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Question to those with a good eye for future trends...what career would be good to start right now?

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posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 12:14 AM
A great career to get into now would be finance. The baby boomer era is coming to town with ss checks and life savings with no clue of where to put it. They NEED good financial advice NOW.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:05 AM
1. Air Traffic Controller
2. Forensic accounting
3. Private detective specializing in forensic accounting
4. Forex broker
5. Speech/language therapist
6. Food/agricultural technologist
7. Film producer

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:18 AM
In my honest opinion it will be communication related.. interpersonal communication or something very similar..

I would (and am) starting off with learning hypnosis/hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and any and all professions dealing with subjective experience and how to get the best objective results from having a finely tuned subjective world.

It all helps tremendously when trying to learn anything else, .. knowing how our brain/neurology functions and how our mind/body react with each other is to me the most important thing.

Some of the richest people have been using NLP, along with the media and politicians, more malicious uses of course, but I guess that's what it takes to get the word out there.

But I think curing people of phobias and creating seemingly miraculous changes in others is amazing, along with maximizing the flexibility and understanding of oneself.

It's relatively new, becoming very popular and is applicable to almost any and every other profession.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 02:25 AM
Learn to adapt, and to be useful. Years of training for a career is a silly way to imprison yourself within the confines of a single element of the wider spectrum. Say you train for a specific specialized industry or position, what happens when that little narrow scope of expertise isn't needed?

I've been to school, but most of the useful stuff i've learned was through self education and experience. I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic, but i don't wrench on planes. I aced the MCSE tests but i don't work in IT. I'm also trained as a firefighter but i don't do that either. school taught me only that specialized training only serves to back yourself into a career corner.

You want to learn some real skills that are more useful through a wide range of fields? Learn to build stuff, fix stuff, and cook stuff. Those are the three big ones. If you can build stuff, like houses and machines, fix stuff that breaks, and cook well, then you're probably a lot better off than if you went to school with the goal of getting a single specific position in a single industry. You and your whole graduating class get to fight over a few open slots, it's a lot like gambling. Do everything right, and you're still risking failure. If you do have a passion for something that requires formal training, and the drive to be the best in the game, then don't be put off by having to attend school, but still, learn the three basic but useful skills i've listed above.

Currently, i cook and turn wrenches. No matter what, as long as there's people, they need to eat, and someone still needs to prepare food. If there's no more food available to cook then you've got bigger problems than finding a job. Currently i work in fine dining, four star type stuff, at one of the top ten restaurants in the state. When i'm not doing food, i'm building or fixing something. Right now i'm building and fixing on custom motorbikes and alternative transportation devices, including electric vehicles.

Even if it comes down to the mad max days, i'll still be wrenching and cooking, cause until we're all gone that stuff is still needed. When there's no such thing as a stock market anymore or global financial affairs, there's still going to be tools and machines that need fixing, shelter and facilities that need building, and general stuff that needs doing.

Want a REAL education? Go get a job building houses and pay attention, learn how to build a solid stable and safe structure. When you're pretty good at framing and all the stuff that goes along with it, try to get a job as a mechanic of some sort. Same thing, pay attention, study what you're doing to a high degree. Get a job in the kitchen, and not just any kitchen, but a REAL restaurant where food is actualy made from ingredients. Taking precooked food out of a wrapper, heating it up and tossing it on a plate isn't cooking. Learn to trim meats, sautee, bake, and cut. In the real food world being good with a blade is a big deal. If you can work your blade efficiently and with skill, you become a VERY valuable asset. Being good with a blade means the difference between taking an hour or a few minutes to get a job done.

Incidental to the three things i've mentioned, there are a lot of things to know, and knowing them makes you useful throughout a broad spectrum of fields, and in the pursuit of being a cook, a mechanic, or a builder, you'll learn a LOT of stuff that textbook training will never approach.

These positions probably won't earn you top dollar, but you've got security in the fact that when you can't get that 50-60K per year position that the masses of "educated" people are fighting over, you can still find a job in one of these fields.

