It's great to be a realist during pandemic times, but there are also reasons to be optimistic when it comes to considering the jobs front this year. Last year dealt many of us a wicked blow to our pockets and our careers, but experts are reporting that though there's been a "short-term jump" in unemployment, the outlook is set to improve by the end of the year. Though some positions are not set to come back after cuts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are still some jobs in high demand this year and into the future.
If you're looking to change careers, upgrade your chance for job success, or take the next step to advance in your industry, check out these options:
1. Industrial Engineers
At least 30,000 new positions are set to open by 2029, and the median annual income is more than $88,000. Typically, a bachelor's degree is required and you'll have to be into ensuring efficiency in systems that affect mechanics, materials, information and energy.
2. Human Resource Specialists
This job has a median salary of more than $61,000 per year, and it involves talent acquisition, management and training. If you have a passion for putting the right people in the right roles, cultivating (and enforcing) workplace practices that create cultures that retain the best of the best, and ensuring professionals are able to thrive, this is for you. A bachelor's degree is required.
3. Marketing Managers
You can earn more than $135,000 per year with this job, and the growth is faster than average. A four-year degree in advertising, marketing, or other related media studies is required, and you'll need to be passionate about how audiences consume media, buy into concepts, or get into products and services in order to tap in and be successful working for a brand.
4. Computer Support Professionals
With an annual salary of more than $54,700, this job is one where you are responsible for providing aid to individual computer users and companies to troubleshoot issues, train, or implement new protocols or policies. Some jobs require a bachelor's degree, while others will let you in the door with an associates or other professional certificates.
5. Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses (LPNs and LVNs)
The Bureau reports that healthcare industry occupations make up 13 of the 30 fastest growing jobs from 2019 to 2029, and the demand for healthcare services by aging baby boomers as well as people with chronic illnesses will drive the projected employment growth. With that said, LPNs and LVNs are in demand and can earn at least $47,000 per year. You can complete a one-year, state-approved program and then go for your licensure credentials to be qualified for this job. (Registered nurses are required to have at least a two-year degree, and those with bachelor's degrees command salaries of more than $73,000 per year. If you want to get your foot in the door and are not interested in the increased RN responsibilities or education requirements to become an RN, this is a great route for you.)
6. Speech Pathologists
You can earn at least $79,000 a year as a speech pathologist, and you'd be assessing, diagnosing and treating communication and swallowing disorders. A master's degree is typically required for this job, and the prospects for openings are expected to grow a whopping 25% (well above average) due to the growth of the baby boomer generation that are susceptible to issues such as strokes that cause communication and eating challenges.
7. Industrial Machine Mechanics
You can make about $52,000 per year as an industrial machine mechanic, and ladies, don't sleep on this. If you like working with your hands, fixing issues with machinery or equipment, or even have a knack with mechanics and systems, this might be a good fit for you. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement and the outlook for openings is at a 13% growth rate (which is above average.)
8. Information Security Analysts
Cybersecurity is huge in terms of highly emerging industries, especially with many elements of business and everyday life going 100% digital or virtual. This job involves implementing, managing, and monitoring security measures to protect a company or organization's computer systems and sensitive information, and the outlook for growth is at 31%. You can make more than $99,000 per year in median salary with a bachelor's degree.
9. Specialized Health Industry Instructors
Depending on the level of education in which you teach, you can make from $43,000 to more than $160,000 in median yearly salary as a specialized health industry instructor. Specifically, those who specialize in areas such as dentistry, lab technology, medicine, or pharmacy are in high demand, and you'll need at least a Ph.D. for the post-secondary positions with higher salaries that are set to see growth this year.
10. Financial Managers
These professionals work in a variety of industries, from banking to tech to healthcare, and they can earn a median annual salary of more than $129,000 per year. The job requires a bachelor's degree along with at least 5 years of experience and professionals who enjoy this are into creating financial reports, managing funds, building lucrative portfolios, or helping individuals or groups reach their personal finance goals.
