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Jobs and Careers That Last a Long Time

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Choose The Career That is Right For You



In our changing economy over the last decade many careers and new jobs have been added and some have vanished - or soon will vanish away. Still there are many careers that have lasted, remained steady and stood the test of time.

I have extracted some data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. I selected twenty-five occupations that have been around for at least five decades (50 years). My purpose in compiling this list is to show you that in an ever-changing world of careers, the tried and true careers are worth looking into. I believe that all the careers listed are fundamental to our survival. They meet our physical, intellectual, emotional and physiological needs. I have hand-picked twenty-five.

Before You Study The List

There are literally thousands of occupations in the United States. Today’s presentation provides you with a basic foundational set of potential opportunities to consider for your future. Please do not limit your search to this list, but let it be part of your research package to discovering a whole new life for you and/or those who depend on you for advice.

View The Video On Using The Occupational Handbook Site

Who Will Benefit From The List

  • Students – ambitious students who seek a better life for themselves and want to contribute to society.
  • Career-changers – those considering a new career because of lay-off or dissatisfaction of current employment.
  • Second-career – those who have had one career and want to pursue a second career.
  • Educators – those who teach about careers and employment trends.
  • Counselors – those who counsel individuals who are seeking occupation and career fulfillment.

List of Occupations

  1. Doctor – Primary and Specialist
  2. Nurse
  3. Police Officer
  4. Firefighter
  5. Teacher
  6. Lawyers
  7. Clergy
  8. Actors, Producers, Directors
  9. Data Entry and Information Processing Clerk
  10. Social Workers
  11. Sociologist and Political Scientist
  12. Building Cleaning Worker
  13. Electrician
  14. Plumber
  15. Engineer
  16. Mechanic
  17. Cosmetologist
  18. Food Processor
  19. Chef
  20. Author
  21. Dentist
  22. Loan Officers
  23. Funeral Director
  24. Accountant
  25. Machine Setters, Operators, Tenders


The Salaries for these occupations range from $23,290 to $339,739 and the number employed in each occupation ranges from 30,000 to 4.1 million. You are welcome to review the data on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for yourself - see the link below. Also, note that the prediction for the need of these occupations is from 2008 – 2018.

Career Decision

Your choice of a career weighs heavily on your knowledge and understanding, first, of yourself. Secondly, the education of your potential career is essential to reach your goal. You must have a plan to secure your future.

The work you choose in life determines the level of fulfillment you experience. While income is extremely important in living a fulfilling life, the career path you choose is even more important. Research studies from Harvard University state that there is no difference in $75,000 or $1,000,000 career. They are equally happy. Research also shows that individuals who earn $40,000 annually, fair pretty well when it comes to earning a living.


Choose a career that will provide you a decent wage. Your field of interest might not be listed here. Do what you enjoy and develop yourself to the highest level you can go in that field. And I also need to mention this, only you know in your heart what your aspirations are, no one can tell you. You can get support from a professional, your school, or a coach.

Seek Advice

It is always a good idea to talk to experienced individuals who have gone before you. You might be able to cut your journey in half by gaining valuable information from an experienced successful individual. A mentor is a good idea.

I pray that after all is said and done, that your life will make a difference just by you showing up in your chosen field. I hope that you will be celebrated and not just tolerated wherever your career leads you. And I trust that you will find peace and contentment in your future endeavors. Most importantly, be true to yourself, in turn, you will be true to others. Give yourself permission to do what you enjoy, and stop giving your life away to task that do not move you forward. It may take a while to reach your goal, but one day you will be glad you did!


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  • sanasiddiqui profile image


    4 years ago

    Always make a long term career choice because a good career takes a long time for maximum growth.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Truckstop, you just said it in a nutshell! You win the award today! Happy and Fulfilled is where it's at! I am so glad you delivered..

    Thank you, Thank you!

  • Truckstop Sally profile image

    Truckstop Sally 

    8 years ago

    You know -- We all need $ to live . . . but being happy, fulfilled is vital to a successful life. Thanks!

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Bobbi, thanks for stopping by. The Occupational Outlook Handbook show Social Workers Job Outlook for 2008 - 2018 as favorable - growth -- faster than average. More income for Soc Workers who work with the Aging Population and in Rural areas.

    Teachers - Special Education - growth is faster than average. A Harvard study says that Special Education Teachers are one of the happiest professions.

    There are stresses in both jobs for sure.

    Higher income comes with Specializing in the Field. Hope this helps.

    LadyE, thanks for your comment. Many people fail to realize that they can work on a Contractual or Consultant basis. Thanks!

  • Lady_E profile image


    8 years ago from London, UK

    This is good to know and many of them can be done being Self Employed. Great Share. :)

  • BobbiRant profile image


    8 years ago from New York

    Actually the Internet recently tried to say the worst degree is Social Work. I've done Social Work for a long time so I wasn't happy to see that article. Aren't even teachers getting the ax lately? Not to be a wet blanket or anything but I'm wondering if any thing is immune anymore. Great hub though.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Yes you are on the list, a couple times. Thanks for the vote and for stopping by!!

  • drpastorcarlotta profile image

    Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

    8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    I am on that list! GREAT HUB! Voted-up!

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Ingenira, thanks for your comment. I am glad you see this list as a Good list! It's a pleasure to have you here.

    Have a nice day!

  • Ingenira profile image


    8 years ago

    Good list !


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