If you’ve been hit by the massive unemployment wave that has swept the nation and looking for a new career, or if you’re heading off to college for the first time, it pays to know which jobs can survive a recession. Going to school is a major commitment and you’ll want it to pay off! If you’ve been searching for a new path, here are ten careers that are virtually recession proof:
Mental Health Counselor
If you’ve got an empathetic ear and a knack for helping people, becoming a mental health counselor may be the perfect career path. You can expect to make close to $40,000 a year as a counselor and the projected growth through 2016 is 30 percent.
Forensic Science Technician
If you’ve ever had a job that was portrayed on television, you know how overly dramatized it can be. While being a forensic science technician won’t be as exciting as you see on “CSI,” it’s still a great job. With a projected growth of 31 percent and a median salary of just over $48,000, it’s nothing to scoff at.
You can expect to make just about $60,000 per year cleaning people’s teeth. If you have a love of oral hygiene and a desire to educate people, becoming a dental hygienist might be right up your alley. The expected growth rate for the career is 30 percent through 2016.
Do you have a keen eye for facts and figures? Do you want to help people make the same great investment decisions that you’ve made? Consider a career as a financial analyst. The yearly salary hovers just above $75,000 and the expected growth rate is 34 percent.
Skin Care Specialist
You won’t get rich making other people’s skin glow, but you will enjoy job security! A skin care specialist can find work in medical facilities and spas, providing skin treatments for the masses. The projected growth rate is 34 percent and the median salary is just under $30,000 a year.
You’ll have to decide if you can stand to spend seven years in college but if you can, becoming a veterinarian can be extremely rewarding. You’ll make close to $80,000 a year as a vet and can reasonably expect to make more depending on where you practice. There will be a need for veterinarians through 2016; the projected growth rate is 28 percent.
Computer Software Engineer
With a salary close to $90K per year and a projected growth of 28 percent, this is the career field to get into! If you love to tinker on the keyboard and are interested in the way computers work, you’ll find the career very interesting.
A database administrator works for companies and helps them organize their data. The growth rate sits at 29 percent for this career and the median salary is $67,000. That’s not too shabby compared to what you’re making now!
Home Health Care Aide
As our population ages, there is a greater need for home health care aides. The growth rate is exceptional at 51 percent, but the salary leaves something to be desired: just under $20,000 a year. If you have a sharp mind for business, you may want to turn this degree into your own company!
For some reason, people have given up makeup artistry as a career path. The job growth is expected to be 40 percent through 2016 and the salary sits at just above $35,000. If you have an interest in makeup and performance, combine them into one amazing career.
Whether you’re returning to school or heading there for the first time, choosing the right major is essential. Pick any one of these ten careers and you’ll be heading down a path that leads to job satisfaction and security. You really can’t ask for more!
Christine Jensen is a business writer trying to earn an online mba degree in her spare time.