Top Jobs for 2012?

December 26, 2011 |

The end of the year is upon us — just in time to look forward to what the job market holds in store for 2012. What will be the hottest occupations in the New Year? has put together a list of “Best Bets for Jobs in 2012“: nine jobs that are expected to see growth. Below are profiles of these nine jobs from the Department of Labor Statistics, plus the average salary for each.

1. Biomedical engineer (Average salary: $82,421)
Develops devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. Many do research, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Biomedical engineers also may design devices used in various medical procedures, imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions.

Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training. Some specialties within biomedical engineering are biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering.

2. Computer software engineer (Average salary: $97,581)
Computer software engineers design and develop software. They apply the theories and principles of computer science and mathematical analysis to create, test, and evaluate the software applications and systems that make computers work. The tasks performed by these workers evolve quickly, reflecting changes in technology and new areas of specialization, as well as the changing practices of employers.

Computer software engineers are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2008-18 decade, resulting in excellent job prospects.

3. Customer service representative (Average salary: $29,314)
Customer service representatives provide a valuable link between customers and the companies who produce the products they buy and the services they use. They are responsible for responding to customer inquiries and making sure that any problems they are experiencing are resolved. Although most customer service representatives do their work by telephone in call centers, some interact with customers by e-mail, fax, post, or face-to-face.

Many customer service inquiries involve simple questions or requests. For instance, a customer may want to know the status of an order or wish to change his or her address in the company’s file. However, some questions may be somewhat more difficult, and may require additional research or help from an expert. In some cases, a representative’s main function may be to determine who in the organization is best suited to answer a customer’s questions.

4. Home health aide (Average salary: $28,173)
Home health aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired and older adults, who may need assistance, live in their own homes or in residential facilities instead of in health facilities or institutions. They also assist people in hospices and day programs and help individuals with disabilities go to work and remain engaged in their communities. Most aides work with elderly or physically or mentally disabled clients who need more care than family or friends can provide. Others help discharge hospital patients who have relatively short-term needs.

Aides provide light housekeeping and homemaking tasks such as laundry, change bed linens, shop for food, plan and prepare meals. Aides also may help clients get out of bed, bathe, dress, and groom. Some accompany clients to doctors’ appointments or on other errands.

5. Management analyst (Average salary: $72,197)
Management analysts  and consultants collect, review, and analyze information in order to make recommendations to managers. They might be single practitioners or part of large international organizations employing thousands of other consultants. Some analysts and consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications, while others specialize by type of business function, such as human resources, marketing, logistics, or information systems.

After obtaining an assignment or contract, management analysts first define the nature and extent of the problem that they have been asked to solve. During this phase, they analyze relevant data—which may include annual revenues, employment, or expenditures—and interview managers and employees while observing their operations. The analysts or consultants then develop solutions to the problem.

6. Medical assistant (Average salary: $37,571)
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

About 62 percent of medical assistants work in offices of physicians. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1-year or 2-year programs.

7. Network systems and data communications analyst (Average salary: $48,316)
Analysts design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. They also perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, and research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. This category includes telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. Analysts supervise computer programmers.

8. Registered nurse (Average salary: $71,692)
Registered Nurses (RNs) treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

9. Retail salesperson (Average salary: $25,557)
Salespersons assist customers in finding what they are looking for. They also try to increase sales by describing a product’s features, demonstrating its uses, and promoting its value.

In addition to selling, many retail salespersons—especially those who work in department and apparel stores—conduct financial transactions with their customers. This usually involves receiving payments by cash, check, debit card, or credit card; operating cash registers; and bagging or packaging purchases. Depending on the hours they work, retail salespersons may have to open or close cash registers. This work may include counting the money in the register and separating charge slips, coupons, and exchange vouchers. Retail salespersons also may have to make deposits at a cash office. In addition, retail salespersons may help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays.

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  1. reality says:

    The averages for customer service rep and retail sales person are high. The average retail sales person makes only about 18k a year and customer service reps are about 20k a year. Get a real life about the working poor.

