The Coolest Jobs In Sports

Being involved with sports, in any way, form or fashion, is probably the best job that anyone can have, and there is never a lack for things to do, or to talk about. If you can manage to luck into a job in any capacity, go for it, but here are the top three jobs we’d like to take in the wonderful, wacky world of sports.

The General Manager

Sure, it’s a lot of pressure, but can you imagine anything being as great as the job of general manager? You’re enlisted with boosting a team’s sportsbook odds, watching players develop throughout the years (providing you don’t get canned), and you get the best seats in the house for every game. With the growing popularity of fantasy sports, people obviously would love to be in charge of a team, and there is no one who would turn down the job of GM (unless it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates).

The Ballboys/Towelboys

This is for the youngsters, although we’re sure a few adults would love to take the job as well, and just because we listed it for the boys, the girls can get in on the action as well. How cool is that? Free tickets to the game, seats that your friends (and their parents) would drool over, and you get to meet your heroes on a daily basis. You’re likely to make a highlight reel if you’re a ballboy who misses a foul ball, but there are worse things that could happen in life.

The 12th Man/Utility Guy/Fourth-Line Player/Third-String Guy

Look, we’d all love to be the star, but sometimes, hard work can only take you so far. The guys (and girls) out of the spotlight are, in some cases, the guys (and girls) who keep the team together. Take Chicago’s Brian Scalabrine, for example. He has earned a steady paycheck in the NBA since 2001 by being a good teammate, a guy who realizes he’s not going to play much, so he contributes in other ways like cheering the team on, and he can also see something on the court that some may miss if they’re busy, you know, playing. It’s not a bad gig if you can land it.

Sociology Degree Jobs

Sociology is one of the most misunderstood fields of study. Tell a group of people that you’re majoring in sociology and the first question they’ll ask is “uh, what are you going to do with that?” Fortunately, the answer is “plenty.”

Sociology is the study of the interaction, structure, collective behavior, and development of organized groups of people. Sociologists can find work in just about any area of business, and in health care, environment & society, government, demography, criminal justice, human services, education, community relations, and social science research. The list of specific job titles is extensive, but just a few are:

  • -Advocate
  • -College Administrator
  • -Community Relations Specialist
  • -Consultant
  • -Consumer Researcher
  • -Director of Advertising
  • -Law Enforcement Officer
  • -Marketing Manager
  • -Mental Health Counselor
  • -Personnel Training
  • -Public Assistance Agent
  • -Social Science Analyst
  • -Teacher
  • -Waste Manager

Salaries for these positions vary greatly by level of education, experience, company, and location, but you can expect to make anywhere from $27,000 per year on the low end up to $95,000+ on the high end. Management, director and postsecondary education positions typically fall on the higher end of the pay scale.  

If you are interested in a sociology career, you should enroll in an accredited bachelor’s degree program with a major or focus in sociology. Although a bachelor’s degree is a great start, many professionals in this field hold a masters degree or higher. An undergraduate program can prepare you for an entry to mid-level career and/or for a master’s program. All program’s have specific course requirements, but you can always take additional courses that will help prepare you for multiple positions.

According to Top Online Colleges, major requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • -Advanced Social Theory
  • -Directed Readings in Sociology
  • -Feminist Theories of Social Order
  • -Introduction of Social Theory
  • -Introduction to Society
  • -Medical Sociology
  • -Population Analysis
  • -Practicum in Applied Social Research
  • -Race and Ethnic Group Relations
  • -Religion in Society
  • -Research Methodology
  • -Rural Sociology
  • -Social Deviance
  • -Social Inequality
  • -Social Movements
  • -Social Problems
  • -Society and the Future
  • -Sociological Research
  • -Sociology of Childhood
  • -Sociology of Education
  • -Sociology of Gender Roles
  • -Sociology of Law
  • -Sociology of Sport                                                
  • -Statistics for Social Research
  • -The Family
  • -The Individual in Society 
  • -Urban Sociology
  • -Work, Industry, and Society
  • -Internship Program

To find the best sociology program, browse through college ranking sites such as Princetonreview.com and Petersons.com. You can also try U.S. News & World Report College Rankings. If you decide to search on your own through Bing or Google, always check the schools website for accreditation, especially if you have never heard of the school or the school operates exclusively online. This does not mean that unfamiliar schools and online schools do not offer high quality programs—most do, but you have to be careful today thanks to the proliferation of diploma mills and schools that have recently lost accreditation.

The following accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is important to note that, the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is one of the top accrediting agencies for online colleges and programs.

