• Data analyst
Job: Study complex data systems and document data elements, data flow, relationships and dependencies.
Salary range: $46,500 to $60,000 (with at least one year of experience)
Skills and requirements: Employers want analysts who efficiently read, interpret and translate customer insights to improve a company's service and performance. Communication skills are critical in this role because data analysts must frequently present their findings or translate data so it's easily understood.
• Financial analyst
Job: Technical accounting, which includes tasks such as producing monthly financial reports and interacting with customers.
Salary range: $45,000 to $55,500
Skills and requirements: A bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, knowledge of Excel, familiarity with enterprise resource planning and reporting software experience, like Hyperion.
Job: Assist with audit fieldwork, both operational and financial, balance ledger accounts and correct account discrepancies. These jobs are consistently in demand at certified public accounting (CPA) firms and sometimes start as temporary positions through tax season and turn into full-time positions later.
Salary range: $40,000 to $48,750
Skills and requirements: Credentials (such as certified public accounting), advanced degrees (such as an MBA) and analytical skills to analyze and identify trends and variances.
• HR recruiting specialist/coordinator
Job: Find quality job candidates by posting job listings, evaluating applications and candidates and preparing offer letters of employment.
Salary range: $32,500 to $37,500
Skills and requirements: Must have strong communication and interpersonal abilities to be successful. Top candidates are confidential and discreet.
• Marketing assistant
Job: Support marketing managers and executives with projects like fielding calls, managing calendars, coordinating travel arrangements, developing sales strategies, and preparing reports.
• Salary range: $36,500 to $40,250
• Skills and requirements: Strong communication skills, expertise in Microsoft Office, project coordination and organizational skills
Another way to deduce what employers are looking for is to see which college undergraduate majors are getting the most jobs.
To do that, CareerCast, which puts out an annual Jobs Rated report, recently evaluated information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce. The job search portal site found the college degrees with the best job prospects are: accounting, business management, chemistry, computer science, finance, information systems, marketing and market research, mathematics, mechanical engineering and nursing.
Jasmine Singfield, an unemployed 23-year-old mother of a 3-year-old, is studying to get a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. Singfield feels she’s entering a “tough” job market with high competition, but is looking for a job by attending job fairs and following up with prospective employers.
The Jonesboro resident attended a job fair in DeKalb County on Monday to see about a security job with Allied Universal, which could provide needed flexibility. But after seeing Grady Health System's booth, she veered in that direction, interested in a position as a medical assistant.
“Today I’m hopeful, because I got time to interact and meet with some of the recruiters that can give a good word,” Singfield said.
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