Special Report

13 Professions With the Highest Job Security

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13. First-line supervisors of correctional officers
> Unemployment rate: 0.5%
> Average annual wage: $62,770
> Total employment: 61,000

Correctional officers have a dangerous and high stress position, and their supervisors work in similar environments. Still, they enjoy greater job stability than most occupations. Just 0.5% of correctional officer supervisors employed nationwide are looking for work. And with an average annual salary of $62,770, they also benefit from above-average wages. The average full-time worker across all occupations has an annual income of $48,320. Government positions tend to be more stable than those in the private workforce, which may explain the high job stability for these workers — first-line supervisors of correctional officers are disproportionately employed by states or municipalities.

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12. Dental hygienists
> Unemployment rate: 0.5%
> Average annual wage: $72,720
> Total employment: 169,000

Dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices, performing tasks such as teeth cleaning. While they do not have the level of training and expertise of dentists, they are still paid quite well, with an average annual wage of $72,720. Like Dentists, hygienists also have a great deal of job stability, with an unemployment rate of just 0.5%. Dental hygienists do not just have a low unemployment rate, but also they are in very high demand. The number of workers in the field is expected to grow by more than 18% over the next decade, far faster than the projected U.S. job growth rate of 6.5% over the same period.

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11. Physicians and surgeons
> Unemployment rate: 0.5%
> Average annual wage: $202,450
> Total employment: 1,061,000

The occupations that require the most education or professional experience often have the most job security. Most physicians and surgeons must complete four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and between three and seven years in internship and residency programs before they can practice medicine professionally. The investment in higher education and training usually pays off, as physicians have some of the highest paying and most secure jobs in the country. The average physician earns $202,450 a year, more than four times the average annual wage nationwide. Just 0.5% of physicians and surgeons are out of work, nearly the lowest unemployment rate of any occupation.

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10. Training and development managers
> Unemployment rate: 0.5%
> Average annual wage: $111,680
> Total employment: 58,000

Training and development managers are responsible for the training and continued development of an organization’s employees, and at larger companies may oversee a staff of training and development specialists. Responsible for the cultivation of an organization’s talent, such managers are often an indispensable part of any company. Just 0.5% of training and development managers are out of a job, far less than the 4.4% unemployment rate across all U.S. occupations. Most careers with high job security are also high paying. The average training manager is paid $111,680 annually, more than double the $48,320 average annual wage for full-time workers nationwide.

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