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Which Jobs Have the Highest Employment Rates?


These days employment, or lack thereof, is at the top of many people’s minds. And with the unemployment rate already at 7.6 percent as of January 2009, the latest info out from the Federal Reserve will not help to calm anyone’s nerves.

in demand professions

Tired of searching for jobs and not getting a response? Consider looking into some of the in-demand professions that follow.

According to Federal Reserve policymakers, the unemployment rate will remain “elevated through at least the end of 2011.” By the end of 2009, they say, unemployment will range from 8.5 percent to 8.8 percent, then drop to between 8 percent to 8.3 percent at the end of 2010.

That said, knowing which job markets are currently the most prosperous, at least in terms of employment rates, can be invaluable if you’re looking for work.

Jobs With the Highest U.S. Employment Rates

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor, the following occupations were among those with the highest U.S. employment in 2007 (the most recent year for which data is available):

  • Retail salespersons

  • Cashiers

  • General office clerks

  • Combined food preparation and serving workers

  • Registered nurses

In terms of industry, BLS reported that the following were among the largest in terms of employment:

  • Office and administrative support

  • Sales and related occupations

  • Food preparation and serving-related occupations

  • Production occupations

  • Transportation and material moving occupations

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Considering how much of your life will be spent working, it’s important to not only find a prosperous job, but also one you love. Fortunately, the job market itself may not be as dismal as the projections make it sound, as there are quite a few career options that are in demand, or will be in a few years. According to Romy LeClaire Loran in a Yahoo HotJobs article, some of the top such choices include:

  1. Accountant: They’ll be needed to keep up with ever-changing tax laws and new businesses (average 2007 salary $63,180).

  1. Computer Software Engineer: Countless businesses are depending on computer software to make things quicker and more efficient (average 2007 salary $85,660).

  1. Dental Hygienist: Dentist rely on hygienists for cleaning, X-rays and preventive care, and many work part-time with flexible hours (average 2007 salary $64,910).

  1. Elementary Teacher: If you enjoy kids and education, being a teacher may be ideal for you (average 2007 salary $50,040).

  1. Environmental Science and Protection Technician: Help businesses and governments go “green” by finding ways to help alleviate environmental pollution (average 2007 salary $42,190).

  1. Nurse: The population is aging, so nurses are in high demand in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and nursing homes (average 2007 salary $62,480).

  1. Personal Finance Advisor: Help people make financial decisions about their investments and retirement; it’s a rapidly growing profession (average 2007 salary $89,220).

  1. Physical Therapist Assistant: Increasing numbers of people are seeking treatment for injuries and conditions such as arthritis. A physical therapist assistant can help treat patients in need with an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program (average 2007 salary $44,340).

  1. Skin Care Specialist (or Estheticians): Provide facials, body treatments and make-up advice for people interested in caring for their skin (an ever-growing group of the population) (average 2007 wage $30,600).

  1. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor: These in-demand specialists help people overcome problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating disorders, etc. (average 2007 salary $37,830).

  1. Veterinary Technologist and Technician: Like a nurse of the animal world, veterinary techs can work in a veterinary office, aquarium, zoo or other animal-related locale, and the profession is growing quickly (average 2007 salary $28,920).

If money is on the top of your mind, meanwhile, BLS reported that the highest paying occupations as of 2007 included:

  • Physician specialists

  • Dentist specialists

  • Chief executives

Those at the bottom of the list salary-wise were dishwashers, fast-food cooks and food preparation and serving workers.

Is There an Alternative to Employment?

Yes! Millions of Americans are controlling their own destinies by going into business for themselves. Not only has it been said that the health of the economy depends on the success of entrepreneurs, but starting your own business can make you wealthier, and happier, than you’ve ever been before.

Before you jump in, though, make sure you’re ready by reading through these 10 tips every entrepreneur needs to succeed.

Recommended Reading

Unemployment Rates are Skyrocketing: How to Find a Recession-Proof Job You Actually Love

The Average Salary in the United States for 20 Common Jobs & How to Quickly Find Any Average Salary for Any Position


USA Today February 18, 2009

Yahoo HotJobs: Wanted: You! 10 Jobs Where Employers Come Looking For You

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages News Release May 9, 2008

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