(Closed) Secure jobs with good futures?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Derp:  I’ve heard welding and electricians are going to be in high demand, but I don’t have any first hand experience with this.

Post # 3
2170 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Derp:  I worked as a Clerk of the Court for many years before I switched to a legal assistant with a private law firm. I could have stayed working as a Clerk until the end of time if I wanted. The justice system never stops chugging along. The worse the economy gets the busier the Courts become with more unemployed people getting themselves into all sorts of legal troubles (criminal matters, divorces, forclosures, etc). I was making $88,000 per year when I left, and since it was a government job I was gauranteed a solid raise year in and year out.

Geez…makes me wonder why I left!!!!

Post # 4
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Permanent positions with the Federal Government tend to have decent job security. Typically a lot of effort is made for employees affected by downsizing or RIFs to place them in other positions. Once you’re in, there are many positions that are available for ‘Status Candidates Only” http://www.usajobs.gov

Post # 5
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Derp:  I’m an ENGINEER but in the past, I’ve managed tradesmen and the most skilled and highly paid were licensed and trained ELECTRICIANS and PLUMBERS.


Post # 6
8701 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m a federal government employee. In my agency we have stability, good pay, excellent benefits, flexible work schedules, and a pension. I’m most likely never leaving.

Post # 7
4153 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

DH is in the trades and has worked his way up into the office (pay cut since he’s now on salary but better future career opportunities) and he sees no end in sight.  He also makes more than some doctors/pharmacists/dentists/people who you would think make the most money that we know.

Another few people in my family are in oil and gas. I’m sure that’s not a job to count on forever, but for the moment, these people are making so much money, it blows my mind.  Especially when stupid people seem to get these jobs just because of who they know.  Another story.

Post # 8
602 posts
Busy bee

Derp:  I am a Registered Nurse and have had a job since the day after graduation and no problem finding new jobs since then. I now work for a large insurance company with plenty of non traditional job opportunities available for nurses.

Hubby is a Railroad conductor. Its not always guaranteed he will be working but they haven’t had to lay anyone off in years and he’s pretty much always working the minimum 32 hours a week- most times between 50 and 70 hours. I don’t think the railroad industry will be going away anytime soon so I think he will retire from this job.

Friends that have good, secure jobs: accountant, HVAC technician, other nurses, plumbers, engineers, electricians

Friends having trouble finding jobs or laid off: teachers, lots of teachers!, lawyers, management personnel, medical technologists, medical assistants, medical coders

Post # 10
7622 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

If your husband is in film, could he possibly branch out into graphic design or maybe marketing? Or, could he maybe teach at the junior high or high school level? He’d probably need to get some certification, but there’s always a need for teachers! I agree that being in the medical field is super stable, and wouldn’t be worried if I were you. I’m an engineer in the medical field and DH is in management and works in logistics. I feel like both of our careers are really stable.

Post # 11
602 posts
Busy bee

Derp:  I am in Pittsburgh and we have a lot of those “technical institutes” that offer training in coding, medical assisting, etc. so there are an over abundance of graduates. Plus the pay sucks and the price those facilities charge for tuition is ridiculous and most times you can’t even transfer those credits to colleges or universities. 

Post # 12
5710 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013


Derp:  If I were a highschool student looking to choose a good career path while headed into university, I would look up the special skills visas for a few countries and choose from jobs on those lists.  These are usually a great indicator of high demand fields.  Typically you’ll see jobs such as:

  – All types of engineers

  – Computer Scientist/IT infrastructure specialists

 – Registered Nurse

 – Many kinds of therapists and technologists in the health care industry

I also think specialized skilsl within the constuction rhelm are gerat, since those are much harder to outsource over seas (electrician, plumbing, etc).

Post # 13
3004 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014


future.mrs.koban:  Do you mind sharing what large insurance company you work for and your position? Is it UR? I’m in a similar field!

Post # 14
438 posts
Helper bee

Oil field workers may make a lot of money, but it’s a very physical job and working at one might pose serious health risks in the future. It wouldn’t be worth it to me. Following the money doesn’t always pay off.

My FI and I both work for the Govt. If pensions are still an option when we retire we will both get them. We both have great retirement options and benefits. Our pay is great. We are comfy, and I doubt that will ever change.

Post # 15
602 posts
Busy bee

Lily_of_the_valley:  I work with Humana Inc. I work with mostly medicare members with humana as their supplemental insurance but I have a few members with employer group coverage.

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