Many people are reconsidering their life’s work during this recession. Kiplinger has a great article on the careers predicted to do well over the next decade. The author, Marty Nemko, selected the 13 that rank best overall based on these criteria:
• Likelihood of Sustaining at Least a Middle-Class Income. This subsumes three factors: likely job growth, income potential and being under the radar (so there’s less competition for jobs).
• Socially Redeeming. There may be jobs, for example, as casino managers and tobacco executives, but such occupations were immediately excluded from consideration.
• Quality of Life. Reasonable work hours, freedom from toxic or noisy work environments, and so on.
• Status. Most Kiplinger readers will not, for example, be attracted to owning gas stations, even though some gas-station owners make a great deal of money.
Here’s a link to the full article: