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. His career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and inm 2011 and 2012  The Big Idea in's Innovations section and Working it Out on In his 26th year as a career and education coach, he has served 4,000 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, and two books in 2012, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 reinventions for a better America.  Those and his 1,000+ articles on career and other issues inform his show. Those articles are archived free on

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



Wed October 10, 2012

What Is it Really Like to be a Real Estate Agent Today and Tomorrow (airs 12/16/12)

A career in real estate is attractive to many people because of low barriers to entry, high potential income, and the pleasure of buying and selling homes.

Alas, the reality isn't that simple today, and especially tomorrow. But I'll talk with a guy who's the savviest and straightest-shooting real estate broker I know: George Mantor.  I really think it's going to be a fascinating and helpful interview.

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Tue September 25, 2012

A Debate: Is the Americans with Disabilities Act a Net Positive for the Workplace and for Society?

On the Nov. 18, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a debate: Is the Americans with Disabilities Act a net positive for the workplace and for society?

Taking the affirmative side will be top disabilities advocate, who has argued before the Supreme Court, Claudia Center. She'll be debating libertarian Cato Institute senior fellow who also runs, Walter Olson.

In the 2nd half of the show, I'll do three-minute career makeovers on callers.

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Sun September 23, 2012

My Top 38 Slacker Jobs

Looks like he might like a kick-back job

For many people, the holy grail of work is not money, status, or power but a laid-back life. Are there not-obvious ways to make money that are kick-back?

On the Sep. 30, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll share 38 of em: one example: that's timely for the political season: political sign placer and remover. 

Plus, whether you're a slacker or not, you can call in for a three-minute career makeover. 

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Tue August 14, 2012
upcoming show, Work with Marty Nemko

Three Engineers, No Degree (airs Oct. 28, 2012)

Engineering is one of today's few fields with a good job market. But the long, hard degree requirements are daunting. The good news is that more than a few successful engineers, or at least people who do engineering, don't have a degree. On the Oct. 28, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with three of them.

And as usual, you can call in for a three-minute career makeover, a WorkOver.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7 FM, KALW, San Francisco.

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Mon August 13, 2012
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The Art of Ethical Selling in 2013 and Beyond (airs 10/21/12)

I hate being sold to but recent reports are that, alas, sales is one of the few growing occupations. So I thought it only right that I devote a segment of one edition of Work with Marty Nemko to the art of ethical selling. That will be Oct 21, 2012 at 11 am.

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