High Demand Occupations

High Demand Occupations GraphicThere are many ways to explore what occupations are and will be in high demand. One way is through data projections, such as those conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another method is tallying the number of job postings within an occupation. The occupations with the most job openings are considered the highest in demand. For instance, nursing assistants, the top high demand job in Wisconsin, had over 1,473 job postings so far in 2017. Last year, 3,336 nursing assistant job posting were listed across the state throughout the entire year.

This month, CareerLocker focuses on high demand occupations requiring a technical college education. Some top high demand jobs requiring a technical degree or certificate in the state of Wisconsin include nursing assistant, administrative professionals, marketing (digital marketing, marketing management), electromechnical technology (manufacturing), early childhood education, and accounting. For more information on jobs in demand, Wisconsin Technical College Systems provided a table outlining jobs in demand.

Nursing assistant–Certified nursing aides/assistants (CNAs) assist medical patients under the supervision of registered nurses. They work in a variety of settings from hospital nurseries to skilled nursing facilities. CNAs take and record body temperatures, pulses, and breathing rates. They report any changes in patients’ appearance, behavior, or physical ability to their nursing supervisor. They bathe, dress, and feed patients.

Marketing professionals–Marketing managers develop plans for making goods or services that are attractive to consumers. Their goal is to learn what kinds of products certain people are most likely to buy and then develop products that can meet their needs. To do this, marketing managers study reports that tell the ages, incomes, buying habits, and lifestyles of the people who buy similar products. This demographic information, along with information on consumer preferences such as color, food, fashion, styles of art and furniture, or taste in music, help marketing managers target the kind of consumers who would be most interested in purchasing new products.

Electromechnical technology–Electromechanical technicians assist engineers in designing new robotics equipment or operate and maintain existing robotic equipment. They read blueprints, schematics, and technical notes from engineering staff to ascertain the steps involved in constructing the robotic prototype. They construct metal housings called assemblies that contain the electrical and/or electronic parts. They measure clearances and dimensions as they proceed with the assembly to verify that it meets the specifications outlined by the engineering team. They operate the robotic equipment and perform routine tests, recording all test results and keeping operational logs of each prototype that they share with the engineering staff.

Early childhood education–Child care assistants work with other assistants, teachers, and supervisors to plan and guide preschool age children in developmentally appropriate activities. These activities are designed to support, guide, and nurture children as they interact with others and their environment. They plan play and learning activities that help children learn how to relate to the world around them. They teach children how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and develop skills that allow them to become more self-sufficient. In order to accomplish these goals, they provide large and small group activities such as singing, games, crafts, and stories. They plan field trips to broaden children’s exposure to the world around them and introduce them to new experiences. They also help children develop responsibility by teaching them to put toys away, care for small animals, or care for their personal clothing items that are stored in their individual cubicles

Accounting–Bookkeeping clerks maintain records of the financial transactions of businesses. They record profits and expenditures. They also write reports on how businesses use their money. Some work with company payroll, which is a list of all the employees at the company and the amount of money that each employee is paid. They may be responsible for submitting all tax reports to the appropriate government agencies. In some firms, they prepare bills and record all accounts receivable, which are records of money that customers owe the company.

Summertime Builds It FORWARD in Wisconsin: Architecture and Construction Occupations

Architecture and Construction Occupations GraphicHere in Wisconsin the seasons are Winter and Construction, Construction, Construction. At the Center on Education and Work, we highlight occupations that involve architecture, building and construction. Whether they are designing or building, architects or electricians, people in these occupations help to create beautiful and practical works of art, the buildings we dwell in and the roads we travel on.

  • Architects design homes, schools, churches, office buildings, apartment complexes, and shopping centers. Architects meet with their clients to determine the function and size of the building they want designed. They often work with engineers, city planners, and landscape architects to create safe, functional, and attractive structures. They design the structures and estimate the construction costs. They may also recommend contractors to actually build the structures.
  • Building Contractors build homes, commercial buildings, and other structures by a specified date for a predetermined cost. They usually hire subcontractors such as plumbers, bricklayers, and electricians to perform specialized construction tasks. Building contractors estimate the cost of labor and materials to complete construction projects based on the blueprints of the proposed structures. They determine the materials needed and purchase them once they are awarded contracts.
  • Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings. Their work responsibilities range from installing conduit in the structural walls of high rise buildings to installing outlets and lighting fixtures in new home construction or remodeling projects. This is a Hot Occupation. Over the next 10 years, job openings in this occupation are projected to increase by at least 20%.
  • Sheet metal duct installers place heating and air ducts in homes, commercial buildings, and factories. They read blueprints, measure fittings, and install the ducts using hand, welding, and power tools. They check for air leaks that would allow heat or cool air to escape. They correct or replace parts that have leaks.
  • Construction workers do many jobs on building, repairing, or wrecking projects. They also work on construction crews that build roads, bridges, buildings, dams, and sewers. They load and unload trucks, moving materials between work areas. They sort and stack lumber and other construction materials. Construction workers clean tools and machines. They remove rubble from work areas.

