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Careers with Job Security

Job security is an important factor to consider when choosing a career path, as it provides income and stability for individuals and families. We discuss a handful of careers that are more secure than other positions.

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Career Options with Job Security

A good indicator of job security could be current unemployment rates for a particular career, as well as the potential for growth in the field. Below, we look at several jobs in different fields that have low unemployment rates and/or high expected growth rates.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Dental Hygienists $72,910 19%
Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers $66,360 -2% (Decline)
Information Security Analysts $92,600 18%
Biomedical Engineers $85,620 23%
Postal Service Mail Carriers $58,110 -26% (Decline)
Veterinarians $88,770 9%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Careers with Job Security

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists have a much faster than average expected job growth rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field should offer a secure position as the demand for preventative oral healthcare grows. These professionals remove tartar from teeth, take x-rays and report any findings or trouble areas to the dentist. They also teach patients how to improve their oral care and document any care the patient receives. Dental hygienists need a state license and an associate's degree.

Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers have an extremely low rate of unemployment, and therefore, once you enter this profession you are likely to keep your job as long as you want it. These workers may oversee and manage agricultural establishments that raise livestock, crops and more. This involves purchasing and maintaining farming equipment, supervising all activities and operations, tracking finances and selling their products. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers usually have extensive work experience and a high school diploma.

Information Security Analysts

With the growing concern of cyberattacks and the need to secure more and more data digitally, a job as an information security analyst is predicted to be secure. These professionals monitor networks for breaches, research and install new software and other measures to protect data and develop security standards for an organization. They may also test these measures through simulations, and document any findings or any security breaches that occur in detailed reports. Information security analysts need at least a bachelor's degree.

Biomedical Engineers

A career as a biomedical engineer is expected to be secure with a high expected growth rate due to the need for new technology in the field of medicine. These engineers specialize in applying engineering to the healthcare field in order to create medical devices and equipment to improve patient care. They design equipment, install and repair equipment and train healthcare workers how to use the equipment. Biomedical engineers need at least a bachelor's degree, which is most helpful if it is in the field of bioengineering or biomedical engineering.

Postal Service Mail Carriers

Postal service mail carriers have a relatively high expected rate of decline in future positions, likely due to the popularity and growth of digital communication. However, the unemployment rate for these workers is low, and therefore, most mail carriers are able to keep their job. Mail carriers work locally to sort and deliver letters and packages to homes and businesses. They may walk and/or drive a mail truck to deliver their mail, and are also available to answer questions for customers. Postal service mail carriers need a high school diploma, and must pass a written exam.

Veterinarians

Veterinarians have a high expected job growth rate, and will always be needed to help diagnose and treat animals that have various injuries and illnesses. Veterinarians examine animals, prescribe medications, administer vaccinations, perform surgeries and even euthanize animals if needed. They may specialize in working with companion animals, livestock or exotic animals. They need to complete four years of veterinary school after undergraduate studies to earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

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