A faltering economy can have severe repercussions, one of which is college graduates who can’t find jobs. With mounting student loan debt, they find that the job market in their chosen field isn’t hiring. When graduates can’t find work in more traditional fields, it may be time to look at other job options. Here are six careers that many may never have heard of. These jobs pay surprisingly well.
Unexploded Ordnance Technician
If you don’t mind living out of a suitcase, this job might be for you. An unexploded ordnance technician travels around the world to blow up unwanted buildings. Preparation takes about six weeks of training at a cost of $12,000. The starting salary is $65,000 per year.
A big push in new projects by mobile satellite internet providers has created a demand for tower technicians. Cellular networks have evolved to become a major source of wireless internet service. Cellular network adapters make internet connectivity possible anywhere that has cell phone tower coverage. This job requires no college education and pays at least $20 per hour.
Geomatic Engineering/Land Surveying
Increased construction to improve the nation’s infrastructure will mean more jobs available for land surveyors. They provide important data for map-making, engineering and construction projects. The starting salary is around $56,000 a year. There are opportunities in the field to work your way up to a six-figure salary with a professional license.
A few schools offer this degree and the unemployment rate is very low for graduates. This job involves designing packaging for product integrity and appeal under conditions such as display and shipping. Large fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson hire packaging engineers. The median salary in the U.S. is around $110,000 per year.
Medical Equipment Repairer
Keeping medical equipment in good operating condition is vital. A job as a medical equipment repairer requires an Associate’s degree. The job growth rate for this field is much faster than average. Median pay in 2012 was around $45,000 annually.
Hearing Aid Practitioner
As the baby boom generation grows older and needs hearing aides, this career field is guaranteed to have plenty of work. Employed by businesses that sell assisted living devices, they test clients’ hearing and choose an appropriate hearing device for them. The training programs offered last two years and the median salary is around $45,000 annually.
Choosing a career is probably the most important step in life. You must balance what you really like to do with practical aspects such as job availability.