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
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
Top salaries now reach the stratosphere, with $250,000 a year
With the increasing concern about the environment and the role
business plays in that area, another major opportunity field is
The three primary job classifications for environmental
specialists include environmental cleanup, pollution prevention and
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. …