For the past several years, the United States economy has been held hostage by a recession that has left 14.6 million Americans jobless. Nearly every sector of every industry has fallen victim to this indiscriminate downturn which economists predict will keep the national unemployment rate hovering around 7 percent or above through 2012 – it is currently at 9.5 percent. With bills to pay and mouths to feed, many of the unemployed have opted out of searching for a new opportunity in their present field, and are testing the waters of careers offering more stability and security.
Every job certainly carries risk, but a handful of professions have earned the reputation of offering a solid amount of security.
Registered Nurse. The bottom line is, recession or not, people will always get sick. In June, health care employment gained 9,000 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with an increase of 217,000 positions over the past 12 months. As Baby Boomers age, the need for Registered Nurses will continue to grow as their health care needs place demands on the nation’s medical resources.
Government Accountant. As the government places a more intensely watchful eye on Wall Street and other big businesses, the need for industry accountants will increase. Relmod Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, expects steady hiring over the next five years or so.
Federal Judge. So it may not be the easiest of career jumps, and odds are the majority of us will not become Federal Judges, but considering the job brings with it lifetime tenure, it does earn a spot on the “secure jobs” list. Not all judges are awarded such stability. Most are appointed to renewable terms of four to six years. Those who do earn a spot in the Federal arena have proven themselves as the best and brightest.
College Professor. There has been a recent trend of colleges and universities hiring for limited-term or adjunct faculty, but for those who earn a full-time position on the tenure track, job security is almost a given. Most institutions require a doctorate in your field of study to pursue the tenure option.
Public-School Teacher. As in the higher education arena, educators in the public-school sector are given the gift of tenure, which requires their employer provide just cause and due process in the case of a firing. Tenure is usually granted after a few years of teaching and most states carry tenure laws to protect teachers. Secondary-school teachers are currently in the highest demand, especially those with degrees in math, science, and special education.
Truck Driver. One of the largest groups, truck drivers and driver/sales workers, encompass 3.2 million of the country’s workforce. This includes the many trucks on the road carrying goods from coast to coast and drivers with more localized routes and destinations. Job security is most prevalent for individuals with more skilled levels of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) required for many driving positions and for those working in industries least likely to be affected by the economic downturn, such as grocery stores.
Lisa Tortorello has been a Director of Public Relations and Marketing within a large East Coast health care system for more than 11 years. She has an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication.