President Donald Trump — get used to saying it. Nobody saw it coming, and a lot of Americans are unclear as to what it means for the future.
Anxieties are high, and they’re probably going to remain that way. Though the economy is fairly strong for the time being, things could change in a hurry. Many of Trump’s supporters backed him for his economic message, and as such, they expect results.
Namely, they expect an uptick in jobs, wages, and opportunity. Though Trump was able to swing a lot of support in states where the economy has rusted, it’s unclear as to whether he will be able to follow through.
Even so, there are some jobs and professions that will likely benefit. Trump brings about a lot of uncertainty, and that breeds certain demands. Demand is what truly creates jobs — so if you’re in certain industries, you’re likely to be a winner no matter what happens.
Of course, Trump has also promised to invest and put government support behind certain projects. He has plans to address America’s infrastructure problem, for example, as well as his famous border wall. Trump has also said he wants to rebuild the military. There should be some job creation occurring over the next several years. If that’s of any comfort.
Here are 15 jobs and professions that should see growth under President Trump’s administration.
America’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. President Trump has promised to fix it, so additional investments should be in the pipeline. That should put a lot of people to work, which is a good thing. We’ll just have to wait and see if the questionable plan he’s tabled comes to fruition. Democrats have been generally supportive of infrastructure spending, so there’s a good chance of action.
2. Civil liberties lawyers
President Trump has said that flag burners should go to jail or lose their citizenship, he’s also called for curtailing other variations of free speech. Other civil rights are in danger as well. It looks to be a scary and busy time for civil and constitutional rights lawyers. Just take a look at the fallout from the infamous “travel ban” executive order as an example.
3. Law enforcement
Trump is going to redirect resources toward law enforcement. That includes local police departments and federal agencies dedicated to enforcing immigration law and federal drug crime as well. Trump has said that crime is out of control. He believes it, even if it conflicts with reality. You can be sure that the ranks of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol units will probably swell, too.
Trump has pledged to rebuild the military during his presidency. Though we don’t know specifically what that means, you shouldn’t be surprised to see Republicans crank up military spending. This should include increased jobs and opportunities for those volunteering for service. The hope, of course, is that military action doesn’t necessarily ramp up as Trump confronts our adversaries around the world.
Journalists (real journalists) are needed now more than ever. The media is supposed to play the role of “watchdog” when it comes to the government, and with President Trump helming the ship, there’s no shortage of interest in quality reporting. The New York Times saw a big bump in subscribers, for example, and there’s likely to be more room for aspiring journalists to get in the game.
People are having a hard time dealing with Trump’s recent win. It’s not surprising, but apparently it is a problem so widespread that therapists are seeing an influx of appointments. That’s good news for mental health professionals (or aspiring ones). It’s unclear as to whether people will be able to manage their anxieties after Trump’s been in the White House for a while, but, currently, therapists can expect to make a ton of cash.
7. Cyber security professionals
There was a lot of “jiggery-pokery” — to borrow a phrase from the late Justice Antonin Scalia — during the election. Accusations of voter fraud, hacked emails, and suspicions of foreign cyber attacks have made it clear that we need to do something about our cyber security. Or, as Trump has called it, “the cyber.”
Look for cyber security professionals to be in high demand in coming years.
8. Non-profit jobs
The shock of President Trump’s win led to a whole lot of people donating a whole lot of money toward non-profit organizations. With more resources, these organizations can hire more people and focus more energy on their respective causes. Among the biggest recipients of post-election windfalls were the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Anti-Defamation League.
It’s tough to make it in the arts, but President Trump may inspire a significant amount of interest in escaping reality. From theater to movies, to stand-up comedy and punk rock, we’re probably in for some excellent stuff in coming years. And yes, there’s some money to be made. Just look at how much money Hamilton is bringing in after the cast’s run-in with Mike Pence.
10. Brewers and bartenders
They say that alcohol is recession-proof. If some of the economic fallout that many are expecting comes to pass under Trump, you can bet Americans will be turning to the bottle in large numbers. That means increased demand, which means more jobs and more money. There’s also the looming question of whether or not enforcement officials will come down on legal marijuana — which could lead to more alcohol demand.
11. Bankers and finance professionals
It’s a good time to be a banker. Or anyone who works in the financial sector. Goldman Sachs has many alumni in high-ranking government positions now, and it looks like Trump is setting his sights on removing all or portions of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Dow recently topped 20,000, and if the economic gains Trump has promised come to fruition, financial professionals stand to make a lot of money.
12. Social media specialists
With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the news media over the past few months, one thing should stand out as a clear takeaway: Social media is incredibly important. Millions of people use platforms like Facebook as their primary news source, which means companies need social media specialists as their frontline warriors in the new information age. This may be a sub-task of other jobs, but know that skills related to social media are likely to only increase in demand.
13. Energy workers
In addition to infrastructure jobs, Trump promised the energy sector new life. That includes coal miners, the majority of which have been made redundant by increased natural gas production. But it does look like energy jobs related to natural gas, oil, and coal production will see a growth period. The real question is how long those jobs will stick around, and when jobs related to solar energy will become more common.
14. Environmental scientists
As mentioned, Trump’s team is already rolling back environmental regulations. While we don’t know exactly how that will play out, in all likelihood, it’s going to be bad for the environment. That means people who study and understand the environment will be needed to translate what’s happening — and they’ll need to recommend changes to the administration (or the next one). Who will want to pay these scientists, of course, is another question.
15. Graphic artists
Yes, we already mentioned artists. But graphic artists, specifically, are going to have a lot of opportunities in the next few years. Think about all the protest signs that need to be designed and created — and all of the protests yet to come. In the short amount of time that Trump’s been in office, protests have erupted from coast to coast. All of them stuffed with signs. If you’re a graphic artist or aspire to be one, now is your time to shine.