Want a guaranteed job? Get used to being called doctor. And stay in school.
The top jobs with the lowest unemployment rates for 2012 include fields in areas from health care and finance, to social services and engineering — and all require a lot of education and training.
“You look at these jobs, they are all high skilled, high education, and high experience,” said Abraham Mosisa, an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Therefore, demand is generally high in all those areas.”
On the other end of the spectrum are jobs in construction, sales, and transportation. Not only do many of these jobs require less formal training and education, but some – like telemarketing — tend to have high rates of turnover, said Mosisa.
Employers may be hiring, but there’s another big problem with the job market that isn’t being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed.
An often overlooked number calculated by the Labor Department shows millions of Americans want a job but haven’t searched for one in at least a year. They’ve simply given up hope.
They’re not counted as part of the labor force, the official unemployment rate, or the category the Labor Department refers to as “discouraged workers” — those who haven’t bothered to look for work in the last four weeks.