10 Careers With Rock-Bottom Unemployment Rates

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The sluggish economy has many workers anxious about job security. Yet despite the nation's high 7.8 percent unemployment rate, there are careers out there with jobless rates so low as to nearly guarantee a job to anyone qualified to work in those fields.

What kinds of jobs are they? Of the 10 listed here, compiled from Bureau of Labor Statistics data, most are high skill and require extensive education, but some require only a high-school diploma or certification. They aren't all glamorous; a few can even be dangerous. But with unemployment rates below 1 percent, many job seekers likely will still find them attractive.

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10. Information security analysts:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent.*
  • Median annual pay: $75,660.*
  • Entry-level education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 302,300.*
  • Projected employment growth: 22 percent (faster than average), or 65,700 jobs.*

Find a job as an information security analyst.


9. Audiologists:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $66,660.
  • Entry-level education: Doctoral or professional degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 13,000.
  • Projected employment growth: 37 percent (much faster than average), or 4,800 jobs.

Find a job as an audiologist.


8. Physicians and surgeons:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $40,300.
  • Entry-level education: Doctoral or professional degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 691,000.
  • Projected employment growth: 24 percent (faster than average), or 168,300.

Find a job as an physician or surgeon.


7. First-line supervisors of correctional officers:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.6 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $55,910.
  • Entry-level education: High-school diploma or equivalent.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 41,500.
  • Projected employment growth: 6 percent (slower than average), or 2,300.

Find a job as a corrections officer.


6. Petroleum engineers:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.6 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $114,080.
  • Entry-level education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 30,200.
  • Projected employment growth: 17 percent (fast as average), or 5,100 jobs.

Find a job as a petroleum engineer.


5. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $68,240.
  • Entry-level education: Post-secondary certificate or training.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 60,100.
  • Projected employment growth: 8 percent (slower than average), or 4,900 jobs.

Find a job as a firefighter.


4. Judges, magistrates and other judicial workers:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $91,800.
  • Entry-level education: Varies, but a law degree is typical.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 62,700.
  • Projected employment growth: 7 percent (slower than average), or 4,600 jobs.

Find a job as a judge, magistrate or other judicial worker.


3. Biomedical engineers:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $81,540.
  • Entry-level education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 15,700.
  • Projected employment growth: 62 percent (much faster than average), or 9,700 jobs.

Find a job as a biomedical engineer.


2. Directors, religious activities and education:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.3 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $36,170.
  • Entry-level education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 126,000.
  • Projected employment growth: 17 percent (average), or 21,200.

Find a job as a director of religious activities and education.


1. Astronomers and physicists:
  • Unemployment rate: 0.3 percent.
  • Median annual pay: $105,430.
  • Entry-level education: Doctoral or professional degree.
  • Number of jobs (2010): 20,600.
  • Projected employment growth: 2,800.

Find a job as an astronomer or physicist.


*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.


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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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sue_pridgen

I started working for a manufacturing (auto) out of high school. 14 years. Started on the Assembly Floor.3years/Production Control-Clerk (on the job training Inventories, Flow of Inventory computer reports,Production Planner 5years/Quality (A.S.Q.C. Certified Quality Tech. after 2 years) on the job training. capability studies. gauge r&r, all dealing with 6sigma. Didn't mean much back then. 1994. I was 33. just promoted to S.P.C. Engineering Tech. (now after 19 years. 6 sigma is a well sought out job that carries a lot of respect between upper management and the problem that is meant to be solved.) Not a 4 year degree needed. Certifications serve just as well. Would a 4 year college grad want to be put in the middle of manufacturing environment to put together a team, delegate, even as a 6 sigma master black belt? To be the go between of upper management and middle management and the team. Find and fix the problem; Maybe some. But I became disabled at 33 I never made it to my promotion. Maybe it had a little to do with 40-60 hours a week I was putting in. (still had a family also). I did a lot of grunt work. It paid off. All that grunt work gave me a lot of knowledge. But the only way I can use it is in areas like this. I get to babble hoping by free it will help. Like S.P.C. charts and the 6 sigma. and Unilateral Tolerances. Maybe some of the production workers should be encouraged to learn more than just their job. Maybe the middle management instead of sitting in the office should get out and help implement or at least show that they want to help with (that is if they know it). book knowledge vs common sense. I tend to babble when I get to talk about what was taken away from me. ( oh I forgot the disability- was my epilepsy came back). Now I get to make suggestions hoping it will help. But the comment of not having jobs out there. maybe they need to come live here. I get list of jobs here and around here all the time. Some I am qualified for some not. But everyone drug test now. Has anyone thought about that little wrinkle. Hard to get a job if you can't pass the drug test. I believe there are jobs out there. I also believe that it is hard to find one if you don't know or have access to a computer now a days. Everything I do has to have an e-mail address. Or you have to fill out a form and pay for things that were once free. That is one big hurdle. You might not get the job you want. Like a wage you want. Sometimes you have to start somewhere and keep looking while you work there. Some I know are going to call me crazy. But I am not allowed to work or drive. I couldn't make it on what I make from disability. My sons are grown. I will have to live with someone. Not a man to take care of me. But the disability will be what I contribute to the ones I live with. So I know what it is like to live in situation you didn't ask for. Sometimes one you can't do anything about. And I do babble. As you see I used up my words. Hugs to those who need them.

January 29 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

Everyone of these jobs are not entry level, you have to either go to school and intern or learn on the job for quite a while to qualify.

January 22 2013 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
christian

Who ran these numbers? Even if you did rural medicine your salary is higher. Perhaps as a intern/resident ARNP's pull down more than that. In this country.

January 22 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
metalsmithgirl71

seriously. how many people in the real world are going to be able to be any of these things??

January 22 2013 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nutsienan

What a dumb list -- I think I\'ll try for judge or doctor...

January 21 2013 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gway1958

The Physicians median pay has to be a mistake...more like 403000.00 not 40,300.00????

January 21 2013 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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timant2007

I thought the same thing. At least 150+k for a surgeon. How in the hell could they afford their malpractice insurance? lol

January 22 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dedndogyrs

Really? All these jobs available? Why don't all those unemployed people go out and get jobs as scientists, judges, and surgeons?

January 20 2013 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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metalsmithgirl71

i know, right?!?

January 22 2013 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
l2d3b

Doctors avg salary - $40.K ? I rather doubt that.

January 20 2013 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Henry

Gee, considering the qualifications for most of the positions, is it any wonder there is LOW unemployment?

January 19 2013 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lol

There needs to be a new species capable of wiping out the human race. Only then will I be able to get a job that I really like. There is NO WAY I can get a job that I love with these many morons living on this Earth. Life just won't allow it

January 19 2013 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gway1958

Your not suppose to like it...thats why they call it a job and work and they PAY you to do it!!! Gods judgement for being a sinner...LMAO

January 21 2013 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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