Archive for March, 2016

Retail jobs in Jacksonville climb

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Retail jobs in Jacksonville are posting big gains, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Retail trade continued to add jobs in February (+55,000).

Employment rose in food and beverage stores (+15,000) and other general merchandise stores (+13,000). Retail trade has added 339,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Food services and drinking places added 40,000 jobs in February.

Over the year, employment in the industry has grown by 359,000.

Employment in private educational services rose by 28,000 in February, after edging down by 20,000 in the prior month.

Construction employment continued to trend up in February (+19,000), with a gain of 14,000 in residential specialty trade contractors. Employment in construction was up by 253,000 over the past 12 months, with residential specialty trade contractors accounting for about half of the increase.

Employment in mining continued to decline in February (-19,000), with job losses in support activities for mining (-16,000) and coal mining (-2,000).

Since a recent peak in September 2014, mining has shed 171,000 jobs, with more than three-fourths of the loss in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, professional and business services, and government, showed little change over the month.

Health care and social assistance added 57,000 jobs in February. Health care employment increased by 38,000 over the month, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+24,000) and hospitals (+11,000).

Over the past 12 months, hospitals have added 181,000 jobs. In February, employment rose by 19,000 in social assistance, mostly in individual and family services (+14,000).

Employment increased by 242,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent.

 

Are research jobs in Jacksonville paying well?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

A new survey from Glassdoor shows that research jobs in Jacksonville are paying fairly well.

According to Glassdoor’s latest report highlighting the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2016, physicians, lawyers and research & development managers are bringing home the biggest paychecks. This report is entirely based on people with these jobs who have shared their salaries on Glassdoor over the past year.

Jobs with the highest salaries include:

1. Physician

  • Median Base Salary: $180,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,064

2. Lawyer

  • Median Base Salary: $144,500
  • Number of Job Openings: 995

3. Research & Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $142,120
  • Number of Job Openings: 112

4. Software Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $132,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,495

5. Pharmacy Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,766

6. Strategy Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 701

7. Software Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $128,250
  • Number of Job Openings: 655

8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer

  • Median Base Salary: $127,500
  • Number of Job Openings: 165

9. IT Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,152

10. Solutions Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,838

Difference in female, male salaries for Jacksonville jobs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

There may be a big difference between female and male salaries for Jacksonville jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than half of workers (55 percent) do not believe men and women are paid equally for the same job, and a similar proportion (51 percent) do not feel men and women are given the same career advancement opportunities.

Taking a closer look at pay comparisons, men were nearly three times as likely to report earning six figures and nearly twice as likely to earn $50,000 or more. Women were twice as likely to report earning less than $35,000.

Earn less than $35,000

  • Men – 23 percent
  • Women – 47 percent

Earn $50,000 or more

  • Men – 49 percent
  • Women – 25 percent

Earn $100,000 or more

  • Men – 14 percent
  • Women – 5 percent

Survey results confirm that women feel inequality to a greater extent than men — only 35 percent of women believe there’s equal pay (compared to 56 percent of men) and 39 percent of women say there are equal opportunities for advancement (compared to 60 percent of men). One area in which men and women see almost eye to eye is job satisfaction: 64 percent of women say they’re satisfied or very satisfied with their job overall, and nearly the same proportion of men (63 percent) say the same.

When asked what keeps them satisfied in their jobs, men and women who are satisfied in their job had similar answers. Liking the people they work with (73 percent of women and 64 percent of men) topped the list, followed by having a good work/life balance (both 59 percent), liking their boss (53 percent of women and 47 percent of men) and benefits (42 percent of women and 48 percent of men). Fifth on the list is where results vary: While women say “feeling valued/accomplishments are recognized” (42 percent), men say “salary” (47 percent).

Results also indicate that younger workers (men and women) believe they’re closer to parity. When asked if they believe men and women are on equal footing in the workplace:

  • 18-24: 61 percent said yes
  • 25-34: 50 percent said yes
  • 35-44: 40 percent said yes
  • 45-54: 46 percent said yes
  • 55+: 46 percent said yes

Are college degrees advancing Jacksonville jobs?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Some new research from Careerbuilder posits that college degrees may not be keeping up with the demands of Fayetteville jobs, among other locations.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of employers reported that they are concerned about the growing skills gap in the U.S., according to the latest survey from Careerbuilder.

While the programs highlighted in the study have grown at least 10 percent from 2009-2014 and had at least 10,000 completions in 2014, they’re still undersupplying candidates for occupations that already see big gaps between the number of jobs posted and the number of hires companies make each month.

For example, 157,591 people graduated with degrees in Computer and Information Sciences in 2014, a number that increased 41 percent since 2009. While the growth is encouraging, it’s not enough. On average, from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016, 689,685 computer and information technology jobs were posted each month in the U.S. However, the average number of hires was only 209,035 – leaving a gap of 480,650 positions.

Program 2014 Postsecondary Completions Growth in Completions Since 2009 % Growth in Completions Since 2009 Avg. Monthly Job Postings (Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016) Avg. Monthly Hires (Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016) Gap Between Postings and Hires Projected Job Growth (2015-2020) No. of Associated Jobs (2015)
Computer and Information Sciences 157,591 46,128 41% 689,685 209,035 480,650 8.6% 4,691,330
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 248,627 75,923 44% 346,061 103,177 242,884 9.0% 2,956,717
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 18,287 4,448 32% 54,307 16,655 37,652 7.2% 402,295
Human Resources Management and Services 26,480 2,416 10% 86,903 65,167 21,736 5.2% 1,066,144
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 26,367 4,274 19% 29,224 10,265 18,959 3.0% 317,576
Mechanical Engineering 32,429 9,193 40% 26,032 9,819 16,213 3.1% 278,995
Biology, General 85,014 19,039 29% 19,122 5,142 13,980 6.8% 148,902
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 11,622 6,071 109% 21,503 7,599 13,904 9.6% 195,120
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 16,309 2,265 16% 21,313 10,361 10,952 8.0% 276,741
Economics 40,103 5,691 17% 36,185 25,602 10,583 14.4% 519,427
Civil Engineering 19,690 4,247 28% 15,436 12,379 3,057 9.0% 275,057
Graphic Design 11,819 3,179 37% 14,886 12,536 2,350 2.2% 240,083