Best careers to have in a recession
We took the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of 30 occupations expected to grow fastest over the next decade, then asked compensation experts PayScale to identify the 10 white-collar jobs among them with the best combination of high pay and high security.
|JOB||GROWTH RATE||GROWTH* MEDIAN COMP||WHY IT’S SECURE|
|Financial adviser||41%||$74,000||As boomers retire, they’ll need financial hand-holding.|
|Software program manager||29%||$103,000||Someone has to prevent complex systems from going kerflooey.|
|Database administrator||29%||$77,000||See above. It’s good to be a computer nerd.|
|Physical therapist||27%||$67,000||The baby boomers’ backs and knees aren’t getting any younger.|
|Physician assistant||27%||$84,000||Managed-care companies love PAs: They’re cheaper than docs.|
|Environmental specialist||25%||$53,000||Ever heard of global warming?|
|Hydrologist||24%||$59,600||Water is in short supply. People get thirsty. Enough said.|
|College professor||23%||$79,000||It’s Econ 101: Demand for schooling is growing.|
|Certified public accountant||18%||$64,000||Thank complex tax codes and audit-hungry regulators.|
|Teacher||12%||$48,000||Try to get fired from this union job. Just try.|
Note* Projected growth in jobs between 2006 and 2016. Sources: BLS data, PayScale.com.
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