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Top 10 US Universities with the Highest Number of Interns

The number of bachelor degree holders in the United States has gone up by 30% percent over the last ten years, as stated by the National Center for Education Statics. During the same period, the US population grew by 9.2% percent. In fact, the number of candidates graduating in the United States has outnumbered the growth in population.

How do graduates beat out the competition then? The best way to set themselves apart from other graduates is to complete at least one internship program from the college they attend. In the current situation, many of the US colleges are emphasizing on completing at least one internship program while going through their graduate degree.

According to a recently conducted survey, around 36.8 per cent of the 2009 graduating students participated in internships. Institutions like University of Pennsylvania and the Duke University can now boast around 80 per cent of college students completing the internship while continuing with their graduate studies.

Given below is the list of Top 10 Universities ranked in order of the highest percentage of 2009 graduates who also completed internships.

National University Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in 2008-09 Percentage Graduating with Internship Experience
University of Pennsylvania 2,831 90
Colorado School of Mines 620 84
American University 1,384 81
Seton Hall University 1,017 76
Duke University 1,625 75
Fordham University 1,885 75
University of Pittsburgh 3,856 72
George Washington University 2,485 68
Johns Hopkins University 1,487 66
Florida Institute of Technology 449 65

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How to Become a Teacher Assistant

Also known as teacher aides or instructional aides, a teacher assistant’s job responsibility is to assist teachers with their clerical work and activities. The point is that teachers need more time to focus on teaching students and lesson planning. Whether it is about helping students learn or apply class material, teachers assistants have a crucial role to play. In addition, the teacher aide is also responsible for focusing on students individually when the later face difficulties in the application of class material. Whatever task instructional aides are assigned to do, they perform their work under the supervision of teachers.

Depending on the requirement and responsibilities give, a teacher assistant may also work with specific groups of children or attend students individually. They also play essential role in helping students get information about class lessons, assignments and reports. Those who work in secondary levels have specialization in different subjects like English or Science. When special projects are prepared, teacher assistants may be given the responsibility of preparing the material and equipment required.

Some of the job responsibilities of a teacher assistant include –

Assisting teachers in recording grades
Preparing instructional materials
Keeping attendance records
Keeping health records
Controlling stock supplies
Preparing equipment
Supervising students in outside classroom activities

Working as a teacher assistant, you may also handle the responsibility of assisting students in computer laboratories. Though most of the teacher aides are employed at elementary and secondary level, there are others who are employed at childcare centers. There are special needs children who also need the support of teacher assistants for academic and social developmental needs.

Educational Qualification of a Teacher Aide or Assistant
The educational requirement to join as a teacher assistant may vary from one state to another. A college degree in child development or education is required to make a successful career as a teacher aide or assistant. A high school diploma and on the job training can help aspiring candidates get employed in the field of education and teaching. There are several colleges and universities that offer associate’s degree and certification programs in child development. A bachelor’s degree in the same is required for career advancement.

Career Prospects & Annual Salary
Job prospects are quite good for teacher assistants. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth rate for these jobs is expected to grow at 10% between the year 2006 and 2016. The annual salary of a teacher assistant ranges between $18,632 and $25,439. With advanced degree and growing experience, annual salary also significantly increases.

So, if you enjoy helping children, assisting them with classroom activities and see them improve as assisting teachers, the career as a teacher aide or assistant can be a right option for you. Patience, handling stress and time management skills are some other skills required to become a teacher assistant.


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Physical & Health Education Degree Programs

If you really wish to make a difference in the lives of students and general public and would like to see their health improve, you can consider obtaining degrees in physical and health education. Whether you are a K-12 teacher, an instructor, a private coach or a personal trainer, physical health and education degrees offer comprehensive training to all these professionals. These degree programs can provide training to just anyone who find themselves committed to promoting healthy lifestyle for people.

