Special Report

13 Professions With the Highest Job Security

Directors, religious activities and education
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3. Directors, religious activities and education
> Unemployment rate: 0.2%
> Average annual wage: $45,160
> Total employment: 78,000

Religious directors are responsible for planning and administering programs related to religious education. Their responsibilities include developing course curricula, training and supervising instructional staff, and providing counseling to community members struggling with marital, health, financial, and religious problems. Religious education directors may perform their job better the more familiar they are with the community they serve. As a result, an experienced director of religious education may be difficult to replace. Just 0.2% of religious education directors are unemployed, tied as the second lowest unemployment rate of any U.S. job. Wages for the position are fairly uncompetitive, however, with the average religious education director earning $45,160 a year — slightly less than the $48,320 average across all full-time U.S. occupations.

Biological scientist
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2. Biological scientists
> Unemployment rate: 0.2%
> Average annual wage: $79,610
> Total employment: 96,000

Biological scientists work in laboratories, conducting and directing biological experiments. Like most other jobs with with such low unemployment, biological scientists are highly educated and highly paid. Biological scientists typically have a Ph.D, and the average salary in the field is nearly $80,000 a year. While biological scientists currently enjoy relatively high job security, the number of these jobs is projected to increase by only 3.7% through 2024, trailing the 6.5% growth rate across all occupations.

Construction and building inspector
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1. Construction and building inspectors
> Unemployment rate: 0.1%
> Average annual wage: $60,030
> Total employment: 93,000

Construction and building inspectors ensure that buildings, highways, streets, sewage systems, water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures are up to local and national standards and meet any other relevant specifications. Local building codes and zoning ordinances can be somewhat complex, and on-the-job training within a certain city or district may provide some practitioners with invaluable experience. Many construction and building inspectors may be difficult to replace, and partially as a result they enjoy high job security. Just 0.1% of construction and building inspectors are out of work, the lowest unemployment rate of any occupation.

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