennsylvania's construction industry has been improving as of late. The industry employed 230,600 workers during November 2009, up from 228,700 workers during October 2009, but a 7 percent decrease from November 2008.

Overall, construction employment declined in 324 of the 337 metropolitan areas throughout the nation, while construction projects decreased by more than $137 billion to a six-year low of $900 billion.

El Centro, Calif., saw the biggest decrease in construction employment, as 36 percent of its jobs were lost. Other cities that saw large declines include: Kokomo, Ind., by 31 percent; Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Wash., by 28 percent; Reno, Nev., by 28 percent; St. George, Utah, by 27 percent; and Grand Junction, Colo., by 27 percent.

Only six metropolitan areas saw an increase in construction employment, including: Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa., by 12 percent; Tulsa, Okla., by 3 percent; Anderson, Ind., by 6 percent; Columbus, Ind., by 5 percent; Bismarck, N.D., by 3 percent; and Fargo, N.D., by 1 percent.

Of the various construction sectors, developer-financed construction saw the biggest decline in spending, with private lodging investments decreasing by 46 percent; retail, warehouse and farm spending declining by 41 percent; and private office investments decreasing by 39 percent.

Public construction, which benefited from federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saw a 2.7 percent increase in spending over the year.



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