It’s a scary time for college graduates. Although the economy has improved recently, we are still in a recession and jobs are hard to come by.
In looking at industries, retail lost 45,000 jobs, finance lost 42,000 jobs, and manufacturing lost 207,000 jobs, signalling the largest one-month decline in over 25 years. Many college seniors are therefore considering graduate school, simply because there are not enough jobs.
Is there any hope?
Actually, yes. Two industries, healthcare and education, saw large increases in employment opportunities. Starting in January, the heathcare field has added 19,000 new jobs each month to the workforce and the education field has hired about 33,000 new employees over the same time period.
What exactly does a career in health mean? Well, it does not necessarily mean eight more years of school and a residency. Some of the most popular careers in this field right now are medical physicists, records and health information technicians, and personal or home health aides. These jobs are not expected to stop hiring any time soon; in fact, the number of working professionals in these fields is expected to increase by 50 percent by 2016. The healthcare field is a great industry for students who like helping others.
If healthcare isn’t for you, consider the education field. Careers in private education are growing rapidly. Both teachers and administrators are needed, and employees can earn up to $125,000 a year. That’s a very nice chunk of change, especially in this economy.
So if you are a college student and have been feeling dismal over your job search, try not to give up. The recession has to end eventually, and until then, consider a career in one of these thriving fields.