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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 1999

Online job listings still have a decidedly high-tech flavor, but did somebody say McDonald's?

The fast-food chain has more than 300 jobs listed on Monster.com, including for crew members and manager trainees in the Tampa district, which extends as far as Orlando.

A random check of another job site, CareerMosaic.com, however, showed that non-tech jobs are still relatively sparse.

A search for "carpenter" under job description produced 50 hits, but only one actual carpenter's job and it was in Antigua. It also brought up jobs at the Carpenter Co. and, inexplicably, more than 40 at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, such as metric specialist, that had no reference to carpentry.

Fourteen hits under "teacher" included a listing for a kindergarten teacher in Ohio, one for a director of educational technology in Los Angeles -- and a staff engineer for the South Florida Water Management District. A staff engineer? Check the description:

"You never had a teacher like this. South Florida Water Management District, a world-recognized leader in natural resource protection and Florida's largest ecosystem, manages water resources -- balancing the needs of present and future generations. Discover a different type of homework."

Plumber produced one listing, an opening in Massachusetts. Bricklayers? Sorry, no listings.

Check computer programers, on the other hand, and more than 500 listings popped up. Management also had a heavy presence, with more than 500 listings.

A Tampa Bay area resident searching a site such as CareerMosaic.com will find mostly jobs that would require relocating. But a search found 199 jobs that listed a Tampa location and 125 in St. Petersburg.

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