Job numbers for March are out, and they’re somewhere between a bang and a whimper—the unemployment rate stayed steady at 9.7 percent, and the number of jobs added to payrolls were short of many analysts’ expectations. Still, the 162,000 new hires marked the biggest increase in three years. Jobless claims sank last week, too, to the lowest point they’ve hit in some 18 months. That’s good news, since Congress failed to extend benefits for the unemployed because of a political impasse. The benefits could be renewed after lawmakers return from recess.
Meanwhile, NEWSWEEK continues to scour online job boards to track the best listings with salaries of $100,000 or more. This week’s picks from Indeed, Vault, and Simply Hired:
Chief Administration Officer, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority
The public-transit agency that covers Cincinnati is seeking an executive to work closely with the CEO to oversee financial planning, revenue, and budgets. An M.B.A. is preferred.
Pro: It’s a great chance to shape big-picture concerns without dealing with messy hands-on management,
Con: The job requires at least 10 years of experience but barely squeaks in over $100,000.
Director of SEO
An unnamed Los Angeles firm is seeking a search-engine optimization chief for a major sports-media marketing campaign. You’ll oversee an internal team and also supervise outside consultants. In-depth knowledge of football is a plus, as is a sense of best SEO practices on an international level.
Pro: For the sports fanatic who’s also a techie, this is a dream-job description.
Con: In addition to knowing football, qualifications are steep: you’ll need extensive experience and expertise in social media, and multiple foreign languages.
Health-Care Strategy Consultant, Putnam Associates
The consulting firm, based in a Boston suburb, is looking for an experienced consultant to manage a health-care management team. You’ll work through strategic problems with clients in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical equipment.
Pro: The company gets high marks for a corporate culture that values work-life balance.
Con: You have to be willing to work out of Burlington, Mass.
Sales Executive, Ambrose Employer Group
Ambrose, a human-resources company in Short Hills, N.J., is seeking a midlevel executive to attract new clients and develop existing accounts. You’d be working with a range of business owners who use Ambrose to deal with administration and payroll.
Pro: The candidate will get to work closely with a senior administration mentor.
Con: Although the expected pay is $150,000, that includes commissions and bonus—the base is only $90,000.
Software Engineer, TheLadders.com
TheLadders.com, a search site for jobs earning more than $100,000, is hiring a software engineer. You’ll need a degree in computer science from a top school and experience with database systems.
Pro: You’d work for a hot startup in New York’s trendy SoHo district.
Con: It’s a fast-paced, high-pressure environment and you might not get to enjoy the neighborhood.