  • -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • -The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • -The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • -The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
  • -Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • -North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • -Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

To review the full list of recognized agencies, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

Want to Work Right Now? Sign with a Temp Agency!

Never underestimate the power of a temp agency. This service isn’t just for folks interested in an assignment here and there. Most temp agencies today are in the business of filling temporary staffing needs for companies and finding long-term or permanent work for those that want it. Temp agencies are also called employment agencies, employment services, and temporary staffing agencies.  

Many temp assignments lead to permanent positions and some are an excellent way to get your foot in the door at a company that might not be the most accessible. Once inside, you can begin to show the company what you’ve got, without having to go through an interview process or waiting for months on end for a call back. The temp agency does the screening for the company, which is one of the reasons the agency makes such a nice commission if you get hired for a full-time job.

In today’s job market, working through a temp agency or working at a temp agency while you’re looking for the ideal job might be the way to go. For starters, you’ll have a variety of assignments to choose from and in most cases, you can control how often you work. This comes in handy when you need a flexible schedule that allows time for interviews. There is such a thing as a career temp, but if you’re looking for something a bit more stable, let the agency know this and they’ll try to match you with long-term assignments and companies that they know may be looking to hire now or in the future.

To locate a temp agency in your area, all you have to do is search online using your favorite search engine or flip through the yellow pages. Compile a list of around 10 agencies and check out their websites. Some agencies may specialize in jobs in the arts while others may be dedicated to providing clerical staff for local companies.

Still, some may specialize in retail, the food and beverage industry, media jobs, temporary medical staffing or blue collar jobs. This is why researching each temp agency is important. You don’t want to waste your time signing up with an agency that doesn’t specialize in jobs that match your skill set.

Once you’ve located several agencies that you think are a good match, forward your resume. The agency will guide you through the process of submitting your resume and any other supporting documentation online. If they think you might be a good fit, you will receive a call for an interview. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours at the agency interviewing, taking tests, and filling out paperwork.  

Once you’re a member of the talent pool, you will leave the office with several timecards for your first few assignments. If you are ready and willing to work within 24 hours, if assignments are available, you will get a call—so be ready. Some assignments are even same day, so if you’re willing to work on short notice, you could receive a significant amount of work early on.

If you’re really interested in finding a long-term assignment or a permanent job, never turn down an assignment if you can help it. It’s not uncommon for a 2-week long assignment to lead to a full-time job in the world of temping.

For more information about temp agencies, read Top Temp Agencies by Time Out New York. Many of the agencies listed in this article have offices across the country.

Who’s the Man: Bullz-Eye’s favorite good, bad and strange bosses

As we prepare to say goodbye to Michael Scott, Bullz-Eye is honoring television’s best, worst, and strangest bosses. Most of them are just a device to motivate the main character, but there are a few who stand out, for reasons both good (they have your back) and bad (they might kill you). Others still are just odd, or can be both a spectacular boss and the most irritating prick on the planet.

Here are just a few of Bullz-Eye’s favorite bosses:

Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”)


Jack Donaghy is, for lack of a need for any other definition, a man. He is the man we all aspire to be, even the hipster kids among us. He is tireless, unflappable, and totally at the top of his game. Before meeting his wife, he was chasing tail with Bob Ballard and drinking wine from ancient Phoenician amphoras. He consumes scotch like water. Jack Donaghy named his fists Saint Patrick and Saint Michael, a fact we know only because those fists were used to fight his own father. He eschews the familiar and espouses the opulent. Most of all, he somehow finds it in his arrogant heart to mentor one of the strangest bosses around: Liz Lemon.

Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole, “Office Space”)


Lumbergh, meanwhile, is terrifying because he is one of the most realistic bosses the entertainment world has ever seen. Promoted beyond his skill set — assuming he even has a skill set — Lumbergh knows he has a good thing, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to lose his cushy job to any of the peons beneath him, so he micromanages the bejeezus out of them, makes them work on weekends, and will even steal their cubicle walls if it helps drop employee morale. Monty Burns is playing at the Oprah level of power; there are only a handful of people with that kind of influence. But Lumbergh…the corporate world is littered with guys like him. God help us.

Gregory House (Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”)


He will risk his own life to save the life of a patient. He will also take a knitting needle to the eye before complimenting one of his fellow doctors. Dr. Gregory House is a brilliant doctor but a pretty awful human being, so while you will get the education of a lifetime under his tutelage, the emotional scars from the experience may never heal.

For the full list of Bullz-Eye’s favorite bosses – good, bad, and strange – head over to the Bullz-Eye Blog.

What can I do with an MBA Degree?

