It only seems that every career is struggling during this recession. That’s not necessarily the case, though. There are several careers that are doing well, even as the economy continues to struggle.
I know this because I just turned in a newspaper story talking about these careers. See, there are some advantages — not many, but some — to being a freelance writer.
Some of today’s growing careers are not much of a surprise: There is a need for registered nurses, for instance. We’re living longer these days, so we need more medical care. Police officers and security personnel are in demand, too. You might expect that as the economy worsens, crime actually increases. People are desperate.
Then there are the computer analysts, financial advisers and court recorders. These careers are steady.
I was intrigued, though, to see that translators and interpreters are greatly in demand. It makes sense, though, if you think about it. Businesses, governments and non-profits are all seeking global business today. They need people who can speak the language — whatever language it happens to be — to help them nab this business.
The best place to learn about in-demand careers is by visiting the Web site of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Be warned, though: Don’t just enter a career because it’s hot. You have to like, or at least have the potential to like, what you’re doing if you really want to succeed at it. (At least that’s what I’ve heard, though I know a number of successful accountants and insurance salesmen who don’t seem to enjoy what they’re doing all that much.)