High school seniors, are you expecting one of those high-paying high-tech jobs to come your way? It may happen and you may win the lottery, too.
Do you know that only about 25% of college graduates actually go to work in the field for which they are educated? Yes, the title of “engineer” is captivating. Yet, among the top 50 careers in America today and for the foreseeable future, openings for engineers are very limited.
The career field in highest demand of your skills is the medical field. Anything medical. If unskilled, there are innumerable opportunities to flip hamburgers or serve up lattes.
Back in my days in the aerospace business, it was boom and bust. Careers were cut short when federal funding of various programs ended. For examples, the position of astronaut captivates the imagination; many want to be, but few are chosen.
Among my colleagues who worked for Autonetics, Lockheed, General Dynamics, E-Systems, Grumman, United Technologies (back then strictly aerospace, not air conditioners), Texas Instruments, Honeywell aviation products and others, many eagerly took jobs pumping gasoline or working as security guards when orders for our stuff abruptly stopped.
I also worked in the oil patch, first as a roughneck on offshore rigs in the days of my youth, later on an engineering team that built the world’s first robotic drilling rig. As with aerospace jobs, oilfield jobs pay very well, but are subject to the same vagaries of economic downturns as any other career field.
Be encouraged. There are excellent career fields out there in the workaday world, but only those in demand will be working.
Do your research now. Don’t be misled by high school counselors who may push you toward a field of study that may leave you unfulfilled. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career builder websites, talk to people actually working in a given line of work – most important of all, be sensitive to the Grace of God.
An old word in use as I grew up was “vocation”. It would be said of someone in a particular line of work or professional services that he or she was a vocational doctor, teacher, welder, etc.
“Vocation” comes from Latin vocare, “to be called”. Your vocation is your calling, it’s the type of work in which you will be both happy and successful. No one knows you better than your Creator.
For your research:
Career One Stop: Most Job Openings 2012-2022 time period http://ow.ly/UKye8
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook http://ow.ly/UKytV
U.S. News and World Report: The 100 Best Jobs http://ow.ly/UKyUY
Worldwide Learn: Top Jobs and Careers http://ow.ly/UKA4M