Top Four Industries Hiring May Surprise You

Industries Hiring Health care, health care, health care, right? Sure, hot hiring trends are typically focused on health care and technology, but how about recreation and day care? Dare we even say construction? There are pockets of expansion within various industries that continue to create a demand for workers.

1. Leisure/Recreation/Gaming

Whether it's the hospitality field or gaming services (working for casinos), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the outlook is bright. Considering hospitality has a high turnover rate, it's a beneficial field for job seekers as is gaming, which as a field is growing faster than average. According to Erica Orange, vice president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown Inc., a New York-based futurist consulting firm, the trend is here to stay and may penetrate across non-traditional industries. For example, we could start seeing the creation of new job titles such as manager of recreation for local hospitals. As Orange explains, "Perhaps leisure for some will be the ability to fully disconnect from technology. For others it may mean being in a fully immersive virtual world. But despite individual differences, the desire is the same -- to escape."

2. Construction

The BLS indicates that construction as a field is expected to grow 19 percent by 2018 (the average job growth for all fields will be about 11 percent). All this is due to population expansion, deteriorating infrastructure and aging buildings. Orange notes, "Because of a rush to push everyone into higher education, we dismantled much of our vocational and technical training and lost sight, for a while, of the jobs that needed to get done on a local, manual skills basis." Plus, she says it's much harder to outsource jobs that require manual labor, so this field is outsource-proofed. "In a time of uncertainty, the 'inoutsourceable' and perhaps even more secure jobs will likely grow in popularity, demand and desirability," explains Orange.

3. Child Care

Although retiring baby boomers create room for job opportunities within teaching and education, one field that's often overlooked in the industry is child care. Daniel Greenberg, chief marketing officer at, attributes the growth in child care employment opportunities to the economic uptick. During the recession if one parent was unemployed, there wasn't a need for day care since at least one parent was at home. He explains, "Now that both parents are getting back on their feet, the need arises." However, Daniel cautions that this current employment trend will likely level out and not grow exponentially after working parents fully immerse themselves back into employment outside the home.

4. Air Transportation

According to BLS data, regional airlines and low-cost carriers will present the best opportunities for pilots, as well as for air traffic controllers based on the need to replace workers who are retiring or plan to leave the occupation altogether. Above all, regardless of the industry, Dan Erling, author of 'MATCHED: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time,' says there are two key hiring strategies. The first is hiring contractors "without immediately adding headcount." The second, "Extreme selectivity in the hiring process -- increased demand for the 'perfect' hire."

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Dr. Deportes

This article is interesting, and makes a lot of sense from where I'm sitting. In response to some of the less-than-informed commentary below:

1) Nowhere does this article posit that the above 4 industries are hiring for positions with GLORIOUS incomes. It's stating that the aforementioned industries remain RELATIVELY robust as far as available jobs (irrespective of income). My interpretation is that this is more about quantity, not quality.

2) Commercial "construction" is very different than the constant need that the average American homeowner has for repair and other related contractor work. While many Americans have chosen to "insource" or engage in "do it yourself" repairs, a large percentage still must hire out for those jobs. Thus, those blue-collar jobs remain in-demand -- irrespective of whether they are underbid by migrants.

3) The idea that construction jobs are increasingly going to migrant workers represents an ENTIRELY different issue than traditional "outsourcing." In this context, outsourcing refers to jobs literally being shipped across borders or overseas. Residential or commercial construction jobs have to be on-site, so there is no cross-border outsourcing. Rather, what the commenter refers to has more to do with migrant workers underbidding on jobs, leading to fewer opportunities for skilled Amcerican laborers who would normally have access to those jobs. I have two family members who still find plenty of contractor/construction work -- although they would find MORE work if they weren't often underbid.

