The recession has left the US economy in a bad condition. Though the US Government declared that the economic meltdown officially ended in 2008, many are still reeling from the after effects. Many companies have closed and scores of workers are struggling for employment.
Just recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report for June 2012 saying that unemployment in the country is still high at 8.5 percent. It has been tens of months since the unemployment rate went above 8 percent, and though recovery is possible, it looks like the country still has a long way to go. However, recent research has revealed that there are six occupations that not only provide substantial paychecks, but also higher employment prospects compared to other professions. Here is the list:
Actuaries are professionals who provide clients with unbiased assessments about their financial status and present them with options to improve their financial security if and when the unexpected happens, like natural disaster or fire. This job also involves risk calculations and impact projections that can help minimize financial losses. Actuaries are mainly employed by insurance companies but their skills are also used in many sectors, especially in government, finance, and banking. People who want to become actuaries must have a bachelor’s degree at the very least and considerable analytical, valuation, and financial assessment skills.
2. IT security consultant
As the title suggests, an IT security consultant is someone who deals with the protection and security of the employer’s computer systems and network. This includes strengthening the security systems that contain company files and other vital information. Typically, a person with a degree in software engineering or computer science is reserved for this position. However, many companies may also consider those who do not even have a degree in the same field, but have certifications from IT companies like Cisco or Microsoft.
3. Physician assistant
Physician assistants go wherever doctors go and do many of the basic tasks that doctors would otherwise have to do. These assistants manage important tasks like checking a patients’ vital signs, performing basic medical procedures, and administering certain drugs. Many physician assistants, however, have a strong medical background and have worked as paramedics, nurses, or medical technologists before. The increasing demand for effective yet cost efficient healthcare workers will have a positive impact on the physician assistant profession.
4. Biomedical engineer
The field of biomedical engineering is getting bigger and so is the need for more biomedical engineers. A biomedical engineer seeks to enhance the quality of clinical medicine by doing research and experimentation into new medical approaches and methodologies. They help design and produce medical equipment and instruments, artificial organs, and limbs. An aspiring biomedical engineer must have extensive knowledge in the fields of physics, biology, mathematics and engineering.
5. Financial planner
Many people want to have a stable and secure financial future, but do not know where to start when it comes to planning the management of their income and assets. Financial planners help clients gain financial stability into the future by guiding them towards suitable investments, funds, and other financial products they may use. Financial planners explain to their clients the benefits and the risks of investing, ensuring that they understand the possibilities, both good and bad. Financial planning is a regulated career and one must be accredited as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) before he or she can practice in the profession.