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The New Economy

Need a job? This week's top 10 intriguing openings.

By Taylor Barnes / August 13, 2009

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The news on the employment front is perking up, just slowly — the US lost fewer jobs in July than in June, and the unemployment rate dropped slightly.

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But we know more progress needs to be made. That’s why each week Monitor staffers comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Cedar Rapids, Neb.; Atlanta; Fairbanks, Alaska; Los Angeles; New York; Cranston, R.I.; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Tampa, Fla.

Got good taste? We have a job for you.

1. Head cowboy
Employer: Big Drive Cattle
Wages/salary: $40,000 to $50,000
Details: Have total control of cowboy side of the feed yard. (For more information click here.)
Location: Cedar Rapids, Neb., (pop. 348, median family income $32,708) frustrated when letters, salesmen, and cattle kept ending up in a town with the same name in Iowa, made caps and shirts that read, “Yes – There is a Cedar Rapids, Nebraska.”

2. Country music college marketing representative
Employer: Sony Music Entertainment
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Organize listening events and interact closely with record stores. Must include in cover letter most recent music purchased and concerts attended. (For more information click here.)
Location: Atlanta (pop. 416,474, median family income $37,231) has 32 streets with the name “Peachtree.”

3. Dog sweaters pattern designer
Employer: Freelance
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Design novel and stylish dog sweaters for an e-book on how to knit dog sweaters. (For more information click here.)
Location: N/A

4. Candy insights manager
Employer: Cadbury
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Develop an ongoing program of market research to inform, develop, and support the brand. (For more information click here.)
Location: Not listed.

5. Insect collection manager
Employer: University of Alaska
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Manage rapidly growing collection of non-marine arthropods from northwestern North America, which has one of the United States' most poorly documented, geographically widespread, and bio-geographically complex arthropod faunas. (For more information click here.)
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, (pop. 30,224, median family income $46,785) lies between two mountain ranges, which causes near-desert conditions – it gets less than 10 inches of precipitation per year.

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