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Chief Mom Officer: 23 Quotes From Working Moms Finding Their Balance
The truth is, Black moms create magic every single day. Whether we're juggling motherhood with a busy 9-5, a thriving business, or staying at home to run a household, no day is short of amazing when you're managing life as a mommy. This Mother's Day, xoNecole is giving flowers to CMOs (Chief Mom Officers) in business who exemplify the strength it takes to balance work with motherhood.
We've commissioned these ladies, who are pillars in their respective industries, for tidbits of advice to get you through the best and worst days of mothering. Here, they share their "secret sauce" and advice for other moms trying to find their rhythm.
Emmelie De La Cruz, Chief Strategist at One Day CMO
"My mom friends and I all laugh and agree: Motherhood is the ghettoest thing you will ever do. It's beautiful and hard all at the same time, but one day you will wake up and feel like 'I got this' and you will get the hang of it. After 4 months, I finally felt like I found my footing to keep my kid and myself alive, but it took vulnerability to take off the cape and be honest about the areas that I didn't have it all together. The healing (physically and emotionally) truly does happen in community - whatever and whoever that looks like for you."
Alizè V. Garcia, Director Of Social & Community Impact at Nike
"I would tell a new mom or a prospective mother that they must give themselves grace, understand and remember there is no right way to do this thing and have fun! When I had my daughter three and a half years ago, I was petrified! I truly had no clue about what to do and how I was going to do it. But with time, my confidence grew and I realized quickly that I have all the tools I need to be the mother I want to be."
Nikki Osei-Barrett, Publicist + Co-Founder of The Momference
"There's no balance. I'm dropping sh*t everywhere! However, my secret sauce is pursuing interests and hobbies outside of what's required of me and finding time to workout. Stronger body equals = stronger mind."
Lauren Grove, Chief Experience Architect, The Grant Access, LLC
"I try to give myself grace. That’s my mantra for this phase of motherhood…grace. I won’t be able to get everything done. To have a spotless house. To not lose my cool after an exhausting day. Those things can’t happen all of the time. But I can take a deep breath and know tomorrow is another day and my blessings are more plentiful than my pitfalls."
Rachel Nicks, Founder & CEO of Birth Queen
"You have the answers within you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Curate your life to work for you. Ask for help."
Tanisha Colon-Bibb, Founder + CEO Rebelle Agency + Rebelle Management
"I know love doesn't pay bills but when I am overwhelmed with work or client demands I take a moment to play with my baby and be reminded of the love, energy, science, and Godliness that went into his birth. I am brightened by his smile and laugh. I remember I am someone's parent and not just a work horse. That at the end of the day everything will work out for the good of my sanity and the love within my life."
Christina Brown, Founder of LoveBrownSugar & BabyBrownSugar
"Learning your rhythm as a mom takes time and can be uncomfortable when you’re in a season of overwhelm. Constantly check in with yourself and assess what’s working and what’s not. Get the help you need without feeling guilty or ashamed of needing it."
Mecca Tartt, Executive Director of Startup Runway Foundation
"I want to be the best for myself, my husband, children and company. However, the reality is you can have it all but not at the same time. My secret sauce is outsourcing and realizing that it’s okay to have help in order for me to perform at the highest level."
Jen Hayes Lee, Head Of Marketing at The Bump (The Knot Worldwide)
"My secret sauce is being direct and honest with everyone around me about what I need to be successful in all of my various "jobs". Setting boundaries is one thing, but if you're the only one who knows they exist, your partners at home and on the job can't help you maintain them. I also talk to my kids like adults and let them know why mommy needs to go to this conference or get this massage...they need to build an appreciation for my needs too!"
Whitney Gayle-Benta, Chief Music Officer JKBX
"What helps me push through each day is the motivation to continue by thinking about my son. All my efforts, though exhausting, are to create a wonderful life for him."
Ezinne Okoro, Global Chief Inclusion, Equity, & Diversity Officer at Wunderman Thompson,
"The advice I received that I’ll pass on is, you will continue to figure it out and find your rhythm as your child grows into new stages. Trust your nurturing intuition, parent on your terms, and listen to your child."
