Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Top High-Paying Diversity Jobs in 2017


What are the diversity jobs that rank highest in terms of pay for 2017? Jobs in the healthcare sector are projected to be the most in-demand jobs for the coming years. But do they pay well too?

A look at the US News Best Jobs Rankings, the 3 top best paying jobs for 2017, are:
Anesthesiologist
Surgeon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

The rest of its list of the 25 Best Paying Jobs for 2017 shows 14 more in healthcare, 6 jobs in business, 2 jobs in sales & marketing, and 1 each in engineering, tech and social services.
Each of these three best-paying jobs, plus the rest in the list, has an average salary of more than $100,000 per year.


The US News partly based its rankings of the best jobs according to the highest projected number of openings from 2014 to 2024, as categorized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read here more on the US News methodology of ranking the best jobs. 

The healthcare and social assistance sector is seen by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the industries with the fastest growing wage and salary employment between 2014-2024.

The 20 occupations with the highest median annual pay as of the December 2015 list published by the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Occupational Outlook Handbook shows the top 9 jobs are in the healthcare sector. The first 8 had a median pay of equal to or greater than $187,200 per year.

These jobs include:
* Surgeons
* Psychologists
* Physicians & surgeons, all others
* Orthodontists
* Oral & maxillofacial surgeons
* Obstetricians and gynecologists
* Internists, general
* Anesthesiologists

The list continues:
* Family and general practitioners - $184,390/year.
* Chief executives – $175,110/year
* Dentists, all other specialists – $171,000/year
* Practitioners, general – $170,300/year
* Nurse anesthetists – $157,140/year
* Dentists, general – 152,700/year
* Architectural and engineering managers – $132,800/year
* Computer and information systems managers – $131,600/year
* Petroleum engineers – $129,990/year
* Marketing managers – $128,750/year
* Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates – $126,930/year
* Air traffic controllers – $122,950/year

Most of the above-mentioned occupations belong to what the BLS categorizes as Professional and Technical occupations. They require specified skills and knowledge, a college degree or higher, as well as advanced training and experience. Even at the entry level, a college degree is often required.

A Forbes article, however, citing LinkedIn Salary, gives a more updated median pay, and likewise, most high-paying jobs in their list belong to the healthcare industry.
In putting together its list, LinkedIn looked to the salary data that verified LinkedIn members provided. Each job title considered for the roster had to have at least 50 salary reports from those members. […] All in all, a dozen of the 20 jobs on the list fall into the medical or healthcare realm. Near the top of the list – at number 3 – was the position of anesthesiologist. Workers in that role, according to the numbers, earn a median annual salary of $350,000. That’s more than the median salary for a surgeon, which brings a $338,000 paycheck and placed fourth.

How about non-degree occupations, what are the highest paying jobs? Based on the US News Best Jobs for 2017 that do not require a college degree, many of these jobs are still in healthcare.
#1. Occupational Therapy Assistant: median salary is $57,870; expected job openings: 14,100
#2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: median salary is $68,970; expected job openings: 16,000
#3. Web Developer: median salary is $64,970; expected job openings: 39,500
#15. Home Health Aide: median salary is $21,920; expected job openings: 348,400
#16. Wind Turbine Technician: median salary is $51,050; expected job openings: 4,800
#23. Personal Care Aide: median salary is $20,980; expected job openings: 458,100
#24. Veterinary Technician: median salary is $31,800; expected job openings: 17,900
#25. Maintenance & Repair: median salary is $36,630; expected job openings: 83,000


For those seeking a job, and/or deciding on a career, or making a career move, the above information can be of much help. What is clear is that there are great career opportunities for both degree and non-degree holders. It is a matter of perseverance in one's job search, as well as the willingness, dedication to continually upgrade one's skills and knowledge.

Today, with the advances in science and technology disrupting many industries, continuous education can put one in good stead in making oneself hireable, and retainable. In other words, having an edge in the workplace.

For those seeking for healthcare jobs, and work for diversity-committed employers, visit DiversityWorking.com, whose mission is to help companies promote their jobs, build their brand and send targeted and qualified diversity candidates directly to the best jobs possible.










Sunday, January 15, 2017

How Manufacturing Jobs Will Fare in 2017


The Current Employment Statistics survey for the month of December 2016, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that the manufacturing industry added 17,000 jobs; durable goods manufacturing added 15,000 jobs. In general, however, since reaching a rise in employment in January, the industry has lost 63,000 manufacturing jobs.

In fact, for the past years, the manufacturing sector has been losing jobs to offshore companies where the cost of labor is said to be cheaper than in the US; thus, bringing back those jobs to the US was one of President-elect Donald Trump's fervent campaign promises. Both he and presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders blamed free trade for the continuing manufacturing job loss.

But early last year, CNN said in a report the 5 million jobs have lost by manufacturing since 2000 were being replaced by jobs in the health care, construction and retail industries. The report also mentions that free trade alone is not the culprit – though it has helped speed up the decline in numbers – but rather technology. Robots and machines are also replacing workers. The tech trend would have happened regardless of trade.

Another report shares the same observation. It also mentions about trade as being partly to be blame, but it's technology that is most responsible now for the decrease in manufacturing jobs. It even says that they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. […] Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t. Because of rising wages in China, the need for shorter supply chains and other factors, a small but growing group of companies are shifting production back to the U.S. But the factories they build here are heavily automated, employing a small fraction of the workers they would have a generation ago. 

Thus, the same report says that with that, comes a “manufacturing renaissance” with an increase in production output, but not in jobs. A report by the NAM(National Association of Manufacturers) shows that in 2015, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2015. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion.

The Economist in a recent article likewise reiterated what both CNN and FiveThirtyEight said, manufacturing jobs are being lost to automation, not only to China and Mexico. And the idea of slapping on tariffs to punish manufacturers who export jobs makes little sense in a world of global value chains; every dollar of Mexican goods exported to America contains 40 cents of American goods embedded within it.

The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts little or no change in the number of jobs for assemblers and fabricators, most of whom work in manufacturing plants, between 2014-20124, with a job outlook of -1% (Little or no change). In 2014, the number of jobs for assemblers and fabricators was 1,834,000.

So in 2017, the declining trend in the number of manufacturing jobs may continue.

According to the BLS OOH, those with technical vocational training and certification are expected to have the best opportunities to be hired especially in growing, high-technology industries, such as aerospace and electro-medical devices.

The point is that many blue-collar workers in manufacturing are getting better paid than their counterparts in other sectors, even with less education. In terms of pay, the BLS OOH says the median annual wage for assemblers and fabricators in May 2015 was $30,080, or $14.46 per hour. The typical entry-level education required is a high school diploma or equivalent, although for more advanced assembly work, experience and additional training is needed.

For those employed in higher positions in manufacturing, such as industrial production managers, the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Occupational Outlook Handbook also shows a declining job outlook of -4% between 2014-2024. In 2014, the number of jobs for industrial production managers was 173,400. The median pay for this job in 2015 was $93,940 per year, or $45.17 per hour. The entry-level education required is a bachelor's degree.

The National Association of Manufacturers reported that in 2015, (in one of the above-mentioned sources) the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $81,289 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all nonfarm industries earned $63,830.

With the changing times though, with technology getting the upper hand, there is a need for those who would like to get ahead in the manufacturing field, technological know-how is needed today as many equipments are high-tech, for one thing. STEM jobs are going to be in demand in 2017, and many jobs in the past are giving way to more advanced ones requiring a background or knowledge of STEM.

Today, there are more jobs that do require college degrees, in keeping with the technological advances of the times. Hence, to become more productive, manufacturing is turning to technology.
Yet many workers in manufacturing have not reached college. 
  
Rather than resigning themselves to or risking losing their jobs to automation, workers and job seekers alike would do well to upgrade their skills and knowledge, especially to acquire STEM skills. If they can afford it, they should go back to school to get a higher degree, or even to just earn a certificate in any STEM course.

To check for manufacturing jobs in companies committed to diversity and inclusion, visit DiversityWorking.com.









