Guest Author - Amanda Masoner
Did you know that on average workers between the ages of 18 and 38 change jobs roughly 10 times? And 43% of workers above the age of 50 switch their jobs! With so much movement it shocks me that we get anything done at all!
Maybe you are part of that percentage. And maybe you’re on the hunt for a new job in Nebraska! If so-this article is aimed directly at you.
The largest field of work in Nebraska is agriculture. Hands-down. The economy is largely held together by the maintenance/raising of cattle, corn, hogs, and soybeans. Agriculture is the largest employer in Nebraska either directly or indirectly. Some of the jobs indirectly related to the large farming businesses are: factory workers in the food-processing and farm-equipment industries, and as different providers of services related to the field (no pun intended!).
If you are not trained or interested in that area of expertise there is plenty more for you to choose from. Health, business services, and telemarketing raised 4.4% in the 1980s and only got higher in the 1990s. Financial services has also been growing at an average of 5.7%.
There are also jobs available with the state and local government. This is one of the largest industries (behind agriculture, of course) in the state. Transportation and public utilities fall right behind government jobs holding onto roughly 10% of the state’s employers.
And some especially good news, in this economy, is that the unemployment rate of Nebraska is 3.9% compared to the national average of 6.2% proving that there are resources if there are willing workers!
As for those of you interested in memberships with unions I would mention that, as of 2002, 63,000 of Nebraska’s 793,000 employed were members of unions. This number is steadily rising.
If you are in search of a home in a big city, Omaha harbors more than one-third of all the manufacturing establishments in Nebraska. A large player in this is ConAgra. This is the nation’s largest flour miller. It is also a producer of broiler chickens and crop-protection chemicals.
And for those of you looking to join a Fortune 500 company, ten of them are headquartered in Nebraska. Eight of these reside in Omaha leaving one in Sidney and one in Lincoln.
With a steady increase in income and a steady decrease in unemployment, the Cornhusker State is looking pretty inviting to anyone seeking a change in employment and/or scenery!