5 Industries That Are Still Hiring
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When the market goes south, think about going north to Canada, that is, which saw 107,000 new jobs in September alone (while the U.S. lost 159,000 jobs that month). Mukluks not your thing? Consider a career change. Here, the rare sectors that are currently doing more hiring than firing:
THE INDUSTRY: ENGINEERING
Why now: With everyone talking renewable energy, techy grads are suddenly hotter than Chace Crawford.
The bank: $70K - $90K
The requirements: Bachelor's or master's in engineering
THE INDUSTRY: HEALTH CARE
Why now: Thank aging Baby Boomers in need of nurses, physical therapists, and radiologists. Caveat: Seattle Grace isn't hiring.
The bank: $45K - $75K
The requirements: Bachelor's or master's in nursing; master's in physical therapy
THE INDUSTRY: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Why now: Triumph of the nerds again. Global demand for skilled programmers and software developers is only expected to rise.
The bank: $65K - $110K
The requirements: Bachelor's in computer science or information systems
THE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT
Why now: Big Brother is always hiring. The options are endless, but the better-paying gigs are in accounting, research, and administration.
The bank: Varies widely. A clerk makes $30K or so, while a government-affairs manager can collect up to $100K.
The requirements: Bachelor's degree
THE INDUSTRY: EDUCATION
Why now: College instructors have become a hot commodity as droves of the unemployed head back to school.
The bank: Roughly $60K for the nontenured
The requirements: Bachelor's; master's in education
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Desperate Measures: Cash in Now
Those real-estate tycoons may be screwed, but it turns out it's boom time for a slew of other under-the-radar professions. Go there if you dare.
- Repo woman: Job cuts, rising food prices, and home-heating bills have forced Joe Six-Cylinder to fall behind on those Pontiac Sunbird payments. Experts say some 1.6 million cars will get repossessed this year. Hey, somebody's gotta do it.
- Bartender: Alcohol sales usually jump in a bad economy. Or as Homer Simpson once said, "To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems."
- Bankruptcy lawyer: Needless to say, bankruptcies have become big business up 40 percent in 2007 and likely to continue rising.
- Surrogate: More gay men are looking for baby mamas to help jump-start their families, according to surrogacy agencies nationwide. Consider it a nine-month, $30K freelance gig that comes with swollen ankles and morning sickness.
What I Did to Land a Job
I asked a stranger if he needed an assistant.
"Last year I met a graphic designer for a big nonprofit at a baseball game. I was in the midst of a career change and had gone back to school to become a designer myself. So I asked him if he had an assistant. He looked at me and said, 'I'm actually looking for one.' He ended up hiring me!" Katie Leonard, NYC
I jumped through hoops for a job literally.
"I was trying to land a gig as a fashion photographer for a big client and promised I'd jump through hoops for them if they would just give me five minutes to make my case. When I showed up for my meeting with Hula-hoops, they saw I meant business and that I have a sense of humor. I got the job!" Dani Brubaker, Los Angeles
I slipped my résumé to a guest speaker.
"I was an advertising major in college, and the creative director of an ad agency came in to lecture my class. I walked right up to him, even before he started speaking, and handed him my résumé. He ended up offering me a job and still talks about how gutsy I was!" Pamela Hutmacher, Chicago