    • Mike says:

      All depends on location – My IT Customer Service Reps (Tier 1 & 2) started around 50k and moved to 70k – Washington DC Metro Area

      • MI SGM says:

        The averages are averages. The key is to compare to averages in other fields. Obviously, people in the DC Metro Area make more money; however, their standard of living is probably no better. I worked in the area for 6 years. I made more money and had a lower standard of living than I have in Southern Arizona on about $20 less per year.

    • Bill says:

      How can they be high if those are the averages? Maybe the area where you live is just really low. But do not despair, in the area where I live, those numbers are not high, they are low.

      • Mary says:

        Where do you live? The Middle East, working for a contractor?? What is your cost of living commesurate with your high rates of pay? What difference is it how much the jobs pay IF THERE AREN'T ANY? We live near a huge military base, and by the time the military retirees and the spouses pick over the jobs, there are none left for those of us who don't have preference (like me, a spouse of a retiree).

    • Mary says:

      You are so right about the wages. I think that while the computer jobs pay well, they are hard to find and very competitive. Same for the Management Analyst. How many companies in this economy employ them?

  2. jay says:

    Its a sad sad day when Home Health Aids are gonna be making the big bucks @ 25K.

    • Dee says:

      Isn't that the truth! lol. Oh my!

      • Robert says:

        Most of the home health aids are OTs Occupational Therapists who have to be licensed and have at least a 2-yr degree. My daughter is an OT-many make more than $25k-these are not unskilled people. I think they left out some details.

    • David says:

      As a home health nurse I know and appreciate the hard work and extreme situations home health aides are asked to perform admirably in. Sometimes it’s only one per agency taking care of multiple patients that live 50-60 miles apart. My hat off to exceptional home health aides, $25,0000, is a drop in the bucket when your love one needs, and the good one are no where to be found!!!! They earn their money. Thank you!!!

      • Dee says:

        Exactly! There is only ONE per agency. Uhhh, could that have anything to do with the abysmal pay. That kind of work should receive higher pay. It's called exploitation. And those most in need do not get the most exceptional home health aides because of the "low" pay.

        They deserve more than a "drop" in the bucket. But again, it's kind of funny when this country considers 25K a year as "high" pay. There goes the middle class. Mexico and the US will have a lot in common very soon.

        • Marie says:

          When did we start to consider that amount of money big bucks. It is not when you are trying to support a family. An how dare you down grade the home health care I'm sure there is probally alot that came back need it. An sometimes what they have to deal with when they go to that house trying to help that person who is in need of help. Shame on you guys.

  3. William says:

    Not exactly sure what a "Network systems and data communications analyst" is, but am guessing it includes all IT disciplines and such the high average salary. Help Desk techs aren't making $48k and definitely do not design networks.

    • CleoBarker says:

      No they're referring to someone who sets up, monitors, maintains and improves a company's network. Help Desk peeps are in another realm from that. They're the first step support, like getting a password reset or trouble shooting. Hope that helps.

  4. pearl says:

    I am currently seeking my B.S. degree in Business., also A.S. in Medical Billing/Coding. Where are these jobs located certainly not in Fl. Where are these jobs located if anyone has a contact please let me know..I have a VET Rep., but I don't get the info on the job fairs, so sick of leaving msgs.
    and what is with the 10 page applications with the govt..seriously, Thinking about moving to Alaska.

    • John says:

      The Cincinnati Tristate area is always asking for medical billing/coding personnel……..

    • CleoBarker says:

      Pearl, Best thing you can do for yourself in this economy is get a LinkedIn account and NETWORK. I Am Logistics puts out a lot of good info on networking and best practices. "Its all about who you know, not what you know. " Happy Hunting my friend.

    • sara says:

      I had to leave florida…massachusetts has jobs..lots of medical

    • jackthecat says:

      sorry, not hiring in Alaska either!

    • Lynda says:

      In WA you better have an Associates plus a Certification in Medical Billing/Coding to even get your resume looked at, then if you wish upon a star you might just get an interview.

  5. John says:

    Where is the new hirng reform to hire more vets in government jobs? It hasnt reached my part of the USA yet, or the hiring managers are ignoring the President's executive order…. Especially the DEPT of VA

    • John says:

      Check the Cincinnati Ohio Tristate area. I see all kinds of job offers at hospitals, doctor's office's etc, asking for medical billing/coders…

      • Mick says:

        I agree with John. I live in Dayton and have noticed for several years that the Sunday paper has many more ads for the medical field than any other.

