Want a guaranteed job? Get used to being called doctor. And stay in school.
The top jobs with the lowest unemployment rates for 2012 include fields in areas from health care and finance, to social services and engineering -- and all require a lot of education and training.
"You look at these jobs, they are all high skilled, high education, and high experience," said Abraham Mosisa, an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Therefore, demand is generally high in all those areas."
On the other end of the spectrum are jobs in construction, sales, and transportation. Not only do many of these jobs require less formal training and education, but some - like telemarketing -- tend to have high rates of turnover, said Mosisa.
The BLS, which released the figures Friday, cautioned against using jobs with small sample sizes that could skew the results.
|Structural iron and steel workers||21.9%|
|Gaming cage workers*||24.7%|
|Communications equipment operators, all other*||24.8%|
|Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic*||25.8%|
|Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicans||26%|
|Reinforcing iron and rebar workers*||27%|
|Plasterers and stucco masons||30.5%|
|Conveyor operators and tenders*||33.6%|
|Manufactured building and mobile home installers*||35.5%|
|Solar photovoltaic installers*||35.7%|
|Roof bolters, mining*||36.6%|
|Forest and conservation workers*||38.4%|
|Media and communication equipment workers, all other*||43.5%|
|Astronomers and physicists||0.3%|
|Directors, religious activities and education||0.3%|
|Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers||0.4%|
|First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers||0.4%|
|First-line supervisors of correctional officers||0.6%|
|Physicians and surgeons||0.8%|
|Information security analysts||0.9%|
|Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners*||0.9%|
|Earth drillers, except oil and gas||0.9%|
|Appraisers and assessors of real estate||1%|
|Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents*||1%|
|Training and development managers||1.1%|