I've had literally hundreds of vsatly different jobs, some that required formal training, and others not. Some jobs i've gotten even without formal training that supposedly "require" it and i was able to acquire by proving my usefulness and ability to grasp the "mechanics" of whatever it may be. From digging holes to verifying the optical resolution of satellite imagery and cartography, from building an outhouse to tilting 90 ton concrete walls, from scrubbing dishes and sweeping the floor, to managing a high volume fine dining operation, all these jobs and many others that i've held were gained from experience and usefuless, and in return have allowed my experience to grow in many directions.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 05:37 AM
Being an Undertaker or Funeral Director has always been a reliable occupation even in the most challenging times.

As one of them said to me, "The clients are dying to meet me", and "We are the last people to let them down".

There are risks however, with a stylish premises and keeping a fleet of nearly new limousines, as in a recession you really can't do 'Buy One Get One Free' deals or run a budget funeral with the coffin on a handcart, instead of in a limo.

Since every person on the planet is going to die, the Funeral business will never go out of fashion.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 06:41 AM
If I wasn't in banking trying to keep my job and the bills paid , I'd be off learning to be a survivalist....
The way the worlds going I wouldn't be too surprised if we'd be needing to start living off the land soon.....
MMMM squirrel sandwiches and pigeon pie.......

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 07:34 AM
Insolvency Court anyone!.
Anyone working in this field of law and accounting. Boom time. Coporate recovery, all that stuff, should be doing well. While everyone else won't.
I read somewhere that some people are predicting 25% of buisnesses will go bust! I think it was on ATS.

my 2cents.(which i may have to hide under my mattress.)

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 08:55 AM
There are a few industries that, conspiracies aside, are great bets to get into today.

-Insurance: Yeah, the economy sucks, but it’ll turn around soon. And the insurance industry is pretty old. As in, the people who work in it. Most of them are heading towards retirement and there isn’t really a youth movement in Insurance the way there is in other sectors. I mean, realistically, who comes out of school and says “I want to sell Insurance!” ? There is going to be huge demand in this industry, and soon.
-Food. Get into Food Science. As the world’s population and workforce grows, particularly in China and India as they push towards becoming bigger superpowers, there is going to be a massive demand for food. I mean, someone’s got to feed them right? And the traditional farming methods aren’t really going to cut it.
-Coffins: This might sound like a joke, but this is going to be MASSIVE within the next 20 years. Other related industries (funeral homes, etc…) will also boom. With baby boomers in their 40’s-60’s, a lot of them are going to start dying off. Morbid, I know, but these people will need coffins.

Most of what has already been mentioned (Medical industries, Nursing, etc…) is also a good bet. Basically, you want to take advantage of the aging population, particularly in the boomer generation. A lot of them will be retiring, and a lot of them will need medical care and eventually, they will pass away. Personally, at 23 years old, the opportunities for me are pretty great and I know that now is the time to take advantage. Most industries will be going through a youth movement as the older generation retires.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 09:32 AM
Nuclear fall out shelter builder.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 09:49 AM
open a string of pawnshops...

divorce counselor..

sell guns and ammo.

figure out perpetual motion, and apply it to travel.

politician sniper???

[edit on 30-12-2008 by turbokid]

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 10:14 AM
Learn how to play poker strategically and be able to calculate odds.

----------------Professional Poker Player---------------

Most of the people in the poker rooms of any casino think they are "good"
but haven't taken the time to really learn the game.

It's like taking candy from a baby.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 06:47 PM
I can't believe no one has come up with "Garbage Picker."

