Career Guide 2005
A brightening labor market could make this the time to look for a new job
So education. And healthcare. And technology. And when they intersect, you've hit the trifecta, as did Ed Martinez. Last August, he moved from New Jersey with his wife for a job as chief information officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, a nationally renowned research and treatment facility in Tampa. The job entails running a staff of 145 people to meet all the technology needs of a faculty and staff on the cutting edge of fighting cancer.
Those needs are unique, says Martinez, 40, who has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
For example, before the 1990s, most information at a typical medical facility was on paper or film. Now, with digital picture archiving systems, doctors can view X-rays seconds after they're taken and share them with specialists around the country within minutes. "As CIO, I'm always looking at how we can help the patient and improve the quality of care," says Martinez.
He's uncomfortable about divulging his own salary but will say that a proven CIO at an academic medical facility could be worth well over $200,000 a year. Now that's a job worth moving for.
The states that led the nation in creating new jobs in 2003 and 2004:
STATE JOB GROWTH
New Jersey 98,000
North Carolina 55,900
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics