Keep it MOOOVING Forward: June is National Dairy Month

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Originating in 1937 as National Milk Month, June has evolved into National Dairy Month (International Dairy Foods Association). Dairy is an excellent source of vitamins and protein, providing nutrients to support growing bodies. It is a staple food eaten in a variety of ways across the world–including cheese. Cheese is among Wisconsin’s largest export. Recently, a Wisconsin cheese won the World Championship Cheese Contest, making this the first time a United States cheese earned this honor since 1988 (Wisconsin State Journal, March 10, 2016). For Dairy Month, CareerLocker highlights occupations that are crucial to the success of agriculture and dairy industries. Not only is producing dairy products an important endeavor, but also caring for the health of animals in the dairy industry is central to the success of Wisconsin farmers. Dairy, agriculture, and transportation professionals produce and move foods and commodities, while veterinary technicians care for the animals that produce milk. These occupations are part of the processes that allow for delicious contributions to the world. Transporting agricultural and dairy products keeps us MOOOOOVING in more than one way.

  • Cheesemakers–Cheesemakers direct the preparation, curing, packaging, and storage of cheeses. They direct the heating of the milk and check butter fat levels adjusting them as necessary. They add enzymes such as rennin that curdles the milk to create the desired texture, and/or enzymes and molds to produce the distinct flavor of each type of cheese.They make log entries recording the steps and time frames involved in producing each batch of cheese. When a dairy product of high quality has been created, they supervise the storage, packaging, and shipment of those products. See our posting on Facebook of a video about LaClare farms and learn about Katie Fuhrann, a Wisconsin cheesemaker.
  • Heavy Truck Drivers/Diesel Technicians—For the month of March, Careers Forward highlighted heavy truck drivers, as a high-skill and high-demand occupation. This month, CareerLocker emphasizes this occupation’s importance to dairy and agriculture industries. Just like transportation helps move people around, drivers and mechanics also help in the process of moving food and agricultural products.  Heavy truck drivers transport and deliver goods, such as dairy, corn, soy, and wheat, over short and long distances.  Without the assistance of diesel technicians, heavy truck drivers would not be able to do their jobs.  Diesel technicians repair and maintain diesel engines, which power machinery used in farming, construction, and transportation. Without the transportation of food, agricultural professionals would not be able to get their products to consumers.
  • Veterinary Technicians—Caring for the treatment of animals is central to dairy and animal husbandry industries. Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians as they examine and treat animals. They often administer anesthetics to animals and assist veterinarians as they perform surgical procedures. They lift and handle animals and give them medication as prescribed by the veterinarian. They note the condition and behavior of animals and report these observations to the veterinarian. They may do laboratory tests to identify diseases or parasites.  Some specialize in caring for small animals and work in veterinary clinics that care for dogs and/or cats. Others assist veterinarians who care for large animals such as cattle or endangered species housed in zoos.   This is a Hot Occupation. Over the next 10 years, job openings in this occupation are projected to increase by at least 20%.

    Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.
    Asma EasaAsma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She has dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

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Moving Forward: Transportation Jobs are On the Move

FocusonOccs04TransportDo you like trucks, trains, planes, and boats? How about reading and creating maps? Do you dream about sailing on the open water, would you prefer flying the clear, blue skies, or would you rather keep your feet on the ground? If jobs that provide time outdoors are part of your passion, consider transportation occupations that involve moving commodities, people and goods cross-country by land, sea, and air. Beyond moving people and things, you could also build and maintain modes of transportation. This month CareerLocker celebrates National Transportation Week, a time to acknowledge all who keep the country moving forward. The third week in May is National Transportation Week.

  • Aircraft Engine Mechanics– Aircraft engine mechanics service and repair aircraft engines and systems. They inspect, test, and adjust jet and propeller driven engines. They also repair and replace engine parts. They record all work done in logs which are reviewed periodically for compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. These mechanics use hand tools, power tools, electronic diagnostic equipment, and precision measuring instruments such as calipers and micrometers. They also fly on test flights to make in-flight adjustments to controls. Over the next 10 years, Aircraft Engine Mechanics openings are projected to grow by over 20%, making it a Hot Job.
  • Ship Mates- Ship mates, which includes Great Lakes ship officers, supervise crews on merchant ships that sail the lakes, oceans, and connecting waterways. Deck officers, called mates, supervise sailors who clean the ship’s deck, hull, and bridge. They inspect gear and equipment and order repairs as needed. These officers also supervise cargo loading and unloading. They ensure that the load has been strategically distributed on the cargo deck for maximum stability and is secured to prevent shifting in inclement weather conditions. Mates stand watch and use various instruments to determine the geographical position of the ship. All officers record their orders, activities, and other information in the ship’s log while on duty. Watch this PBS special for a day-in-the-life working on a Wisconsin boat.
  • Cartographers (Mappers)– Cartographers prepare both digital and printed maps by researching and analyzing existing maps and charts of the specific area to be mapped. They may determine that a field survey needs to be conducted or that additional aerial or satellite photographs be taken. They interpret and utilize the information on photographs using precision 3-dimensional tools called stereoplotting apparatus and 3-dimensional computer software programs and laser plotters to create new maps instead of drawing them by hand. They may also use remote sensing techniques such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to meet the accuracy specifications for the new map. They enter all the information gained from the surveys, aerial photographs, and remote sensing methods into a digital computer database. Cartography is also a Hot Job.

