Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
To remain competitive in a changing economy, workers are turning to universities and training programs to level up their skills. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has found repeatedly that a growing share of future U.S. professions will require a postsecondary degree. Of course, college degrees and other programs must be designed to meet the changing needs of our businesses, economy, and society.
These guides offer multiple academic and credentialing pathways to prepare for the in-demand careers of the future. They accommodate professionals of varying education levels, experience, and economic backgrounds, paying thought to online education and affordable, flexible alternatives.
Within the statistician field, several career and educational paths have evolved that focus especially on working well with Big Data. Some are in the area of data science, which generally deals with making sense of available information; and others focus on statistical analysis, which can involve creating the frameworks and parameters for effective qualitative and quantitative research, a field generally referred to as applied statistics. People with training in the latter area are in especially high demand.
Occupational therapy is an allied health profession in which daily activities of living, or occupations, are pursued for a therapeutic purpose. The ultimate objective of occupational therapy is to improve a patient’s level of independence. Individuals seeking to enter the OT profession often will become occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants.
While intelligence analysts can enter this career from many different paths, most complete an intelligence analysis and studies program. Many of these programs are offered in online formats, allowing busy professionals the chance to balance their careers, family, and education without having to relocate or even attend classes at a set time.
A skilled workforce that can nimbly work with information within the immense variety of healthcare sector settings will continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future. Professionals seeking to work in the medical coding and billing profession can enter the industry through several pathways.
The Information Age has precipitated the explosive development of the cybersecurity industry. As the world conducts more and more of its economic, political, and social life online, the need to efficiently and reliably protect these activities has become an increasingly pressing one. The ubiquitous nature of the online world means people of varied educational and professional backgrounds can advance their careers by learning cybersecurity skills.
From discovering the theory of everything, to teaching first graders how to add and subtract, the career possibilities for those who love math are as expansive as the universe. And in the era of tech and remote work, math skills can also be the key to transitioning from nine-to-five work into more time- and location-flexible employment.
Are you a current or aspiring telecommuter? Want to work without borders?
The internet has liberated many traditional careers from the confines of the cubicle. Global Workplace Analytics (2023) found that allowing people to work from home provides compelling benefits for both employees and employers. GWA concluded that having the option to work remotely can improve employee satisfaction, reduce attrition and unscheduled absences, enhance productivity, save employers and employees money, create fresh employment opportunities, strengthen worker autonomy, improve performance measurements, reduce workplace discrimination, decrease traffic, and benefit the environment.
These resources for “open-collar” professionals examine the best places to work remotely; the growing WFH careers; companies with options to telecommute; and how to secure more flexible working arrangements with existing employers.
Earning a master’s degree has become popular for students who want to set themselves apart. According to the US Census, in 2021, 23.5 percent of people over 25 in the US held a bachelor’s degree, while only 14.4 held an advanced degree such as a master’s or doctorate.
While finding full-time remote work straight out of undergraduate studies can be difficult, it is possible and can be very rewarding. Remote work offers many benefits, such as more flexibility and autonomy regarding job responsibilities and a better work/life balance overall. It also eliminates the need for a daily commute, saving money on transportation costs and increasing the number of free daily hours.
The Great Resignation, also known as the Great Reshuffle or the Great Quit, is an ongoing workplace trend that has many economists, public policy experts, and management professionals puzzled.
Being able to work remotely comes with many perks. While many employees may seek out remote work for the flexibility, lack of commute, or work-life balance, there is another significant benefit to working remotely: higher wages.
CBT Nuggets, a Eugene, Oregon-based IT company, has weathered the transition to hybrid work just like many other technology and software companies across the country. Along the way, they have learned what does and doesn’t work with work from home and listened to their employees' needs and wants. Keep reading to learn from their chief people officer and director of philanthropy, Shelly Galvin, on how they have used the hybrid work model to grow their company and improve staff satisfaction.
Those in the virtual or telecommuting industry have the ability to work on the go, which also means being creative with and breaking free from their home office, the overcrowded café, and silent libraries.
Are you a budding entrepreneur?
Business owners are integral to the growth of the U.S. economy, and ventures in some industries are more likely to succeed than others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that healthcare and social assistance establishments have the highest survival rates, while construction companies don’t fare as well. Additionally, the Kauffman Foundation detailed three major trends shaping new business creation: 1) Entrepreneurs are still predominently white and male, demographics that are not reflective of the population; 2) It’s becoming more of an urban phenomenon, transcending traditional hubs such as the Silicon Valley; and 3) High earnings do not necessarily translate into more jobs, as emergent technologies allow companies to scale revenue without hiring more people.
Check out these resources for prospective business owners, including guides on MBA alternatives; how to pitch companies to investors; the hottest American towns for new companies; and degree programs for entrepreneurs.
Bozeman appeared on the business map in a big way in 2011, when RightNow Technologies, a local company with 1,100 employees, was acquired by Oracle for $1.5 billion. What followed was a new class of Bozeman entrepreneurs, bolstered by a new startup incubator and national recognition.
With a small-town feel and plenty of heart, “the Classic City” is rooted in history while providing a thrilling place for new businesses to flourish. Ranked sixth in the nation for most jobs added (USA Today), Athens saw an increase of 4,632 jobs in 2017 alone.
In spite of its fame in tech circles, Idaho still has a national perception among some as nothing but a collection of remote, isolated frontier towns. But recent demographic information, especially Boise’s explosive growth, may tell a different story.
For founders of a modern startup, securing access to venture capital is an increasingly important step, one with potentially life-changing ramifications. But accessing venture capital is still harder to do as a female or non-binary founder, with conscious and unconscious biases in the VC community acting as potential obstacles.
Data from the US Small Business Association (SBA) suggests that home-based businesses account for more than half of all businesses in the country (if businesses without employees are included). That share is likely to increase further in 2022, with the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the shift of many workers into the virtual and non-office realms.
For some, the thought of asking for a raise can produce levels of fear usually reserved for public speaking. Women, minorities, and younger professionals who have just earned their degrees may feel reticent to broach the subject, given the unconscious and conscious biases they are likely to face at the negotiation table.
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (John Muir, Our National Parks)
Are you an outdoors enthusiast seeking liberation from your cubicle walls?
The health benefits of being out in nature are well-documented. New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation summarized the advantages of spending time in forests, which included boosting one’s immune system; lowering blood pressure; decreasing stress; enhancing mood; increasing one’s focus; heightening one’s energy level; improving sleep; and even augmenting creativity.
Explore career and education guides for high-growth careers in nature.
Are you a working parent overwhelmed with your career and family responsibilities?
With the rising costs of healthcare, education, and other basic needs, having a dual-income household is mandatory for most modern families. The Pew Research Center found that in 1970, only 31 percent of families with children had both parents working full-time. These days, nearly half of U.S. families are headed by two full-time workers. Fifty-six percent of working parents reported that striking a balance between their professional and family lives was difficult. Furthermore, the United States is the only industrialized nation without paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers, and the cost of child-care for two children exceeds the median rent in all 50 states. As PhD graduate Jen King described being a working parent in her UC Berkeley commencement speech: “It’s not just about leaning in, and leaning in, and leaning in, until you fall on your face...It requires restructuring the entire workplace, to allow for a range of opportunities for participation, for women and men, for birth parents and co-parents.”
Learn about various family-friendly careers; ways to advocate for more flexible work arrangements; and how to overcome the self-doubt, stress, guilt, and fatigue of being a working parent.
Celebrating National Working Parents Day can be an excellent time to recognize parents working hard professionally and at home. There are lots of ways to get involved with this day. A great place to start is simply by reaching out to any working parents you may know and offering them an encouraging text or post on social media acknowledging how hard they work.
For most American children, summer marks a reprieve from books and tests. However, for many working parents, it epitomizes the widespread shortage of affordable childcare. There are a lot of local, private, and donor-funded programs designed to help families send their kids to day schools and summer camps at little to no cost.
The era of single-earner families is waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of married-couple families with children under 18 are dual-income homes, and if numbers over the last decade are any indication, the trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon.
Working from home can seem like a dream come true. Standard work attire can include pajamas, there is no more commuting, and lunch and snacks are only as far away as the kitchen. However, this dream can quickly become a nightmare for working parents who have to juggle kids at home.
The Department of Labor reports that 63 percent of families have both parents in the workforce. Not surprisingly, striking a balance between work and family life can be hard. However, there are some employers who are making it a priority to support their parent employees.
Through the uncertainty of school closures in the COVID-19 era, many parents like myself are struggling with their new role as teacher. With school closures likely to continue through the summer, parents and teachers worry that children will fall behind academically.
BustedCubicle.com explores the disruption of traditional work environments through interviews, cross-cultural studies, and in-depth features.
As the remote working trend continues to grow, more and more US states are realizing the economic development benefits of attracting full-time digital nomads. As a result, many have launched remote worker moving incentive programs enticing professionals with financial incentives and opportunities such as discounted housing, generous tax breaks for those living part-time in that state, and access to special amenities.
Longer stays in a foreign country offer more security at the cost of more complexity. But for many remote workers, that complexity is part of the flavor and sustenance of living and working abroad.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic shift in the way we work. With many businesses transitioning to remote work, office spaces worldwide have become largely empty. This begs the question: what will happen to these post-pandemic empty offices?
Want to get involved in causes beyond your cubicle?
These informative pamphlets and petitions can help you shape beneficial policies regarding family leave, worker training, achieving a better work-life balance, engaging communities, and enacting other measures to promote a healthy labor force and society.