Candidates and professionals can decide to obtain a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctoral degree in physical and health education. You can either attend a college or a university locally or can earn your degrees online. Equipped with a degree in this field, you can acquire physical education jobs. The degree programs train candidates in a variety of sports and exercise techniques.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
It takes four years to complete the degree program. A bachelor’s of science degree in physical education prepares students to take up teaching and coaching jobs. The degree program includes training in subjects like general education, liberal arts and science and physical and health education. The coursework for this bachelor’s degree includes –

Health and physical education theory
Intercollegiate sports coaching
Exercise physiology training
First aid and CPR training
Training in physical and health education for teaching in elementary schools
Measurement/ evaluation in physical education programs

Courses that specialize in sports include –

Racquet sports
Physical fitness
Aquatic fitness
Aerobic fitness
Team sports

To obtain teaching positions at K-12 level, a bachelor’s degree in P.E. and health education is the standard requirement. Besides having the degree, teachers also need to acquire state licensure. For this, you will need to go for a teacher training and pass an examination.

Master’s Degree in Physical & Health Education
A master’s degree or a doctoral degree in physical health education is required to obtain senior level coaching and teaching positions. The master degree program gives students the opportunity to specialize in their chosen area of interest. While going for this advanced degree, students can pursue specialization in child health education, psychology and stress management, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, physical activity epidemiology etc.

Ph.D. in Physical Health & Education
If you aspire to become an athletic program director, health education professor or a researcher, a doctoral degree in physical and health education is required. The degree prepares candidates to take higher level administrative positions in physical and health education. The coursework for the degree emphasizes on research methodology and quantitative analysis.

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How to Make a Career in Library Science

Well, the scenario is changing. Today, a career in library science happens to be one of the best careers in America (as listed by US News). So, if you thought a librarian’s job was a quiet and unsatisfying one, you need to give it a second thought. Now, you can no more underrate librarianship or career in library science. Call the today’s librarians hi-tech sleuths, because they do not only work with printed materials. These hi-tech sleuths work more with online resources including computerized databases, internet, CDs etc. In addition, they are also responsible for organizing a variety of education enhancing programs, book discussion groups and children puppet shows among others.

Job Opportunities for Librarians
Also called information professionals, librarians mostly work with the public in pleasant surroundings as public or school librarians. These professionals can also take up library science teaching jobs at universities and colleges. Federal government departments also offer wonderful job opportunities for these professionals. Besides, some other librarians also get employed in technical support and administration.

Education Requirement
A master’s degree in library science (MLS) is the standard education requirement for becoming a librarian. US students need to make sure that the degree program they go for is accredited by the American Library Association. A doctorate in library science can help candidates acquire teaching jobs at universities and colleges.

Who is a Special Librarian?
Besides becoming public librarians, candidates can also choose to join work as special librarians. Compared to a career as public librarian, a special librarian’s career brings more benefits and career opportunities. These librarians work for a wide range of business establishments and organizations including legislatures, corporations, hospitals, law firms, prisons, military etc.

How much a career in library science can fetch?
Librarians who work at public libraries earn an average annual salary of around $48,220 whereas junior college librarians earn annually $55,900 on an average. Those who take up jobs at colleges and universities can earn around &56,160 per year. Librarians can also look forward to becoming chief information officers or library directors (as they gain more and more experience) and can earn even higher.

Library Organizations & Associations in America
American Library Association
American Library Association-Allied Professional Association

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America’s Best Careers 2009-2010 [Part–II]

You might have heard about hundreds of careers while on a job hunt or through your career planning process. But do you know which America’s best careers are? These careers (listed below) happen to be the best in America, because they bring highest job satisfaction, require least difficult training, are very prestigious and offer the highest pay. In terms of staying power too, these careers happen to be the best. So, if you are planning to get enrolled in a new degree program or deciding to choose a career path, you definitely need to take a look at these highly satisfying and best careers in America.

A career in fundraising proves to be a very fulfilling one. The job of a fundraiser is not all about asking people for money. Basic job responsibilities of a fundraiser include writing letters, writing grant proposals, making telephone calls and organizing events for raising money. Much of a fundraiser’s time is spent on training and motivating volunteers.

