A recent study polled a sample of employed Americans, show that 47 percent still feared for their jobs and had strong anxiety about whether or not they will lose them.
When the economy is thriving, job security is not a factor that many employees worry about, but when the economy is in a downturn, many people fear layoffs. In the hay days of job security, people were more concerned with jobs that allowed them upward mobility, creativity and innovation.
A recent study polled a sample of employed Americans, show that 47 percent still feared for their jobs and had strong anxiety about whether or not they will lose them. This anxiety has grown to such high proportions that there are even websites devoted to calculating how likely you are to be laid off.
Stop worrying about job security today. The best way to secure a job is to have a degree in your chosen field. Truthfully, any degree is better than no degree at all. Employers also favor applicants who are willing to return to school to earn a graduate degree or a professional certification. Although no degree can guarantee you a job in today’s market, there are careers that promise job security.
1. Teacher: The education sector has always faired well in times of economic strain. Public school teachers must earn a bachelor's degree and attend an approved teaching program in order to attain a license. Teachers with an emphasis in mathematics, science and bilingual education will have a higher chance of gaining employment. Many states now allow teachers to obtain their license after getting a bachelor's degree in a different field.
2. Accountant: With more businesses under scrutiny for inaccurate representation of company finances, accountants are needed to balance these faulty budgets. Being employed at a government agency offers job security for applicants with an accounting degree. Most accountants need a bachelor's degree in accounting to get an entry-level job, but if you want to advance in your career, becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a great choice.
3. Registered Nurse: Nurses make up 60% of the healthcare market. A bachelor's degree and an associate's degree are both acceptable degrees to obtain before becoming a licensed registered nurse (RN). Advanced practice nurses need to have a masters degree in order to gain employment in their field.
4. College Professor: Opportunities are best for part-time or non-tenure positions. Job prospects are highest for Ph.D. holders. Many professors find this profession stimulating because they get to teach to (hopefully) enthusiastic students.
5. Federal Judge: This is one of the most prestigious jobs in America. A federal judge is required to hold a law degree. They works in the United State Supreme Court, circuit courts and district courts.
6. Environmental Engineer: With green businesses sprouting up across the country, environmental engineers are in high demand. A bachelor's degree is usually sufficient for an entry-level job. However, an advanced degree is required for specialized research.
7. Pharmacist: The booming healthcare industry calls for pharmacists to administer drugs and to consult with physicians to determine the appropriate dosage for the patient. After earning a bachelor's degree, a Pharm. D. must be obtained before going on to pursue a license.
8. Truck Driver: One of the largest occupations, truck driving will remain a stable career because of the simple fact that almost every product in the US is transported on a truck at some point. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is necessary and can be earned at many vocational and trade schools across the country.
9. Telecommunications Expert: In today’s linked in society, telecommunication experts are needed to understand the complex connections. A high school diploma in combination with on-the-job training is usually sufficient for this position, but some choose to earn their associate's degree in a technical field. For managerial positions, a maintenance or installation job, a college degree is required.
10. Customer Service Representative: Any company with a clientele needs customer service representatives. They are the voice of the company and help dispute issues. In the past, the minimum educational requirement was a high school diploma, but as employers increasingly seek a more skilled workforce, an associate's or bachelor's degree may be required.