Professions that are doing well

November 13, 2008 7:56:28 AM PST
We know Wall Street and the financial sector have been hit especially hard, but there are professions that are actually doing well right now. Fields you might want to consider if you're open to a career change. "I was unemployed and trying to find a new job. You go on the computer there was nothing," said Greg Savage.

In his mid 40's Savage lost his job and was forced to make a career change. With the economy in turmoil and the job market tightening he looked for an opportunity and took a position as a lab tech at North Shore LJJ.

Pear Kamer, Chief Economist for the Long Island Association says nationwide hundreds of thousands of people are in the same tough position. She says the best way to combat adversity is to knwow where the openings are.

According to the Department of Labor the occupations with the largest projected employment growth include:

  • Registered nurses
  • Aides and orderlies
  • Home health care aids
  • Retail salespersons
  • Customer service representatives
  • Bookeepers and accountants
  • Elementary school teachers and waiters and waitresses

    "The problem is were losing that are high paying growing in lower paying industries," said Kamer.

    The industies with the largest wage and salary growth include jobs in the medical field government and educations.

    Fred Burke runs the career center at Hofstra University and says the trick is to look for the hidden opportunities in your own field.

    There's also seasonal employment opportunities in retail and places to go online.

    STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren DeFranco
    WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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