Each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention to detail, safety and application of technical skills.  Whether you choose to spend your time in the air, water or on land, transportation occupations keep the world moving forward. To learn about these highlighted occupations and watch videos go to the CareerLocker homepage.


Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.

Asma EasaAsma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

 

Go Green: Environmentally-Friendly Jobs are on the Move

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Do you enjoy being in nature or being a good steward of the environment?  Have you thought about efficient ways to get people and things around? To sustain and conserve the earth’s resources, today more focus is given to Green Jobs than ever before. April 22nd is Earth Day. CareerLocker celebrates Earth Day by exploring occupations that protect our environment. Many employers are pursuing ways to maximize utility in an efficient and safe way for not only people, but also for the world.

In addition, there are domestic and international movements toward public transportation and green and sustainable methods of transportation. The way we heat and cool our homes and businesses is changing through the expansion of using solar energy. Discover four occupations that involve conservation.

  • Bus Drivers— How do you get to where you want to go? Public transportation is among the most efficient ways of moving people. Bus drivers contribute to the ways the masses move. There are three types of bus drivers: local, intercity or charter, and school. They follow predetermined routes and time schedules to transport people within a city, from one city to another, or across the country. They inspect their buses before beginning each trip. They check brake lights and signals; tire pressure; and fuel, oil, and water levels, also adjusting bus temperatures for the comfort of their passengers. Travel your way through this exciting occupation by getting on the information highway and learning more about this fun occupation.
  •  Logisticians– Logisticians coordinate the manufacturing and delivering of products and services to ensure compliance with their customers’ purchase contracts. Considering manufacturing materials and processes, personnel, and the delivery of the products, logisticians must demonstrate the ability to pay high attention to detail. Typically logisticians have four-year degrees. Right out of college, they can earn around $45,000 per year, and with increasing experience earnings can reach as high as $114,000 per year. Logisticians have a projected 28% growth rate over the next ten years, making it a “hot” job.
  • Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters—Did you watch Thomas the Train as a child? Do you like to travel and aspire to see the country? Railroad conductors and yardmasters are in charge of train and yard crews. They assure that passengers and freight get to their destinations safely and on schedule. They frequently interact with passengers, engineers, and staff. Enjoying high salaries and good benefits, they take pride in delivering people and products safely and on schedule. Be like Thomas, make friends, and pursue a career in the railroad industry.
  • Solar Panel Installers— Do you like the outdoors? How do you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer? What green energy workers are helping the energy grid that powers the computer you are working on to read this? Solar panel installers place solar panels in sunny places to utilize the sun’s power as an energy source. They install solar modules on the ground, on poles, on roofs, and on the sides of buildings. The solar modules are made from solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. Once a solar module is installed, it can create energy for 25 years.

Whether you choose to help move things, move people, or heat and cool our homes, each of these occupations, bus drivers, logisticians, railroad conductors and yardmasters, and solar panel installers are needed to conserve the environment. While meeting the needs of people, green jobs focus on long-term sustainability. Green energy is the heat wave of the future! Each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention-to-detail and safety, and application of technical skills. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker homepage.

“Hot” jobs are jobs projected to increase nationally in job openings by at least 20% over the next 10 years.

 


 

Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.

Asma Easa
Asma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

Focus on Occupations

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Occupation ASAP:  Join the Workforce Quickly with
High-Skill and High-Demand Occupations

Are you the type of person who prefers practical or “hands-on” learning?  Do you like to use your hands to create things or see results quickly? Is helping others high on your priority list?  In March, CareerLocker features occupations, which require a technical education, apprenticeship or short-term training. Many of these occupations are high-skill and high-demand requiring a variety of technical skills. This month we highlight three fast-growing and exciting occupations including heavy truck drivers, nursing aids/assistants, and welders.

In many states and more specifically Wisconsin, you can get a jump start on your career by developing your technical skills through studying a trade during high school, or shortly thereafter. (CareerLocker users can go to the Education tab to learn about School-to-Career Programs.)  Furthermore, many people decide to change occupations later in life and can quickly acquire a new set of skills through technical education. For instance, career changers can develop skills in new occupations while get paid for doing so. (CareerLocker users read about Adult Apprenticeships.) Through this program, participants acquire little-to-no debt, and become an expert in a skilled occupation or trade.

  • Heavy Truck Drivers. The information highway isn’t the only detour you want to take in life–get on the transportation highway. Globalization, the internet, and improved technology have increased trade both domestically and internationally. Heavy truck drivers transport and deliver goods on short and long distance routes. These big rigs weigh three or more tons. Carrying this heavy of a load, truck drivers inspect their rigs for safety. To insure safety, they may also assist with or inspect the loading of their goods, so they are loaded in a way so as not to shift on the trip. They also conduct efficiency analyses by logging data on mileage, fuel consumption, and performance of the truck. With the rise in trade of goods and products, the demand for skilled truck drivers is on the move. Join this movement and travel cross-country. Heavy truck driving is a “hot” job. 
  • Nursing Aids/Assistants. Another “hot” job in which you can quickly get to your occupation destination through a certificate program or technical education, is nursing. Working side-by-side with nurses, nursing aids/assistants collaborate on the healthcare of their patients. With the aging of the baby boomers, health care is quickly becoming a high-demand industry. Nursing aids spend much of their time working one-on-one with patients. They 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. Serving every age-group, they work in a variety of settings from hospitals to assisted living centers, clinics, and nursing homes. Browse health care occupations on the CareerLocker Occupations tab to learn more about the scope and variety of such occupations.
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers. While heavy truck drivers keep our world moving, and nursing aids keep our world healthy, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers keep our world together. Welders fasten metal pieces by joining them together. Cutters, Solderers and Brazers are all types of welders using different temperatures and materials depending upon the task. Welders must also know the ways that steel, bronze, aluminum, and other metals react to heat, cold, and pressure. An occupation with seemingly limitless opportunities, welders may create sculptures or art installations, build and fix things such as computers, locomotives, ship and boat buildings, or even work in robotics. Keep things from falling apart and meld into this flexible occupation.

Whether you choose to move things, help people, or melt things together, each of these occupations, heavy truck driver, nursing assistant, and welder are needed to address challenges in the world. Further, each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention to safety, and application of technical skills. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker homepage.

“Hot” jobs are jobs projected to increase nationally in job openings by at least 27% over the next 10 years.


 

Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.

Asma Easa
Asma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

 

Focus on Occupations

Welcome to CareerLocker’s new monthly series called “Focus on Occupations.” In the spirit of celebrating each month, CareerLocker will highlight a Career Cluster of occupations. These occupations will be timely in terms of celebrating the month, high-interest careers, or “hot” jobs. This month’s Focus on Occupations highlights engineering careers for National Engineer’s Week. Written with students needs in mind, this series is a great way to improve curriculum and instruction.

Focus on Occupations Series National Engineer's Week

I Cannot Tell a Lie: Engineers are Changing the Way the World Works

In February, CareerLocker features the contributions of engineers during National Engineer’s Week. This week highlights the accomplishments and achievements of engineers.  George Washington, the president who could not tell a lie, is considered the first engineer for his work in surveying. National Engineer’s Week is celebrated over the week of George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd.  Let’s learn a bit more about the occupation President Washington participated in, surveying, and two others–civil engineering and environmental engineering. Each of these occupations contributes to how we understand, travel and protect the earth.

  • Land Surveyors. The tools George Washington used to survey were very different than the tools used by surveyors today. Today’s most used tool is a Global Positioning System (GPS). Tools like GPS help surveyors establish and mark property lines by plotting the location of land and water boundaries. Their measurements of the earth allow mapmakers (cartographers), and road planners (urban planning engineers) to create cities and transportation ways.
  • Civil Engineers. Speaking of transportation, do you like planes, trains and automobiles? Civil engineers help people get from point A to point B by designing and overseeing the construction of airports, transportation systems and roads. Overseeing construction, they also design bridges, water ways, and wastewater systems. A high paying job, with a national average of $62,840, civil engineers keep us moving. They do so in an environmentally conscious way. Not only are they concerned with the creation of such transits, but they also attend to the environmental impact.
  • Environmental Engineers. Want to focus solely on protecting the earth? How would you like to help protect and clean up the environment, while earning a sizable wage (average of $60,040 per year)? Environmental engineers work with federal agencies and businesses to protect people from hazardous waste. Researching acid rain and global warming are other tasks they perform. Environmental engineering is a “hot” job.

Whether mapping the earth, traveling it, or saving it, an occupation in engineering is a great career choice. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker’s homepage (https://wiscareers.wisc.edu).

“Hot” job are jobs projected to increase by at least 27% over the next 10 years in job openings.