Jacksonville nurse practitioner jobs among the best in the nation

April 8th, 2018

A new survey demonstrates that Jacksonville nurse practitioner jobs, among other locations, rank among some of the best in the country.

Software Developer takes the No. 1 spot as the Best Job overall. Dentist ranks at No. 2, followed by physician assistant at No. 3 and nurse practitioner at No. 4. This is the first time since 2015 that a health care job has not topped the list, though health care positions continue to dominate the 2018 rankings due to a combination of high salaries and low unemployment rates. In addition to taking 47 of the 100 Best Jobs, the majority of the Best-Paying Jobs are also in health care. With an average salary of $269,600, anesthesiologist tops the list, followed by surgeon at No. 2 and obstetrician and gynecologist at No. 3.

“Health care jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026,” said Rebecca Koenig, careers reporter at U.S. News. “Health care goes beyond doctors and nursing professions – there is high demand for people to fill positions available in health care technology, at hospitals and elsewhere within the industry that tap into a variety of the categories we rank and that offer a low unemployment rate, a high median salary and robust job growth.”

100 Best Jobs
1. Software Developer
2. Dentist
3. Physician Assistant
4. Nurse Practitioner
5. Orthodontist

Best-Paying Jobs
1. Anesthesiologist
2. Surgeon
3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
5. Orthodontist

Best Health Care Jobs
1. Dentist
2. Physician Assistant
3. Nurse Practitioner
4. Orthodontist
5. Pediatrician

Best Business Jobs
1. Statistician
2. Actuary
3. Mathematician
4. Cost Estimator
5. Business Operations Manager

Internships and Jacksonville jobs

April 8th, 2018

Internships are valuable for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.

Internships provide college students with valuable real-world work experience, and can lead to increased job-offer rates and higher starting salaries, according to results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

However, as NACE’s annual survey of college students has consistently found, job-offer rates and starting salary offers are highly dependent on whether an internship was paid or unpaid, and the sector in which a student served the internship.

A paid internship with a company in the private sector is, by far, the most beneficial in promoting job-search success because it is the most deliberately designed and the most consistently funded for converting interns into full-time, entry-level hires.

In the Class of 2017 Student Survey, the job-offer rate for “paid-private” students (62.2 percent) was 20.4 percent higher than for “unpaid” students and 18.9 percent higher than for students lacking experience. In addition, the median starting salary offer for “paid-private” students was 44.8 percent higher than for “unpaid” students and 27.1 percent higher than for students lacking experience.

On the other hand, having had an unpaid position—regardless whether it is in the private, nonprofit, or public sector—gives students no immediate advantage over those students without any internship experience. In fact, Class of 2017 students whose most recent (or only) experience was unpaid had virtually the same job-offer rate as students lacking experience (41.8 percent versus 43.3 percent, respectively).

It is important to keep in mind that, since its inception, NACE’s Student Survey has only surveyed students during the spring semester prior to graduation and, therefore, cannot show how internship/co-op experience—paid or unpaid, and in any sector—affects job-search success in the months after graduation.

Would these interview mistakes hurt a chance at Jacksonville jobs?

April 7th, 2018

Careerbuilder has a new survey that looks at interview mistakes that can hurt chances at Jacksonville jobs.

Acing an interview is an important step in landing a job, but it’s no easy feat, and your time to show yourself off is limited. According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8 percent make up their mind within a half hour or longer.

Even if you are the best candidate for the job, you can see a potential offer go up in smoke by making avoidable mistakes. Here are 10 instant deal breakers, according to employers:

  1. Candidate is caught lying about something: 71 percent
  2. Candidate answers a cell phone or texts during the interview: 67 percent
  3. Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 59 percent
  4. Candidate appears to have a lack of accountability: 52 percent
  5. Candidate swears: 51 percent
  6. Candidate dresses inappropriately: 50 percent
  7. Candidate talks negatively about current or previous employers: 48 percent
  8. Candidate knows nothing about the job or company: 45 percent
  9. Candidate has unprofessional body language: 43 percent
  10. Candidate knows nothing about the industry or competitors: 35 percent

Are human resource jobs in Jacksonville growing?