    • Marcy says:

      I John,I can not agree with you because I and 2 other people have been hired at the VA within the past few months! True it takes time but keep on checking out usajobs and get that resume (and other forms ) done so when the opportunity comes you just click a button and send in your app.

    • joan says:

      i was told if you dont know some one for get it.
      sad we worked so hard all these years then we have to beg for jobs.

      • Mary says:

        If you live in the South, knowing the right people is definitely true! It took my husband 6 months to find a County job. I have a MA, am unemployed, and often told I am over-qualified. Maybe that is your husband's problem as well? They don't want to pay for those years of experience and knowledge. They also seem to prefer to hire someone in their 20's: again, they can pay them less. The employers seem to care less about what they get than how much they have to pay for it :(

      • I hear you exactly. I've been looking for work for over a year now, and it's becoming more insulting if anything. I spent 12 years in Army with TWO! MOS's and still can't hired anywhere. Are businesses really afraid to hire veterans? This is ridiculous.

    • Mary says:

      WHAT government jobs? There were supposed to be all these new jobs, but when I looked, most of them were either physicians, nurses, or computer jobs requiring very specific training and experience. I have my MA and there was nothing there for me!

  6. John says:

    I need a HELP DESK/HELP DESK MANAGER IT position. I have a VET rep too but trying to contact them for help or updates, is a mission impossible.

    • CleoBarker says:

      John, I use LinkedIn and subscribed to the Navy Networking group. Lotsa VETs are there to help and provide connections. Amazon is currently hiring an atomic butt-ton of ex military. Any person in that group can contact this guy who works there, and can guarantee an interview. Its not impossible, build your professional network and you'll get where you want to be.

  7. Chris says:

    I am ex-navy, ex-headhunter, ex-banker, and now run my own business. I think this is a pointless list of jobs and don’t recommend my military alumni read too much into these. It’s better to find out what your natural strengths and talent are and find a fitting job where you can be happy and thrive…not some laundry list to try to squeeze yourself into. And thanks for your service!

    • What if your natural strengths were in Law Enforcement/Security, you did it for 20 years and then when you retire from the military, due to being a disabled Vet, you can no longer perform those duties? I can't get hired on with any Gov't agencies or Defense Contractors cause they don't want to hire anyone without a Security Clearance. Obama is full of B.S.

      • William says:

        Retiresd from the army with 24 years. Tired to get on with the police force but since I can retire sooner than anybody else because time serviced they found away to make sure I didn't get pass the probation period. So much for helping a Vet.

    • Patrick says:

      Very good point! That advice makes for a fun job and/or business. I love the health fitness industry. I am currently getting a cert as a trainer and cert in nutrition. I have the knowledge, but putting a few letters at the end of my name gives potential client peace of mind they are getting what they pay for. The aforementioned jobs mean I have to go back to school! I don't need any debt in this ongoing sluggish economy.

    • William says:

      As being an ex-Navy service member, you should know that all are not as fortunate as some of us in getting what we want concerning natural strengths and talents. Sometimes you are going to have to "squeeze yourself into" situations you don't particularly care for until you're in a more conducive situation. Remember, we don't live in a perfect world and everyone's situation is different. Having said that, try not to be so critical of a process which has the propensity of helping others.

    • Mary says:

      Your point is well-taken, valid, and worth a lot coming from someone with your background! I feel so bad for the vets in this blog, but if it is that bad for them, you can see how bad it is for the rest of us! I am an Air Force retiree's wife, so I have no preference. We live in a large military community, and I am so far down the list I tend to drop off immediately when jobs are listed.

  8. Chett says:

    I created my own business in safety after being a job safety rep while on deployment. That list of jobs is for the birds.
    vets, take your strenghts and create your own work.

  9. I guess that I do not qualify for any of these jobs.

    I am pursuing a career in web/graphic design.

    • Sharon says:

      As a college career counselor for 20 years, I have some ideas. Social media and computer game industries are good places to target your skills. I'm writing a blog on new and emerging careers at Career Thought Leaders. Look under Sharon Jones.

  10. Sean says:

    I have a BS in Information System Management and one class away from a MS in Information Technology, specializing in Project Management including serving my country for near 21 years with the Navy and I cam current working as a contractor with the US Army as a Sys-Admin/Training Coordinator while living in Germany. I make $43k from the day job and $18k w/retirement meaning $61k yearly but someone with my education and experience should be making $65k-85k starting and $85k-102k stateside with experience from one source of income not two. The Government Service overseas is the good ole boys club too, so where can a person get a fair job and a fair salary and I don't want to hear that I should be happy, I have a job that is so much BS. Job satisfaction creates loyalty; a win-win scenario for everyone involved not cut throat attitudes both by employers and employees

    • Jim says:

      Sean, I recommend you get your PMP. I get calls/emails daily for PM work. Jobs offers are from all over the US. I currently make 6 figures, but did not start there. From what I am seeing the average hourly rate for PMs is 35 to 50 per hour.

  11. sophia says:

    I am working presently in the govt system and trying to advance to a higher paying job. Just to be clear vets….don't waste your time. Your spouse can get a govt job quicker than you can.

    • frieda says:

      31 years of service in one of the following disciplines active duty, full time reserve technician, straight civil service, oef/oif vet have worked on multiple weapons systems in 5 different commands—ad spouse is at new pcs location I am still at the old location applying for anything that is available and will probably have to take a downgrade to get hired – can you help me its been 3 months so far and maintaining two living facilities is getting expensive.

    • Robert says:

      it depends on what degree you have. Engineers can get jobs with the Govt-especially contracts. I’m a contractor-retired civil service.

  12. Ken says:

    I learned some time ago not to rely on someone else to provide me a job. I created my own part-time gig in the security field and have been enjoyably performing the service for 22 years. It put my kids through college. since it is part-time, I can now afford to work part-time for city government. I do this because it is easier to get loans (when needed) if you have a traditional employer. think about what people can't or don't want to do for themselves and then provide that service. It will pay your bills!

    • Armin Cate says:

      Ken – Enjoyed reading your post. I just retired after 33 years military and civil service and have a very strong background in all aspects of security. How do you solicit for jobs? I am sure it has taken you a while to establish a network.

  13. Wayne760 says:

    My best guess is that this list is really a list of majors from some school that want's GI Bill money and paid to write the article. But that's just a guess.

    • Scott Paullin says:

      Amen to that brother. I am sick of these schools with thier socalled job lines, then they call to entice you for education when you don't even have a job. It's bullshit legal scamming.

    • Mary says:

      Lol! Could be true!

  14. Ricky says:

    For those VETs who retired last year and beyond,why is it so difficult to find jobs. Where is the strong effort in helping us? We are also Vets. It appears the political wave are favoring those retiring this year and hell with the rest of us.

    • GEORGE says:

      I know what you mean.I retired in 1999, and have been employed off and on since than, working minium wage jobs,and not having the ability to buy healthcare for my family.I've been out work from my last job,since Obama been in office.

      • David says:

        Hi Ricky and George,

        I retired in 1989 after 22 years in the Army. Have a MA in counseling, but found out quickly I didn't want that. I made my own jobs, except for a short term as a county veterans service officer I've been self employed. Personally I set my goals outside of VA Disability, SS Retirement, and Army Retirement to trying to make an extra 15K a year. I've enoyed every minute of it. I've ran my own hot dog cart and sold used cars at the same time. Anything and everything that I can legally buy and sell is a job. I've even ran a wheel thrown pottery factory in Mexico (see All Vets have the skills, we just have to apply them.

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  15. Scott Bentley says:

    I know what you mean Ricky.

  16. ed hadsock says:

    engr/brnze stars an other medals,sf,ranger,sapper all tabs an schools,politicianslk good game sale fake personalities,honest hard working good guys finish last,retired army tired of crap an fake people,no fear here,gonna check out,engr multi million dollar constr project manager,engr,now working for state,fla 300 a week dead end no future no paid holiday bs job just to live,life is overrated an companies an people are users an bs,made companys millions on gov projects,an bldg sub divisions (homes)companies arent loyal nor care,army made me loyal an a believer in doing right wether i wanted to or not,these jobs are useless an dont pay!!!who posted them,someone or org with a vested interest,only looser i believe now was me ,politicians all crooks ya dont see the working man running,he dont have the money to advertise an market himself……im out…good luck to all that want to live an illusion of grandeur,good luck my brother vets,see ya on the otherside

  17. Kent says:

    Am 67 years old, have 2 B.S. degrees (1, an engineering degree, Summa Cum Laude and an MBA. Have signed up to begin an engineering Masters degree (4th total) this summer in Home Land Security. Am hoping that securing another level of education will help me in my retirement years. (am also a retired USAF LTC)

    Can't get too much education for this job market.

