The long-term unemployed may be out of luck in early April, when Congress breaks for two weeks without voting to extend unemployment insurance or COBRA health-insurance subsidies. This disruption could affect roughly 750,000 people, whose benefits are scheduled to end in late April. The COBRA subsidies expire March 30. The holdup involves political wrangling. While Democratic senators want to extend the insurance, Republicans, including Sen. Tom Coburn, argue the extra spending only adds to the country’s growing deficit.
Meanwhile, NEWSWEEK continues to scour online job boards, including Indeed, Vault, and Simply Hired, to track the best listings with salaries of $100,000 or more. This week's picks:
Weather Producer and Chief Meteorologist, CBS Corp.
One of New York City's local television stations, WCBS, is looking for an on-air meteorologist to oversee its weather coverage. You must have a bachelor's degree in the subject, along with five to 10 years of forecasting experience.
Pros: This is a senior-level position, in which you'll oversee junior forecasters and producers.
Cons: Weather happens at all hours. This would not be a 9-to-5 weekday job.
Professor of Program Management
The Department of Defense is looking for people with significant experience in managing and buying defense systems to teach at its Defense Acquisition University in either Kettering, Ohio, or Warren, Mich.
Pros: The job pays up to $135,000—high for a teaching position.
Cons: This appointment would last no more than two years.
Product Manager, Online Advertising
The technology company Akamai is looking for someone to manage online ad campaigns for publishers, advertisers, and ad networks. You'll use data the company has acquired through online shopping to target consumers.
Pros: You'll work in a relatively new, burgeoning field of advertising.
Cons: No relocation is available. Plus, the job would require you to travel up to 30 percent of the time.
VP of Fixed-Income Sales
An unnamed financial company in New York City is looking for someone to sell fixed-income trading platforms to financial-industry clients. You'll need to both sell the software, as well as teach clients how to use it. Ideally, you'll have an undergraduate degree in finance, economics, or technology, as well as some type of financial certification (Series 7, 63, or 66) that allows you to sell securities.
Pros: The job pays a base salary of $250,000.
Cons: You'll need to cold-call prospective buyers.
Senior Vice President, Real-Estate Accounting
A leading unnamed accounting, consulting, and tax-service firm is looking for someone to help lead its real-estate accounting practice in New York City. This is as much of a management job as an accounting one, since you'll oversee a team of accountants and work closely with clients.
Pros: The job pays up to $180,000 and offers lots of room to lead within the organization.
Cons: You must have serious financial credentials, including an M.B.A. and at least 10 years of work experience on public accounting projects.