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VOL. 42 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 7, 2018

Tennessee’s hottest jobs

And why you probably won’t retire from the one you have now

Since bouncing back from the Great Recession, Tennessee’s economy has been in the midst of a prolonged expansion. The recovery, now in its eighth year, could soon become the longest since the end of World War II.

Four leaders look to future of state’s job growth

The Ledger asked four career development leaders in Tennessee for their advice about how to approach the job market. We also asked them about promising careers and what issues are important to tackle as the state adds jobs, new industries and more education and training.

Advanced energy sector soars

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council states the advanced energy sector is so strong in Tennessee that it outperforms the state’s overall economy, employing nearing 360,000 Tennesseans in more than 18,000 businesses that contribute almost $40 billion to the state’s gross domestic product.

Needed: bicycle mechanics

Because cycling is increasing in popularity as a form of exercise and recreation, as well as a means of transportation, specialized mechanics and repairers are in demand.

Meeting and event planners see steady growth in demand

Some careers, although not registering meteoric growth, are still showing a healthy demand from consumers and career seekers alike. A fitting example: a meeting and event planner.

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YWCA Tribute to Women. For the 34th year, the event will honor outstanding women in the community through its Tribute to Women celebration. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the formal presentation and awards ceremony Thursday at 7 p.m. Additional details to come. First Tennessee Plaza, 800 S Gay St, Knoxville. Information

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Finding a niche: physical therapy assistant

Several institutions in the state, including Chattanooga State Community College, Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, South College in Knoxville and Volunteer State Community College, offer accredited two-year degrees that train students to be physical therapy assistants, often called a PTA.

Good pay without a four-year degree

Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin is home to one of six nationally accredited diagnostic medical sonography program in Tennessee. Others include Vanderbilt University, South College in Knoxville and Chattanooga State Community College.

Good news for math and statistics majors

Careers that require trained mathematicians and statisticians are on the rise in almost all sectors of the economy. That’s because technological, engineering and business problems are often of such complexity that they require a high level of mathematical treatment.


Legislators work all the angles for leadership posts

With apologies to Robert Zimmerman, “the times they are a-changing.” Unlike Bob Dylan’s 1964 song of rebellion, Capitol Hill isn’t turning into a hotbed of liberals, although someday the first could be last. In fact, it could turn more conservative this fall before things take a different direction.


Unusual college career leads ETSU's Gatewood to Neyland

Austin Gatewood was sold on nothing more than a vision. There were no uniforms to wear, no stadium to play in, no veteran teammates to guide him. East Tennessee State University was restarting its football program after more than a decade of dormancy, and Gatewood was asked to be one of its inaugural recruits.

Smith feels blessed for another chance to run through ‘T’

As he always does in times of tribulation, Trey Smith put his faith in a higher power. The Tennessee sophomore offensive tackle suffered a health scare in the offseason that threatened more than just his ability to play football. It potentially threatened his life.


Kramer Rayson attorneys earn recognition

Knoxville law firm Kramer Rayson LLP has earned the 2019 “Law Firm of the Year,’’ and 16 of its attorneys were named to the “Best Lawyers in America,’’ listing.


End of summer offers car deals for bargain hunters

As the summer season winds down, the car-business clearance season ramps up. Both car dealers and carmakers are offering deals to sell off the 2018 models and make room for the 2019s. This time period will feature some of the best prices of the year to date.


Record number of freshmen flock to UT

A record freshman class of 5,180 students was expected to enroll at the University of Tennessee this fall, and the school also has about 1,320 new transfer students.


Wise up, hiring managers, you’re at a disadvantage

If you’re looking for a new job and if you’re actively interviewing, I want to encourage you to hang in there. It’s going to work out. I’m sure of it.