I'm currently in pharmacy school and I'm glad that I made a good choice ["The 30 Best Careers for 2009," usnews.com]. If you really want to succeed in these hard times, you have to work hard for it, don't just cry about it. Sure, school is expensive—I'm pretty much a starving student still living with mom and dad, getting financial aid, student loans, working part time going to school full time—but it will all pay off once I'm a graduate and make great money. I'm willing to make sacrifices for my education and my future.
Comment by Christy D. of FL
The article was informative but not very encouraging. While those careers listed may make it through the crunch during the recession—if you are not already there—the employers may not be hiring more because of the recession. Even healthcare, which always ranks high on career lists, will be affected because those who had planned to retire won't because of the economy. So, for the laid-off person or one still in college, it will be a "Catch 22" effect. Does anyone really have the answer to make it through all the many changes that are about to happen? My suggestion: Pray and hang on tight.
Comment by T.G. of OR
As the article said, becoming a cosmetologist/hairdresser is a very good career choice. I have been a cosmetologist for five years and I own my own place. Even if you don't go out and rent your own booth, working for a salon can be very rewarding itself. Also, you know that you'll never run out of customers. Besides, there are many careers in the beauty industry that don't require you to know how to cut hair, for men and women alike.
Comment by Ally of CA
You have overlooked one of the most important careers to consider for 2009: With our soldiers returning from long tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, there will be a high demand for licensed professional counselors to help soldiers deal with emotional problems related to their war experiences as well as the readjustment to family and responsibilities back home. Our government should address these issues by providing more accessibility to psychotherapy.
Comment by Susana Weber of TX
Once again, the job of teaching gets the shaft. Teachers are needed everywhere, yet jobs like firefighters not only get paid more (for less education) but also get more prestige. Teachers are on the front line everyday and have to deal with parent and student apathy, multiple languages, and myriad problems associated with today's teens. Finding people who know their subject matter well AND can communicate effectively with teenagers as a captive audience can be a daunting challenge.
Comment by Rick of CA