Insurance and other jobs in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines cityModern Des Moines – with a metro population over a half million people – is a great place to find jobs.

Des Moines (Iowa) is more than just a regional hub for financial, governmental and business services.

Des Moines is now commonly ranked among the top USA cities to do business and to find jobs, according to Forbes and other magazines and journals.

The third-largest insurance center in the world

Des Moines has become the third-largest insurance center in the world (after London and Hartford, Connecticut).

If you are looking for jobs in the insurance sector Des Moines is a city to consider.

Financial and agro-biotech jobs

Des Moines is also home to the headquarters of very large financial institutions, and has an important cluster in genetics and agricultural sciences.

Creative and media jobs

That’s another area where Des Moines excels. Consider it. Some big media companies are now based in Des Moines, and they are recruiting.

Medicine related jobs

The medical school of Des Moines and its 5 downtime hospitals are becoming an important cluster and a source of jobs for nurses, doctors and those interested in biotech.

Public service jobs

For public job openings in the city of Des Moines, see this page.

Low-skilled jobs: jobs for waiters, hairdressers, carpenters and so on

For each job created in  “high-tech” sector there are many more jobs created outside. And since Des Moines is increasing their high-tech and other college degree jobs, there is also many opportunities for drivers, waiters, stylists, carpenters and dozens of other professionals…

Companies based in Des Moines
Main companies based in Des Moines (Wikipedia)

Des Moines Labor data:
Des Moines Wage Survey
Des Moines Workforce analysis
Workforce Needs Assessment

Thousands of jobs opportunities in Seattle

seattle view“8,000 new jobs available this week, in Seattle”, boasts a job searching website at the moment of this writing.

And if you visit the site, you are confronted with the same spirit: “Build your career with City of Seattle employment”, says the site.

In fact, the City of Seattle offers a large array of public sector careers in their many operating departments and, according to their own words, competitive pay and benefits packages and generous leave programs.

Greater Seattle job opportunities

Seattle is expanding fast; there is a growing number of start-ups and new companies based on Seattle (including the Puget Sound area). Seattle is first in the rank of the best American cities to get a job.

Microsoft alone employs around 40,000 people in the Seattle area, 28,000 of whom are R&D engineers – an impressive number, but still a small fraction of a much wider reality.

Anyway, the present prosperity and the many job opportunities in the region, are largely due to Microsoft. By the time the company moved to the Redmond area, Seattle was a depressed city, with very few jobs to offer. And it was the huge number of engineers and high-tech personal associated with the firm (in the mid-eighties of the last century) that explains the development that is currently taking the place (and those of the last decades).

Microsoft did not directly help many other companies to base their activity in Seattle, but its presence triggered the creation of hundreds of start-ups and other companies. The high-tech cluster induced by the company, and the amazing number of indirect jobs sustained by that cluster, is largely a result of the relocation of Microsoft to Redmond.

Amazon illustrates this very fact. Amazon has based its activity in Seattle because Microsoft was in the region, or rather, because many software programmers and venture capital firms were concentrated there.

Expedia, RealNetworks, and thousands of new businesses have spun directly or indirectly out of Microsoft.

Anyway, whatever the reasons, the multiplier effects of the software cluster based in the Greater Seattle are still working and creating jobs – well beyond the software sector.

Applying to waiters, drivers and other “unskilled” jobs in Seattle

The number of jobs created for service workers with limited education (taxi drivers, carpenters, real estate agents…) or with college or advanced degrees (architects, lawyers, teachers, doctors and so on) is also soaring.

That’s a rule. For each high-tech job created in a city, several other additional jobs are created outside the high-tech sector: lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, waiters, stylists, hairdressers and so on

So, if you are looking for unskilled and low tech-jobs, Seattle offers plenty of opportunities.

List of the main companies based in Seattle & Type of job opportunities

There are many large and well-known companies in Seattle, and Wikipedia lists many of them here.

If you are looking for jobs in a specific sector – Internet, retail, law, insurance, healthcare… – consider the companies in the sector you are interested in; most of the listed companies are probably recruiting professionals, and you can apply at their site, or by following their instructions. It may be tedious to analyze the offer of a significant number of companies, but it’s worthwhile.

How to find jobs in Seattle

For public sector jobs (in the City of Seattle) take a look at this page of 

For other jobs you may 1) follow the clues mentioned earlier or 2) use the tools and the possibilities offered by job search sites (Indeed, Graiglist, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Linkedin, Monster) or 3) contact a local-Seattle job-career company.

Why so many jobs are being lost in the auto industry and manufacturing sector; the example of GM and Detroit

robots auto industryGlobalization is moving many manufacturing jobs to China and other low-income countries.