Keeping Current with Occupation Information

CareerLocker Update: Salaries & Outlook

School may be almost out, but the latest occupation information is hot off the presses or hot off the hard drive and into the internet! During the spring, two essential updates to occupation information were made available. These updates are from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Here is a summary of what has been updated.

  • The most recent wage and salary information from BLS has been integrated into CareerLocker. New information is now available for metropolitan statistical areas (larger cities), states, and the nation.
  • A feature, only available on CareerLocker, uses data from WTCS on their graduation placement rates. Over 66%, almost 17,000 of their graduating students, responded to this survey. This data highlights the number of WTCS graduates in the labor force. A more detailed report on the survey is available on the WTCS website.
  • To explore how the data has been refreshed, check out the improved website. For an example of the updated wage and outlook data, view plumbers via the side navigation under outlook and salary.

Pay It FORWARD with Helping Occupations

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The spring time brings awareness of physical and emotional health. American Heart, Autism, ALS, Celiac, Disabilities, Lupus, Mental Health, Oral Hygiene, and Stroke Awareness Months as well as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, run between February and June. The people who support others in their physical and emotional health are members of helping professions. This spring CareerLocker highlights professionals who help with the health care and well-being of others. From dental hygienists to psychologists, people in the helping professions help us all live life to our fullest and be our best selves.

  • Dental Hygienists help dentists care for patients’ teeth. They help their patients maintain oral health and prevent oral diseases. They may treat teeth to prevent cavities. They also take X rays of teeth. They keep careful records of patients’ dental care and review these records with them. They help patients prevent gum disease and tooth decay. They teach people the best way to brush and floss their teeth. They also explain the importance of a proper diet for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians work with medical technologists in collecting specimens and running common chemical tests in medical laboratories. Physicians use the results of these tests to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases. In addition, medical laboratory technicians are trained to handle scheduling, general office duties, and to assist physicians in clinics. They use sophisticated computerized equipment to analyze specimens. They also use microscopes, cell counters, and centrifuges. In larger laboratories or research institutions medical laboratory technicians may clean and sterilize instruments, glassware, and equipment to ensure that test samples will not become contaminated. This is a Hot Occupation.
  • Primary Care Physicians diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. They use their knowledge and expertise in conjunction with the results of diagnostic tests to treat the mental and physical problems of patients of all ages. They perform complete physical examinations. They treat most common illnesses. Their care includes early intervention, diet information, emotional counseling, and the monitoring of growth and development. They advise individuals and families on preventative health care practices and recognize the symptoms of disease and illness. They prescribe medication and see that immunizations are kept up to date. They also report to public health authorities any births, deaths, and cases of contagious diseases.
  • Psychologists study how people think, feel, and act when they are alone and when they are with others. They try to understand, explain, and sometimes change people’s behavior if it is detrimental to themselves or others. They also help people adjust to new situations in their lives. They interview and test people to collect information. They may use school or medical records to learn more about their patients, and to identify factors that are influencing their behaviors. They devise plans for helping people to live with or overcome obstacles to their mental health and well-being.
  • Special education teachers work with children who have a physical or mental condition that has hindered their normal development. They identify the strengths and needs of each student, as well as the concerns and priorities of their student’s parents. All of these factors are considered in the development of an educational plan for each individual student. They may incorporate music, art, books, computers, play, and daily routines in their educational plans. Whatever the activities or materials used to teach, they evaluate and monitor the progress of each individual student. They also encourage family members to help students with their learning activities at home.  In most states, special education students are included in regular educational settings whenever possible. Special education teachers explain the unique strengths and needs of their students to the other teachers who may not familiar with their special challenges.

Dental Hygienists and Medical Laboratory Technicians are Hot Occupations. Over the next 10 years, job openings in this occupation are projected to increase by at least 27%.

CareerLocker: Still a Slam Dunk to help you Select a College or University

Basketball HoopThe National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) annually oversees March Madness Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. The students, who participate in these tournaments, reflect excellence both on the court and in the classroom. CareerLocker is a valuable resource to teach you about the 132 colleges and universities represented by these college student athletes.

Pick your Teams

Every year NCAA releases a list of brackets for the tournament. Again this year, UW-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering, Laura Albert McLay, uses data analytic techniques to try to accurately predict NCAA winners. Dr. McLay has been on several news shows talking about “bracketology.” In addition, UW-Madison library is conducting a book bracket, where students select the winning book. Matilda, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings are among previous winners.