    Kent Denton (LTC, USAF)

    • Chris says:

      I'm USAF Ret (Capt/2 engineering degrees: MS Mech and BS Aero; both rx while AD; ret in '97; prior service). I don't need any more education…you don't either. Get real. Go out in the market, create your own job, and bust balls, and become successful. I'm a consulting engineer and love it! Why can't you rely on yourself (with all your education and LEADERSHIP EXP)? LTC, USAF…come on….where is your leadership. Lead yourself to success!

    • Mary says:

      That's interesting. Maybe it depends on your field. I have a MA and a year of PhD work, and when I apply, I am told I am over-qualified. Either that, or if the job requires a MA, I don't have enough requisite experience. It has been my experience that jobs I want won't hire anyone with more than a 2-year degree, while I have my MA in that specific field! They just don't want to pay for that MA!
      My husband is also an Air Force retiree. GO Air Force!

  18. Dr. Bill says:

    The problem with 98% of the addies and the agencies behind them, plus the interviewers, is the addy contents, what the agencies, and the interviewers all say, which are all three different concepts, then when one gets to talk about the actual details of the job, generally, they are already hired, if they get this far, and yet, they hear something different again; and generally, not what they want to hear. As well, they might be told the salary they expected to make is not the salary they will get, or sometimes, the benefits will less than originally discussed. Must be careful with all this stuff place on these websites. The people are designing a super positive outlook and that is all they are interested in doing. They live by writing this stuff and interviewers live on the interviews they conduct.

  19. Ben says:

    I am a vitenam veteran and have been trying to obtain a job with the VA for quite some time. I don't think the VA is paying too much attention to President Obama's executive order concerning hiring veterans.

    • Dave says:

      May be you should learn to spell Vietnam!

      Check you input before you send only have one first impression..hope the the New Year brings you success

    • Pasquale F. Filoromo says:

      I applied to the VA in our area about 8 times in a row. On one of the jobs I raised a stink about not being selected for an interview, because I thought there was illegal dealings going on. I was then selected for an interview after I received an E-mail from VA HR, stating that out of 89 people that applied to the position, I came in 8th and they usually select the first 5 that make the rating/list to interview. So if you don't make the first 5, you don't get an interview. It is frustrating!!!

  20. denise says:

    In the state of Penna. once a open job is posted on or or within 1 hour 100 people apply to it. It's unbelievable whats happening and how many people are looking for a job. Be grateful for what you do have, because it can be worse.

  21. Mitchell T. Kamlay says:

    I do not consider this article to be a realistic appraisal of the employment market for those leaving the military, depending upon their service training.

    The article should state where geographically these positions are offered. Are the salaries stated entry level? Average career salaries mislead readers to believe that is what they will earn. Stating entry level salraries and realistic educational requirements would be more beneficial to the readers.

    I have never met a starting R.N. being offered a $70,000! There are very few Biomedical Engineering positions and the amount of education required is at minimun plus 5 years. Most simple administrative tasks in a medical officers require hign school education. Clinical duties require specialised training. I could continue but I have made my point.

    • Pasquale F. Filoromo says:

      Mitchell, I thought I was doing the right thing about 11 years ago; to leave the military after 20 years of service to persue another career, but I was mistaken. It has been holly hell ever since I was laid off last year. I'm still on unemployment and every once in a while I get a short contract job. If you are in the military, please stay and make a career of it. Younger people with college degrees are getting the jobs, not to mention people from other countries. There are non-American's working for $10 and under and for the jobs $15 and above, you must have some type of college degree. So, that means that most of America without college degree's and older Americans are homeless and poor. If you're in the military, please stay. GOD Bless all our troops. USAF (Ret.)

