Jobs with the best and worst security based on unemployment rate

According to a recent Gallup poll, 18 percent of American workers are worried about losing their job – down from a peak of 31 percent in 2009 in the wake of the Great Recession.
American workers have good reason to feel secure. The economy has added jobs for the last 100 consecutive months, and the unemployment rate recently hit its lowest point since the 1960s.
Still, while the jobs picture in the United States is encouraging on a broad scale, on a more granular level, certain jobs are inherently less secure than others.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed unemployment rates by occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the occupations with the best and worst job security. The 32 jobs with the highest job security have unemployment rates below 1 percent, while the 32 jobs with the lowest job security have unemployment rates of at least 6.6 percent.

The jobs with the lowest job security tend to require little education. Many of these jobs are also projected to become less common in the future as automation will reduce hiring demand.
Meanwhile, the most secure jobs typically require at least some college, and often a doctoral or professional degree. Additionally, partially because the government never goes out of business, these jobs are far more likely to be in the public sector, either at the local, state, or federal level.

Jobs With the Best Job Security

32. Civil engineers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 460,000
• Median annual wage: $84,770
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +10.6 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
31. Dentists
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 163,000
• Median annual wage: $158,120
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +19.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
30. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 1.0 million
• Median annual wage: $69,620
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -0.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
29. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 342,000
• Median annual wage: $39,230
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +9.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
28. First-line supervisors of personal service workers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 210,000
• Median annual wage: $37,450
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +14.6 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
27. Insurance underwriters
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 120,000
• Median annual wage: $69,760
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -5.2 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
26. Lawyers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 1.2 million
• Median annual wage: $119,250
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +8.2 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
25. Medical and health services managers
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 645,000
• Median annual wage: $98,350
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +20.5 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
24. Personal financial advisors
• Unemployment rate: 0.9 percent (tied - 24th lowest)
• Labor force: 542,000
• Median annual wage: $90,640
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +14.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
23. Directors, religious activities and education
• Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent (tied - 20th lowest)
• Labor force: 77,000
• Median annual wage: $38,980
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +7.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
22. Financial analysts
• Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent (tied - 20th lowest)
• Labor force: 309,000
• Median annual wage: $84,300
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +10.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
21. Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks
• Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent (tied - 20th lowest)
• Labor force: 129,000
• Median annual wage: $36,280
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +3.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
20. Speech-language pathologists
• Unemployment rate: 0.8 percent (tied - 20th lowest)
• Labor force: 153,000
• Median annual wage: $76,610
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +17.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Master's degree
19. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
• Unemployment rate: 0.7 percent (tied - 16th lowest)
• Labor force: 165,000
• Median annual wage: $61,020
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +4.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
18. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
• Unemployment rate: 0.7 percent (tied - 16th lowest)
• Labor force: 120,000
• Median annual wage: $137,330
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: N/A
17. Budget analysts
• Unemployment rate: 0.7 percent (tied - 16th lowest)
• Labor force: 51,000
• Median annual wage: $75,240
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +6.5 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
16. Police and sheriff's patrol officers
• Unemployment rate: 0.7 percent (tied - 16th lowest)
• Labor force: 733,000
• Median annual wage: $61,050
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +7.0 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
15. Dental hygienists
• Unemployment rate: 0.6 percent (tied - 14th lowest)
• Labor force: 179,000
• Median annual wage: $74,070
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +19.7 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Associate's degree
14. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
• Unemployment rate: 0.6 percent (tied - 14th lowest)
• Labor force: 105,000
• Median annual wage: $51,410
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +5.7 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
13. Database administrators
• Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent (tied - 9th lowest)
• Labor force: 109,000
• Median annual wage: $87,020
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +11.5 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
12. Opticians, dispensing
• Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent (tied - 9th lowest)
• Labor force: 61,000
• Median annual wage: $36,250
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +15.0 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
11. Postal service clerks
• Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent (tied - 9th lowest)
• Labor force: 121,000
• Median annual wage: $58,550
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -12.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
10. Precision instrument and equipment repairers
• Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent (tied - 9th lowest)
• Labor force: 65,000
• Median annual wage: $56,940
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: N/A
9. Psychologists
• Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent (tied - 9th lowest)
• Labor force: 225,000
• Median annual wage: $77,030
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +13.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
8. Physicians and surgeons
• Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent (tied - 7th lowest)
• Labor force: 1.1 million
• Median annual wage: • $208,000
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +12.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
7. Veterinarians
• Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent (tied - 7th lowest)
• Labor force: 102,000
• Median annual wage: $90,420
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +18.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
6. Aerospace engineers
• Unemployment rate: 0.3 percent (6th lowest)
• Labor force: 147,000
• Median annual wage: $113,030
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +6.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
5. Computer network architects
• Unemployment rate: 0.1 percent (tied - 2nd lowest)
• Labor force: 114,000
• Median annual wage: $104,650
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +6.5 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree
4. Court, municipal, and license clerks
• Unemployment rate: 0.1 percent (tied - 2nd lowest)
• Labor force: 83,000
• Median annual wage: $37,300
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +6.5 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
3. Optometrists
• Unemployment rate: 0.1 percent (tied - 2nd lowest)
• Labor force: 54,000
• Median annual wage: $110,300
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +17.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Doctoral or professional degree
2. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
• Unemployment rate: 0.1 percent (tied - 2nd lowest)
• Labor force: 56,000
• Median annual wage: $26,140
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +19.4 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
1. Appraisers and assessors of real estate
• Unemployment rate: <0.1 percent (the lowest)
• Labor force: 84,000
• Median annual wage: $54,010
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +14.4 percent
• Typical entry level education required: Bachelor's degree

