The economic downturn has taken a much greater toll on some industries than others. Among the worst hit are the auto industry, home construction, state and local government, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, and newspapers.
But the good news is that there are some industries that have fared pretty well in spite of all the bad news related to the recession. Healthcare and IT not only weathered the recession pretty well, but both of these industries are projected to do well in the future.
It’s easy to only think of healthcare in terms of direct care providers—physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, radiologists, etc. However, there are other career opportunities in healthcare that might not immediately come to mind: IT, sales, recruiting, medical writing, accounting/finance, and human resources.
So if you are thinking about changing industries, you may want to consider one of these fields that your background might be suitable for. It will be an easier transition if you are using skills that you have demonstrated expertise in rather than trying to go into a new field and a new industry at the same time.
Similar to healthcare, when most people think of IT, they think of careers that are directly related to computers in some way. But the IT industry needs other types of workers as well: sales, project managers (you don’t always need a technical background for this type of position), and subject matter experts in the industries that programmers want to create applications for (i.e., banking or retail).
If you’re thinking about changing industries, make sure that you research the new industry first. Talk to people who are in that industry and network with them to find out what the trends are and how your skill set can best be leveraged.
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