New Book Lists Top Career Opportunities For

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While American business leaders are increasing their role in the improvement of public education, they can't wait for the slow process of schools and universities to turn out a higher qualified work force.

For that reason, corporate training, those hired to teach in companies rather than in schoolrooms, has become one of the leading career opportunities for the 1990s. It is listed as one of the 20 top career picks by Kathryn and Ross Petras in their new book Jobs '90 published by Prentice Hall Press.

Corporate trainers teach everything from basic English, a major problem among numerous job candidates, even with college degrees, to computer techniques and corporate finance. Salaries for these jobs, say Petras, range from about $25,000 to $150,000. That will not surprise personnel directors who have been shaking their heads at the poor spelling and grammatical skills in applications and letters during recent years.

The need for computer skills, of course, is not surprising, with businesses turning rapidly to computers for everything from accounting to communications and inventory control. As a result, the management information systems profession also is among the top 20 career opportunities listed in Jobs '90.

The professionals control the flow of information these days in corporations, government offices, hospitals, banks and computer companies.

Top salaries now reach the stratosphere, with $250,000 a year not unusual.

With the increasing concern about the environment and the role business plays in that area, another major opportunity field is developing.

The three primary job classifications for environmental specialists include environmental cleanup, pollution prevention and corporate communications.

New companies are starting up regularly which provide waste management and recycling services. Other industries involved in the environmental efforts include chemical, petroleum and manufacturing companies, environmental and consulting engineering firms and government. Salaries start around $25,000 and can reach $75,000.

There is becoming a serious shortage of engineers, especially in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, with salaries starting in the upper $20,000 area and reaching over $100,000.

Jobs '90 also lists marketing, piloting aircraft, paralegals and a variety of health care careers for high potential during the 1990s. Marketing has become a career path from product specialist to upper management with salaries exceeding $200,000.

Question: From 1969 to 1988 (when I lost my job) I was a housing maintenance repairman for the New York City Housing Authority. I'm having a hard time finding work in my profession, either with the city or in private enterprise. When I watch television shows on the most wanted person, every time they catch one, he or she has a job. It's not fair for a criminal to have a job and not me. I need help. What can I do?

Answer: When applying for a job, emphasize your skills instead of just looking for the same kind of job. …