U.S. Work World - Career News Briefs - November 2019

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Today is a historically tight market for employers trying to find workers to fill job openings.  Employers in some industries are having an especially tough time finding workers.  
According to Indeed.com: What does this mean to job seekers?  First, job seekers have more bargaining power than in the past to ask for raises or promotions. Second, now is a good time to make an easier career switch to industries needing workers.
Hers are the industries having the hardest time hiring.  Shown is ratio of available workers to hire for each job opening.  Perfect match of job openings to workers available is 1.0
  • .53 -- Education & Health Services
  • .63 -- Financial Activities
  • .64 -- Durable Goods Manufacturing
  • .67 -- Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
  • .74 -- Wholesale Trade
  • .74 -- Information
  • .83 -- Nondurable Goods Manufacturing
  • .85 -- Mining & Logging
  • .88 -- Professional & Business Services
  • .94 -- Retail Trade
  • 105 -- Construction
  • 109 -- Leisure & Hospitality


In the era of online shopping, some retailers are doing things right to attract both internet and in-store shoppers. Beyond offering the hybrid shopping experience, the following retailers earn praises from their workers such as:
  • They always care for their employees
  • Everyone is willing to help and teach you
  • Best part of the job is the sense of family
  • Managers are always on your side in difficult situations
  • Managers are easy to talk to and help with what I need
  • Every day when I walk into my job, it's always a happy mood
  • Employees not only help customers, they help each other
  • There are lots of employee celebrations -- food, drinks, interactive activities
Over 180 million ratings and reviews were used to determine Indeed.com's list of Top-Rated Retailers.
  • HEB (Texas Grocery Stores)
  • Vans (Shoes)
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Nike (Shoes)
  • Wegmans (Grocery Store)
  • Quick Trip (Gas Station & Convenience Store)
  • Best Buy
  • T-Mobile (Phones)
  • Publix (Grocery Store)
  • Nordstrom
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Foot Locker
  • Sephora
  • Hobby Lobby
  • American Greetings (Cards)
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Gap
  • Home Depot
  • Whole Food Market
  • Sherwin-Williams (Paint)
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Verizon
  • Kohl's
  • Hot Topic
  • Marshalls


Business Insider used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to discover the 34 jobs that had the highest rate of fatal injuries.

BLS documents how many workers died on the job for every 100,000 workers who held that job. Average fatal injury rate for all jobs is 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in 2017.  Here are the jobs with the highest FTE numbers:

Logging Workers -- 135.9
Fishers & Related Fishing Workers -- 86.0
Aircraft Pilots & Flight Engineers -- 55.5
Roofers -- 48.6
Refuse & Recyclable Material Collectors -- 34.1
Structural Iron & Steel Workers -- 25.1
Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers -- 24.7
Farmers, Ranchers & Agriculture Managers -- 23.1
First-Line Supervisors, Construction & Extraction -- 18.0
Grounds Maintenance Workers -- 17.4
Agricultural Workers -- 17.4
First-Line Supervisors, Mechanics, Installers, Repairers -- 15.7
Construction Laborers -- 15.1
Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers -- 14.6
Electric Power-Line Installers & Repairers -- 14.6
General Maintenance & Repair Workers -- 13.4
Taxi Drivers & Chauffeurs -- 13.2
First-Line Supervisors, Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers -- 13.2
Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers -- 12.1
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires & Related Workers -- 11.7
Operating Engineers & Construction Equipment Workers -- 10.6
Electricians -- 10.0
Industrial Machinery Installation, Repair & Maintenance Workers -- 9.3
Painters for Construction & Maintenance -- 8.6
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers -- 8.4
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists -- 8.1
Carpenters -- 7.6
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics -- 7.2
Welding, Soldering & Brazing Workers -- 6.4
Security Guards & Gaming Surveillance Officers -- 6.2
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators -- 6.1
Firefighters -- 6.1
Hand Laborers in Freight, Stock & Material Movers -- 5.2
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters -- 4.1


Engineering technicians are responsible to build prototypes (first models) of new products, vehicles, computers, and gadgets that engineers and scientists design.  Engineering technicians also help provide "fixes" for design or operation problems of the prototypes.
Average yearly salary of engineering technicians is $64,550.  Engineering technicians specialize in different areas - aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical & electronics, environmental, industrial, materials, mechanical, mining & geological, nuclear, and petroleum.
Engineering technicians need an Associate (2-year) degree in Engineering Technology, although some employers train on-the-job for workers who show technical and mechanical talents.  Soft skills needed by engineering technicians are reading comprehension, listening skills, speaking skills, critical thinking skills (to evaluate various solutions to a problem), and problem solving skills.  
Engineering technician is a fun job for those who love to work with their hands building and fixing things.  Typical job duties for engineering technicians include:
  • Perform testing to discover if device meets federal and safety standards
  • Analyze, repair, build, and operate new devices
  • Provide technical assistance to engineering staff for problems
  • Perform data analysis using labs and computers
  • Train assembly line workers on new product production process
  • Recommend follow-up work or new product

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