There's even an oversupply in supposed hot careers, for example, in science, technology, engineering, and math majors (STEM). Evidence:THIS and THIS and THIS and THIS. Too, there's an oversupply of lawyers. Evidence: THIS and THIS and THIS and THIS.
Long-term, there may no way to avoid the accelerating decline in good jobs but at least over the next decade or two, one way to cope is to consider under-the-radar careers. Here are some that score high, overall, across these factors:
- Most practitioners feel like they're doing something importantl.
- Good projected job market
- Most practitioners earn a middle-class income
- Little risk of offshoring or automating the job.
- Not requiring inordinate education
Of course, the following list is just a sampling, as much to encourage you to think beyond the obvious as to consider these particular careers.
The first seven were listed in a Business Insider article, 18 High-Paying Careers Youve Probably Never Heard Of.
Air-traffic controller. Yes, high stress but good job market--almost all grads of training programs get hired and six-figure income is common. INFO.
Surveyor. Their job is to use GPS and other tools to identify the boundaries not just of homes but, for example, of highways, airports, mines, and underwater property. INFO.
Unexploded ordnance technician. A career for people who would love a job blowing things up. And training is short. INFO
Court stenographer. Despite the presence of translation software, the job market for stenographers remains good. They're used not only in courtrooms but in captioning, for example, for the deaf. Three-year training. INFO
Anesthesiology assistant. Pre-, post, and intraoperatively, you work alongside and/or under an anesthesiologist. It usually requires a pre-med bachelor's and a two-year masters. But after that, you'll be in demand for a six-figure job. INFO. Parallel position: radiologist assistant: INFO
Audiologist. Three-year doctorate and then you're in demand for a good-income career helping people hear better using ever improved hearing-aids. INFO.
Embalmer. You prepare dead bodies for viewing at a funeral. Not for everyone but, for the right person, it can be a career to die for. INFO
The next six careers were listed in another Business Insider article: 40 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree.
Purchasing Agent . Buy machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies for an organization to use or resell. INFO
Power plant operator. You control the systems that distribute electric power. INFO
Transportation, storage, and distribution manager. You plan, direct, or coordinate distribution of products in warehouses, trucks, etc. INFO
Here are some other under-the-radar careers I've recommended to various clients:
Academic adviser: You help college students choose courses, majors and keep them on track. A college campus is one of the more pleasant places to work. INFO
Haircutter. This career always scores near the top of job-satisfaction surveys thanks to high success rate, pleasant environment, and regular customers with whom you get to chat. INFO
Optometrist. Also high success rate, a six-figure income, and prestige. Training is long: 4 years post- bachelors. Programs exist that let you earn both your bachelor's and Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years. INFO
Condominium association manager. You hire contractors, supervise maintenance, and collect bills. INFO
Elevator Installer and Repairer. You may work on escalators and moving walkways as well as elevators. INFO
Wastewater plant worker. Most people are turned off by the concept but the few wastewater workers I've spoken with like their jobs and demand is high for a variety of positions, from plumber to planner to project manager. INFO and INFO
Clergyperson. Unmitigated do-gooding in this varied career: ministering to the troubled, performing ceremonies, sermonizing, and planning the congregation's future. INFO