25 Best Jobs of 2009

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Unfortunately, not many people are a stranger to the downward spiraling economy that began in December 2007 and continued to deplete throughout 2008.

In fact, November 2008 marked some of worst numbers in decades in terms of job loss: The unemployment rate, for example, hit a 14-year high this November at a rate of 6.7 percent. That month also counted 1.9 million jobs lost throughout 2008 alone; two-thirds of those losses occurred in the last three months. The number of unemployed persons increased from 10.1 million in October to 10.3 million people in November, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 3.1 million, and the unemployment rate has gone up by 2 percent. For the 10.3 million currently unemployed people, however, there is hope for some reprieve in 2009.

The labor force is expected to increase by 12.8 million workers over the 2006 -2016 period, according to the BLS. Total employment is expected to increase by 10 percent to 166.2 million over that period as well, while an estimated 15.6 million jobs will be added by 2016. While that year seems like a long way off today, a certain number of new jobs will be added each year leading up to 2016 -- including in 2009.

It should be noted, however, that the jobs that will be added won't be evenly distributed across industries and occupational groups. It goes without saying that changes in consumer demand, technology and the like will continue to affect the economic structure.

Industries that have seen growth since 2007 (according to the most recent data from the BLS) include management, business and financial operations; professional and related occupations; service occupations; sales and office occupations; and installation, maintenance and repair occupations.

Looking for a job in 2009? Here are 25 of the best jobs to look for in the New Year, defined as jobs that saw growth in the second half of 2008.*

Industry: Management, business and financial operations occupations

Total employment: 22,425,000**

Best jobs:

1. Public relations manager: $72,452/year***

2. Purchasing agent: $49,401/year

3. Claims adjuster, appraiser, examiner and investigator: $58,219/year

4. Human resources, training and labor relations specialist: $63,577/year

5. Budget analyst: $56,924/year

Industry:Professional and related occupations

Total employment: 30,370,000

Best jobs:

6. Computer programmer: $59,628/year

7. Electrical and electronics engineer: $70,706/year

8. Writers and editors: $42,405/year and $47,386/year, respectively

9. Pharmacist: $88,009/year

10. Audiologist: $57,779/year

Total employment: 25,114,000

Best jobs:

11. Private detectives and investigators: $38,656/year and $34,810/year, respectively

12. Chefs and head cooks: $44,047/year and $40,794/year, respectively

13. Tour and travel guide: $22,917/year

14. Recreation and fitness worker: $15,101/year and $22,440/year, respectively

15. Grounds maintenance worker: $22,407/year

Industry: Sales and office occupations

Total employment: 35,180,000

Best jobs:

16. Cashier: $22,931/year

17. Telephone operator: $25,165/year

18. Hotel, motel and resort desk clerks: $19,926/year

19. Cargo and freight agents: $30,143/year and $54,804/year, respectively

20. Statistical assistants: $30,921/year

Industry: Installation, maintenance and repair occupations

Total employment: 5,165,000

Best jobs:

21. Computer, automated teller and office machine repairers: $41,614/year, $34,509/year and $36,077/year, respectively

22. Electric motor, power tool and related repairers: $29,865/year

23. Security and fire alarm systems installers: $35,648/year

24. Telecommunications line installers and repairers: $45,458/year

25. Locksmiths and safe repairers: $32,111/year

*Data reflects figures based on the second and third quarter employment numbers according to the Current Population Survey released by the BLS.

**Third quarter employment numbers.

***Salary figures according to CBSalary.com

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Mary Daniels

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January 16 2009 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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January 16 2009 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Watkins

There are other jobs out there that pay above average wages and don't require a college degree. Water and Waste Treatment plant operators generally top out above $40,000. Chief operators go up to $50,000-$60,000 and ORC, (Operator's in Responsible Charge) also called superintendents, can go as high as $80,000 plus they all get liberal benefits. These jobs are very secure, not much manual labor involved but a good math and mechanical apptitude help. Apply at most city or town personnel offices. Also, the retirement is nearly always administered by the state in which one works. I retired from plant superintendent with a salary of $76,000 plus benefits, and drove a company vehicle with gas card. Very responsible positions but well worth the endeavor.

January 16 2009 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordon Watkins

To clarify, my retirement income isn't $76,000. That was my top pay before retirement. These jobs are often difficult to "get your foot in the door", but once you do and are licensed, you will always find work. Besides math and mechanical ability, basic chemistry knowledge is a plus. USEPA has strong control over the water industry. By looking up California State University, Sacramento School of Engineering, you can purchased many correspondence courses which will prepare you for the exams to qualify you for these positions. USEPA requires all plant operators to be certified by their respective state Dept. of Health, Environment and Natural Resources. DENR. Again, this is a good opportunity for those with less than a Bachelor's degree.

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January 16 2009 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ralph Vitello

I am a Sr. Construction Superintendent. I am actively seekink employment. I have an extensive background in all as pects of construction. Sports Venue, Hospitality.Historic restoration, Gut rehabilitation. Hi-rise, commercial,retail and residential. City State and federal gov't agency projects.
Resume and references on request

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January 14 2009 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This economy is painful! I am in sales, and I made $25K less last year than the year before. I am not sure about anyone else, but it is hard to live on one third less than you did the year before, with the same basic living expenses. Christmas was pretty lean this past year, and fun spending is a thing of the past....

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