It’s not always easy to find a job. If it were, you’d have already landed your dream job, and you'd be completely fulfilled — professionally, at least. But when the economy is in a state of flux, fewer jobs are available. That being said, some jobs and industries almost always are hiring. You just need to know where to look.
One place you can always find a job is the military. Of course, you’re required to go through eight to 13 weeks of basic training, and you can then opt for another 10 to 12 weeks of additional training to prepare you for a particular military occupation, such as construction or administrative, to name only two. But, you earn a paycheck the whole time. As of 2011, privates earned $1,468 to $1,645 a month, depending on years of service.
While the number of jobs in food services is expected to grow by just 12 percent through 2020, job opportunities should still remain excellent, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Turnover is relatively high, largely due to the low pay — entry-level workers typically earn minimum wage, which was set at $7.25 an hour on the federal level in 2009. Some states have higher minimum wages. But if you can’t find a job, it’s something to fall back on.
As with food services, retailers are almost always adding to their sales teams. And with no formal training needed, you can apply to sell anything from clothing, cosmetics or furniture to plants, lumber or electronics. Pay, however, is fairly low, with at least half of workers making less than $10.99 an hour as of 2010.
Although many retailers and grocers are moving to self-service checkouts, cashiers are still needed, and you don’t even need a high school diploma to land the job. Of course, you may need to be at least 21 if you’re looking to work at a liquor store. As of 2010, the median wage was $8.89 an hour.
Tellers are only expected to experience an employment growth of just 1 percent through 2020, but job prospects should be excellent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's because workers continually leave this occupation, making room for new workers. Plus, the salary is a median of $24,100 a year, or $11.59 an hour. And, you may even launch yourself into a banking career.
Anyone looking for a part-time job may want to consider becoming a crossing guard, one of AARPs top five in-demand jobs for 2013. Median pay is $12.44 an hour, and hours worked are limited, but it can free you up to take on another part-time job. Variety is the spice of life, right?
Not all in-demand jobs are low paying. In fact, employment for physician assistants is projected to increase by 30 percent through 2020, and it should be even better in rural areas. Of course, you’ll need to earn a master’s degree, which takes about two years, as well as become licensed. But you stand to earn $86,410 a year, according to the BLS.
If friends often turn to you in a time of need, you may want to join the ranks of hospice chaplains. But don’t let the title fool you; you don’t necessarily need to be an ordained minister. Taking some hospice training could be enough for you to get the job, and make $23.31 an hour as of 2013.
This might sound like a made-up job, but a moving manager is fast becoming the go-to professional to help people relocate or downsize to a smaller home. Your main responsibility is to coordinate all aspects of a move. If you know a few real estate agents around, getting your foot in the door will be a little easier. Plus, you’re looking an hourly fee of anywhere from $30 to $75 an hour.
High turnover rates have led to many openings in the field of graphic design. A bachelor’s degree in graphic design is often required, but you’re looking at a salary of $43,500 a year as of 2010. Senior positions pay much more, but competition for these openings is expected to be strong.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Military Careers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Retail Sales Workers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Cashiers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Tellers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Physician Assistant
- AARP: 5 Jobs in Demand for 2013
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Graphic Design
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.