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Careers With a History Degree

Friday April 18, 2014

My family and I have spent many vacations visiting national parks. We've been to Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Everglades and many of the lesser known parks as well. During our travels we enjoyed listening to the park rangers talk about each park's history.The amount of information they knew is simply amazing. The US National Park Service hires people with history degrees so of course they would be well-versed in this subject.

History majors can work in a variety of occupations. In addition to being park rangers they can be teachers, librarians, writers and archivists, to name just a few of their choices. If you enjoy studying the past, think about getting a history degree. And when someone asks "What are you going to do with that?" you can tell them about the many choices you will have available to you. Read What to Do With a Degree in History.

Weekly Career Profile: Carpenters

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Six Things to Know About Carpenters:

  • They build, install, assemble and repair wooden structures, in addition to items made of other materials such as drywall, plastic and fiberglass.
  • The majority of carpenters work in the construction industry.
  • Individuals who want to work in this trade usually do a three to four year apprenticeship that combines classroom and on-the-job training.
  • This job can often cause discomfort and even injury since there is a lot of standing, kneeling, lifting and climbing involved in it.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022.
  • The median annual salary of a carpenter was $39,940 in 2012 (US, BLS).

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How to Be a "Professional"

Monday April 14, 2014

The word "professional" gets tossed around a lot. People say, for example, "He is such a professional" or "She handled that problem so professionally." What does it it really mean? When we refer to professionalism we are describing the way a person acts in a work environment. It is a quality that is hard to define but it is quite obvious when it's missing. For example, someone who rarely shows up on time for work, is disrespectful to his co-workers or customers, or trashes her employer demonstrates a lack of professionalism. Does doing the opposite of these things show that you act professionally then? It may take a little more than that, but certainly it's a start.

Read: Professionalism: How to Conduct Yourself at Work

Major Focus: Economics

Friday April 11, 2014

Economics majors learn how to effectively and efficiently allocate scarce resources to a population with unlimited needs and wants. Typically one needs at least a master's degree to work as an economist, but there are other career options that utilize the knowledge acquired as an undergraduate.

Could this major be a good choice for you? See what career paths, both traditional and alternative, you can follow. Find out what classes you should be taking now if you are currently a high school student.

Here's some information to get you started:

  • Economics is a social science but, depending on the university or college, this major may be part of the college of arts and sciences or the school of business.
  • Most people who earn an associate degree in economics transfer to four year schools so they can continue their education.
  • While you need to have taken introductory courses in economics, you don't necessarily need a bachelor's degree in this subject to enter a master's-level program.
  • Some doctoral programs accept only students with a master's degree in economics but others prefer those who have a bachelor's degree.

More: Economics Major: Career Paths

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