Top 10 Most Secure Jobs in 2011

How secure is your job? Whether you think you're indispensable or totally expendable, if there's anything the last few years have taught us it's that nobody really knows what to expect. But job security doesn't have to be a total game of chance, as research and statistics do point out some jobs and some industries as being more stable than others. Using the U.S. Department of Labor as our guide, we've compiled this list of the top 10 most secure jobs for 2011.

1. Nurse

Nursing is a field that runs perpetually lean anyway; but as health care demands expand in every direction, opportunities for both LPNs and RNs will continue to expand along with it. With job growth predictions hovering in the 21 percent-22 percent range by 2018 the already very large industry is expected to see more new jobs over the next several years than any other occupation.

2. Physical therapist

Driven primarily by aging baby boomers and technology advances that improve survival rates for trauma victims and children with birth defects, the demand for physical therapy is on the rise and is expected to continue growing by as much as 30p ercent by 2018. The greatest needs are in departments where geriatric patients frequent (acute hospital, skilled nursing, and orthopedic) as well as in rural and low-income areas.

3. Pharmacist

Employers have already been reporting difficulty finding and keeping enough pharmacists and as the population ages demand will only continue to increase. The Department of Labor predicts job growth for pharmacists will rise a total of 17 percent by 2018, which when added on top of the current shortage, makes for a very favorable job market in the field.

4. Physician and Surgeon

Tighter health care budgets and cost-cutting measures may keep the demand for doctors and surgeons at a more modest growth rate compared to other health care jobs (22 percent by 2018), but the fact remains that the expanding health care industry will keep the jobs coming. The job forecast is positive for all physicians and surgeons -- but especially those willing to work in rural and low-income areas.

5. Computer systems analyst and Administrator

Technology is at the center of both business and pleasure these days, so it's no wonder technology analysts and administrators are in high demand. All areas of the field are growing, but the most expansion (53 percent growth by 2018) is in network systems and data communications (network architects and engineers, Web administrators and developers) as more companies upgrade technology and as the Internet and wireless systems gain traction in the business world.

6. Computer Software Engineer

Our increasing dependence on technology is spurring demand for not only those who can analyze and repair high tech systems but also those who can make the most of them by creating new and improved software applications. Software engineers with expertise in mobile and wireless technology, networking, and the internet are in especially high demand and overall the field is expected to boom by 32 percent by 2018.

7. Biomedical and Environmental engineer

As a whole the engineering field is expected to grow at an average pace; but those specializing in biomedical and environmental engineering can expect to see significant increases (31-72 percent) in the demand for their skill set as an aging population and growing health care industry call for improved medical devices and an ever-increasing environmental awareness spurs companies to seek help meeting new regulations and heading off environmental problems before they arise.

8. Accountant, Auditor, and Financial advisor

Due to ever-changing financial laws, business growth, and an aging population nearing retirement, job prospects for financial experts are estimated to grow by 22-30 percent by 2018. Also helping to boost job security in the financial field: the increasing push toward transparency and accountability when it comes to high-stakes money matters and business management.

9. Veterinarian

Not only are more people making animals a part of their family (cats especially) but they're placing a higher value on their pets and are willing to pursue and pay more for advanced and intensive veterinary services. Due to the rise in demand and the limited number of accredited veterinary schools (there are only 28 in the United States) veterinarians are predicted to have 33 percent more job opportunities by 2018.

10. Lawyer, Paralegal, and Legal assistant

The law is only getting more complex and jobs for attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants aren't going anywhere. Projected to grow by 13-21 percent over the next decade as other industries boom and require additional legal services, the legal field will produce the majority of new jobs in health care, intellectual property, bankruptcy, corporate and security litigation, antitrust law, and environmental law.

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you can't start getting people educated and having them unemploid for 5 years before they can find work so how do you() explain that to american people). all manufactoring jobs are history becudse we have to build everithing overseas.

October 26 2011 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the most secure jobs is going to church and waith for jesus to come and help us. in the mean time work part time to save for you castget wich is 5,000 dollar and that is if they hire you. some people even died without one. and the way (poleticians are driving this country it wont be the US) within the nest decade.
love you jessyca. chao!

October 26 2011 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

even if graduate from college this day's you wont find a job thanks to our lovebly
republicans having this next generation unemploy. so thei'r phamilly will have money for
40 yers to come wile we going broke we building a grate country. thanks love you

October 26 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hotel sales and catering jobs are plentiful. Each hotel employs 1-10 or more sales and catering people that sell the hotels guestrooms, meeting facilities, services and amenities. I started entry level at 45K plus bonus way back when. Earn up to about 120K plus bonus at peak.

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Hotels have nice surrounding to work in, offer great perks like food and travel.

March 21 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's so irritating for me to know that Nursing is on the top of the list for most on demmand and secured jobs for the upcoming years and yet i have been trying to get into a nursing program for a very long time. All the colleges/universities have waiting lists with up to 3 years wait time, which is absolutely ridiculous. I think a lot of people are going into the Nursing field because of financial reasons and not because they truly want to make a difference, you have to WANT to make a difference and LOVE what you do for a living, not simply because there is a nice paycheck attached to the title.

January 11 2011 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sorry but Nursing as been on top makes no sense to me or my wife who have nursing degree from the early 90. Sure there are jobs but the pay has been going down steady and its not like I have not lost my position as a nurse over the last 20 years. I am not saying you can't find a job in nursing but I would not hold my breath and bet the farm that even a BSN will keep you employed as a nurse at a living wage in the next decade and forget two decade I see nursing loosing out in 20 years. Good luck.

For me and my wife its been a combination of Medical and Computer degree that has made it possible to work at real pay levels, but the main thing has been working for our selves that is where it really has help us keep above been drowned in taxes and debt.

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November 19 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The manufacturing jobs which are outsourced are jobs which could be done by robots in the near future. They were outsourced because the cost of switching to the technologically advaced robotics manufacturing process is expensive. If we hadn't lost jobs to cheap labor in other countries, we would have lost a great many of them to machines, which work faster and more accurately than humans. Once the initial purchase and start-up costs are made, the machines are much cheaper to use as well. If we don't improve our education systems in this country, we are going to end up with a nation of ignorant people being supported by very smart machines.

November 19 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All i know is that licensed plumbers are hard to come by, everyone knows a lawyer,doctor,vet, etc,etc, but I cant keep licensed plumbers at 28.00 per hr,, just a thought..

November 19 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Accounting sucks, all the jobs are contolled by robert half and employment agencies who never call, and they want specific industry experience with someon who speaks many languages, always the same hands on shirt sleeve seasoned professional roll up your sleeves bull

November 19 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
disgruntled pharmacist

This article is BS. Pharmacy is oversaturated. Yes, about 5-10 years ago there was a shortage, and then everyone started posting articles like this one and schools doubled seemingly overnight. The number of graduating pharmacists has since doubled since 2003, well exceeding the demand. Add in the failing economy, and many older pharmacists are not retiring, thus making positions even more scarce. Articles like this will only serve to exacerbate the situation.

November 19 2010 at 5:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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