Jobs and Careers That Have Lasted A Long Time
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
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- Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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
- Doctor – Primary and Specialist
- Police Officer
- Actors, Producers, Directors
- Data Entry and Information Processing Clerk
- Social Workers
- Sociologist and Political Scientist
- Building Cleaning Worker
- Food Processor
- Loan Officers
- Funeral Director
- 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.
Your choice of a career weighs heavily on your knowledge and understanding, first, of yourself. Secondly, your 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 in 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.
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!