Good jobs are scarce these days, with roughly 15 million Americans out of work and a national unemployment rate of 10 percent. Still, certain industries, such as health care, green technology, education, and government, are expected to grow in the coming years, helping to offset job losses in sectors such as construction and manufacturing. Each week we scour several job boards—including Indeed, Vault, and Yahoo! HotJobs—to help us track the best job listings with salaries of $100,000 or more. This week's picks:
Audio and Music Apps Software Developer
Love music? Simply having a large iTunes library isn't going to cut it at Apple, which is looking for an engineer to improve upon already popular applications like GarageBand and Logic Studio.
Pros: You get to work at Apple. Need we say more?
Cons: You need serious computer skills, including a B.S. in computer science and a familiarity with Cocoa—and we're not talking about hot chocolate here.
VP of Imaging and Gaming
This senior-level general-manager position, located in Silicon Valley, is for a company that makes semiconductors and chips for products such as smart phones. The job itself involves business strategy, marketing, and management. The only catch? The recruiting firm handling the hire, the T. Blair Group, insists on keeping the name of the company on the down low.
Pros: The job pays around $250,000 a year and is part of the $16.8 billion gaming industry.
Cons: The recruiting company wants to hear from candidates already based in Northern California.
Attention, polyglots. Here's your chance to monitor, interpret, translate, and transcribe information for a science and technology company's clients, primarily the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other civil government agencies. The Science Applications International Corp., based in Virginia, is looking for people who speak a wide range of languages, from Burmese to Fulani and Swahili.
Pros: You can work remotely from several major metropolitan areas.
Cons: The job requires you to travel 25 percent of the year.
The recruiting firm Gecko Hospitality is advertising for a corporate-chef position in Charlotte, N.C., for a hotel, casino, club, resort, hotel, or restaurant. Applicants need to have at least five years of experience as a chef.
Pros: The job comes with a company car.
Cons: If you're a hard-core foodie and trying to make a name for yourself, Charlotte may not the place to go. (Its national claim to fame is that it's home to Bank of America.)
Vice President of Sales
Ambrose Employer Group caters to small to medium-size businesses that want to outsource their human-resources services, from payroll and benefits to employment law and hiring. Their New Jersey office needs a super salesperson to pitch this array of services to new clients. Ideally, they'd like a candidate with an M.B.A. and at least five years of sales experience.
Pros: The position could offer a bonus of up to $60,000 during the first year. The company says it's grown considerably over the last four years.
Cons: The job involves cold calling, and who likes to do that tap dance?