If you're unemployed and have been for a long time then you may be ready to pursue another career path in the hopes of getting a job sooner and possibly pursuing a profession you've always been interested in. If you're thinking about a new job, make sure you're selecting a field that will have a relatively secure future, because you don't want to be in this situation again in the next couple years.
According to Newsweek, the following professions are fairly safe bets for future job security.
The baby boomers are getting older, which means they'll need more healthcare and as they live longer it means even more care. The entire healthcare field is booming but becoming a nurse requires much less training than becoming a doctor so it's more practical for people looking for a second career.
Biomedical engineering sounds complicated and specialized, but as the medical industry grows there will be a much greater need for biomedical engineers. The anticipated growth in this field between 2008 and 2018 is expected to rise over 72% and it's a relatively lucrative field.
The hospitality industry has been hit pretty hard by the great recession but leisure has become a priority for many, they're just planning their vacations better and taking advantage of deals. This sector should continue to grow as the economy improves. And the best part is that it doesn't require education, but an associate's degree in the field can get you some of the better paying jobs and insure security.
The retail industry is typically one of the first ones to pick up and show an improvement. That makes it one of the best areas to get into because it will have some of the first openings. Unfortunately it's typically not a field that pays very well.
The future is going to look green and those who enter those fields are going to be packing a little more green into their wallets as well. It's a burgeoning field and now is the time to get your education and experience and then ride the green wave to retirement.