MBA degrees have become the gold standard of the business world. More than 62 percent of all CEOs hold a MBA or higher from an accredited program. Why? An MBA opens up more doors in the business world than any other type of degree. Not only this, but an MBA fetches higher salaries, excellent advancement opportunities, and a chance to become an entrepreneur. Its no wonder an MBA is one of the most attractive degrees in the world.

An MBA (Master of Business Administration) can prepare you for a lucrative career in upper management, portfolio management, or consulting. You can also establish a career as a marketing director, human resources manager or CEO. In an average market, an MBA holder has the potential to earn $100,000+ per year working in just about any industry. At the highest levels, a Fortune 500 CEO earns an average of $800,000 per year, plus bonuses and other perks.

Top executives are everywhere. In fact, there are more than 2,133,500 million in the business and management field today. This includes 400,400 chief executives and 1,733,100 general and operations managers.

To become a member of the top executive club, it takes dedication and hard work. It takes a minimum of six years to earn an MBA, beginning as an undergraduate. A traditional MBA degree program requires successful completion of:

  • -Accounting
  • -Business Strategy
  • -Economics
  • -Finance
  • -Human Resources
  • -Marketing Management
  • -Manufacturing and Production
  • -Operations Management
  • -Statistics
  • -Technology and Information Systems

The core curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the degree requirement. Specific course may include leadership development, global economic environment, social networks and social capital, managerial statistics, operations strategy, financial planning and analysis, strategy structure and incentives, financial accounting, marketing strategy, and managerial economics. 

Most undergraduates interested in pursuing an MBA typically earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSBA), or a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS).

An MBA program should include the classes listed above, along with an internship. Most MBA programs follow the traditional curriculum, while some programs, such as online programs, may differ slightly. The best thing to do when searching for a quality MBA program is to make sure the program is accredited by a recognized agency such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). You should also compare the curriculum to a top ten MBA program such as:

  1. 1. Harvard Business School 
  2. 2. INSEAD (France)
  3. 3. IMD (Switzerland.)
  4. 4. MIT: Sloan School of Management 
  5. 5. Stanford University Graduate School of Business  
  6. 6. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton Business School
  7. 7. University of Chicago Graduate School of Business  
  8. 8. Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  9. 9. London Business School   (UK)  
  10. 10. Northwestern University: Kellogg Business School   

There are hundreds of quality MBA programs in the U.S. and abroad, so just because you didn’t graduate from a top ten program doesn’t mean your chances of making it are any less. Most MBA programs are challenging, competitive and rewarding, so give it your all and you’ll go far.

To review a list of recognized accrediting agencies visit the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov for details.

Why Travel Nurse Jobs are on the Rise

Healthcare jobs overall account for 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. today and at 2.6 million, registered nurses make up the nation’s largest healthcare group. This group is expected to grow by a whopping 22 percent over the next seven years, adding more than half a million new jobs to talent pool. This will be the largest number of new jobs for any occupation in the U.S.

This trend is expected to continue beyond seven years of as America’s aging population continues to grow. Advances in technology in the area of patient care, a push for preventative care, and the need to replace nurses that retire from the field will also contribute to the trend.

Although the outlook is outstanding for the nursing profession overall, some nurses will fare even better than others. The projected growth rate for RNs working in offices of physicians is 48 percent. Travel nursing (or home health care service nurses) is number two on the list with projected growth of 33 percent over the next seven years. Nursing care facilities is number three on the list at 25 percent, and employment services is number four on the list at 24 percent. Job growth for RNs working in hospitals, public and private, will average 17 percent over the next seven years.

More than 500,000 new jobs will be up for grabs over the next seven years and nursing programs are having a tough time keeping up with the demand. Nursing programs are more difficult complete than they were in earlier years and licensing requirements have become stricter than ever before. Fortunately, certain areas of nursing such as travel nursing have increased in popularity among nurses of all skill levels, and the demand by hospitals and other facilities has increased tremendously. This makes the difficult road from nursing student to registered nurse well worth it for many aspiring nurses interested in a mobile lifestyle.

There are more than 300 travel nursing agencies in the U.S. today and just about every hospital, retirement community, home health care service, nursing homes, and even mental health facilities, use travel nurses. It is important to note that many hospitals hire travel nurses directly. In these cases the travel nurse will report to the HR department to receive their assignment for any given length of time. In some cases, the assignment may change daily, in others it may change weekly or monthly. Agency travel nurses may report to the agency daily, weekly, monthly or every several months, depending on the length of the assignment. 

It is important to note that the length of assignment varies greatly by agency and location (city, suburb, rural), but many travel nurses report 13 weeks as an average assignment.

