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6 jobs that are in demand now

By Kaitlin Madden


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After years of disappointing employment news, it looks like the job market has finally made a definitive turn in the right direction.

Over the past three months, the economy has added 721,000 jobs, or an average of 245,000 jobs per month, marking one of the greatest periods of job growth since before the recession. Additionally, in the six-month period from August 2011 to March 2012, the unemployment rate fell 0.8 percent. The current unemployment rate, 8.3 percent, is the lowest it’s been in three years.

So where are all of these new jobs coming from? Here’s a look at six occupations that are currently in high demand.

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25 Best-Paying Jobs for Women

By Kaitlin Madden

In the last 30 years, the wage gap between men and women has narrowed considerably. In 1979, the year the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking salary information by gender, women earned just 62 percent of what men did. Earlier this year, the BLS reported that, in the fourth quarter of 2011, that figure had risen nearly 20 percent. Women now earn an average of 81.6 cents for every dollar men do.

But in a time when women make up close to half of the workforce and are graduating college at a higher rate than men, why is there still a nearly 20 percent difference in earnings?

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The Ongoing Debate Over Unpaid Internships

By Kaitlin Madden

Earlier this month, news broke that a former fashion magazine intern was suing the publication she had worked for and its parent company for violating labor laws after she claims she worked a full-time schedule without receiving compensation. Xeudan “Diana” Wang, a 2010 graduate of Ohio State University, alleges she worked up to 55 hours a week during her four-month stint as an unpaid fashion intern at the famed magazine in 2011.

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The Perfect Match: What Makes a Good Employer

By Kaitlin Madden

Job seekers hear a lot about the skills and qualities that employers want from their potential employees. They're looking for someone with a killer work ethic, technological expertise, leadership potential, a sense of humor, great communication skills -- it seems like the list could go on forever.

But what about the qualities that job seekers should look for in potential employers? What should applicants seek in the companies to which they are applying? Though it can sometimes seem as if job searching is all about what the employer wants, it's essential for job seekers to know what they're looking for in a company, too.

Below are a few things all job seekers should consider when evaluating potential employers.

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