This could be the fastest growing career as the recession hits its stride and wealth starts coagulating more and more at the top. Drive through rich neighbourhoods and pick up their used tvs, stereos, computers, and food. Guaranteed good until WWIII or when we all run out of oil.

posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 11:43 AM
I can't believe that out of all of these replies no-one has given what I think is the best advice... become a small farmer. Self-sufficiency will be key when the world economy hits bottom. Will a starving man pay some nurse/doctor to fix hit arthritis? Will a grocery store, who has little stock and is bankrupt, stay open so that the community can still get food? The fact is that most Americans have forgotten where their food comes from. Much of it comes from over-seas, and will that be profitable when cost of shipping becomes too high? Further-more will any of the aforementioned industries still be producing with a starving work-force whose paycheck won't buy enough food. Before concerning yourself with how much money you will make, concern yourself with the source of your food. Above all else, Remember this... You Can't Eat Money. K in Indiana

posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 04:15 PM
My 2 cents - You can never go wrong with a job/career that focus's on helping people.

THAT is the one thing that will last forever, people will always be in need of help.

posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 04:17 PM
Farming, something green...animal husbandry...cop...military strongman...alternative energy...clean exploration....quantum communication

posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 05:53 PM
I am currently going to school to become a residential electrician and am just wondering what you folks think about electrians and their role in a depression type situation useful or not so much. What do you think?

[edit on 7-1-2009 by Thug69]

posted on Jan, 10 2009 @ 03:04 AM
Engineering, geology, regenerative medicine, nano-technology, genetics, computer networking.

Before the financial crises I would have said finance, but I'm not too sure now, apparently a lot of people in that field are losing their jobs.

Edit: I just thought of another one, the combination of neuroscience and computer interfacing. For example, using your brain waves to manipulate computer games.

[edit on 10/1/09 by Cthulwho]

posted on Jan, 10 2009 @ 06:42 PM
Not too sure if someone mentioned it already, but it is a fact that Plasma Centers, those places where people go to sell plasma for $50, are expanding big time.

The one I go to was taking less than 100 people a day this time last year, whereas, since the last 4 months or so, they take 220 peoples, extended the time range for first time donors, and are looking to hire more phlebotomists and shipping/receiving/freezer grunts.

Wait...Expanding production? In this economy?

Plasma centers have a unique position; the more people that need money and are willing to sell their plasma to get it, the more production increases.

That doesn't say anything about the customer side of the story, though. They ship out around 1000 liters of plasma(ranging from ~$200 - $5000 per liter, depending on the antibodies present), but have at least 5 times that amount in storage.

Now that I think about it, that could be explained as the customers who buy the plasma were used to 1/2 the amount of plasma their centers were producing for years, and suddenly have to adjust to the sudden influx of donors, otherwise the plasma center would have to increase hard-freeze storage space every this rate.

What remains to be seen for the plasma centers is whether or not the customers(Talecris, National Genetics Institute, etc..) are going to increase the amount of plasma they buy to accommodate the increased production.

Anyway shipping/receiving at a plasma center is a foot in the door of the medical field. I'm going to try my luck on it during this wave of hirings.


posted on Jan, 11 2009 @ 09:42 AM
heh, the way the worlds going yer best bet for making money in the future would be mercenary work, make your own hours, charge your own prices, visit exotic locations around the world and get shot at, yep patriotism for a price, im sure some gov or mega-corp will have tons of exciteing "buisness ventures" for the resourceful do-it-yourselfer, of course the job requirements are a little harsh, a lack of morality, greed, violent tendencys oh and being compleatly out of your gourd. course that makes about 75% of the people in the world elligeable so no worrys there

[edit on 11-1-2009 by lunchbox1979]

posted on Apr, 3 2009 @ 03:40 AM
Here is a fact among other facts. Brothels are the oldest profession in the world. They have stood the test of time. Even islamacist fanatics could not ban them. They simply made brothels go underground. Visit any muslim country, they have their share of redlight zones that official turn blind eye too. So among professions prostitution is a survivor.

In the future the most successful brothel owner or escort agency owner would be a person who is able to develop a system whereby legal medical screening of participants ensures low prevalency of stds. Furthermore women owners of prostitution networks and women owners of brothels will be more successful because they know the psychology of the other women prostitutes.
This is of course speaking in context of female prostitutes and not gigilos/ male prostitutes. But even in matters of male prostitutes, women manager would better because women are keen and masterful observers of sexual realities.

[edit on 3-4-2009 by KromeDragon]

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