Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Nursing Jobs Phoenix See Highest Yearly Growth

The economy is favorable for those seeking nursing jobs Phoenix (Click here).

During February, Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 9.6 percent for the fourth month in a row, which is above the national average of 8.9 percent. The Phoenix area had an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent during January.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area employed about 1,698,800 workers during February, which is up from 1,682,100 workers during January and a .7 percent increase from last year.

The education and health services industry saw the biggest yearly job growth by far, increasing by 5.8 percent for a total of 248,900 employees. Only four other industries managed to add jobs between February 2010 and February 2011.

The leisure and hospitality industry increased by 2.1 percent to 176,000 jobs, while trade, transportation, and utilities grew by 1.8 percent to 352,000 workers; manufacturing increased by .5 percent to 110,500 jobs; and financial activities grew by .1 percent to 136,800 workers.

Nine industries were able to add jobs on a monthly basis during February. The government industry saw the biggest grow, adding 5,800 workers over the month for a total of 240,600 jobs.

Other industries that saw a monthly increase in employment include:


Monday, March 21, 2011


Speech Therapy Jobs Arizona

The number of speech therapy jobs Arizona has to offer will continue to grow in the near future.

Speech therapists are responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating people who cannot speak or speak clearly. They may help those who have speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, or fluency problems.

Most employers require speech therapists to have a master's degree from a college or university accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Council on Academic Accreditation. A majority of states also require speech therapists to become licensed before they can begin practicing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 119,300 speech therapists throughout the nation during 2008, and that number is expected to grow by 19 percent by 2018.

In Arizona, employment of speech therapists is expected to increase by 10.3 percent to 2,613 workers by 2018. That means there will be an average of 67 jobs available each year, according to the Arizona Workforce Informer.

About 48 percent of speech therapists work in educational services, while others work in hospitals, offices of other health practitioners, nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, individual and family services, outpatient care centers, and child daycare centers. Only 9 percent of speech therapists are self-employed.

The top industries that employed speech therapists throughout Arizona during 2008 include:
During 2008, the national median wage for speech therapists was about $62,930 per year, with the middle 50 percent of employees earning between $50,330 and $79,620. The lowest 10 percent of employees earned less than $41,240 per year, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $99,220 per year.

Speech therapists in Arizona earned an average wage of $28.05 per hour during 2009, with entry-level employees earning an average of $18.32 per hour and experienced employees earning an average of $32.91 per hour.

Some related occupations include: audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and recreational therapists.



Oncology Jobs Created by Cancer Center Funding

A small number of oncology jobs will be created by a new round of funding for an up-and-coming cancer center.

The Del E. Webb Foundation recently announced that it will donate $2 million to the Arizona Cancer Center to support the new facility's recruiting and hiring efforts. Initially, the center plans to hire four medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists.

The cancer center's clinical operations are slated to begin this summer on the St. Joseph's Hospital campus in central Phoenix. Those operations will move to a new 250,000-square-foot outpatient facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus by 2013.

"We are extremely grateful to the Del E. Webb Foundation for this leadership gift to assist in the launch of our Arizona Cancer Center clinical and translational research programs in Phoenix," David S. Alberts, MD, director of the Arizona Cancer Center, said in a statement.

The Del E. Webb Foundation already has a strong relationship with Arizona Cancer Center, as it funded the Del E. Webb Laboratories for Basic Cancer Research on the third floor of the center's Sydney E. Salmon MD Building.

Since 1960, the Del E. Webb Foundation has supported organizations that provide medical services, engage in medical research, and operate educational facilities. They provide funding to organizations in Arizona, California, and Nevada.


Thursday, March 3, 2011


Fundraising Jobs Remain Even on Effectiveness

Most fundraising jobs (Click here) continued to be effective last year.

The most recent Nonprofit Fundraising Survey found that the number of charities that received a higher amount of donations last year and the number of those that lost money were pretty even.

Overall, about 36 percent of charities brought in more private contributions during 2010, while 37 percent of charities saw a decline in donations, and 26 percent of charities reported that funding amounts remained even over the year.

The biggest reason for the decline in funding is that the economy caused fewer people to donate money, and those who did donate were offering smaller amounts.

The survey further found:
The survey is a joint project among the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics with GuideStar, Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Foundation Center, and Blackbaud.



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