Stable Jobs: 7 Careers With the Most Job Security

Test pilot Michael Melvill rides atop of SpaceShipOne as it is towed down the runway

Test pilot Michael Melvill rides atop of SpaceShipOne as it is towed down the runway. | David McNew/Getty Images

While we’ve discussed which jobs and career paths tend to have the least amount of job security, we’re going to take a look at the inverse — the jobs and careers that are the most secure. These are the jobs that people typically work very hard to get, and don’t leave easily. The barriers to entry for these jobs is usually fairly high, requiring many years of schooling and training. It’s a process that weeds out those who aren’t fully invested, and leaves behind only those who are truly called to a given career path.

It’s important to remember that almost everyone has the same goal: Find a job that you enjoy, pays well, and is stable. That’s what makes these jobs so difficult to find. And once you have one, you’re not willing to give it up easily. If you can manage to get your foot in the door, employers are likely to do what’s needed to keep you — it’s why you don’t see throngs of unemployed dentists or engineers.

Suffice it to say, these are the jobs that are held in high esteem, and that will generally allow you to climb the economic ladder. You want one of these jobs. It’s just a matter of putting in the work to get in.

Here are seven career paths with high levels of job security.

 1. Engineers

Aerospace Engineer Wernher Von Braun (centre) explaining his model of the Saturn Rocket

Aerospace Engineer Wernher Von Braun (center) explains his model of the Saturn Rocket. | Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Engineers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and specialties. There are biomedical engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers — and the list goes on. All of them tend to pay well and have high levels of jobs security (there aren’t a large number of replacement engineers on standby), so if you want to get into the field, it’s mostly about choosing a specific path. One of the most secure of all, however, is in the field of aerospace engineering.

2. Information security professionals

Telecom network cables are pictured

Telecom network cables are pictured. | Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

There’s plenty of need for information security specialists, especially in the modern economy. Technology is rapidly developing and evolving, and people are finding ways to exploit vulnerabilities as fast as programmers are finding ways to defend against them. It’s a battle that doesn’t have an end in sight — which is good news for those working in the field. You can pretty much count on having a job somewhere.

3. Nurse practitioners

An orthopaedic practitioner casts a broken ankle

An orthopedic practitioner casts a broken ankle. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

If there’s one field that’s been all about growth over the past few decades, it’s in healthcare — and nursing, specifically. Nurse practitioners have the ability to treat specific medical conditions with supervision, which makes them more specialized than other nurses. That also means they’re harder to find, and are worth more to employers. And employers are less likely to want to let them go, meaning that there’s a good level of job security.

4. Therapists

A man in a therapy session

A man attends a therapy session. | iStock

Like engineering, therapists come with many specialties attached. One area of big-time growth is in the field of occupational therapy, to point at one example. Looking at numbers from the BLS, occupational therapy is a field that is expected to grow by as much as 27% over the next eight years — and is a career path that pays, on average, more than $80,000 per year.

5. Chiropractors

Osteopath Wilfred Smith manipulating a patient's back

An osteopath manipulates a patient’s back. | Fox Photos/Getty Images

Osteopathy and chiropractors are often met with a good deal of skepticism, but their work is incredibly popular, and for that reason, there’s no shortage of demand for their services. In fact, it’s one field that is expected to grow faster than most others, with plenty of jobs slated to enter the economy in coming years. With high demand for services comes job security, and better wages, as well.

6. Doctors and surgeons

Surgical instruments

The education is worth it. | iStock

It’s hard to think of a job that’s more secure than a doctor or surgeon. If you can make it through medical school and residency, and finally land yourself in a practice, you can bet that you’re probably not going to be first on the chopping block when heads need to roll. But the job is so secure because it’s very difficult to get. The barrier to entry is incredibly high, making it an incredibly secure job.

7. Dentists

A dentist inspects teeth

A dentist inspects teeth. | iStock

Dentists are a lot like doctors — pretty damn secure in their profession. Becoming a dentist is a long, hard path, and once you eventually make it, you’re probably not going to quit, or do something that’s going to get you fired. Dentists have jobs that are ranked highly among others, pay a lot of money, and are generally very secure. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can bet a job in dentistry would be very ful-“filling.”

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