Getting Good Jobs In Good Industries Without Going Broke

in Uncategorized , by Jeff Nelson

books and binders victor1558 flickr“Is there a job waiting for me when I graduate next year?” This is the question that many graduating students of the class of 2014 are already asking themselves. It is just a few months before the New Year comes and with 2014 just around the corner, it is still a mystery what the job market has in store for fresh graduates.

There may be ongoing recovery in many economies, but the unemployment rate is still at record high. Majority of people are not at all optimistic about what the future will bring. Nevertheless, here are a couple of reasons not to be too pessimistic. There are two industries—law and medicine—that might have a few pleasant surprises. Current circumstances may be bleak and dreary, but come next year, there is good reason to believe that medicine and law will remain strong.

It is a given fact that people will always require medical attention due to various illnesses and medical conditions. Similarly, legal services will still be required as long as people will keep on finding reasons to sue each other. Medicine and law have managed to survive, thrive, and even grow no matter what the state of the economy is. They have remained stable and relatively well-paying industries that keep growing and evolving. For sure, the years of study and the high cost of education in Law and Medicine are huge hurdles. The academic requirements are highly specific and very technical. Moreover, not everyone is cut out from this cloth. There is no need to fret, however, because there are ways to go around these barricades.

There are positions within these two industries that do not require the level of education that doctors and lawyers and judges need to attain. In Law, some positions are available that do not require years of study and licensing examination. There are posts such as paralegals and legal secretaries. Think about it. If you become a lawyer, you will have a high salary, but you might have an equally high debt. If you are a paralegal, you can get a good enough monthly paycheck after studying for just two years.

If you opt for any of the low cost entry positions to become part of a high-paying industry such as law, then you are just one of the many people who are aspiring for a better job. If you opt to finish school to work as a paralegal, you need not worry about hundreds of thousands worth of student loans that lawyers end up having to pay for years and years. Some lawyers are even paying their student debts years into their legal practice.

In medicine, doctors are at the very top of the ladder. Like lawyers, the academic demand is very tedious. Doctors are the highest earners, but there are other positions within the industry that are open to people who need to study for a shorter period of time and complete a lesser academic load. There are registered nurses, LPNs, physician’s assistants, among others. Promotions and other significant gains can be had as well.

At present time, people are still very much concerned about the amount of money that they earn, but equal value is given to intangibles such as vacation time, relaxation, and a stress-free way of life. You can get into the field that you desire to be part of without having to spend so much time and money studying for the very top positions. Find out how you can earn a good living by being part of these industries.


Geologists Discover Ancient Organic Molecules

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CrinoidJPGIn a study published in a March 2013 issue of Geology, researchers from several top institutions have discovered organic molecules residing in the fossils of crinoids. These organic molecules are the oldest ones found and isolated from fossilized remains. This discovery is significant because it may help scientists to better understand the evolutionary relationships between ancient and modern echinoderms.

Geologist William Ausich of Ohio State University remarked that traces of biological molecules can be found throughout rock, however this may be the oldest example of organic material found in an intact fossil.

Crinoids are plant-like organisms with feathery limbs used like arms to gather food. They are related to starfish, sea urchins and sand dollars. These specific fossilized crinoids were buried in the North American Midwest about 340 million years ago when much of the continent was still submerged in ocean waters.

When the research team analyzed the chemicals found within the fossils, they discovered substances similar to quinones which are found in modern crinoids as pigments or predator-deterrent toxins. The researchers also discovered that the different ancient crinoid species contained different quinones.

The next step for the researchers will be establishing the types of quinones found in the fossil remains, and to ultimately determine what clues this will show about the ancient crinoid species that possessed them. Because the molecules are not DNA they cannot be used in the same manner as DNA to establish any sort of evolutionary relationship. However, Ausich noted that if the quinones are specific enough, they may be useful in following and identifying the different species through the fossil record and in today’s crinoids.