March 8th, 2018

A recent survey from Careerbuilder demonstrates that human resource jobs in Jacksonville may be growing.

The study looks at jobs that are projected to grow over the next five years, present good learning opportunities and, for the most part, don’t require a college degree.

Examples of jobs with excellent growth include:

Computer User Support Specialist – helpdesk-type roles get exposure to evolving technologies and training for higher skill IT positions

Human Resource Specialist – working with not only HR, but all functions, allows for a varied skillset which can be applied across the business

Administrative Assistant – organizational and multi-tasking skills are core to this role, which serves as the support system for a team with insider knowledge on a wide range of projects and businesses

Customer Service Representatives – provides a great way to become an expert on the company’s products while building problem-solving and communication skills

Medical Assistant – provides exposure to both clinical and non-clinical learning opportunities that can open the door to other positions in the industry

Retail Salesperson – sales can be one of the most lucrative occupations, and starting in retail is a good way to build confidence, hone people skills and master the art of persuasion


Did the flu season hurt Jacksonville jobs?

March 8th, 2018

A new report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that the flu season may have impacted Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.’

After the most recent flu update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during which officials stated the flu season has yet to peak and activity is as high as in 2009, global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. revised its estimate on the cost of lost productivity to employers due to the flu to over $21 billion.

“The flu season is still going strong and workers continue to fall ill. One potential driver of the spread of the flu could be the open office trend that so many companies implemented in the last decade,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Employers, especially those with open offices and shared workspaces, should treat these spaces and other common areas as gyms treat exercise equipment. This includes daily cleanings of all surfaces with disinfectant. Employers should also keep soap and hand sanitizer in plentiful supply.

“Encourage any employees who have been sick to wipe down or clean their briefcases, wallets, phones and/or phone cases, or bags that they bring with them to the office on a daily basis. Basically, do whatever you can to remove germs that could spread this virus,” said Challenger.

Productivity Loss Estimates:

Updated Estimate (2/14/2018)
25,000,000 estimated workers sickened
$26.74 – average hourly wage (preliminary data for January 2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
$855.68 – average wages lost due to missing four eight-hour shifts
Estimated Losses: $21.39B

Updated Estimate (2/2/2018)
18,100,827-24,641,000 estimated workers sickened
$26.63 – average hourly wage
$852.16 – average wages lost due to missing four eight-hour shifts
Estimated Losses: $15.4B-$20.9B

Body language and Jacksonville jobs

February 26th, 2018

Will body language alone land you a Jacksonville jobs? Careerbuilder took a look at interview mishaps and mistakes in a recent survey.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8 percent make up their mind within a half hour or longer.

When you’re not prepared, crazy things can happen. When asked to share the most unusual things job candidates have done during the interview process, employers and hiring managers recalled the following:

  • Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, “Fake it until you make it” as his personal philosophy.
  • Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job.
  • Candidate asked for a cocktail.
  • Candidate asked to taste the interviewer’s coffee.
  • Candidate called a government job “something government-y.”
  • Candidate came to interview wearing slippers.
  • Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview.
  • Candidate spent a lot of time quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for.
  • Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview.
  • Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy.
  • Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys.
  • Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview.

Do engineering jobs in Jacksonville command a high salary?

February 7th, 2018

A new report takes a look at the value of engineering jobs in Jacksonville, among other areas.

Class of 2018 graduates earning engineering and computer science degrees are expected to command the highest starting salaries at the bachelor’s-degree level, according to results of a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

According to NACE’s Winter 2018 Salary Survey report, engineering majors are projected to average $66,521, while computer science graduates are expected to average $66,005. Those averages represent very little change from the salaries projected for Class of 2017 graduates in those fields; both are up less than 1 percent. (See Figure 1.)

Other majors fared better in terms of projected increases in their starting salaries. Those earning degrees in the humanities are expected to see the biggest increase, with a 16.3 percent hike in salary for an average of $56,688. Social sciences graduates are expected to earn an average of $56,689 this year, up 6 percent from last year’s average.

Math and science graduates are expected to earn salaries that average $61,867, a jump of 4.2 percent over last year’s average. Meanwhile, business majors saw their overall average salary projection climb 3.5 percent to $56,720.

