The newly elected Democratic presidency will literally create millions of new jobs in order to re-build America after the recent economic downturn.
In an Ohio economic speech earlier this month, Obama stated: “Today I’m proposing a number of steps that we should take immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners. It’s a plan that begins with one word that’s on everyone’s mind, and it’s spelled J-O-B-S.”
So, where will jobs be growing, and how will he support America’s working women? Read on for an in-depth look.
Breaking News Update: 2.5 Million Jobs by 2011
Obama and his economic team are working hard to develop an Economic Recovery Plan — the details of which are still being worked out — but according to Change.gov is “a two-year, nationwide initiative that will strengthen our economy and put millions of Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our schools, and securing our clean energy future.”
What can we expect as working, or looking-for-work, Americans? Concisely put, Obama is investing in our economic future, promising 2.5 million additional jobs by January 2011.
For The Ladies
As president, Obama will continue to promote paycheck equity and close the wage gap between men and women. Read on for details on how he will expand paid sick days, invest in women-owned businesses, and promote women in math and science.
Where Are Jobs Growing?
● Energy & Environment
● Health Care
Why Education Matters
While jobs are available for people of all education levels, high-impact jobs require applicants to earn college degrees. Across the board, employees with bachelor’s degrees or higher are eligible for greater salaries, better benefits packages, and also tend to have more job stability.
For The Ladies
As president, Obama will continue to promote paycheck equity and close the wage gap between men and women.
Expanding Paid Sick Days
Today, three-out-of-four low-wage workers have no paid sick leave. It is fundamentally unfair that a single mom playing by the rules loses wages or can get fired because her child gets sick. The new administration supports efforts to guarantee workers seven days of paid sick leave per year, a moderate proposal that should not impose too onerous a burden on employers.
Investing in Women-Owned Businesses
Women are majority owners of more than 28 percent of U.S. businesses, but head less than 4 percent of venture-capital-backed firms. Women business owners are more likely than white male business owners to have their loan applications denied. Obama and Biden encourage investing in women-owned businesses, providing more support to women business owners and reducing discrimination in lending.
Promoting Women in Math and Science
Women constitute 45 percent of the workforce in the U.S., but hold just 12 percent of science and engineering jobs in business and industry. Women also make up just 9 percent of the recipients of engineering-related bachelor's degrees. The Obama administration believes that every student should have equal access to education in math, science, and technology in order to compete on a global scale.
Energy & Environment
One of the first and most striking changes we’re going to see under Obama’s presidency will be stronger investment into alternative energy sources and renewable energy. One of the most widely advertised components of Obama’s campaign was his promise to create millions of new ‘green’ jobs – posts in clean energy projects – during his first term in office.
Obama declared, "we'll invest $15 billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy, creating 5 million new green jobs that pay well, can't be outsourced and help end our dependence on foreign oil."
His administration will also greatly expand the use of renewable energy, which should supply 10% of America's electricity within four years – 25% by 2025 – insulating a million homes a year, and will put a million rechargeable plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015.
Obama also plans to develop and deploy clean coal technology, and to invest in energy efficiency improvements. Along similar lines, he will prioritize the construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline, which should translate into large growths in the manufacturing industry.
Green For All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, explains that “green-collar workers are installing solar panels, retrofitting buildings to make them more efficient, constructing transit lines, refining waste oil into biodiesel, erecting wind farms, repairing hybrid cars, building green rooftops, planting trees, and so much more. ... There are already many green-collar jobs in America. But there could be so many more if we focus our economic strategies on growing a green economy.”
And that’s exactly what Obama’s administration intends to do.
Specifically, what are these ‘green-collar jobs’? Positions like:
● Agricultural inspectors & workers
● Chemical engineers & technicians
● Computer-controlled machine operators who can cut steel for wind towers as well as for submarines
● Advanced manufacturers who can pioneer in-demand green technologies
● Mechanics who can fix an electric engine as well as an internal combustion engine
● Production supervisors
● Operations & industrial production managers
● Renewable energy technicians
The technology needed to create real breakthrough in alternative energy and energy efficiency is very sophisticated, so some of these jobs will require graduate and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, IT, and engineering.
According to Green For All, however, many other green-collar jobs are middle-skill jobs and are well within reach for lower-skilled and low-income workers as long as they have access to effective training programs and appropriate supports – training in which the Obama administration will invest.
Ohio alone lost more than 200,000 automotive manufacturing jobs during the Bush administration; Obama plans to re-create automotive jobs on a large scale.
With his plan to put 1 million electric-hybrid cars on the road by 2015, the manufacturing of fuel-efficient cars will mean a significant increase in jobs at the state government level.
Under the president-elect, the health care industry will continue to be one of the safest places for jobs in an unstable economy. Registered nurse, medical assistant, and home health aide positions will continue to grow, while community health clinics will also likely receive a big boost, many of which receive much of their overall funding from government grants.
Health care reform will most certainly impact health care providers on all levels. Changes in Medicare reimbursement may increase or decrease what private physicians make, potentially affecting their staff.
Increased coverage of all individuals will hopefully mean less ER visits from individuals who do not have insurance, which would lead to less crowding and more staff on-hand for true emergencies.
Expanded coverage will likely encourage the insured to actually see health care providers. More patients can lead to an increased need for medical staff, such as nurses, medical assistants and medical secretaries.
While economic experts predict an increase in overall unemployment during Obama’s first months as president, they also say that there is not much Obama will be able to do even if a dramatic stimulus package is passed, reports CNN. Luckily, the estimated stimulus package will have a major focus on developing public works projects that would create new jobs – projects like the creation of roads and bridges, but also the construction of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, increasing the need for many health care professionals.
Obama is also expected to promote biotech research and development, including the creation of more generic drugs. Job outlook should also be good for those in the biotech field, including pharmacists, biotechnologists, and medical scientists.
An increased demand for health care reform across America forces the health care industry, and its many workers, into the spotlight. Will dramatic change come overnight? Not likely. But one thing is for sure: the health care industry is predicted to remain a stable place for jobs over the coming years under President-Elect Obama.
Are you wondering how Obama’s administration will affect your job in education? Their vision for a 21st century education begins with demanding more reform and accountability, coupled with the resources needed to carry out that reform, and emphasizes recruiting, retaining, and rewarding an army of new teachers to fill new successful schools that prepare our children for success in college and the workforce.
Support High-Quality Schools and Close Low-Performing Charter Schools
Obama and Biden will double funding for the Federal Charter School Program to support the creation of more successful charter schools. They will provide this expanded charter school funding only to states that improve accountability for charter schools, allow for interventions in struggling charter schools and have a clear process for closing down chronically underperforming charter schools. Their administration will also prioritize supporting states that help the most successful charter schools to expand to serve more students.
Make Math and Science Education a National Priority
An Obama White House will recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. The administration will also work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities
Obama and Biden will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.
The democratic administration will create new Teacher Service Scholarships that will cover four years of undergraduate or two years of graduate teacher education, including high-quality alternative programs for mid-career recruits in exchange for teaching for at least four years in a high-need field or location.
Obama will promote new and innovative ways to increase teacher pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them. Districts will be able to design programs that reward with a salary increase accomplished educators who serve as a mentors to new teachers. Districts can reward teachers who work in underserved places like rural areas and inner cities. And if teachers consistently excel in the classroom, that work can be valued and rewarded as well.
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