Despite the painful recession in the last decade, and the consequent slow down in job growth, there were occupations that doubled its work force. This shows that there are some sectors that will keep generating jobs irrespective of the state of the economy. Aiming to be part of these sectors can prove beneficial for those looking for a career in an ideal and promising field.

Services Operators in Energy Sector

The most number of jobs was created in the energy industry. In fact, the service unit operator work force over the last decade quadrupled in this sector with openings rising from 12,000 in 2002 to more than 57,000 in 2012. Today there are about 45,000 service operators working in the energy sector. Most of the jobs in this field is related to overseeing and maintaining wells and employing technology to extract oil & gas. Gas producing states, such as Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota has seen an explosion of these jobs. The huge growth in this sector has been attributed to the growing energy needs of the country which has led to rise in need for tapping non-conventional fuel sources.

Petroleum Engineers

The demand for petroleum engineers comes close to service operators. In the past decade, the profession has seen an estimated job growth of 227%. Today, the median wage of a petroleum engineer is about $130,000 and there are about 33,500 professionals employed in this capacity. To get into this field one should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, clear a licensing exam and have four years of work experience.

Interpreters and Translators

With international trade on the rise, the demand for interpreters and translators has shot up hugely. While in 2002, the number of translators count stood at 20,000 the figure has now touched 50,000. The growth in Hispanic population is another reason for the rise in demand. The pay varies anywhere from $92,000 to $23,500 annually.

Human Resources Specialists

Another position that is expected to be much in demand is human resources specialists. In the last decade the number of people employed in this field grew by over 225,000, i.e a whopping 134%. With a rise in employment firms more number of such posts are expected to be created. To get into this field one requires a bachelor’s degree, along with strong interpersonal skills.

Massage Therapists

With the rise in spas and massage clinics across the length and breadth of the country, demand for massage therapists has spiraled considerably. This field has seen a job growth of 162% in the last 10 years. Most massage therapists are self employed. Those employed in spas or health sector draw an average salary of $36,000.

Besides these other jobs that have witnessed stupendous growth include personal care aides, skin care specialists, coaches and scouts and financial advisors.

In our next post we will share our views on how to make a foray into these fields.