We all like to complain about how much the economy sucks these days. While that’s true as a generalization, some sectors are actually booming. We compiled a list of five jobs that are still hiring like mad, many to the point of having trouble finding enough applicants.
Mobile application developers
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The mobile app rush that started with the iPhone in 2007 is still rolling full steam ahead. As a result, the demand for mobile app developers for the iPhone, iPad, Droid, and other devices remains high. The supply of app developers simply can’t keep up with demand, according to this CNBC article. That’s why mobile app developers get away with charging as much as $150/hour.
“For the first half of 2010, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court reported a 10 percent increase in filings over last year’s numbers for the same six-month period. With more than 11,000 cases filed, it was the busiest first half the court has had in at least a decade,” writes Patrick Thornton in this AllBusiness article.
Needless to say, those 11,000+ cases need bankruptcy lawyers, who charge by the minute. Bankruptcy lawyers thrive on recessionary fallout in general; this recession, with its real estate slant, has proven especially profitable. Even though they’re dealing with people without money, bankruptcy lawyers protect themselves by working on retainer, siphoning off what could be the last of their clients’ assets in the process.
Receivers, who are appointed by courts to take care of empty commercial real estate properties until they can be resold, are a hot commodity. Raking in fees of up to hundreds of dollars per hour, according to this LA Times article, swoop into a property while that property’s lender takes care of foreclosure proceedings. The receiver makes sure the property stays in good shape and looks around for a buyer, courting real estate brokers in the process. A bonus of the job is that receivers get to travel around the country while they tend to distressed properties.
Baby boomers are one of the biggest generations alive today. Now, they’re aging en masse, leaving plenty of jobs for caretakers and home health aides, who help elders with daily tasks and overnight care. Nursing schools are milling out all levels of qualifications, from CNA (certified nursing assistant) to RNs. In most cases, grads who focus on the aging population have no problem finding jobs. Even caretakers without degrees can find work for a caretaking organization or senior center.
The government is the nation’s biggest employer. Moreover, many of this monopoly—err, organization’s workers will retire during the next decade or so. While “government work” isn’t a profession, doing something for the government, like engineering, is. The fact is that if you go to the federal government’s jobs site, there will probably be an opening for you. Just expect more competition as employment continues to stagnate.