9 Most Secure Jobs In America

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Job security used to mean working at the same company for a lifetime and retiring with a well-funded pension. These days, the concept of a secure job has morphed into something much more fundamental: one that's less susceptible to layoffs.

That's obviously more likely if you're employed in an in-demand field. With the help of PayScale and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of the year's most secure jobs. The list includes a wide range of positions -- from those that require little training to highly skilled, professional jobs.

Some have job titles that you may never have heard before, while other positions are ubiquitous. But they all share this in common: They're based in sectors that have seen higher-than-average pay growth and are forecast to add jobs much more quickly than average through 2020.

9. Electrician

Electricians are among a long list of skilled-trades positions that employers are finding difficult to fill. Most electricians gain their foothold in the profession through apprenticeships, though technical schools are another avenue. The job may involve working in hot, cramped spaces, such as attics, and the hours can be long, but an upside is that the work isn't as dangerous as many other construction-related jobs.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 23.2 percent.*
  • Median annual pay: $41,400.**

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8. Social Worker

If you'd like to help others overcome challenges in their lives, a career in social work might be for you. Social workers typically fall into one of two groups: Direct-service social workers, who help people with everyday problems; or clinical social workers, who treat patients' mental, behavioral and emotional issues. The job generally involves full-time work, and evening and weekend shifts may be required. Most positions involving social work require a bachelor's degree, though those involving clinical work typically require a master's degree and a license.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 24.8 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $44,000.

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7. Logistics Specialist

Logistics are the methods involved in getting materials, goods and people where they need to be in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The field requires attention to detail and innate timing. Logisticians are needed in just about every industry, so it's no wonder that demand for them is so great. An associate degree is sufficient for many logistics jobs, though job seekers increasingly need a bachelor's degree to advance beyond entry-level positions.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 29.3 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $48,100.

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6. Construction Estimator

In an age of ever-increasing costs for new buildings, roads, highways and other infrastructure, construction estimators play an important part in determining how much labor, time, money and other resources must be used to complete projects on time. This is typically an office job, though factory and construction-site visits are common, and the need to meet deadlines can be stressful. Highly experienced construction workers with analytical abilities are good candidates for this job, though employers increasingly require a bachelor's degree.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 36.4 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $54,400.

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5. Ultrasound Technician

As technology becomes increasingly common in diagnosing and treating disease, the demand for workers to operate complex equipment such as ultrasound machines continues to grow. Most workers in this field work in hospitals, medical offices or imaging clinics. The job frequently requires workers to be on their feet for long periods, and they may need to turn or lift patients. Training usually involves an associate degree or certification.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 43.5 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $58,800.

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4. Financial Adviser

The increasing complexity of financial laws and an aging population have combined to create big demand for financial experts. Also helping to boost job security is a push toward transparency and accountability in high-risk investments and business management. Personal financial advisers typically need a bachelor's degree, but a master's degree and certification can speed career advancement.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 32.1 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $64,700.

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3. 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 forecast to continue to grow. The greatest need is in facilities serving older patients, as well as in rural and low-income areas. Physical therapists typically have a doctorate in physical therapy, and are required in every state to be certified.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 39 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $70,800.

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2. Biomedical Engineer

The demand for the broad category of engineers is forecast to grown at an average pace during the next eight years, but those specializing in biomedical engineering can expect to see far greater employment opportunities. Their expertise in developing improved replacement parts for the human body, such as hips and knees, is being spurred by an aging population and calls for safer, greener products. Biomedical engineers typically hold a bachelor's degree in the field. Those holding other engineering degrees gain entry into the field either by getting a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or on-the-job training.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 61.7 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $72,300.

Looking for a job as a biomedical engineer? Click here to get started.

