Special Report

Jobs With the Best (and Worst) Job Security

15. Database administrators
> Unemployment rate:
> Labor force: 94,000
> Industry: Computers and mathematics
> Median annual wage: $80,280

Database administrators use software to help store and manage data. As is the case with most jobs with low unemployment rates, the data administrator profession is expected to grow over the next decade. Through 2024, the BLS estimates a faster than average 11% employment growth in the field. The Internet, which has made the collection and distribution of data far easier than ever before, has contributed to the relatively recent explosion of digital information. The ever-increasing amount of data may only strengthen the demand for database-related professions.

14. Court, municipal, and license clerks
> Unemployment rate:
> Labor force: 72,000
> Industry: Office and administrative support
> Median annual wage: $35,460

Clerks who perform routine tasks in court, municipal, and licensing offices have relatively high job security. A relatively niche field, most such jobs are in the public sphere. Of the 71,000 clerks employed across the country, 30,000 work within local governments, 27,000 in state governments, and 8,000 with the federal government. Government jobs are often more stable than their private sector equivalents. Likely due to its public nature, workers looking for a job in this field fare better than other clerical specialties. While just 0.9% of court, municipal and license clerks are looking for a job, 4.7% of the office and administrative support workforce is unemployed overall.

13. Respiratory therapists
> Unemployment rate:
> Labor force: 109,000
> Industry: Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
> Median annual wage: $56,730

Many jobs in the health care industry are relatively secure. Unemployment across the industry is a relatively low 1.7%. The unemployment rate in the specialized field of respiratory therapists is even lower at 0.8%. Respiratory therapists typically work in hospitals with patients of all ages who have trouble breathing. Respiratory therapists are in high demand as, along with very low unemployment, the number of jobs in this specialized field are projected to expand by a relatively rapid 12% through 2024.

12. Chiropractors
> Unemployment rate:
> Labor force: 76,000
> Industry: Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
> Median annual wage: $66,720

The number of chiropractors is expected to grow by 17% through 2024, above average growth compared to the national job market. Less than 1% of workers in the field are unemployed, one of the lowest jobless rates of any profession. According to the BLS, interest in alternative forms of health care is growing in the United States. Chiropractic treatment in particular could be appealing for its use of nonsurgical and nondrug methods.

11. Aerospace engineers
> Unemployment rate:
> Labor force: 139,000
> Industry: Architecture and engineering
> Median annual wage: $105,380

While the majority of aerospace engineers work for private companies, the federal government often contracts these companies to design and manufacture aircraft and missiles as well as spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are among the least likely workers in the country to be out of a job. A highly specialized field, aerospace engineering is one of only 14 job fields where unemployment is less than 1%. While demand for many jobs with similarly low unemployment rates is projected to grow in the next 10 years, the same cannot be said for aerospace engineers. The BLS projects the number of jobs in the field will decline by 2% through 2024.