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Are college students confident about San Antonio jobs?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

College students may not be very confident about San Antonio jobs. has released a new survey that shows gender disparities in confidence and perceived earning ability among those in college and college graduates in the early phase of their careers.

About 81% of respondents currently enrolled in college report feeling at least somewhat confident in securing a job after graduation.

But only 16% of women feel “absolutely confident,” compared to 27% of men. Results also showed a gender gap in the perceived ability to find a high-paying job, with 48% of men enrolled in college believing their first job salary will exceed $50,000 compared to just 33% of women.

There is a distinct gender gap in the perceived importance of college degrees. For women, the value of a degree decreased with experience and time; for men, however, it remained stable or increased. When college students were asked how important their degree would be to the success of their career, 82% said it would be important. In contrast, only 62% of female college graduates said their college degree has been important to their careers.

According to the survey, 83% of male students compared to 74% of female students say they are prepared to start their college career; when college graduates were asked how prepared college made them for their career, males reported slightly higher rates (88%) and females views were stable (76%) compared to college students.

San Antonio healthcare jobs increase

Friday, May 8th, 2015

According to a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Antonio healthcare jobs may be increasing.

Employment rose by 223,000 in April, after edging up in March (+85,000). In April, employment increased in professional and business services, health care, and construction, while employment in mining continued to decline.

Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

Health care employment increased by 45,000 in April. Job growth was distributed among the three major components–ambulatory health care services (+25,000), hospitals (+12,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+8,000). Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs.

Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components.

Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.

Are people in San Antonio jobs overweight?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A new study from Careerbuilder finds that a lot of people with San Antonio jobs, among other locations, think they are overweight.

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers feel they are overweight, up from 55 percent in 2014. Additionally, 42 percent of workers say they’ve gained weight in their present job, up from 39 percent last year. Twenty-two percent reported gaining more than 10 pounds, while 16 percent of workers say they’ve lost weight.

When asked what they felt contributed to their weight gain at their current job, 37 percent of workers said “eating because of stress,” and 43 percent said they are “too tired from work to exercise.” Sedentary behavior, however, is seen as the leading culprit, in workers’ minds. Fifty-six percent said “sitting at the desk most of the day” contributed to the weight gain at their present job.

Industry/Job type: Workers in desk or office-based jobs are more likely to be gaining weight at their present job:
•Professional & Business Services: 51 percent
•IT: 48 percent
•Financial Services: 45 percent
•Health Care: 45 percent
•Sales: 41 percent
•Leisure & Hospitality: 39 percent
•Manufacturing 39 percent
•Retail: 35 percent

Gender: Women (46 percent) are more likely to report gaining weight at their present jobs than men (38 percent).

Job-level: Workers in management roles (43 percent) are almost equally likely as workers in non-management roles (42 percent) to report weight gains at their present jobs.

Age: Workers in the middle of their careers appear more prone to weight gain than younger or mature workers. Forty-five percent of workers age 35-54 reported gaining weight at their present job, compared to 38 percent of workers age 18-34 and 39 percent of workers 55+.