In addition to a high demand for travel nurses, travel nursing jobs offer higher salaries and more “perks” than home-based nursing jobs. In addition to the opportunity to visit different parts of any given state or different parts of the country every few weeks or so, many hospitals lure travel nurses by offering a free private apartment, a travel allowance or reimbursement for travel (tax free), free health, life, and dental insurance, licensure reimbursement, AAA Membership, and unlimited free CEU credits while on assignment. Travel nurse agencies offer the same benefits, but if the assignment changes frequently, agencies pay for accommodations and any related relocation expenses.

Salaries for travel nurses vary, but they typically earn a minimum of 15 percent more than home-based nurses. It is not uncommon for an agency to pay thousands of dollars for a single assignment that lasts several weeks. Travel nurses earn an average salary of $83,200 per year ($40/hr.). Median annual wages of home-based registered nurses is around $62,450 per year ($30/hr.). Most travel nurse agencies offer signing bonuses, referral bonuses, and bonuses upon completion of an assignment.

Travel nursing is expected to continue to grow at a much faster than average pace for the next several decades. The demand for travel nurses has resulted in an increase in the number of agencies available across the nation. This has created intense competition among agencies. As a result, the competition among agencies continues to drive travel nurse salaries and benefits up.

To keep up with the latest news and trends in travel nursing visit Travelnursing.com.

Financial Jobs: A Good Career Move?

Financial Jobs

Financial professionals are needed now more than ever before. Companies need help with trimming the fat in order to stay afloat through these tough times, they need help uncovering fraud and other illegal practices that are on the rise, and new companies need financial professionals to help put them on the right path to financial success. Companies, businesses, and even individuals use financial professionals of all kinds today. They are called upon so often that the industry is expected to grow 8-20 percent by 2018. Some of the different types of financial jobs include:

  • -Accountant
  • -Auditor
  • -Cash Manager
  • -Comptroller
  • -Credit Manager
  • -Economist
  • -Forensic Accountant
  • -Fundraiser
  • -Investment Banker
  • -Options Trader
  • -Risk Manager
  • -Stockbroker
  • -Treasurer
  • -Underwriter
  • -Urban Planner

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), some of the top industries for financial professionals are securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage, management of companies and enterprises, insurance carriers, local government, and depository credit intermediation. Financial professionals working in these industries earn an average of $77,280-$134,940 annually and other industries are not too far behind on the pay scale.

Entry-level financial professionals start at around $50,290 per year. The mid-range salary is $90,970 per year and the highest average salary, which is usually reserved for management professionals, is around $145,600 per year. Some may make more depending on the size of the company, bonuses, and other benefits.

How to Get a Financial Job

If you’re interested in one of the many financial jobs mentioned above, you should consider earning a bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, accounting, or economics. A bachelor’s degree is a great start, but many companies prefer a master’s degree in finance, accounting or other related field or an MBA with a focus in finance, accounting, or economics. Not only are advanced degree holder’s recruited more often than bachelor’s degree holder’s, they usually have more advancement opportunities and greater earning power.

While an advanced degree is important, experience is important as well. While in school, you should take advantage of your institutions internship program. This will help you land your first job (even if it’s entry-level), which can help prepare you for higher profile jobs with more responsibility and better pay.

Finding the Best Financial Degree Programs

College directories and college ranking websites are an invaluable tool for degree seekers. U.S. News & World Report publishes a “best of” list of colleges and Princetonreview.com publishes rankings for all colleges and degree programs. College directories such as Petersons.com offer plenty of listings and reviews as well.

If you prefer to search for a program on your own, just make sure the college (whether online or traditional) is accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Some of the top accrediting agencies are:

  • -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • -The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • -The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • -The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
  • -Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • -North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • -Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -Western Association of Schools and Colleges

To make sure the college of your choice is accredited, visit the U.S. Department of Education at Ed.gov. The site has a searchable database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. And yes, it’s free.

How to become a lingerie model

With the sluggish job market, people are considering all sorts of interesting career options. Yet the idea of becoming a lingerie model has always had appeal for many women. For many, it’s a glamorous career and it can do wonders for one’s self image.

This video has some helpful advice on how to become a lingerie model. The focus is on working for lingerie retailers, like Victoria’s Secret or Frederick’s of Hollywood. Yet there are many other options for lingerie models, particularly glamour modeling. Companies like Maxim and Bullz-Eye feature beautiful models in lingerie and bikinis.

