Posts tagged ‘reddit’

July 23, 2013

Some careers not commonly considered, perhaps for good reasons!

by Grace

What is a great career path that kids in college aren’t aware exists?

The “wisdom” of Reddit generated over 12,000 replies to this question.  Here are the top ideas.

Crime-Scene Clean-up Technician — salaries start at $35,000 and go up to six figures

Best opportunities may be for those who are “experienced and live in an area with a lot of accidents/violent crimes”.

“It’s a very emotionally rewarding business and a very financially rewarding business,” he said. “It’s just extremely hard work and if you don’t have that switch where you can turn off your emotions, you can’t do it. It’s not for everybody.”

Funeral Director/Morticianmedian pay is $54,330 per year

This makes sense:  “The older directors are dying (sorry guys) and there is going to be a spike in the death rate since the baby boomers are starting to pass.”

Employment of funeral directors is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who embalm and are willing to relocate should have the best job prospects.

Land Surveyormedian pay is $54,880 per year

Employment of surveyors is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will result from increased construction related to improving infrastructure.

Other jobs suggested were mining engineer, air traffic controller, and court stenographer/reporter.  I would take all these suggestions with a grain of salt, but the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook is a good resource for checking out basic information.

Technology will continue to kill some jobs.

I know of a woman who has had a great career as a court reporter, with high job demand and reasonable working hours.  However, this job now seems ripe for a takeover by technology.  Here’s what the BLS has to say about court reporters.

Employment growth may be negatively affected by the increased use of digital audio recording technology (DART). Some states have already replaced court reporters with this technology, while some others are currently assessing the reliability, accuracy, and costs associated with installing and maintaining recorders.

Even with the increased use of DART, however, court reporters will still be needed to verify, check, and supervise the production of the transcripts after the proceedings have been digitally recorded. Despite the cost-savings that may be associated with DART, some state and federal courts may still prefer the quality provided by highly-trained court reporters.

Related:  Technological advancements stunt job growth – ‘the great paradox of our era’ (Cost of College)

June 26, 2013

Quick Links – Contranyms; affirmative action drama continues; boys problems

by Grace

TIL a word that can be its own antonym is called a contranym.

Also referred to as an auto-antonym or Janus word

Some examples from Daily Writing Tips:

  • Bolt: To secure, or to flee
  • Dust: To add fine particles, or to remove them
  • Flog: To promote persistently, or to criticize or beat
  • Sanction: To approve, or to boycott
  • Trim: To decorate, or to remove excess from

Here’s an example from contemporary slang:  …”bitch” can refer to someone who’s domineering or submissive.

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‘So the drama over affirmative action continues’.

From the WSJ:

The Supreme Court, in an anticlimax, sidestepped a sweeping ruling on affirmative action Monday, directing lower courts to re-examine whether a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin should survive constitutional scrutiny.

Summed up in a Chronicle of Higher Ed headline:

Supreme Court Puts New Pressure on Colleges to Justify Affirmative Action

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This might be an iconic photo, emblematic of the “boys problem” in our schools.


These young women are the senior class officers at a local public high school* that held graduation last week.  They look like a fine group of accomplished, motivated students.

* No, this is not an all-girls school.

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