Where Are the Jobs?
Despite high unemployment, some Delaware Valley sectors are hiring.
With millions of Americans looking for work after three years of recession, the search for a job can be discouraging. If you’re trapped in unemployment and looking for new approaches to the job market, where should you start?
We asked employment officials and Internet job services what jobs are available in the Delaware Valley. They suggested looking at these areas.
Computers and technology. “Computers are a growing industry because technology changes so quickly,” says Jeffrey Swartz, executive director for the Camden County, NJ, Workforce Investment Board (WIB).
A report from the Philadelphia WIB earlier this year found 4,000 job postings in computer and mathematics occupations in the greater Philadelphia area, more than for any other industry.
Healthcare. Registered nurses, physical therapists, home health aides and a variety of other healthcare occupations continue to add jobs throughout the region. Opportunities in the healthcare industry are projected to continue growing as the baby boom generation ages.
Revenue-generating positions. Allison Nawoj, communications manager at CareerBuilder.com, says companies are hiring in revenue-generating positions such as sales, business development and marketing. The Philadelphia WIB reports close to 2,000 job postings for positions in sales, advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations at various levels.
Entertainment and recreation. With pay cuts and salary freezes, many Americans don’t have the money to take long vacations to faraway destinations and are staying closer to home. These “staycations” have led to a number of job openings at local attractions, explains Swartz.
Delaware has seen 1,200 jobs added in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector from Dec. 2009 through Aug. 2010, particularly at the state’s racetracks and casinos, according to George Sharpley, PhD, senior economist with the Delaware Department of Labor. New casinos in and around Philadelphia are also expected to continue offering jobs.
Advanced manufacturing. While jobs in traditional manufacturing have been declining for decades, Philadelphia WIB Interim CEO Eric Nelson explains that advanced manufacturing that uses computer-aided machinery is an industry hiring in the Philadelphia area today.
Precision welders are particularly in demand, according to Nelson. “The need for precision welders cuts across both the transportation and more traditional manufacturing sectors in our area,” says Nelson.
Education. While cuts in education spending have eliminated jobs in New Jersey and some other areas, Nelson says the Philadelphia schools continue to need teachers. Programs exist for individuals with degrees in something other than education to earn their teaching certifications while working as teachers. More information is available at www.philadelphiateachingfellows.org.
Susan Stopper is a contributing writer to MetroKids.