By Steven Dinnen
With the Australian economy in a tumble, and jobs there being shed by the thousands every week, research company, IBISWorld, estimated in a 2009 survey that one of the safest careers to latch onto was as a garbage collector! Good times or bad, humans generate tons of garbage. And it’s not a job for which a candidate would face loads of competition. Luckily (unless you love kangaroos), you need not move to Australia or spend your workday at the local dump to secure a safe job.
There are jobs aplenty in the United States – safe ones, at that. You just have to know where to look. I suspect that the garbage game in Buffalo, New York, is not much different from that in Brisbane. So, yes, being a garbage collector would be a safe domestic job choice. If, however, you chose to set your sights a bit higher, you might pick up a copy of The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets. Author Peter Schiff, a noted strategist and business commentator, believes that the U.S. economy is on shaky ground; nonetheless, In spite of that, Schiff believes that there are decent jobs to be had, both in blue- and white-collar sectors – among them: engineering and construction – fields needed to help rebuild America – and anything to do with computers, where the US remains a leader.
Schiff also points to energy (for which, as with Australian garbage, we seem to have an unwavering appetite) as a good career choice. Backed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Green Career Information Program” cites jobs in geothermal energy as safe bets. Other “green” jobs with a silver future include environmental remediation, sustainability, and recycling.
Although wind energy spotlights the dangers of relying too much upon the government for support, these jobs have also mushroomed in the past decade. A word of caution, however: With a federal production tax credit set to expire at year end, industry-tied companies in Florida, Iowa, and North Dakota have announced major cutbacks. One analysis estimates that half of 75,000 jobs created in wind energy could go away with loss of the credit.
Health care companies seem to have figured out a way to deal with government funding and have shown consistent gains. Nursing assistants are in constant demand with the need for qualified N.A.s growing rapidly, according to government estimates. Higher up the pay scale comes nursing, which has been a stalwart in this field and has provided great, secure jobs to three million men and women working as Registered Nurses. Stepping above nursing is the role of the Physician’s Assistant. The average pay for these folks is zeroing in on the 100k mark, and unlike physicians, their training and education regimen is not quite as drawn out.
Please bear in mind that “safe” jobs change over time, and he who is able to adapt will profit. Riveters were all the rage when America’s skyscrapers were rising in the early 20th Century. Then along came welded steel – and the need for riveters plunged. Suddenly, however, welders were in demand. So, whether your career path leads you to the garbage dump or to a windmill farm, to nursing or I/T, the future for safe jobs is bright!