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5 February 2014
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. A Tech Job Is the Best Job

For the first time, a tech job tops U.S. News and World Report’s annual 100 Best Jobs List. The selections are based on a combination of projected availability of positions in the field, salary and benefits, work-life balance, and job security.  Software developers—whether the people who create apps and games for your cellphone, design computer software and databases, or work as system developers who build operating systems—will continue to be in great demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions created before 2022.  Read more.

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2. Engineering: A Good Place to Start

What type of education pays off earliest? You guessed it. Engineering leads the pack when it comes to starting salaries based on undergraduate major. Better still, says a recent report issued by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, seven of the top 10 highest-paying college majors are areas of engineering. Petroleum engineering graduates ranked first, with an average starting salary of $97 000.  Read on.

3. Warning: Every Job Isn't a Good Job

Finding a good job these days is no easy feat. So it’s tempting to accept whoever will accept you. But a Direct Recruiters blog post warns job seekers to keep their eyes open for warning signs indicating when accepting a position might be a big mistake. Among the signs are an unreasonable number of interviews, a sneaking suspicion that the job portrayed in an online posting or the initial interview is not the same as the one you’ll end up doing, or the hiring manager exhibits signs foreshadowing the fact that he or she will be a nightmare to work for. If any—or heaven forbid, several—of these things are true, run, don’t walk away Read more.

4. It Takes a Village to Raise a Salary

For 30 000 or so middle management employees at Wipro, the Indian software services firm, this year's annual performance review process will include internal and external customers. The company’s customers—including Citigroup and Cisco Systems—will have a major say in its sales executives’ performance ratings. In fact, 70 percent of an executive’s rating will come from client evaluations. “If your customer says this guy is lousy and your boss says terrific, it's not going to matter. Customer feedback is going to be a priority,” said TK Kurien, chief executive of Wipro told the Economic TimesRead more.

Job Spotlight
1. Electrical Substation Engineer - Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc., Illinois, USA

2. Patent Prosecution Associate - Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC, Virginia, US

3. System Planning, BES Modeling, Operations Planning Engineer III - IV - Grant County PUD, Washington, USA

4. Nuclear Engineering Technical Staff Member (Senior or Principal) - Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, USA

5. Robotic / NC Programmer - Pratt & Whitney, Connecticut, USA

6. Electrical Engineer - Sigma Space Corporation, Maryland , USA

7. Senior Researcher Computer Science - Shell Oil Company, Texas, USA

8. Software Developer - J2EE - utiliVisor.com, New York, USA


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