The national unemployment rate keeps rising. In Dec. 2011 the rate stood at 5%. In Oct. 2011, the rate was 9% (see national unemployment rates for more information). We reported in our article "A Career in Law" that there was volatility of STEM jobs. When things get tough financially, the first place corporation look to make cuts is in the technical ranks. These positions pay the most and offer the largest savings in costs. Are you worried about your job security? What are you doing to keep your job, or to become the ideal candidate for those few open job opportunities? Are you getting more training, working longer hours, taking pay cots? Let us know.