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!

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%.


Amy Rivera from WISCareersHello Everyone,

It’s Amy Rivera, your sales and training representative for WISCareers. Welcome to our new blog — written and designed to spread news, advice, announcements and more, about WISCareers, CareerLocker, and the Center on Education and Work.

You may have received the WISCareers and CareerLocker newsletters in the past. To keep up with modern technology and social networking, we’ve moved to this new format: blog posting. In addition to providing the latest WISCareers tidbits, news and pointers, I’ll also be including advice and general information on career development, education, and even self-management — all intended to help you make the most of today’s tools and trends so you can be most effective on the job.

That broad focus is reflected in the name and tagline of the blog: Careers Forward: Resources, information, and ideas for career development professionals.

Here are some things you can expect to see on our new blog:

  • WISCareers/CareerLocker updates and news
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  • Updates on the Center on Education and Work and our professional development conferences and workshops
  • Information about our Career Development Facilitator Training
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