Urban Regional Planner
There’s been a continued increase in the employment growth rate of urban regional planning jobs. Job responsibilities of an urban regional planner are to plan, develop and implement plans for the appropriate and advantageous use of land, contributing towards community growth.

Computer System Analyst
Also known as the computer system architect or computer systems designer, system analysts work for a variety of organizations installing computer systems, upgrading and developing systems to increase employee accessibility.

Today’s librarians are hi-tech sleuths. These professionals work more with non-print and online resources including computer databases, CDs and internet. Librarians also organize various education programs, book discussions and children puppet shows among others.

Management Consultant
Management analysts or management consultants are in great demand by companies and organizations. These professionals perform research, analyze and collect data while working on a client’s project. They recommend ways to improve an organization’s profit.

Higher Education Administrator
While you obtain the job position of a higher education administrator, you would be holding a number of management and administrative responsibilities in colleges and universities. No doubt, the beautiful college surroundings are one of the best and will always stimulate you.

Physical Therapist
America’s Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal has rated the physical therapists’ career among the best. As a physical therapist, you can choose to work at hospitals, physician’s office, physical therapy clinics and patient’s home.


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Girls Need a Heavy Dose of Realism about Careers & Motherhood

According to the president of the Girl’s School Association (GSA), it may not be possible for teenage girls to play both the roles in life – a perfect mother and a career woman. Yes, there are clever girls who have high ambitions. Jill Berry, head teacher of Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford, has a word of advice for teenage girls who aim high. She says that there is nothing wrong in taking up a part time job or not working at all when they have children.

Berry further says that schools need to prepare girls in advance for the challenges they will be facing in future. According to Berry, there is a large number of girls who want to have just everything. Yes, schools need to prepare teenage girls for this. But, at the same time, schools also need to make girls realistic about what they want to have in their lives. At different stages of life, girls may want to have different things.

“There is nothing wrong with them saying ‘I need to work part-time’ or ‘I need support in order to enable me to do my career and have children’, Berry says. Teachers at schools need to train and prepare girls to achieve what they aspire, but not target perfection. Girls need to be taught that life is all about balance. Unless schools teach this to teenage girls, they run the risk of betraying girls.

Today, girls need to be given top quality education. Girls should be prepared in such a way that they can generate options for themselves to maintain balance both in the workplace and at home. Girls are facing reality. Therefore, they need to very realistic about what they want to achieve in life.

Harriet Harman, the minister for women, said last month at the Treasury select committee inquiry, Women in the City, “the change we need is the change which recognizes that for women to take time out with a young baby or to work flexible or part-time hours on return from maternity leave is going to be the actual way of the future”.

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13 Things Students Love to Hate About College

Well, it seems college students are turning critics these days. And perhaps this is justifiable as well. The average tuition at a public college has gone up. Students have every right to complain about things they do not like. What is even more surprising is that the faculty and staff at colleges haven’t got a raise this year and they are overworked too. For now, let us have a look at what students do not find to their liking or hate about college.

College costs too much.
I’m closed out of the class I want.
My professor is unbelievably boring.
The classes are too big.
I keep getting lousy grades.
I hate writing papers.
I freak out during exams.
I can’t get my courses to transfer properly.
My roommate would make Hannibal Lecter seem like a nice guy.
Dorm food sucks.
My dorm room makes the Motel 6 look like the Taj Mahal.
I can’t afford a parking space within 5 miles of the place.
This college is nothing like what I expected it to be.

What do you have to say? So, you had a look at the 13 things that students love to hate about college. Don’t panic. If you too have such complaints about your college, you need to find remedy to these problems. To cut down upon college education expenses, you need to do some research before you actually decide to attend a college.  Some of these problems can be avoided with advance planning and preparation. In any way, you do not need to be depressed but be ready to deal with the problems and find solutions to them. Remember, there is a solution to every problem only if you are ready to find it out.

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