Since 2008, when the bottom fell out, there’s been an ongoing panic about work. Either you were fired, terrified of finding work, or you have a job but you’re terrified of losing it. Or perhaps you’re still in college and panicked you’re studying the wrong thing.
Listening to news reports about our economy can send even a semi-self-confident person into a corner babbling and wringing their hands. If you are insecure, you’ve probably crawled under your sheets and plan to stay there. This list is an attempt to help sufferers like you pull yourselves together and use common sense. There are careers to pursue. Remind yourself that Breaking Bad is just a TV show. You don’t have to become a drug dealer to get your bills paid.
The trick to getting a job that you wont age out of is to pick the right field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs are thriving. In 2008, when everything went zooming downhill, there were still more than 14 million healthcare jobs. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 18 million. There are a number of jobs to look into, including medical assistant, travel nurse, and home care aide. Here are a few health-related jobs you might want to consider:
1. Patient Health Educator: This job title covers anything that helps to spread the word about health and wellness to hospitals, schools, private organizations. Health educators work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, nonprofits, doctors offices, private businesses, and colleges. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 37% increase and the average pay is $46K. It requires a bachelors degree, and a Certified Health Education Specialist degree is a plus.
2. Physical Therapist: Youll help people with injuries or illnesses by working with them to improve their movement and teach them ways of managing pain. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 39% increase and the average pay is $76K. It requires a doctoral or professional degree in physical therapy and you must be licensed.
3. Personal Trainer: As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 24% increase and the average pay is $31K. The education and training requirements for fitness trainers and instructors vary, but having certification in one area increases your chances for employment.
4. Dietician or Nutritionist: You will advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 20% increase and the average pay is $53K. It requires a bachelors degree. In some states youll need to be licensed, and experience with supervised training is a plus.
5. Pharmacist: You’ll dispense prescription meds and advise on their safety. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 25% increase and the average pay is $112K. It requires a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), which is a four-year professional degree. You must also get a license, which means passing two exams. The salary makes it worth the education, though. Disclaimer: this is not the job for anybody trying to stay sober. Too much temptation for a drug addict.
Computer job ops will continue to grow, and fast. Every time technology changes like every two minutes new jobs are created. Here are some of the best job slots to pursue:
6. Software Developers: Like writing code? Then this is a job for you. Youll be the creative mind behind computer programs. You’ll get to create applications for specific tasks, develop whole systems, or control networks. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 30% increase and the average pay is $90K. It requires strong computer-programming skills (duh). Having a bachelors degree in computer science is a huge plus.
7. Configuration Manager, IT: Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for day-to-day operation of computer networks. You’ll organize, install and support data communication systems. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 28% increase and the average pay is $70K. It requires a bachelors degree, and some positions require an additional associates degree or certification. Related work experience gives you an advantage.
The field of money and business will always have room for smart peeps.
8. Accountants and Auditors: Youll prepare and examine financial records, making sure they are accurate and submitted on time. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 16% increase and the average pay is $62K. It requires a bachelors degree in accounting or a related field. If you’re also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you have a huge advantage.
9. Personal Financial Advisor: Youll give financial advice to people. Youll advise clients on how best to invest their money, handle taxes, and make educated insurance decisions. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 32% increase and the average pay is $65K. It requires a bachelors degree. Master’s degree and certification are huge pluses.
Whenever somebody claims they’re a writer, it is easy to assume theyre really a waiter, but that isn’t always the case. There are some writers that actually make money. With writing, it never matters how old you are, just as long as you produce. Here are a few writing careers to research: ghostwriter, online content marketing writer and grant writer. The safest bet for a scribe is:
10. Technical Writer: Youll take complicated information and put it together in easy-to-understand language. Somebody has to write all of those manuals for your DVD player, camera, computer, GPS and mobile phone. The job outlook from now until 2020 is a 17% increase and the average pay is $63K. It requires a college degree and experience with a technical subject like computer science, web design or engineering.
So get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.