As the global economy is still reeling from the Great Recession, the unemployment statistics are getting staggering in the U.S. by either historical or normal standards. There are more than 2 million Americans jobless for more than 99 weeks (one reader suggested the actual number of 99ers should be at tripled that). Then, Dr. Doom Roubini further scared everybody yesterday by predicting a 60% probability of a double dip recession in 2012. So this infographic could come in handy providing some clue as to the hottest labor market trend even in a recessionary environment.
Aside from the usual health, technology and financial related jobs (e.g., veterinarian, software engineer, financial analyst) that are typically considered hot and recession-proof, three jobs–Metal Health Counselor, Forensic Science Technician, and Makeup Artist, seem somewhat surprising to me. I guess either CSI or rising crime rate, and the recession-induced mental pressure probably have a more far-reaching effect than I had imagined, and of course, vanity never gets old. .
The kind of jobs that career-seeking Americans should avoid at all costs are essentially the ones that have been gradually replaced by technology – Post Office Mail Sorter, telemarketer, photo processor, carpenter and record store owner (blame it on iPod). But automation sometimes comes with a price. After suffering from the trauma of having to junk a 1-year old fridge, and one brand new microwave blowing out fuse on arrival, I can really attest to the old saying “They sure don’t make things like they used to any more.”
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