Jobs with the Worst Job Security

32. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
• Unemployment rate: 6.6 percent (tied - 32nd highest)
• Labor force: 352,000
• Median annual wage: $23,360
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +10.7 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
31. Cooks
• Unemployment rate: 6.6 percent (tied - 32nd highest)
• Labor force: 2.2 million
• Median annual wage: $23,970
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +6.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
30. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
• Unemployment rate: 6.7 percent (tied - 30th highest)
• Labor force: 331,000
• Median annual wage: $21,160
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +7.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
29. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
• Unemployment rate: 6.7 percent (tied - 30th highest)
• Labor force: 140,000
• Median annual wage: $22,850
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +4.4 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
28. Models, demonstrators, and product promoters
• Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent (tied - 28th highest)
• Labor force: 64,000
• Median annual wage: $27,060
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
27. Painters, construction and maintenance
• Unemployment rate: 6.9 percent (27th highest)
• Labor force: 652,000
• Median annual wage: $37,960
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +5.7 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
26. Bill and account collectors
• Unemployment rate: 7.0 percent (tied - 23rd highest)
• Labor force: 131,000
• Median annual wage: $35,330
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -3.0 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
25. Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers
• Unemployment rate: 7.0 percent (tied - 23rd highest)
• Labor force: 54,000
• Median annual wage: $42,900
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +12.6 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
24. Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service
• Unemployment rate: 7.0 percent (tied - 23rd highest)
• Labor force: 68,000
• Median annual wage: $29,620
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -7.4 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
23. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
• Unemployment rate: 7.0 percent (tied - 23rd highest)
• Labor force: 368,000
• Median annual wage: $47,040
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +12.3 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
22. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
• Unemployment rate: 7.2 percent (22nd highest)
• Labor force: 347,000
• Median annual wage: $20,180
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +16.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
21. Grounds maintenance workers
• Unemployment rate: 7.5 percent (21st highest)
• Labor force: 1.4 million
• Median annual wage: $28,110
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +11.2 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
20. Cashiers
• Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent (20th highest)
• Labor force: 3.5 million
• Median annual wage: $21,030
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -0.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
19. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
• Unemployment rate: 7.7 percent (tied - 17th highest)
• Labor force: 2.3 million
• Median annual wage: $27,040
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +7.6 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
18. Structural iron and steel workers
• Unemployment rate: 7.7 percent (tied - 17th highest)
• Labor force: 65,000
• Median annual wage: $52,610
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +12.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
17. Word processors and typists
• Unemployment rate: 7.7 percent (tied - 17th highest)
• Labor force: 73,000
• Median annual wage: $39,740
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -33.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
16. Tax preparers
• Unemployment rate: 7.8 percent (16th highest)
• Labor force: 123,000
• Median annual wage: $38,730
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +10.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
15. Lifeguards and other recreational, and all other protective service workers
• Unemployment rate: 8.0 percent (tied - 13th highest)
• Labor force: 127,000
• Median annual wage: $21,290
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
14. Miscellaneous entertainment attendants and related workers
• Unemployment rate: 8.0 percent (tied - 13th highest)
• Labor force: 228,000
• Median annual wage: $24,200
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: N/A
13. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders
• Unemployment rate: 8.0 percent (tied - 13th highest)
• Labor force: 301,000
• Median annual wage: $29,350
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +1.7 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
12. Construction laborers
• Unemployment rate: 8.3 percent (12th highest)
• Labor force: 2.3 million
• Median annual wage: $34,530
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +12.4 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
11. Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping
• Unemployment rate: 8.4 percent (11th highest)
• Labor force: 61,000
• Median annual wage: $30,180
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +1.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
10. Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons
• Unemployment rate: 8.8 percent (10th highest)
• Labor force: 157,000
• Median annual wage: $42,900
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +10.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: High school diploma or equivalent
9. Tour and travel guides
• Unemployment rate: 8.9 percent (9th highest)
• Labor force: 71,000
• Median annual wage: $25,770
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: N/A
8. Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
• Unemployment rate: 9.2 percent (8th highest)
• Labor force: 1.2 million
• Median annual wage: $24,390
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +0.0 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
7. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
• Unemployment rate: 9.4 percent (7th highest)
• Labor force: 223,000
• Median annual wage: $21,280
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +4.6 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
6. Miscellaneous agricultural workers
• Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent (6th highest)
• Labor force: 922,000
• Median annual wage: $30,600
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: N/A
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
5. Packers and packagers, hand
• Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent (5th highest)
• Labor force: 672,000
• Median annual wage: $23,430
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +1.8 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
4. Telemarketers
• Unemployment rate: 10.5 percent (4th highest)
• Labor force: 65,000
• Median annual wage: $24,460
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +0.0 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
3. Graders and sorters, agricultural products
• Unemployment rate: 11.5 percent (3rd highest)
• Labor force: 96,000
• Median annual wage: $23,340
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: -0.9 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
2. Roofers
• Unemployment rate: 12.2 percent (2nd highest)
• Labor force: 229,000
• Median annual wage: $38,970
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +11.1 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential
1. Dishwashers
• Unemployment rate: 13.9 percent (the highest)
• Labor force: 306,000
• Median annual wage: $21,500
• Projected job growth 2016-2026: +4.3 percent
• Typical entry level education required: No formal educational credential