      • Mary says:

        Even a college degree doesn't always help. I have a MA, but I am in my 50's, so I am out of luck. My student loans are deferred because I am out of work, so I can't pay for the graduate degree that hasn't helped me find a job. That, and I don't have the vet or spouse preference, as I am the wife of an Air Force retiree. Strike 3, I seem to be out: over 50, graduate degree hasn't helped, and no preference in a military town.

  22. jegchene says:

    I recommend to new people getting out of military to check department of homeland security at (, good pay and K-1 and retirement. No law enforcement experience needed. I retired from Military and 20 more years as an Immigration Inspector.

    • chales marinaccio says:

      could a veteran of vietnam era get a job with homeland security? I'm 65 an retired

      • jegchene says:

        You might check under, they do have other jobs no age limit. I got hire under the Vietnam program, for Immigration Officer. Here again 2012 they change the program. I understand other jobs under the dhs are available.

  23. kye says:

    For those jobs listed in the $20,000+ range, lets do an honest comparison, so you will know whether you are getting paid enough or not. The poverty level for 2011 was set at $22,350 (total yearly income), by the Census Bureau, and the Dept of Labor Statistics. Poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. In essence, what it means is, the jobs paying in the $20,000+ range means you are working for next to nothing, and you might as well be an indentured servant.

  24. oldlady says:

    The personal health aide industry certain will grow, but their salaries in my area are no where near what your predictions are. I pay my housekeeper as much. The personal in-home care I have received temporarily has been excellent. Yet the aides often pay their own gas to drive to my house in their own car for a pitiful salary. They are wonderful. I never met a grump, male or female.

  25. tomdoc says:

    Play the Lotto.

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  28. Trudith says:

    I too am a Vietnam Veteran – noncombat, USAF, Top Secret Crypto, AA Degree, A&P Graduate, Licensed SEL Pilot. In FL the VA hires non military; all seems to be an inside job for employment, it is who you know. The Job Fairs are a farce, I went to one at Patrick AFB, and was told it was a waste of my time as they only hire through the Internet. When I do apply on the Internet I get no reply, except fora professional resume person, or a school, or such trying to take your money for so called "help". The VA Counselor at the 'One-Stop Employment' only wants to shoot the breeze, gave me bad information, even his e-mail was incorrect when I tried to forward my resume to him! What a Joke!
    This on-line commentary was a real eye opener! It really is a sham to cover up Obama's deliberate lack of care, total indifference to the military in general, and his desire to bolster his appeal using the Media to create 'pumped up' false information about helping the returning G.I's. It is laughable that he even cares about anyone but himself, and getting re-elected!
    Just think of all the money being spent for this so-called upcoming 'election' which is probably already "Cut & Dried"! Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are wasting so much money on their bizarre campaign tactics, hatred toward each other, and the Media too is in on it.
    It is a "Smoke Screen" we are all running on 'Empty Promises', and false hopes! The whole damn mess is more than we can imagine, be ready for a 'Very Bumpy Ride"! It isn't over yet, this is just the beginning of even more pain. It is "The Shadow Image" just like the shadow housing inventory that is still swollen with REO's, foreclosures, and Short sale Homes waiting to hit the market. America has no idea what the real picture is! I have lost my home in this mess, and it is more painful than one can imagine. There is no end in sight!!
    Our town is losing its "Sears", the Goodwill is thriving, restaurants are closing, shops are closing, buildings are empty; housing that is 'sold' is being purchased by investors for Section 8 inhabitants.
    The Nightmare continues…

  29. VIJAYKUMAR says:


  30. This post is a bunch of crap. There's no way these number are accurate. I feel that the high numbers are at the top of the average, and not the REAL average. I'm still looking for work for over 13 months now and no one wants to hire veterans in my opinion. I think I've just given up and going to start robbing banks for a living. I heard it's a lucrative business now a days. (yes, I'm going back to school in health care) but still, where are these so called jobs at????

  31. Robd says:

    It's tough being a Vietnam era vet,spending 33 years of my life working for a local government,and then suddenly being thrown to the wolves.Where are the jobs and training Obama promised to us older vets? They must be in D.C.,because they are not around here.