One fact that some might not understand is that you don’t need to be tall to be a lingerie model or a glamour model. Victoria’s Secret is an obvious exception, as they primarily hire fashion models for their shoots, as does Sports Illustrated. Instead, it’s more important to have an hourglass figure and an ample cup size to succeed in this area. Also, there’s very little runway work in this area – that’s for the fashion models. If you’re interested in this field, you should probably avoid tattoos as well.

Listen to the video and learn more about becoming a model.

Leadership Development Degree Careers

Leadership Development Career

A leadership development degree (MBA) can prepare you for a variety of management careers. The curriculum for this degree is designed to help you develop decision-making skills conflict and management skills, and of course, leadership skills. Common career paths include:

  • Project Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Management Consulting

Project managers are responsible for assembling and managing teams assigned to a specific project. They also plan and organize projects.

Human resource managers manage employee pay and benefits, development and training, hiring, and employee relations.

Financial managers handle accounting, financial analysis, investment portfolios, and financial reports. They are also responsible for financial legislation and regulation, and cash management of companies.

Non-profit managers manage the operations and development of non-profit organizations. They might work for an environmental agency, human rights organizations, health care facilities, and many others.

Management consultants help companies by providing advice and expertise aimed at improving business performance, maximizing growth, and creating value. They work for human resource departments, information technology firms, marketing firms, supply-chain firms, and many others.

In addition to a variety of job options, leadership development graduates can look forward to job growth and stability. Depending on the position, job growth is expected to average from 8-20 percent between now and 2018. Entry-level leadership development professionals earn around $50,000-$60,000 per year. MBA holders with experience can expect to earn from $92,390-$128,330+ per year.

An MBA with a focus in leadership development is the way to go if you want to work at a top firm. Although it is not required for entry into the field, many employers prefer an MBA. Nearly 30 percent of all professionals in this field hold an MBA, while nearly 40 percent hold a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree holders usually start out it entry-level or assistant positions.

Earning Your Leadership Development Degree

To earn an MBA with a focus in leadership development, you will have to enroll in a program at an accredited college or university. The following accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

The following recognized agencies offer regional accreditation:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

To find the best programs, try searching though college directories such as Petersons.com, Princetonreview.com or U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

When Should You Hire a Tax Accountant?

Mistake on Taxes

If you’re single with a regular job and you have few to no assets, using a tax software program like TurboTax or H&R Block At Home is probably the best way to prepare taxes. You can even prepare them yourself without the help of a tax software program if you have the time. On the other hand, if you have a business (small or large), assets such as real estate, dependents, investments, loans, and you make donations often, then you should consider hirin a tax accountant.

Tax accountants provide services to corporations and individuals. They complete complex tax returns, offer tax advice, and assess tax liability. A tax accountant can also help businesses figure out the best regions to set up shop in order to minimize tax liabilities, and they can even help choose certain products that can help businesses or individuals save money on taxes. Most tax accountants are certified public accountants (CPAs), so they are well versed in all state and federal tax laws.

When hiring a tax accountant, it is important to know the difference between a tax preparer and tax accountant. A tax preparer, such as an employee at an H&R Block, has taken income tax preparation courses and completed training through H&R Block. They are not licensed accountants and they don’t need a degree in accounting to work at H&R Block. Tax accountants, specifically CPAs, must satisfy a number of state requirements to sit for the CPA licensing exam. One major requirement is a degree in accounting from an accredited college or university.

Each state’s requirements vary slightly but in general, most state boards require no less than 150 semester credits with a specified number of accounting courses and business courses. To give you an idea of the level of difficulty of accredited accounting programs, less than half of the students accepted into a bachelor’s degree program in accounting will graduate.

Tax Accountant

So, the first thing to look for when hiring a tax accountant is a CPA license. It is illegal for anyone to use the CPA designation without a valid license. This means, if a tax accountant says he’s a CPA, he’s probably telling the truth. You can also verify whether a license is valid or not by doing a license lookup through your state board of accountancy website. You can locate your state board of accountancy by visiting the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA). Just scroll through the directory find your state.

The next thing to consider is how long a tax accountant has been in business. Someone who has been preparing tax returns for several years is your best bet. The next thing to consider is whether the tax accountant will represent you before the IRS. A worthy tax accountant will defend your return if you are audited. A tax accountant that answers “no” is probably not the best choice.

To locate a tax accountant, try finding one through a referral first. There’s nothing better than a friend or family member that has firsthand experience with a potential tax accountant. If you can’t find a referral, try your local telephone directory. Call up to five accountants and interview each one. Most professional CPAs will set up a free consultation without hesitation. If they don’t, then it’s probably safe to cross them off your list.

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