1. Petroleum Engineer

As the U.S. increasingly finds novel ways to extract oil and natural gas from the ground, the demand for petroleum engineers has gained steam. They typically work in offices or research laboratories, but also spend time in the field at drilling sites -- for stretches at a time. The position requires a bachelor's degree in engineering, preferably in petroleum engineering. Job growth in the field is about as fast as average, but a steep, steady drop in oil prices could substantially reduce demand.

  • Projected 10-year job growth: 17 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $116,000.

Looking for a job as a petroleum engineer? Click here to get started.

* According to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
**Median pay is based on salaries, bonuses and other cash earnings of workers with five to eight years of experience in their fields, as compiled by Payscale. Half of workers in the occupation made more, while half made less.

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AOL puts b.s. lists together that often contradict themselves and others that make no sense to anyone sharper than a bowling ball. You can have a 200% increase in demand for a job over a year but it the total number of jobs is small, it can be very misleading. 200% of 100 jobs is still only 200 jobs... not very many in the grand scheme. I have an engineering degree with more than 30 years experience. I can definitely say that biomedical engineering jobs are few and far between. I will say that petroleum engineers are in high demand, particularly with graduate degrees.

October 30 2012 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael John

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October 27 2012 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In this economy, no job is really secure. I know people with graduate degrees looking for work in some of the so-called "secure" areas of employment. And don't get me started on nurses...some are getting laid off, others are already laid off and the new one's can't find work because they don't have experience. Another thing, I have always wondered where these writers are getting their information? Hell, even law enforcement officers are getting furloughed and some law enforcement agencies aren't hiring anyone new. So, where are all of these fabulous jobs? A Physical Therapist needing a Doctorate degree...get out of here. If that's the case, no wonder there's unfilled positions all over the place. Employers are putting unreasonable requirements on some of the positions in order to keep those out they want to stay out and ease the requirements for those they want in. Basically, for many of the positions out here, needing graduate degrees or even needing a Bachelor's degree is insane. A receptionist, an administrative assistant, a marketing coordinator and some similar jobs, are now requiring at a minimum at some companies, a Bachelor's degree. What on earth did companies do back in the day when people actually got hired without all of that and were able to do the job at a high level of confidence and expertise? Practically no one with a degree or specifically a graduate degree is looking to stay in some of those positions, not dismissing anyone without a college education. So companies would rather keep having a revolving door than to hire someone who would possibly stay for a longer period of time. These people need to pay off their student loans and most younger people are looking for the bigger, better deal.

June 26 2012 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

True list - President, Vice President, Senators, Governors and all the other Politician crap......

June 26 2012 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I think you missed a few. Law enforcement at state and federal levels and nurses.

June 25 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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June 25 2012 at 4:58 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Financial Advisor is a fantastic job if you like working for free. Usually the pay is commission only and unless you come from a previous career like a lawyer in which you have lots of contacts to call on you can spend years trying to build a book of business that could pay you anywhere close to a decent annual salary. This should be cause for concern within our economy because so many FA's out there will make bad recommendations for their client just so they can pay their bills. Also, because of the high turnover ratio of financial advisors and sales in general, the high growth this writer references is a mere illusion of existing financial advisors just going from one firm to the next. Firms who hire Financial advisors are just looking for the FA to bring over the assets from the clients they had from the previous business and will throw the FA some kind of incentive to do so....once the gravy train has run out the firm will try and push the FA out if they don't keep bringing in new clients of a certain worth (over $250k) while continuing to pay the FA nothing and charging them for everything (licensing, insurance, marketing, etc) You basically run your own business and the firm takes its cut like a franchise. I have been in this business for 12 years and would not recommend to anyone unless you have 200+ friends that are willing to trust you with managing at least 100k each of their money. Its a great way to loose friends too when the markets go down. It CAN also be rewarding but you have better odds selling Amway or Avon...the business model is not much different.

June 25 2012 at 4:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

will this comment be censored?

June 25 2012 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Add bankruptcy paralegal to that list

June 25 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I would think under this president...being a repo man would equal job security.

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