Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Marty Nemko's career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on and the Working it Out column on In his 26th year as a career and education coach, Marty Nemko has served 4,400 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  Those and his 2,000+ (!) articles on career and other issues inform his radio program. Those articles are archived free on

Marty Nemko has been a repeat guest on many major programs including NPR's Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.



Wed July 9, 2014
cosmetology careers

Careers in Hair, Makeup, and Skin Care

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports fast growth in cosmetology careers, especially in skin care---all those aging boomers trying to defy time.

On the July 13, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and I interview Petra Schontges, cosmetology instructor at Laney College. And Petra will, for fun, try out various lotions and potions on both of us. It should, indeed be fun.

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Wed June 25, 2014
energy jobs

Where Are the Energy Jobs Today and Tomorrow?

On the June 29, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, the main topic: today's and tomorrow's energy jobs. I'll discuss that with California Institute for Energy and Environment Co-Director, Merwin Brown.

Plus, as usual, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I can usually help you take at least a baby step forward.

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Wed June 11, 2014
employment drug testing

Is it Ever Appropriate for Employers to Drug-Test Employees?

On the June 15, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Many people accept that employers have the right to drug-test employees and prospective employees. But there are two sides to the issue.

My wife, Barbara Nemko, and I will do a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate. In the first half of the debate, I'll argue that employers--with some limitations--should have that right. In the middle of the debate, I'll take the position that employers don't have that right, ever.

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Wed May 28, 2014
stress management

Is Work or Home More Stressful?


NPR recently reported that people are more stressed at home than at work. On the June 1, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I invite you to call in to share your experiences. In between, I'll offer my favorite new career tips plus take your call-in work questions. I usually can help.

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Thu April 24, 2014
interviewing, journalism careers

What's It Like to be an Interviewer...of Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, etc.

On the May 18, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with C-Span's veteran interviewer, Brian Lamb, author of the new book: Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories from C-SPAN's Q&A and Booknotes.

Yes, we'll discuss his career as an interviewer and the art of interviewing,  but also what he's learned from interviewing some of the world's most interesting people, from Isabel Wilkerson to Christopher Hitchens, Michael Lewis to Malcolm Gladwell to Charles Krauthammer.

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