Selecting your Winning School

The extensive CareerLocker website lists over 6,000 colleges and universities. Use CareerLocker’s compare colleges and schools to create side-by-side comparisons of your contenders for schools to attend. The website lists general information, student body, costs, financial aid, admissions, sports, majors and degrees, and ROTC information. Wherever you decide to attend school, CareerLocker is a slam dunk, supporting you through your decision-making process!

Professional Development: Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Training

Global Career Development Training PhotoWhat is a Career Development Facilitator?

A Career Development Facilitator (CDF) is a person who works in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. A CDF has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of 120 class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally qualified and certified trainer.

This training is centered around developing 12 competencies in the field, which were developed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the professional association for career development in the United States. After completion of the training, the individual may apply for and receive national certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education, a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Who Should Receive this Training?

CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting. This may include those who serve as a career group facilitator, career coach, intake interviewer, human resource specialist, school counselor, job search trainer, labor market information resource person, employment/ placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. CDFs from past classes have included those who work in corporations, government agencies, technical colleges, small private companies, large universities, high schools and middle schools, correctional institutions, and entrepreneurial settings.

Course Schedule

The Career Development Facilitator course is offered in a convenient hybrid format to suit the varying needs and schedules of participants. This format includes the online coursework as well as two 2-day trips for classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.**

Summer 2017 May 30 – Aug. 28, 2017
Class Format CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid)
Location Online and 2 meetings in Madison, WI on June 22-23 and July 27-28, 2017
Cost Tuition: $1450.00
Summer 2017 Registration Form
Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185
Fall 2017 Sept. 12-Dec. 19, 2017
Class Format CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid)
Location Online and 2 meetings in Madison, WI on Oct. 5-6 and Nov. 15-16, 2017)
Cost Tuition: $1450.00
Fall 2017 Registration Form
Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185

About the Instructor

Photo of Judy EttingerJudith Ettinger, PhD, LPC, is a CDF Master Trainer and CDF Instructor. She has been working in the field of career development for 30 years, and travels throughout the world delivering career development technical assistance and training. Dr. Ettinger is a Project Director at the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the developer and instructor of the online, independent-study course Planning for Retirement: Exploring Your Career and Leisure Options. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Distinguished Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Outstanding Practitioner Award, National Career Development Association; UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award for 2012; and the National Customer Service Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information
Contact Judy Ettinger, Instructor, at:

Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1025 W. Johnson Street,
964 Educational Sciences Building
Madison, WI 53706-1796
(608) 263-4367

Focus on Occupations: Math-Related Occupations Add Up to Great Opportunities

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March 14th or 3.14 is known as Pi Day. Pi is an irrational number and the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  Almost every job requires people to have knowledge of math. In honor of Pi Day, CareerLocker focuses on occupations where people rely heavily on math to complete job tasks. Occupations include climate change analysts, computer programmers, construction materials estimators, mathematicians, and mathematical statisticians. Many of these occupations are hot occupations and projected to grow by at least 27% over the next 10 years. This adds up to great opportunities!

  • Climate Change Analysts–Climate change analysts study weather patterns to see how and why our modern climate is different from the climate of the past. They spend their time analyzing data and writing papers and speeches. They specifically study atmospheric temperature, ocean conditions, ice masses, and greenhouse gases. They are concerned with determining how these changes impact natural resources, animals, and people. Climate change analysts attempt to create mathematical models of climate change.
  • Computer Programmers–Computer programmers write instructions that tell computers to perform a variety of different tasks.Programmers use computer languages to write programs. They may write programs that will perform accounting or billing functions. Other programs may operate robots or computer-aided design (CAD) machine tool operations. Some programs allow people to create artwork or graphics, while others coordinate space flight operations.
  • Construction Material Estimators— Cost estimators determine the cost of manufacturing products or providing services to prospective customers. They must arrive at costs that meet customer expectations, are lower than their competitors, and are profitable to the organization. They calculate the cost of all the necessary parts, raw materials, and equipment. Estimators arrive at labor costs based on hourly rates and the time they think it will take to produce the product or provide the service desired. They prepare itemized cost estimates and/or present total project costs.
  • Mathematicians–Mathematicians specialize in either theoretical mathematics or applied mathematics. Most mathematicians work in applied mathematics. They solve problems using many different kinds of math and math-related areas. These include computer science, engineering, physics, and business management.
  • Mathematical StatisticiansStatisticians use math to design, interpret, and evaluate the results of experiments, surveys, and opinion polls. They also use math to predict future events. They often apply their mathematical knowledge to specific subject areas, such as economics, human behavior, natural science, or engineering.

Construction material estimators, mathematicians, and mathematical statisticians are Hot Occupations. Over the next 10 years, job openings in this occupation are projected to increase by at least 27%.