On the other side, Class of 2018 agriculture and natural resources graduates and communications graduates are projected to earn lower average starting salaries than did their Class of 2017 counterparts. However, the decreases are minimal.

Agriculture and natural resources graduates are expected to earn an average of $53,565, which is down just 1.5 percent from last year. Similarly, the overall average starting salary projection of $51,448 for communications graduates dropped less than 1 percent from last year’s projection.

Jacksonville jobs and office romances

February 4th, 2018

A number of office romances may have bloomed from Jacksonville jobs, but a recent Careerbuilder survey demonstrates that connections made in-office may be on the decline.

According to the survey, office romance is at a 10-year low, with 36 percent of workers reporting dating a co-worker, down from 41 percent last year and 40 percent in 2008. Thirty-seven percent of men say they have dated a coworker compared to 35 percent of women, while one in five male workers (20 percent) say they have dated someone at work two or more times in their career, compared to just 15 percent of their female colleagues.

Twenty-two percent of workers have dated someone who was their boss at the time. Of those who have dated at work, more than a quarter of women (27 percent) say they have dated someone who was their boss compared to just 16 percent of men.

Additionally, 30 percent of these workers say they have dated someone who was at a higher level in the organization than they were. Thirty-five percent of female coworkers reported dating someone at a higher level in the company than them, compared to 25 percent of their male coworkers.

Some relationships that started at work had a happy ending – 31 percent of workers who dated at work ended up getting married. However, it’s not always this way – almost a quarter of workers (24 percent) had an affair with a colleague where one person involved was married at the time (27 percent of men compared to 21 percent of women).

Six percent of workers have left a job because a romantic relationship with someone at work went sour (9 percent of women compared to 3 percent of men).

Employers plan to hire for Jacksonville jobs

January 31st, 2018

Many employers may be hiring for Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.

CareerBuilder’s annual forecast shows that 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the New Year and half (51 percent) will hire temporary employees.

Forty-five percent of HR managers currently have jobs they cannot fill because they cannot find qualified talent and 58 percent report that they have jobs that stay open for 12 weeks or longer.

“More job creation, higher voluntary employee turnover and intensified competition for talent will be the main themes surrounding employment in 2018,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “There is a perfect storm happening in the U.S. labor market. Low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for businesses to find qualified candidates – and this is for all types of roles. If employers want to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require.”

With companies struggling to get new employees in the door, they are exploring various sources for job candidates and increasing compensation in 2018.

  1. Capturing New Talent Early – Employers will start courting college students early – 64 percent plan to hire recent college graduates this year.
  2. Importing Talent – Employers will be looking beyond borders to find talent with 23 percent planning to hire workers from other countries to work in the U.S.
  3. Re-engaging Past Employees – Employers will increase outreach to workers who know their business and have a history with them – 39 percent plan to hire former employees in 2018.
  4. Hiring for Potential – 66 percent of employers said they will train and hire workers who may not have all the skills they need, but have potential; 44 percent of all employers plan to train low-skill workers who don’t have experience in their field and hire them for higher-skill jobs.
  5. Boosting Compensation – While wage gains have not reached desired levels, employers will become more aggressive with compensation levels for in-demand workers – 30 percent plan to increase starting salaries for new employees by 5 percent or more while 36 percent will do the same for existing staff.

Jacksonville jobs grow

January 7th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that Jacksonville jobs are growing.

The Jacksonville area added 18,400 new private-sector jobs in the last year. Jacksonville’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November, down 1.1 percentage points from one year ago.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 13,900 new jobs in November and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in more than a decade. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,465,800 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The Jacksonville area’s low unemployment rate and addition of more than 18,000 new jobs is great news for First Coast families. Statewide, nearly 1.5 million jobs have been created since December 2010 and we will keep working to secure Florida’s future as the best place for job creators and families to succeed.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Jacksonville were trade, transportation and utilities with 8,400 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,700 new jobs.

The Jacksonville area once again rounded out the top five metro areas in job demand, with 20,620 openings, and ranked fourth-highest for number of high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,794 job openings.

In the last year, 199,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.0 percent. This rate is nearly three times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.7 percent. In November, 16,990 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Northeast Florida and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.