Monday, December 9, 2013
In this video, Canadian educator, storyteller, and youth advocate Larry Smith calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The United States has increasingly sought ways to develop alternative fuels, such as biofuels. Biofuels are defined as fuels composed of or produced from biological raw materials. Biofuels can reduce the use of oil-based fuels and the release of greenhouse gas emissions.
The biofuels industry provides career opportunities for a vast array of workers, who do such tasks as developing biofuel technologies, growing crops, and processing and selling the fuels. This installment of The Daily Leap's green job series profiles science occupations in the biofuels industry.
Scientists work to find the best, most cost-effective way of turning feedstocks into fuel. They often work for a wide variety of organizations, such as colleges, private and nonprofit companies, and government agencies. Scientists generally work in offices or laboratories, though some may work in a production plant.
Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and biological processes. Those who work in alternative fuels may research various technologies that can be used to break down feedstocks into fuel.
Chemists study the properties, structures, compositions, and reactions of matter. They study various chemical processes that can be used to more efficiently produce biofuels. Chemists blend various compounds to see what inputs yield the best quality blends of fuel at a reasonable cost. Based on their findings, they develop new protocols for blending fuels to ensure quality control.
Microbiologists study the growth, structure, development, and characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or plant cells. They may use their knowledge of various forms of bacteria to improve the fermentation process used to make ethanol or to develop new ways of cultivating algae to use as a feedstock.
Soil and plant scientists conduct research on soil, crops, and other agricultural products to find new and improved ways to use various agricultural products for fuel. A plant scientist may test several types of perennial grasses to see which can be most efficiently broken down into simple sugars. Plant scientists also work to improve crop yields by using techniques that could enhance feedstock production efforts.
Most scientist positions require a bachelor's degree from a program that includes both coursework and laboratory hours. A scientist who is leading a research team or conducting independent research may need a master's or doctoral degree to do so. Biochemists and biophysicists typically need a doctoral degree to enter the occupation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) currently does not have wage data specific to the biofuels industry. However, BLS does have wage data for the basic chemical manufacturing industry group; the following table shows wages for selected science occupations in that industry group for May 2011. The wages shown are median annual wages for the United States as a whole; wages vary by employer and location.
|Occupation||Median annual wage|
|Biochemists and biophysicists||$63,530|
|Soil and plant scientists||$58,940|
For more detailed information on science occupations in the biofuels industry, click the Occupational Outlook Handbook link.
Next week's biofuels industry series installment: Engineering Occupations.
Monday, December 2, 2013
In this video, Dan Pink, author of five bestselling books about the changing world of work, explains what social scientists have proven but what hiring managers have yet to grasp: intrinsic motivators—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—are more meaningful to the 21st century, global workforce than solely extrinsic incentives, such as bonus, raises, and promotions.
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Friday, November 29, 2013
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- 9 Reasons You Must Update Your LinkedIn Profile Today: "All kinds of people use all kinds of ways to learn about you. LinkedIn gives you an opportunity to control what they discover about your strengths and, more important, about your brand."
- 3 Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile: "By simply beginning a conversation at appropriate moments, you keep your relationships real. This is what networking is all about."
- Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day: "Evidence ... suggest(s) knowledge workers check email as much as 36 times an hour. The result is increased stress. Giving each activity your undivided attention ensures you’re in the moment and fully living that experience."
- The Profit in Principles: "When it comes to core principles, those are the words you should constantly review, whether they are the principles of your company or your own personal rules for life."
- To Grow in Business and In Life, Show Gratitude and Appreciation: "The foundation of asset management is gratitude. If you’re grateful for something then you’ll appreciate it; if you appreciate something then you’ll care for it."
Thursday, November 28, 2013
For the majority of Americans, Thanksgiving Day is devoted to attending parades, consuming feasts, watching football, and preparing to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It’s certainly a lot for which to be thankful!
But have you ever spent a brief part of the holiday thinking about your career and workplace with a similar sense of gratitude? Below are links to recent e-articles which may help you start or renew the process.
- What to be Thankful for at Work This Thanksgiving: On the blog Fast Track by Intuit QuickBase, contributor Alison Green describes seven work-related things for which workers can be thankful.
- 3 Career-Boosting Steps for Thanksgiving: On the Work, Career & Jobs @ 40+ blog, a Midwestern entrepreneur & HR consultant offers some food for thought: Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take three career-boosting steps to reflect on your career plan.
- 6 Workplace Rights to Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving: US News & World Report contributing writer Alison Green describes workplace rights for which we should be grateful—and not take for granted.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This installment of The Daily Leap's green job series profiles science technician occupations in sustainable forestry.
Science Technician Occupations
Biological technicians, environmental science technicians, and forest and conservation technicians typically assist and are supervised by conservation scientists, environmental scientists and specialists, soil and plant scientists, foresters, and wildlife biologists.
Biological technicians may set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes. They gather and prepare plant, water, and soil samples for laboratory analysis to test for pollution levels, diseases, and other factors that help determine the overall health level of the forest. Biological technicians may work in laboratories or outdoors, collecting samples and taking measurements.
Environmental science and protection technicians often work on teams with scientists and other technicians, to solve problems related to environmental degradation and public health. They may assist with inspections of forest lands, to ensure that environmental regulations are being followed. They also set up equipment to monitor pollution levels; collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis; and prepare charts and reports that summarize test results.
Forest and conservation technicians work to improve the quality of forests and other natural resources. They assist with a variety of tasks, including gathering data on water and soil quality, assessing fire hazards, selecting and marking trees to be cut, tracking wildlife, and monitoring the activities of loggers and other forest users. Forest and conservation technicians may also supervise forest and conservation workers.
Education and Training
Biological technicians and environmental science and protection technicians typically have an associate's degree or comparable postsecondary training. Novice technicians are often trained on the job by more-experienced technicians. Technicians may receive their training at a technical or community college.
Forest and conservation technicians typically need an associate's degree in forestry or a related field. Employers look for technicians who have a degree that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Many technical and community colleges offer programs in forestry technology or a related field. Some states have licensing and registration programs for forest and conservation technicians. These programs usually have requirements for education and work experience.
The table that follows shows wages for selected science technician occupations in May 2012. The wages shown are median annual wages for the United States as a whole; wages vary by employer and location.
|Occupation||Median annual wage|
|Environmental science and protection technicians||$41,240|
|Forest and conservation technicians||$33,920|
For more detailed information on science technician occupations in sustainable forestry, follow the Occupational Outlook Handbook link.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In this video author Guy Kawasaki discusses enchantment--a deep, mutually beneficial, voluntary, long-lasting relationship--and its impact on personal success.
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