Jovian Zayne, CEO of The OnPurpose Movement
"I live by the personal mantra: 'You can’t be your best self by yourself.' My life feels more balanced when I offer the help I can give and ask for the help I need. This might mean outsourcing housecleaning for my home, or hiring additional project management support for my business."
Simona Noce Wright, Co-Founder of District Motherhued and The Momference
"Each season of motherhood (depending on age, grade, workload) requires a different rhythm. With that said, be open to learning, to change, and understand that what worked for one season may not work the other...and that's okay."
Janaye Ingram, Director of Community Partner Programs and Engagement at Airbnb
"My daughter's smile and sweet spirit help me to feel gratitude when I'm overwhelmed. I want her to see a woman who doesn't quit when things get hard."
Codie Elaine Oliver, CEO & Founder of Black Love
"I try to listen to my body and simply take a break. With 3 kids and a business with 10+ team members, I often feel overwhelmed. I remind myself that I deserve grace for everything I'm juggling, I take a walk or have a snack or even head home to see my kids, and then I get back to whatever I need to get done."
Jewel Burks Solomon, Managing Partner at Collab Capital
"Get comfortable with the word ‘no’. Be very clear about your non-negotiables and communicate them to those around you."
Bridget Bogee, Marketing Lead At Meta
"Ask for help and always prioritize making time for you."
Julee Wilson, Executive Director at BeautyUnited and Beauty Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan
"Understand you can’t do it alone — and that’s ok. Relinquish the need to control everything. Create a village and lean on them."
Salwa Benyaich, Director Of Pricing and Planning at Premion
"Most days I really try to shut my computer off by 6 pm; there are always exceptions of course when it comes to big deals or larger projects but having this as a baseline allows me to be much more present with my kids. I love the fact that I can either help with homework or be the designated driver to at least one afterschool activity. Work can be draining but there is nothing more emotionally draining than when you feel as though you are missing out on moments with your kids."
Brooke Ellis, Head of Global Marketing & Product Launches at Amazon Music
My calendar, prayer, pilates class at Forma, a good playlist, and oatmilk lattes all help get me through any day.
Courtney Beauzile, Global Director of Client and Business Development at Shearman & Sterling
My husband is a partner who steps in when I just can’t. My mom and my MIL come through whenever and however I need. My kids have many uncles and aunts and they will lend an ear, go over homework, teach life lessons, be a presence or a prayer warrior depending on the day.
Robin Snipes, Chief of Staff at Meta
"Enjoy the time you have to yourself because once kids come those times will be few and far between."
Monique Bivens, CEO & Founder at Brazilian Babes LLC.
"For new moms, it is very important that you get back into a habit or routine of something you use to do before you were pregnant. Consider the actives and things that give you the most joy and make the time to do them."
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This Is Why Your Bright Under-Eye Technique Is Not Giving
If you are a fan of the bright under-eye, then you have the legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin to thank. The bright under-eye is only one of the major techniques that Aucoin brought to the forefront of the makeup industry in the ‘90s. The purpose of concealing the under-eye area is to hide blemishes and discoloration, redness, dark circles, and under-eye bags. However, according to Aucoin’s techniques, its main purpose is to lift and sculpt the face adding a new level of dimension.
The bright under-eye can be difficult to achieve. These are some of the common mistakes that are holding you back from sculpted bright under eyes that are giving!
1. You are not using the correct concealer shade.
Using two concealers makes a huge difference. Start with a shade 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone. Followed by a shade that is 3-4 times lighter and placed closer to the inner eye to do the heavy lifting and give the bright effect.
Two shades diffuse well into each other and give a cohesive result.
2. You are not blending enough.
Don't underestimate the power behind a complete blend-out! Blending your concealer fully is a make-or-break step for the bright under-eye look. Fully blending allows for a seamless transition between the areas of the face meant to be highlighted, and the areas meant to create depth and shadows. So take your time and make sure there are no harsh lines.
3. You are not properly setting the under-eye area.
Set the under-eye using a loose setting powder or brightening powder. The key here is to choose a powder complementary to your skin's undertone and proper placement to prevent creasing. Focus the majority of the powder on the inner eye and defuse the remaining powder to the rest of the powder under the eye.
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