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Weekly Career Profile: Chefs and Cooks

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Six Things to Know About Chefs and Cooks:

  • They prepare food in dining establishments including restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities and office buildings.
  • Chefs and head cooks supervise other workers.
  • People who are in the culinary field have to work during the hours people eat out, for example evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Chefs and cooks have fast paced, and often stressful, jobs.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts chefs and head cooks will experience job growth that is slower than the average for all occupations through 2022, while cooks who are in non-supervisory positions will experience growth that is as fast as the average.
  • The median annual salary of chefs and head cooks was $42,480 in 2012. Other cooks earned a median annual salary of $22,170 (US, BLS).

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Do You Want to Be a Spy?

Monday April 21, 2014

On a trip to Washington, DC my family went to the International Spy Museum. I recommend you go there if you're ever in the capitol region. It was a fun and educational way to spend a few hours.

Interesting facts about spying were displayed on panels in the museum's lobby. Of course one that had to do with careers jumped out at me. I learned that prior to September 11, 2001, an average of 110 people per day applied for jobs with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but that six days later, on September 17, 1100 people submitted job applications. What an incredible increase! I was just as taken aback by the original figure of 110 applicants. That many people want to work for the CIA? It got me thinking about spying careers.

Although career information on the website of The National Clandestine Service (NCS) of the CIA never mentions the word "spies," it is obvious that that is what its employees are. For example, if you were to follow one career path and become a core collector, you would recruit and handle foreign sources of human intelligence. Recruit and handle foreign sources of intelligence? Sounds like spying to me. There are other career paths, but all revolve around that function in some way. If you are interested in being a spy, you might want to consider a career with the NCS. Read Do You Want to Be a Spy?

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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