Jenny caught it before I did: Business 2.0's September issue heralds a coming job boom, brought on by the impending retirement of the boomer generation--and there aren't enough educated workers in subsequent generations to fill the gap, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biz 2.0 also lists the top in-demand occupations and the highest-growth parts of the country.
Here's my comment to Jenny's post:
I've never been accused of being an optimist, but . . . BLS classifies technical writers in with Writers and Editors. However, a case could be made that what we do also falls into the Desktop Publisher classification--which is number 6 of the top ten growth occupations. Tie that with the high-tech bent of the other top occupations and there might be reason for joy in our part of the world.
I also appreciated the article's listing of high-growth cities. Short of leaving the country, Florida is already pretty high on my list of states to move to. Demographically, I fall into that group of boomers that threatens to retire, thus precipitating the job crisis described; but the likelihood of my actually retiring with small children in school is close to nil. I therefore see some reason for hope that I'll actually be able to afford to get these kids into college before I do retire (or die).
Unfortunately, Business 2.0's web site doesn't have the article up yet, and when it does it will likely be behind a subscriber (the magazine or AOL) wall. And they don't seem to have an RSS feed either. Bummer. Between my former favorite business rag, Fast Company, and Biz 2.0, the latter is my current favorite, despite its relationship to the AOL/TW mega-biz.
Note also that this issue of Biz 2.0 includes a tear-out primer on how to offshore, in case one (a business person, say) had the inclination. Remember that the rag's angle is for the profit-hungry mogul, not us weary wage-slaves.