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by SixFigureStart | April 16, 2009


The Daily News today ran a story featuring Vault's very own VP of Sales, Yaz Dalal, who gave an overview of the industries that are hiring right now. Yaz and the Daily News must not be regular readers of this here blog, otherwise they'd know that all the jobs are gone.

However, if we are to believe that health care, technology, sales and trucking are among the few fields looking for talent right now (and that the Wall Street Journal and I could be wrong once a year), then the most important part of the article is its breakdown of qualifications and skills for professions with the best prospects. Observe:

  • Registered Nurse
    Accreditation from nursing school
    State licensing exam
    Associate degree of nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or two-year nursing program from community/junior college
    Bachelor’s degree for administrative positions in hospitals, positions in community nursing or teaching
  • Trucker
    Must have a driver’s license in the state you live in
    Most employers require a clean driving record.
    A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required to drive large trucks. To qualify for a CDL, you must pass a written rules and regulations test and demonstrate that you can operate a commercial truck safely. Training is offered by private and public vocational schools. Physical requirements include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses
    or contact lenses and a 70-degree field of vision. Drivers may not be color-blind.
  • Occupational Therapist
    Master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university
    Six months of supervised fieldwork (included in master’s program)
    Other necessary qualities include patience, strong interpersonal skills, ingenuity and adaptability.
  • Physical Therapist
    Master’s degree from an accredited physical-therapy program
    State license (requires passing scores on national and state examinations)
    Doctoral degree might become required entry-level degree in the future.
  • Teacher
    Certification, usually in one or more related subjects, varies by state
    Bachelor’s degree
    Complete an approved teacher training program, including a certain number of subject and education credits
    Master’s degree in education, or through the
    NYC Teaching Fellows Program ? recent college grads or those who have worked in other careers can begin teaching while they pursue their master’s degree through a subsidized program.
  • Risk manager
    Bachelor’s degree in quantitative discipline such as economics, math, business or engineering/sciences can get you an entry-level job.
    Advanced degrees (master’s or Ph.D. in financial risk management) allows improvements in salary and standing.
    Must be able to communicate persuasively and succinctly
  • Software engineer
    Bachelor’s degree common, though no formal educational requirements (many colleges and universities now offer bachelor’s degrees in software/computer engineering)
    High level of experience with programming and systems
    Many software engineers get certified with organizations like the
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
    Seminars, training courses, online classes keep skills up-to-date; ongoing education often paid for by employers
  • Information Technology Director
    Bachelor’s degree in technology, computer science, business administration or related field
    IT and project management certifications
    Master’s degree in computer science or information systems helpful
    Knowledge of systems design and implementation, interpretation of complex technical information

--Posted by Steven Schiff, Vault News & Commentary