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26 Careers With the Most Job Security

Susannah Snider

Dodge unemployment with these careers.

Talk about job security. Some fantastic careers offer rock-bottom unemployment rates and robust job growth. In fact, 26 jobs among U.S. News 2017 Best Jobs rankings reported 2015 unemployment rates of 1 percent or lower and are set to experience generous job growth between 2014 and 2024. If you want to dodge unemployment in your future career, click forward for the 26 best jobs for job security.

26. Database Administrator

Median Salary: $81,710
Unemployment Rate: 1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 13,400

DBAs set up databases according to a company's needs and ensure that they operate efficiently and securely.

Learn more about database administrators.

25. Patrol Officer

Median Salary: $58,320
Unemployment Rate: 1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 34,200

Patrol officers protect people and their property by monitoring local areas, writing reports and responding to incidents.

Learn more about patrol officers.

24. Mathematician

Median Salary: $111,110
Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 700

Mathematicians crunch numbers and analyze outcomes while working in a range of math-related jobs, including teaching and research.

Learn more about mathematicians.

23. Actuary

Median Salary: $97,070
Unemployment Rate: 0.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 4,400

These numbers experts measure and analyze the financial consequences of risk.

Learn more about actuaries.

22. Environmental Engineer

Median Salary: $84,560
Unemployment Rate: 0.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 6,800

These engineers use their training to solve environmental problems, including issues with recycling, waste disposal and pollution.

Learn more about environmental engineers.

21. Chiropractor

Median Salary: $64,440
Unemployment Rate: 0.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 7,900

These health care workers treat patients with problems relating to their musculoskeletal systems, including bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.

Learn more about chiropractors.

20. Statistician

Median Salary: $80,110
Unemployment Rate: 0.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 10,100

Statisticians work with businesses, health care organizations, engineering firms and other collaborators, using data to make decisions.

Learn more about statisticians.

19. Nurse Midwife

Median Salary: $92,510
Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent
Expected Job Openings: 1,300

These trained medical specialists diagnose and coordinate the birthing process for their patients. They may also provide gynecological checkups for clients.

Learn more about nurse midwives.

18. Nurse Anesthetist

Median Salary: $157,140
Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent
Expected Job Openings: 7,400

These registered nurses specialize in anesthesiology, administering drugs to minimize the pain of procedures.

Learn more about nurse anesthetists.

17. Nurse Practitioner

Median Salary: $98,190
Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent
Expected Job Openings: 44,700

Nurse practitioners treat patients for a variety of issues and ailments and may be able to work independently from a physician.

Learn more about nurse practitioners.

16. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median Salary: >$187,199
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 1,200

These medical professionals perform surgeries on the face, mouth and jaw.

Learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

15. Occupational Therapy Aide

Median Salary: $27,800
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 2,700

These aides typically assist occupational therapists by performing administrative duties, cleaning or other tasks.

Learn more about occupational therapy aides.

14. Pediatrician

Median Salary: $170,300
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 3,600

Pediatricians are the doctors who diagnose and treat babies, children and young adults.

Learn more about pediatricians.

13. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Median Salary: >$187,199
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 4,300

OB-GYNs specialize in women's reproductive health, managing everything from contraception to childbirth.

Learn more about obstetricians and gynecologists.

12. Marriage and Family Therapist

Median Salary: $48,600
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 5,000

These professionals diagnose and treat mental and emotional conditions related to marital and family relationships.

Learn more about marriage and family therapists.

11. Physician

Median Salary: >$187,199
Unemployment rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 5,100

These highly trained professionals diagnose, treat and monitor a variety of health conditions.

Learn more about physicians.

10. Surgeon

Median Salary: >$187,199
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 9,100

Scalpel, please. Surgeons operate on patients to help treat diseases, injuries and other issues.

Learn more about surgeons.

9. Computer Network Architect

Median Salary: $100,240
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 12,700

These technology professionals build, design and maintain data communication networks, including local area networks, called LANs, wide area networks, called WANs, and intranets.

Learn more about computer network architects.

8. Occupational Therapy Assistant

Median Salary: $57,870
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 14,100

Patients may require occupational therapy to manage a lifelong medical condition or the effects of a stroke, accident or other physical trauma. OTAs help these patients live as independently as possible, teaching them to perform daily tasks such as brushing their teeth and getting dressed.

Learn more about occupational therapy assistants.

7. Respiratory Therapist

Median Salary: $57,790
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 14,900

These medical professionals provide care and treatment for patients with heart and lung problems, including those with asthma, chronic bronchitis and sleep apnea.

Learn more about respiratory therapists.

6. Physician Assistant

Median Salary: $98,180
Unemployment Rate: 0.6 percent
Expected Job Openings: 28,700

PAs coordinate with physicians and other health care workers to treat patients.

Learn more about physician assistants.

5. Veterinarian

Median Salary: $88,490
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent
Expected Job Openings: 6,900

These animal health experts diagnose, research and treat medical conditions related to pets, livestock and other animals.

Learn more about veterinarians.

4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Median Salary: $68,970
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent
Expected Job Openings: 16,000

These health care specialists use sonography equipment to capture images for a number of medical purposes, from finding out the gender of a baby to imaging tumors.

Learn more about diagnostic medical sonographers.

3. Prosthodontist

Median Salary: $119,740
Unemployment rate: 0.1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 100

Prosthodontists specialize in restoring and replacing teeth to improve function and appearance.

Learn more about prosthodontists.

2. Orthodontist

Median Salary: >$187,199
Unemployment Rate: 0.1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 1,500

Anyone with a mouth full of braces can tell you about orthodontists. These professionals straighten teeth and align bites.

Learn more about orthodontists.

1. Dentist

Median Salary: $152,700
Unemployment Rate: 0.1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 23,300

Open wide. These professionals diagnose and treat issues of the teeth and gums.

Learn more about dentists.



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