Careers with the most job security — and the education to get you there
Is the concept of job security dead? The world’s rapidly evolving technology, coupled with the uncertainty brought upon by the pandemic, has made many people question that notion.
Technology has made some jobs obsolete. COVID-19 has pulled a rug out from under our feet, disrupting or shuttering businesses across the globe and rendering thousands of people out of a job.
The World Bank notes that job displacements can come with significant economic, social and psychological consequences. This includes long-lasting effects on the employment, earnings, and income prospects of laid-off workers.
“Many displaced workers experience extended spells of unemployment, and once they find new jobs, they tend to suffer significant and long-lasting earnings reductions,” they said.
They add that even before the pandemic, a significant number of jobs were already being lost each year due to fluctuations in the economy or advances in technology.
For those looking to carve themselves a career in an area that could provide some form of job security, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics offers some guidance. For those in the US who are looking for a job or wish to explore a new career path, here are some jobs that could offer some form of job security, according to BLS’s data:
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
NPs are among the fastest-growing industries — it is projected to grow by 52.4% through 2029.
According to nurse.org, an NP is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) that has earned either a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). They have more authority than Registered Nurses and have similar responsibilities to that of a doctor.
We use the works of software developers every day — from the apps on our mobile phones to the games we play on our computers.
The BLS notes that software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.
You can become a software developer with a bachelor’s, but a master’s in a related field could also put you in good stead.
Do you love animals? Becoming a veterinarian could offer good job prospects.
According to reports, animal shelters have seen an uptick in people adopting pets during the pandemic. This means experts in caring for your furry four-legged friend will be in demand.
BLS notes that employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, and may find work in private clinics and hospitals.
Substance abuse, behavioural disorder, and mental health counsellors
If you are passionate about advising and providing treatment to people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other mental or behavioural problems, this role is for you.
Employment in this field is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
They can find employment across various settings, including at mental health centres, community health centres, prisons, and private practice.
Depending on your role, you may only need a bachelor’s. To become a licensed mental health counsellor, you’ll need a master’s in counselling or a related degree and fulfil state licensing requirements.
Medical and health services managers
“Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers. Most medical and health services managers work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices,” notes the BLS.
Many professionals in the field have at least a bachelor’s before entering the field, but master’s degrees also are common. A useful undergraduate degree could include healthcare management.
You could also further your studies in an area that complements your career, such as an MBA in healthcare management, for example.