March 24 2011 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try getting a job at 73 years old

March 24 2011 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Try getting a job at 58 years old

March 24 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Jobs outsourced to other countries has actually cost many business more money in the long run getting it all established. Then construction jobs over here are run by the Citizens and all the illegals from South America do the work fast but not properly. I just watched a roof get done across the street from me where they didn't apply the water and ice properly to the drip edge. They applied it over the drip edge going along the pitch of the roof when it should be under. At least they went over the bottom edge properly. They had the roof done in one day but hey its a roof and nobody will know they did it wrong until the water finds its way in probably 2-10 years from now when the owner of the roofing company has retired. We do lousy work now in this country for the quick buck. Education is a business too with no guarantee of employment. Instead of government shelling out money in grants and scholarships I challenge business to apprenticeship our people who can't afford education and once they are working then they can further their education at a University where they can apply that knowledge at the place that gave them the apprenticeship. It creates loyalty between the worker and the employer something business in this country had back in the 1950's and since lost because of unions and business becoming huge corporations. Right now the wealthy have us in their pockets. It's either we work as slaves to them making squat or your out of work going bankrupt and foreclosing on the house. As we spread our way of life around the world we will slowly sink as the world embraces our ways unless we as a people become more concerned for the people in this country and build our economy back up again. Greed rules in these extreme times.

March 24 2011 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

construction jobs not outsourced? Are you kidding? Have you not been on a job in the last 20 years?Where do you think the illegal aliens(mexicans) are working? They are getting into the more technical trades on construction sites too........This journalist. Vicki Salemi sammich has no clue....Typical Huffington Post crap

March 24 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

i work in commerical construction and its a slow as its been in 20 years i see at least 10 people a week asking if we are hireing i tell them my job is on the line i been there 26 yrs we build hospitals and health care buildings i wish it would pick back up im geting to old to start at the bottom againe

March 23 2011 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

The only problem with all the jobs posted you would have to relocate. I am looking for work in the Gulf Coast area...if you know of anything send it my way......HA HA......

March 23 2011 at 5:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What, no shovel ready jobs yet?

March 23 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

All of our jobs have been sent to other countries. Our politcians have made it easy to happen with economic treaties and backdoor dealings with corporations.This has caused our economy to clapse and things will not improve till we bring the jobs back home .We have sent our jobs away because of cheap labor and in this process have undermined our entire economy because we cant buy anything like houses and autos.Maybe AMERICA has seen its better days!!!!!

March 23 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to eja5990's comment

Yep, you got it, Also there back door deals offer business loans many even tax free or lowered rates to any none born american, i know for a fact, i been down the raod, the bank(s) came clean on why a perso from India , not just pointing out India but how anyone not born in america can get a loan the day the step foot on this happy meal country why i was told for me to get a business loan i need to be in business for 3 years, LOL!!! sorry as it may sound but very very true, have it all on tape. The bank told me our !! goverment, you know the a-holes we vote in created trade deals and this is part of that program to give them business loans. Why do you think there are more out of country folks opeing shop and less true born americans? i think my light bulb went off and blew when i found out MY tax dollars are workin against my furture. Look into this fact, you wont be shocked, i bet you felt there was something wrong as do many rreal americans, ya cant miss it, there opeing business every where.Im not mad at them, why should i be, i pissed at my goverment and ther games to gain votes. One bank loan officer who told me was from a bank that has changed names to Well Fargo, and then 3 other banks said the same crap.

March 23 2011 at 3:08 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cvdunbar's comment

you want to kno somethin our government under the Bush administration Gave India billions of dollars for a nuclear aggrement ys billions snd the republicans are crying the Dems are spending to much

March 24 2011 at 12:29 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down

all of our jobs are being sent to other countries because ALL THE STUPID AMERICAN'S ARE BUYING OTHER COUNTRIES PRODUCTS SENDING ALL AMERICAN DOLLARS OVERSEAS not buying our products too help the american economy but it sure is helping china,japan,korea and all other oversea nations.

March 23 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to doug's comment

i agree...people should think outside of the box when making purchases especially automotive

March 24 2011 at 10:29 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down

American companies are sending the jobs to other countries, not the average consumer.
Is cheaper and makes companies money, that is the bottom line. The problem is not where the jobs are going, is what Americans are doing to make our economy better, and have jobs that we can live a decent life. We were sleeping for too long, on our comfort, while the world was globalizing, now is wake up and make sure, we are no left behind, more than we are today. You can't go save money at Walmart, than complaint about China.
Lets find a way to make it work in our favor, instead of playing the blame game, is BS and it keeps us dependent.

March 24 2011 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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