With the news full of depressing stories of failing businesses, banks and factories – often with job losses numbering in the tens of thousands – it’s surprising to find that a number of careers are thriving at this time. While it might be too late for some to change the career path they’ve chosen in life many of us will find opportunities in industries we have never considered before. The following careers are showing vibrant growth despite the dire economic times. Not only does it provide a helpful primer for those looking to explore more secure career options but it provides an interesting snapshot of modern society as many of these fields exemplify goods and services that, even in the depths of a recession, our society cannot do without.
Back it the global depression of the 1920s a certain allure arose in impoverished America about the attractiveness of a ‘government job’. While in the past few decades working for the civil service has become occasionally and falsely maligned as a refuge for people who want to ‘work little and accomplish less’ in the name of career security, every country big and small depends on the continued efforts of it’s civil service. Jobs in almost every sector of civil service are growing. Postal clerks, school bus drivers, policemen, firemen, corrections officers, court stenographers, police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers and even librarians are seeing growing demand to fill numerous positions. When you factor in the numerous government employment benefits that accompany these highly secure and crucial positions you can see where the allure of a government job came from.
Our entire world is now dependent on the relatively recent invention, the computer. From airlines to universities, theme parks to the IRS there is hardly a single industry or organization that in some way shape or form does not rely on computers in almost every facet of it’s business. As time and technology advances those people who maintain these integral machines are becoming more and more highly valued. Despite the importance and relatively high salaries America’s leading manufacturer of network computers, CISCO Systems, estimates that by 2012 there will be a nation-wide shortage of over 600,000 network administrators!
When you factor in the growing need for computer specialists in hospitals, public schools, banking, investing, entertainment, public safety and hospitality there’s never been a better time to get in to computing as a career.
As many people begin to consider new directions in life and career there is an equally expanding need for teachers and instructors to educate them. While working at a high school may not be your idea of a desirous career consider that many education jobs that are in demand nowadays are outside the public sector, and mostly deal with adults not children. vocational teachers, job and social counselors, adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers are all in demand in addition to kindergarten, elementary and high school teachers.
TECHNICIANS and MECHANICS
Just as our modern life is tied to computers so are we dependent on the machines that do work for us. Skilled mechanics and technicians are in demand as never before, as tough economic times force individuals and companies to repair, rather than replace crucial equipment. Technicians with skills in the water and power utilities will always be high in demand but a job equally as crucial to maintaining the American lifestyle is the automotive mechanic, with available positions popping up in almost every city in the country.
“At least you have your health!” says the old maxim, but who is going to help you keep it? In good times or bad people will always need medical care and that is no more true than today with medical assistant and nurse jobs topping most listings of in demand careers. Pretty much any role you can find to play in a hospital, from x-ray equipment technician to brain surgeon you will find a strong demand. Therapists, dentists, even accountants and medical record librarians are all seeing a wealth of openings in what are relatively highly-paid positions.