Archive for May, 2011

An Ocean of Career Opportunities

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Ocean

Did you know that 20 percent of our economy is based on ocean-related activities?

There are well-known sea-faring ventures — fisheries and aquaculture, transportation, and recreation and tourism. But there are plenty of less obvious areas that also rely on the ocean, everything from energy and exploration activities, to national security and defense, to telecommunications, search and recovery operations and scientific and medical research.

If you’re curious to explore this sea of opportunities, check out www.OceanCareers.com. According to Deidre Sullivan, OceanCareers.com Project Director at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, it’s a one-stop web site for anyone who’s interested in learning more about ocean occupations.

“When we first created the web site, in 2004, there was almost nothing out there for [students and job-hunters] in terms of ocean-career resources,” Deidre tells us. “OceanCareers provides four comprehensive databases with hundreds upon hundreds of resources.”

Whether your primary interest is to find a job or internship, or to understand what type of educational programs are available in marine science and technology, you’ll find it here. The first database provides detailed information on the more than 300 educational institutions around the country that offer ocean-related academic programs; the second offers descriptions of more than 50 ocean occupations, including overviews of the positions’ tasks and duties, the salary ranges and workforce trends; the third is a full overview of educational competencies needed in 24 different disciplines to be able to get a job; and the fourth provides users with links to more than 200 ocean-related professional societies.

“Students from all over the country use OceanCareers,” (www.OceanCareers.com) says Deidre. “We’ve found that people really go through a lot of the information on the site. It’s easy to navigate, you can get anywhere in the site with just two clicks. It’s been rewarding to have people tell me that it’s the most important tool they’ve used [in their search for career information].”

What are users most often looking for in their searches? “Not surprisingly, people want to know much education they need for a particular career and how much salary they can earn in a particular field,” she says, adding that all content is frequently updated and kept current. (The MATE team has also put together a print version of the site’s educational content, “The Guide to Marine Science and Technology Programs in Higher Education.” You can download it at https://www.mtsociety.org/publications/higherguide.aspx, or can order a copy for $5.)

Take a look!

Profile: National Center for Manufacturing Education

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

This week, we’re focused on ATE’s National Center for Manufacturing Education. NCME is involved in a wide variety of activities designed to improve manufacturing and engineering technology education, as well as to increase the pipeline of skilled workers for the growing numbers of advanced technology jobs that help form the backbone of today’s U.S. economy.

As the NCME notes, the jobs incorporating the diverse technologies required for today’s advanced manufacturing industries are different in many ways from the stereotypical jobs of the past. Today, companies need highly trained and educated new employees to design and make products using advanced, computer-assisted software and automated production systems. As a result, careers in advanced manufacturing provide exciting opportunities for individuals who are interested in designing and improving products, operating high-tech tools and machinery, analyzing problems — and coming up with creative solutions to solve those problems.

So, what, exactly, does an advanced manufacturing career look like? You can see for yourself by checking out NCME’s interactive Web site www.careerME.org.

This great resource provides important facts and figures about today’s manufacturing industry. (Did you know, for example, that advances in technologies that cut energy use and lead to a cleaner environment are made by more than 70 percent of the private-sector manufacturers? Or that employment in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing is expected to add 69,000 new jobs by 2016?)

CareerME.org also offers users a full list of the many workplace responsibilities that fall within the field Advanced Manufacturing field (from Automated Manufacturing and Assembly to Biomedical Sciences and Manufacturing, to Nanotechnology, and Computers, Electronics and Telecommunications — to name just a few!)

Here, you’ll also find specific information about the numerous occupations that make up advanced manufacturing. (You’ll learn, for example, that Quality Engineers develop the quality control systems that ensure that each and every product and service sold to consumers is safe and reliable, and that without quality control — and Quality Engineers — stores and businesses might be faced with contaminated food and medicine bottles, faulty electronics or unsafe vehicles.)

Through CareerME.org you’ll meet real people, including Helen Rodriguez, who describes her career as a quality engineer and her work at Norwood Medical in Dayton, Ohio, a company that provides instruments and implants for the surgical fields. Helen tells careerMe: “My position always puts me in contact with people, which I love. The products we make help people; it inspires me to be able to help. So many things go wrong with surgery, and I am able to contribute to making a product that has high quality.”

Finally, through the NCME’s newly launched social networking Web site Mycareerme.org you can make direct connections with students, companies and mentors in the field of advanced manufacturing. Check it out!