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HOT JOBS PROFILE: Professional Services

Professional Services are inclusive of many types of positions. From major corporations to independent businesses, every operation needs skilled administrators in order to succeed. Motivated, organized personalities will thrive in business, where environments are often high-powered and fast-paced. Knowing how to deal with stress will help you keep your cool—and keep your business in the black.


Information Technology

Careers in information technology deal with the design, creation, management and maintenance of the varied components of the system, including software, hardware, networks, systems integration and multimedia. Broadly, information technology can be divided into four central pathways: network systems, information support and services, programming and software development, and web and digital communication.

jack_wierzbicki_it2.jpgSystems Administrator

$30 – $35/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Remotely answering calls and providing tech support.
  • Installing network software.
  • Servicing a help desk.

Career Path

  • Received a bachelors in Information Science.
  • Completed additional certification training.
  • Continues to stay up-to-date on technology and system advancements.

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Accountant

An accountant is a practitioner of accounting or accountancy, which is the measurement, disclosure or provision of assurance about financial information that helps managers, investors, tax authorities and others make decisions about allocating resource(s).

ivy_cook_operations_manager2.jpgRegional Controller

$20 – $30/hour (average entry level wage)

Daily Tasks

  • Taking care of all accounting for Carmeuse in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Keeping track of budgeting and spending; keeping the region within their spending constraints.

Career Path

  • Started schooling at Alpena Community College then pursued bachelors in accounting at Lake Superior State University.
  • Started as a plant accountant at Carmeuse, then worked her way up to the role of Regional Controller.

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    Finance

    dan_elliott_finance2.jpgInsurance Sales Agent

    $30 – $40/hour (average entry level wage)

    Daily Tasks

    • Work on the sales side of the insurance company; meeting with clients and reviewing policies.
    • Managing the sales team.
    • Traveling, meeting with clients, making new sales.

    Career Path

    • Went into insurance specifically at Diebold because it's a family owned business.
    • Grew up in Northern Michigan and didn't want to leave.
    • Has become very successful in the insurance industry.

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