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Where Are Tech Jobs Booming In the Next 5 Years?

12 Aug

The tech industry is growing fast, with an estimated 182,000 jobs added to the industry in 2016 alone. This brings the total number of jobs to around 7.3 million and accounting for an estimated eight percent of the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also predicting that tech jobs will account for 2.4 percent of all jobs added annually to the economy.

With the tech sector growing so rapidly, and with many cities already considered tech hubs, will there be a change in where these jobs will be booming in the next five years? The answers may not surprise you if you’re a part of the industry, but to those seeking new employment opportunities, here are the five states in which tech jobs are slated to grow in the next five years.

 

Texas

Austin, Dallas, and Houston are the primary tech hubs in Texas, a state renown for both its can-do attitude and its love for start up companies. For those interested in working in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and machine learning, Austin is a great place to settle. Houston is currently on the hunt for more software developers and engineers as well, while Dallas is currently a hub for established technologies and engineering companies.

 

Colorado

Colorado has a booming tech community and is well known for housing some of the most interesting companies working in big data and app development. Most of these companies can be found in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder along with other major cities across the state. However, the real advantage is found in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: start-ups will find that Colorado is very welcoming to start ups, including a concentration of VC firms in Boulder and an influx of business-minded tech entrepreneurs that find the state very welcoming to bringing in new jobs.

 

Utah

Utah is currently considered a prime state for tech employers and employees; some of the best places to live in Utah, including Provo, are also tech hubs that support web developers, software engineers, and coders. The state is also home to ancestry.com, a genealogical website that is undergoing massive growth and is actively hiring for tech positions. Although not considered a startup haven, Utah is building a reputation for itself as a state that supports new and emerging technologies.

 

Michigan

Although Michigan is probably best known to Americans as the home of auto industry, the state is also currently leading in tech specialty job growth. Detroit, in particular, is seeing a boom in emerging technologies, such as driverless cars, while Ann Arbor is growing in engineering research, data processing, testing labs, and computer systems design. The biggest pull for tech professionals to move to Michigan is thought to be the pay; in Michigan, the average tech wage stood at $84.800; while this is lower than the $105,400 national average, the cost-of-living in Michigan is significantly lower than in places such as Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta.

 

North Carolina

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the tech industry that North Carolina has made the list. The state is home to the Research Triangle, which is made up of the University of North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC – Chapel Hill, which has long been a hub of developing technology for the country. Now, Research Triangle Park, a campus that currently hosts over 240 startups, is a major destination for tech professionals. With companies ranging from web developers to green technologies to information technology, this massive 7,000-acre compound is eager to take on as many tech employees as possible.

 

Technology drives almost everything in America; from banking and engineering to social media and online workflows, it is the single biggest driver of the success of the American economy. Although there are several great tech hubs that have not been listed, these five states are where the tech boom is headed next. Now all that’s left to do is to fill out a resume and start applying for tech jobs in these areas.

 

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A Guide To Being Neighborly

3 Aug

How do you be a better neighbor? We recently stumbled upon this infographic that breaks down some high level tips. It maybe British, but I think the same tactics are universal.

A Guide To Being Neighborly

  1. Talk
  2. Write a letter
  3. Make friends
  4. Keep each other informed
  5. Be considerate

http://www.castironradiators4u.co.uk/uk/infographic-meet-the-neighbours.php

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KidRex Safe Search

1 Aug

Parents have you tried KidRex? The search engine sits on top of Google’s search technology with the intention of only bringing back results that are child-friendly. You may want to think about this as an alternative.

http://www.kidrex.org/

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Protecting Your Kids Teeth In Sports

30 Jul

Did you know that approximately 50% of sports injuries are mouth related? This is why it is vital as parents to help our children take proper precautions as athletes. Ensure that the worst doesn’t happen by making them wear a mouth guard, helmet and ultimately follow proper oral hygiene. Here’s a guide for parents to help protect their children’s teeth while they are playing sports.

https://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/keeping-your-kids-teeth-safe-in-sports

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Be Safe All Around

17 Jun

SafeBee’s mission, simply put, is to make the world a safer place. This site offers articles, tools and advice to provide information to protect yourself, your family, your home, your pets, your money and your personal data from everyday — and unexpected — threats and hazards so you can live a happier, healthier, more secure life. The website is authored by UL, the leading developer of safety certification standards and a leader in safety education.

Find out what bit you, how to tell if an egg is bad, 13 health symptoms dog owners should never ignore, when you should or shouldn’t call 911, how to tell if chicken is bad, if your kids shoes are hurting their feet, the truth about cracking your neck and if yorgurt goes bad.

http://www.safebee.com/

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Some Quick Fire Safety Tips For People With Disabilities

4 Jun

We discovered a complete guide on fire safety for people with disabilities. The guide covers safety strategies for people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments, organized by chapters and has resources cited.

Some quick fire safety tips:

  • Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing around an open flame.
  • Don’t leave hot pans unattended.
  • Always set a timer when cooking food in the oven.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Never use the oven to heat your home.
  • Properly maintain chimneys and space heaters.

Read full article
https://www.homesecuritylist.com/fire-safety-disabilities/

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Handy Resource for Time Zones and Holidays Around the World

27 May

What is the current time in another time zone? Find a world clock, time zone map, time zone converter, time zone abbreviations, calling codes, distance calculator, calendar, timer, alarm and stopwatch at this cool site. You can also discover when holidays and events are not only celebrated in your neck of the woods but in other parts of the world. I’ve found this site a handy resource for checking time zones and holidays when virtually communicating with colleagues.

https://www.timeanddate.com/

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Tips for Parents on Dealing with Their Teen’s Anxiety

22 May

Anxiety

While we all experience anxiety at times, some develop anxiety issues that interfere with their daily lives. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to things like social anxiety, general anxiety disorder, school-related anxiety, and specific fears and phobias. As a parent of a child with problematic anxiety issues, you must know what to do and what not to do when attempting to manage it.
Know when anxiety is beyond normal levels
Anything can trigger anxiety in a teen. It can spring from an upcoming test, a big game, or a school performance. Teens can feel anxious during big transitions, like switching schools or moving. Even technology — that thing your teen spends so much of their time on — could be causing stress if they overuse it. However, technology is helpful when it is used as a coping mechanism rather than a distraction from that essay your teen has to write by tomorrow. In fact, studies have shown that social media makes teens aware of the needs of others, encouraging them to volunteer and give back to their community.
As a parent, it’s important to be able to spot anxiety that’s outside the realm of normal for adolescents, and help your teen find positive ways to deal with it.

“All children and young people get anxious at times, and this is a normal part of their development … but if you think your child’s anxiety is getting in the way of their day to day life, slowing down their development, or having a significant effect on their schooling or relationships, it is best to try and help them tackle it,” says YoungMinds.org.

Don’t ignore or try to minimize the anxiety
Ignoring your child’s anxiety might seem like a good tactic, as you may think acknowledging every little worry will only serve to legitimize them. The problem is that those fears are already legitimized in your child’s mind — with or without your help. For your teen, the pressure to fit in and have the latest tech gadget or to win first place in the science fair is a serious issue, and the crippling anxiety they feel is real. Refusing to address sources of anxiety simply allows it to fester.

Address your teen’s anxiety head on. Talk to them about what makes them scared and develop strategies with them. For example, if their anxiety is school-related, you might arrange for them to work with a tutor a couple of times a week (If cost is a concern, know that many private tutors have negotiable rates). Knowing they’ll be able to receive extra help later on, may help your teen manage the anxiety they feel about not understanding certain topics at school. Or if their anxiety is social, talk with them about settings where they feel comfortable, and figure out ways to increase the number of social interactions they have in those environments. That said, as you do this, it’s vital to acknowledge that stress and worry are natural parts of life, this way your child doesn’t feel like there’s something inherently wrong with them.

Get on their level…technologically that is
In today’s world, it is a rare occurrence to find a teen who doesn’t have a phone, tablet, or computer. Your teen is already plugged in, so why not motivate them to use technology in a way that will improve their health and well-being? Encourage your teen to download one of these three apps to help cope with their anxiety:

 

  1. SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management) – Free for all iPhone and Android users, the app can be used to create a personalized anxiety toolkit, self-monitor your anxiety, and get tips for managing anxiety from other SAM users in the in-app forum.

 

  1. Centered – Another free app, Centered encourages iPhone users to participate in stress-reducing physical activity and meditation. The app can be synced with your iCalendar or Apple Watch to send you reminders to take a breather.

