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Fall 2008 Vol. 52, Number 3


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Three nursesNursing jobs are expected to see healthy growth over the next decade. BLS projects that there will be about 587,000 new jobs for registered nurses over the 2006–16 decade, the most of any occupation. And there are many types of nurses, including those who specialize in nephrology.

Nephrology nurses work with patients who have, or are at risk of having, kidney disease. Many of these workers help patients who are undergoing dialysis or have received organ transplants. Like most nurses, they provide patient care in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, and physicians’ offices.

Learn more about nephrology nursing, including career information and scholarship opportunities, by visiting the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association online at www.annanurse.org; writing the association at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, New Jersey 08071; calling toll free, 1 (888) 600-2662; or e-mailing anna@ajj.com. For a free brochure, "Discover Nephrology Nursing," see www.annanurse.org/download/
reference/membership/discover.pdf
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Columns of buildingCollege students searching for jobs and internships often overlook a good source of opportunities: the Federal civil service. Now, a joint effort aims to steer students toward this source.

A cooperative endeavor of the Partnership for Public Service and the Office of Personnel Management, the Call to Serve program is a network of over 600 schools and more than 75 Government agencies dedicated to promoting Federal civil service. Sponsored activities include career fairs, workshops on how to apply for a Federal job, and a speakers’ bureau of Government employees who talk about their work.

The program also helps to share information about Federal jobs through publications such as Where the Jobs Are, Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, and quick guides that profile which Federal agencies hire the most graduates by college major. Posters highlighting the work of Federal employees are also available for download from the Web site.

For more information on the program or to download free copies of its resources, visit www.ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/calltoserve; write to the Partnership for Public Service, 1100 New York Avenue NW., Suite 1090 East, Washington, D.C. 20005; e-mail
info@ourpublicservice.org; or call (202) 775-9111.


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Different types of candyDo you have a sweet tooth? Are you a foodie? How’d you like to indulge your culinary interests—and get money to pursue them in college? Several scholarships are available to help students prepare for careers in candy or other food industries.

If you’re sweet on sugar and science, check out the American Association of Candy Technologists. This association offers a $5,000 scholarship for college sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are majoring in food science, chemical science, biological science, or a related discipline. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of candy technology. The application deadline is April 17, 2009. More information is available at www.aactcandy.org/aactscholarship.asp; by writing the association at 175 Rock Road, Glen Rock, New Jersey 07452; calling (201) 652-2655; or e-mailing Kevin Silva at kevins@warrellcorp.com.

For those with a broader interest in food, the Institute of Food Technologists offers scholarships for students who are members of the institute and are in an approved food science or technology program. Seventy-three scholarships are available for undergraduate study, and 39 are available for graduate students. Scholarship amounts vary from $500 to $5,000. The 2009 deadlines to apply for these scholarships are February 15 for freshmen, March 1 for sophomores, and February 1 for all other students. For more information, visit
www.ift.org; write to the
IFT Scholarship Department, 525 West Van Buren Street, Suite 1000, Chicago, Illinois 60607; call (312) 782-8424; or e-mail Elizabeth Plummer at ejplummer@ift.org.

To learn about another career opportunity in food science, see "You’re a what? Flavorist" in the winter 2004-05 Quarterly, available online at www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2004/winter/yawhat.htm.

 

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Person at computer viewing redesigned BLS homepageIf you’ve visited www.bls.gov lately, you might have noticed some changes. That’s because the official Web site of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) received a makeover in July.

The entire site has been redesigned to increase its user friendliness. A streamlined homepage focuses on the most recent information from BLS, including news releases and the latest data. To aid navigation, topics of general interest are located at the left of the page, along with links of interest to specific users, such as students and teachers. And tabs at the top of the page make it easy to jump to subject areas, databases and tables, publications, and economic news releases.

Although the Web site has a new look, the type of information available has not changed. The Quarterly, for example, is now available at www.bls.gov/ooq and can be easily accessed in several ways from the BLS homepage.

For a tutorial on how to use the site, see www.bls.gov/tutorial. Or, for more information, write to BLS, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, D.C. 20212; call (202) 691-5200; or e-mail blsdata_staff@bls.gov.

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Career OneStop has added yet another valuable resource to its list of career offerings: a Web page with links to dozens of job search sites throughout the country.

The job bank locator, available online at
www.jobbankinfo.org, brings together private, State, and Federal Web sites that help connect jobseekers and employers. State sites are prominently featured, with a large interactive map that brings users directly to their State’s job bank. Below the map, links are provided by type of job search site, such as those catering to veterans or to jobseekers interested in private sector employment. Users can click on the type of job bank they’re looking for and get to a page that links to even more sites.

The job bank locator replaces America’s Job Bank, which ceased operations in July. For more information, call toll free, 1 (877) 348-0502 (TTY: 1 (877) 348-0501), or e-mail info@careeronestop.org.

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Last Updated: January 15, 2009