As the economy has us all by the ankles nowadays, we start to see and realize that there is less out there. Businesses have less employees, less money in the till, less production, less needs, and of course less growth in general. Growth of business, industry and affiliates to these companies. We’ve “thinned out” a little in the job market and depleted many industries.
It’s the same thing for college graduates. Sure, it’d be nice to be in forestry and live in the pacific northwest, or to get a degree in Art History, and paint, or jobs and careers similar to this that many young people deep down inside would like to do. I wish the job market and economy was such that we could “afford” to offer more of these types of jobs, merely because we can. PS when I say “we” I speak generally.
So, what’s the deal…
There is something interesting, though, to say about those careers that are out there. The weird, odd and goofy jobs that employees hundreds, or thousands at maximum in each area in the US. Check this interesting list out that I found on BLS.GOV.
Below is a list of the smallest jobs out there,. I love this as it contains some pretty weird jobs. Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website and check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook for specific definitions and pay scales, job requirements and future employees needs and trends.
OCCUPATIONS IN THE SMALLEST INDUSTRIES:
Job Title # of employees Hourly wage Annual salary
Prosthodontists 370 >=$80.00* >=$166,400*
Radio operators 820 17.85 37,120
Fabric menders,except garment 960 13.69 28,470
Locomotive firers 970 23.17 48,190
Mathematical technicians 1,100 18.46 38,400
Geographers 1,120 32.02 66,600
Segmental pavers 1,170 13.17 27,400
Astronomers 1,280 48.70 101,300
Industrial-organ. psychologists 1,460 37.03 77,010
Forest fire inspectors/
prevention specialists 1,580 15.09 31,380
Models 1,660 13.18 27,410
Model makers, wood 1,740 15.06 31,320
Dredge operators 1,910 16.70 34,740
theatrical and performance 1,930 12.63 26,270
Patternmakers, wood 1,930 16.35 34,010
This chart might look a little awkward, the way its laid out. Hopefully you can follow along. If you’d like a .pdf file, let me know and I can email it to you. But go to BLS.gov and check out the list as well on this site. I love this site because it gives the most accurate information. Yes it’s from 2008, and you’d think that was forever ago, but in order to have the most accurate and up to date stats for the full year. 2009 hasn’t finished tallying yet. BLS.GOV will publish that later in the year.
But for now, it gives you an indication of what exactly is out there and what to expect with regard to even the smallest jobs. But in addition to this, I did some searching and researching and found other interesting lists that I thought I’d provide you. I enjoyed looking at what is expected to grow and decline with regard to jobs. I found some information that might interest you and get you to thinking about possible career chances.
Check out some of the things I found quite intriguing from bls.gov…
*The civilian labor force is projected to reach 166.9 million by 2018, an increase of 8.2 percent. The U.S. workforce is expected to become more racially diverse by 2018.
*Workers aged 16 to 24, is expected to decrease from 14.3 percent in 2008 to 12.7 percent by 2018.
*The primary working-age group, those between 25 and 54 years old, is projected to decline as well from 67.7 percent of the labor force in 2008 to 63.5 percent by 2018.
*Workers aged 55 years and older, by contrast, are anticipated to leap from 18.1 percent to 23.9 percent of the labor force during the same period
This chart below shows the fastest growing occupations that give you an idea of what is in need. Obviously as you can see, Healthcare is the fastest growing industry. But there are so many more occupations that might fit you more closely, and that are on the fastest growing list! Also, if you’ll notice, many o0f the degrees are just two-year Associate degrees.
FASTEST GROWING JOBS AND CAREERS:
Many students do not want to attend college more than 2 years. But capture the careers that are growing, and those that would fit your interests, skills and personality.
Percent change Number of new jobs Wages Education/training category
Biomedical engineers 72 11.6 $ 77,400 Bachelor’s degree
& data comm. analysts 53 155.8 71,100 Bachelor’s degree
Home health aides 50 460.9 20,460 Short-term on-the-job training
Personal and home
care aides 46 375.8 19,180 Short-term on-the-job training
Financial examiners 41 11.1 70,930 Bachelor’s degree
except epidemiologists 40 44.2 72,590 Doctoral degree
Physician assistants 39 29.2 81,230 Master’s degree
Skin care specialists 38 14.7 28,730 Postsecondary vocational award
and biophysicists 37 8.7 82,840 Doctoral degree
Athletic trainers 37 6.0 39,640 Bachelor’s degree
Physical therapist aides 36 16.7 23,760 Short-term on-the-job training
Dental hygienists 36 62.9 66,570 Associate degree
and technicians 36 28.5 28,900 Associate degree
Dental assistants 36 105.6 32,380 Moderate-term on-the-job training
engineers, applications 34 175.1 85,430 Bachelor’s degree
Medical assistants 34 163.9 28,300 Moderate-term on-the-job training
assistants 33 21.2 46,140 Associate degree
Veterinarians 33 19.7 79,050 First professional degree
education teachers 32 81.3 35,720 Work experience in a related occupation
SOURCE: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook
I like this list because it contains a lot of careers that are of interest to many people. And many of them are two-year degrees!
CAREERS AND OCCUPATIONS NOT GROWING:
Now, the list below is a list of occupations you might want to stay away from. These are careers and jobs that are just not growing. I also noticed these jobs do not require an actual degree, but mid-range or high-range training and certification. Keep an eye out for these types of jobs as they are less predictable.
1 Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders
2 Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders
3 Shoe machine operators and tenders
4 Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers
5 Sewing machine operators
6 Semiconductor processors
7 Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders
8 Postal Service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators
9 Fabric menders, except garment
10 Wellhead pumpers
11 Fabric and apparel patternmakers
12 Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
13 Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
14 Order clerks
15 Coil winders, tapers, and finishers
16 Photographic processing machine operators
17 File clerks
18 Derrick operators, oil and gas
19 Desktop publishers
Just a quick review of some jobs out there to watch for…or to watch out for. Many of you looking for a job, keep plugging away. The more you apply, the better your chances. Go everywhere and apply for anything. Something will come up.
If you’re starting college soon and trying to figure out your career options and what degree you’re going to get, be sure to follow bls.gov for this kind of specific information about any of these jobs. There are thousands more of options out there, but this is a nice start!
Here is a list of the programs, degrees, source of educational training necessary for particular occupations and careers. Don’t know what types of jobs you would get with an associate’s compared to a bachelor’s? Well, here it is. This list is from bls.gov as well and gives you a great summarized definition of each type of degree/award.
TYPES OF DEGREES:
First professional degree- Completion of the degree usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are lawyers; and physicians and surgeons.
Doctoral degree- Completion of a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are postsecondary teachers; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists.
Master’s degree– Completion of the degree usually requires 1 or 2 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are educational, vocational, and school counselors; and clergy.
Bachelor’s or higher degree, plus work experience- Most occupations in this category are management occupations. All require experience in a related non-management position for which a bachelor’s or higher degree is usually required. Examples are general and operations managers; and judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.
Bachelor’s degree- Completion of the degree generally requires at least 4 years, but not more than 5 years, of full-time academic study. Examples are accountants and auditors; and elementary school teachers, except special education.
Associate degree- Completion of the degree usually requires at least 2 years of full-time academic study. Examples are paralegals and legal assistants; and medical records and health information technicians.
Postsecondary vocational award- Some programs last only a few weeks, others more than a year. Programs lead to a certificate or other award, but not a degree. Examples are nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; and hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.
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Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people along their journey who need it upon their search for the right career.