 

  1. Pacifica – Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the app offers guided self-help paths, mood tracking, relaxation techniques, and progress tracking, making the yearly $35.99 subscription ($5.99/month) well worth it. The app is available for iPhone, Android, and web.

 

Try “laddering”
One technique for overcoming anxiety is to practice something called “laddering,” in which a specific fear is identified, a goal is set, and you take small steps toward achieving that goal.
Let’s say your teen is afraid to put themselves out there and make new friends, as many teens use social media as a replacement for in-person interactions. In this case, using the laddering technique can be very beneficial. Rather than reiterating the reclusive behavior, create small goals to get to the bigger goal such as speaking to one new person each day, inviting someone over, or joining a school or community group such as a youth group or sports league.
Chronic anxiety is often a condition that people must deal with throughout the course of their entire life. It does get better with time, however, and the adolescent years can be the toughest. As a parent, it’s important to empathize with your child’s anxiety without enabling it. By tackling the anxiety head on, you can begin to minimize its effect on your child’s social life.

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Driving More Green On The Roads

12 May

Would you like to drive longer and emit less pollution? Select Car created a guide for people who own slightly older cars, so they can also cut down their carbon footprint by doing just a few simple things while they’re on the road. Not only that, many of the suggestions actually decrease fuel usage too.

They also have a list of some of the best and worst cars for emissions if you’re looking to change your car in the near future. Find out which cars have the lowest and highest emission of CO2 – hint – electric cars have the lowest and SUVs have the highest. Find out how you can drive more green!

https://www.selectcarleasing.co.uk/news/saving-the-planet-one-mile-at-a-time.html

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Benefits of Adding Technology to Your Home

29 Apr

Technology is a wonderful thing, but not everyone is necessarily tech-savvy. Millennials are more tech-savvy than their parent generation, but it’s time for all homeowners to consider the many benefits of becoming a bit more tech-friendly at home. When you add smart technology to your home, you benefit your home, your finances, and your life in various ways. Technology might seem like a silly upgrade to some, but it’s an investment for many homeowners. Technology is beneficial in any home, and there are numerous examples as to why.

Convenience

No matter which type of technology you add to your home, you are going to find it’s more convenient than not. If you choose to add tech-savvy appliances, for example, you’re going to find the convenience of being able to control your appliances from anywhere in the world is wonderful. You are at work and want to preheat the oven so you can pop dinner in as soon as you get home. It’s the only way you’ll have dinner ready to serve before everyone has to leave for a ball game or practice, and now you can preheat your oven with the click of a button from your smart phone from work, from the car, or from anywhere else so it’s possible. The convenience of smart technology makes the world a much more enjoyable place.

Safety

Your safety matters more than anything, and your smart technology can help with that. A smart doorbell allows you to capture the person ringing it on camera. If that person is casing your home, you now have his or her face on your camera if you find yourself robbed in the hours or days following that suspect doorbell ring. Your alarm can be set from an app on your phone if you are ever worried you forgot to set it before leaving on vacation. Home automation makes it much easier to function when you’re home as well as when you’re not.

If you purchase smart outlets, you can avoid turning the car around because you’re worried your flat iron is still plugged in or that you left the iron on. These outlets allow you to turn off the power to any outlet from your phone, so your iron, flat iron, or other hot device turns right off. Your home has never been safer.

Cost-Effective

Few things beat the cost-effectiveness of smart tech in the home. The best example of smart tech is a smart thermostat. It gets to know your living habits, so it knows when you’re home and when you’re not. It knows when you prefer your home cooler than usual or warmer than usual, and it knows your habits. You can also adjust the thermostat from your phone from anywhere in the world. Say you’re leaving on vacation and forgot to turn the air up. You don’t need to cool your home to 72-degrees when no one is there for a week. You can turn it off, and then turn the air back on before you get home so you arrive to a nice, cool, comfortable house.

It also allows you to turn on the heat and air at the same time, which is beneficial for those who live in places with odd weather. A Florida family, for example, might appreciate being able to set the heat for 73 overnight and when it’s cold while also setting the air conditioning for 76 if the temperature rises significantly throughout the day.

Smart tech is more than just smart. It’s good for you and your family. It saves you money, it provides you with more convenience, and it makes your life easier. You might not realize just how valuable it is until you have it, but it won’t take long for you to realize you never want to live without smart technology at home again.

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