But there other forces driving what’s going on in the manufacturing sector, and the huge loss of jobs.

The example of General Motors

In the golden years of Detroit, each GM employee made seven cars a year. Now, on average, the labor productivity is 28 cars, that is, on average GM produces 28 cars per year and worker.

In other words: compared to 1955, today GM needs 4 times fewer workers to produce the same number of cars.

The reasons? New forms of organization, new management techniques, new procedures, new technologies, especially automation and the use of robotic devices.

And this type of evolution is unstoppable. That’s the cost of progress. It has happened the same with the agriculture sector; 150 years ago, half of the workers labored in the agriculture. Today, in America, only 1% of the workers are in agriculture (5% in Europe).

The number of jobs in the manufacturing sector will continue to decrease in the next few decades, in the developed world. And globalization is not the only cause (manufacturing job losses will happen in China and other Asiatic countries too, in a near future).

Some key data:
Manufacturing sector: 12% of GDP; 12 Million jobs (2014, NAM)
Almost 6 million jobs lost between 2000 and 2010 (33% of its working force): OECD and BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA).
Job losses in other countries:
UK: 35% losses; Canada: 30%; Spain: 25%; Japan: 21%; Australia: 20%, Italy: 15%; German: 11%.

Searching for technical jobs in San Diego, South California

sandiego1A sunny retiree community and a paradise for surf lovers; that’s still the image of San Diego for many people.

But that’s an image of 30 years ago. Modern San Diego is much more than just a small community of retirees and a great surf center.

San Diego is now a great innovation center in biotechnology, with hundreds of mid-sized biotech firms – and some giants such as Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

In other words: if you are looking for a job in this part of California, and if you are in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector, San Diego offers a wealth of opportunities.

Obviously, where there are thousands of well-paid technical jobs there are also many times more jobs in other sectors – from “unskilled” jobs such as hairdressers, waiters, carpenters and drivers, to jobs in the education and health services sectors.

Bottom line: there are many jobs in these last areas too, in modern San Diego

Anyway, that’s not just in the biotech sector that San Diego leads. San Diego is also an interesting innovation hub in the electronic hardware for telecommunications. You will find a number of jobs in this industry cluster too.

Where to start your search for jobs in San Diego?

For technical jobs, go to the sites of local companies, and look for their current job opportunities. Take a look at the following directories:

Biopharm Companies in San Diego and South California
San Diego Biotechnology Network (list of companies and organizations in the San Diego area).

Consider also the main organizations behind many of the biotech firms:
Scripps Research Institute
Salk Institute
San Diego University of California.

For Telecommunications Technician Jobs in San Diego, California, you may take a look at Monster

Billions of millionaires: making everyone rich

money creationGiving money, lots and lots of money, to all the people. Isn’t it a good idea?

After all money can be created from nothing. Money is basically bank deposits (electronic money), paper-money and Treasury Bills.

So, why doesn’t Obama, Jean-Claude Juncker, David Cameron and all the other politicians create money – trillions of trillions of dollars – and distribute it among all their citizens?

In other words: why don’t politicians make all of us rich, very rich, millionaires? A million of dollars in each citizen’s bank account!

It would be wonderful, don’t you think? And not at all logistically unfeasible.

Or is it that you don’t believe in the good heart of our politicians?

What’s the problem, after all? Hum!!

Would you continue to go to work if you were a millionaire? And imagine: everyone shopping nice cars, dream homes, lots of good and nice things.

That’s pretty bad news, isn’t it? All that stuff would disappear in a blink of an eye. Soon we would be millionaires in a world without goods and services to buy!

God! Definitively not a good idea to make everybody millionaire! Our politicians are smart and sensible, after all.

Creating Millions of Jobs Each Year: the Chinese Magic Wand

There is no magic wand for creating jobs, you may say. The contrary seems more plausible: jobs are being lost at a high rate in many of the Western countries and cities.

Ok. There is no magic wand. But the fact is, China has one. China is creating millions of new jobs in its manufacturing sector each year.

And the Chinese magic wand has a name: globalization.

See the city of Shenzhen, in the south of China.

30 years ago Shenzhen was a small fishing village. Now Shenzhen is an industrial megacity with more than 10.000.000 residents and a working force of about 7.000.000 people (more data:

Just for comparison:
Job creation in the US, 2014:
2,720,000 (the best year for job creation this century); job losses: 2,086,000 (US Bureau Labor Statistics)
Job creation in the UE (2014):
3.5 million new jobs; 3.6 job losses  (Eurostat)
Job creation in China (2013):
more than 13 million new jobs (urban áreas) CCTV

More information about Shenzhen:

Shenzhen jobs china