Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States reached an unprecedented unemployment rate. Economic recovery has been slow due to many state's lockdown policies.
As of January 2021, the national unemployment rate had dropped to 6.3%, although job opportunities are on the rise, some demographics are not recovering as quickly.
The loss of employment hit black Americans the hardest, specifically black women. As of January 2021, there has been a 9.5% decrease in black women in the workforce.
For the economy to recover, it is important that no demographic gets left behind.
Believe it or not, recession-proof careers do exist and are booming. The first three stable careers on our list are in the healthcare industry, which saw a huge demand for certified workers in various areas during the pandemic. As the economy recovers, the demand in this field isn't slowing down.
Can you handle the sight of blood? If the answer is yes, consider a career as a phlebotomy technician. This essential employee is responsible for collecting blood and other specimen for testing.
The need for professionals in the medical diagnostic and laboratory field is rapidly growing. Phlebotomy jobs are expected to increase by 24.3% over the next 10 years. The average starting salary is $30,000 per year for an entry-level position.
Medical assistants are vital in every medical practice. They must be able to multitask, interact with individuals and hold many responsibilities including:
Taking patient vitals
Entering medical histories
Handling laboratory specimens
The average starting salary for a medical assistant is $30,000 per year.
A first-rate professional medical coder is worth their weight in gold – it's one of the most important positions in every medical facility. A medical coder must be able to read medical charts and correctly assign a diagnosis code. This is such a vital role because insurance companies pay and authorize procedures according to this data.
The average starting salary for a professional medical coder is $38,000. The career has a lot of room for advancement. Experienced coders can make up to $71,000 per year.
This career combines two booming industries – healthcare and information technology. Advancing technology in the healthcare industry has digitized almost all aspects of patient care. A healthcare IT technician has many important tasks:
Maintain electronic health records programs
Help with medical business operations
Maintain the network and security
Secure patient medical data
The average starting salary for a healthcare IT technician is $35,000. However, additional certifications can quickly increase your salary to $80,000 per year.
If the healthcare industry isn’t for you, consider an IT support position. As an IT Helpdesk Administrator, you ensure an organization’s computer and phone systems are running properly. You’ll learn to troubleshoot network issues, set up wired and wireless connections and can have the flexibility to work in a variety of industries.
The average starting salary for an IT helpdesk administrator analyst is $38,000. This is a great starting point for a lifelong career of advancement in IT and you can quickly grow your career with additional certifications and training.