Are things getting any better? Maybe. The number of job openings in January increased by 2.1 percent, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's the largest increase since February and could foreshadow more job growth in the coming months.
In the meantime, NEWSWEEK continues to scour online job boards, including Indeed and Vault, to help track the best employment listings with salaries of $100,000 or more. This week's picks:
Senior Social Media Manager
TER Consulting, based in Marshfield, Mass., is looking for someone to plan, manage, and analyze the company's digital media strategy, with a focus on social networking, mobile, online video, and digital display advertising. You need eight to 10 years of related work experience and expertise in online, broadcast, and print media.
Pros: The company will pay relocation costs.
Cons: If you want to live in a city, get prepared to commute to the suburbs. This position is based 45 minutes outside of Boston.
This job could be a good fit for anyone seeking work that is both interesting and socially relevant. The Department of Veteran Affairs is looking for an expert who can create and tweak custom prostheses for vets at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Pros: Although this position does not qualify as a civil-service job, you'll still be eligible for the perks federal employees get, including generous health insurance and vacation time.
Cons: The online application process is unusually cumbersome.
The Department of Commerce is looking for a behavioral and software design expert to help the government create the next wave of user-interface technologies. The team you'll be working with has helped to establish standards for everything from automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors. Among the job's requirements: a degree in behavioral or social science and at least one year of work experience dealing with the intersection of cognitive psychology and software development.
Pros: There's the $136,000-a-year salary. Plus, the agency offers nice perks, such as flexible work schedules and on-site child care.
Cons: The agency's vetting process for the position may seem a bit onerous.
Information Risk Manager, JP Morgan Chase
In this position, you'll be responsible for safeguarding key data systems. You'll need to be able to work with execs from throughout the company, as well as senior technology managers.
Pros: You'll get to showcase your communication and management skills leading numerous projects.
Cons: J.P. Morgan may be headquartered in New York City, but this position will be based out of Columbus, Ohio.
An unnamed and self-described "cutting-edge company" in North Carolina's Research Triangle is looking for an electrical engineer to develop electronics for LED-based lighting products. You'll lead the design process and work with engineers, manufacturers, and marketers to bring the product to the market.
Pros: This is a beautiful area of North Carolina, near Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cons: Rather than taking advantage of the job's beautiful location, you may have to be cooped up indoors troubleshooting analog and digital power systems.