Thursday, January 12, 2017

Keenan Job Opening for Claims Assistant, Riverside, CA


Keenan & Associates, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, and a recently-joined prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com, is looking for a highly qualified dedicated individual to fill in the position of Claims Assistant, Riverside, CA.

Job Description of Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • A full-time position
  • Will be responsible for assisting Examiners in every aspect of claims administration.
  • Responsible for the essential duties which include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Data entry on all new claims.
    • Indemnity payments and cycles.
    • Request wage statement and wage statement calculations.
    • 3-point contact in conjunction with nurse on indemnity files.
    • QME (Qualified medical evaluator) process up to receipt of report.
Job Skills and Knowledge (among others)
  • Prefer prior WC Claims Assistant experience of at least one year.
  • Experience with computer terminals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally, within all aspects of job requirements.
Keenan & Associates provides a competitive compensation package. For more details about this career opportunity and to apply for it, click on this link.



Keenan Searching for a Senior Claims Examiner, Riverside, CA


Keenan & Associates, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, and a recently-joined prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com, is in search of a highly qualified dedicated individual for the position of Senior Claims Examiner, Riverside, CA.

Job Description of Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • A full-time position
  • Will be responsible for administration and management of work comp claims.
  • Will be tasked with handling complex legal issues, litigation prevention and control, negotiation of settlements, lien resolutions and cost containment.
  • Incept all new Indemnity claims for the designated client, including initial contacts, investigation and compensability determination.
  • Set all appropriate reserves.
Job Skills and Knowledge (among others)
  • Candidates should have 4+ years of California claims examiner experience and a Self-Insurance Certificate, or the ability to pass Self-Insurance Test.
  • Effective in oral and written communication.
Keenan & Associates provides a competitive compensation package. For more details about this career opportunity and to apply for it, click on this link.

For Hiring, Marketing Manager, Pharmacy Division, Torrance, CA, at Keenan & Associates


Keenan & Associates, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, and a recently-joined prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com, has a job opening for a Marketing Manager, Pharmacy Division, Torrance, CA.

Job Description of Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • A full-time position
  • Will be responsible for developing sales and marketing materials for all Pharmacy Division products and services.
  • The Marketing Manager will also be responsible for responding to Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for all Pharmacy Division products and services, working with the necessary vendors and internal subject matter experts
  • Analyze and audit current marketing tools (print and digital) to measure effectiveness, identify areas of improvement and define new areas to explore
  • Leverage content and repurpose across multiple private-label offerings to ensure consistent messaging
Job Skills and Knowledge (among others)
  • Must be a high-energy, creative and resourceful self-starter who demonstrates leadership skills and instincts.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in the healthcare industry; PBM industry experience preferred
  • General knowledge of the healthcare industry required
Keenan & Associates provides a competitive compensation package. For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.



For Hiring Account Manager, Healthcare, Torrance, CA at Keenan & Associates



The position for Account Manager,Healthcare,Torrance,CA is now open for hiring at Keenan & Associates, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, and a recently-joined prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com.

Job Description of Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • A full-time position
  • Responsible for conflict resolution and compliance on client deliverables.
  • Responsible for retention of business and increasing revenue on assigned accounts.
  • Expand existing relationships and provide consulting assistance on a wide range of benefit programs, offering recommendations and advice based on client needs, goals and objectives.
  • Provide client with daily service support, problem solving and trouble-shooting.

Job Skills and Knowledge (among others)
  • Two-year Associate’s degree in business or related field required.
  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree in business or related field preferred.
  • Consideration may be given to candidates without college credits who have over 5 years related experience.
Keenan & Associates provides a competitive compensation package. For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Position for Receptionist, Torrance, CA, Open for Hiring at Keenan & Associates


The position for Receptionist, Torrance, CA, is open for hiring at Keenan & Associates, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, and a recently-joined prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com.


Job Description of Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • A full-time position
  • Answer calls in a timely manner.
  • Route messages to appropriate person in a timely manner.
  • Be familiar and keep current on changes with employees, departments and extension numbers.
  • Professionally greet all visitors and applicants.

Job Skills and Knowledge (among others)
  • At least one year of heavy phones reception or call center.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Possess excellent people skills

Keenan & Associates provides a competitive compensation package. For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.