10 Best Second Careers

If you are thinking about finding a second career, it would be great to know the 10 best second career choices that are in high demand. There are many reasons that people want a second career, some of which include being discharged from the military, boredom with present job or early retirement. Maybe one of these ten best second career choices is for you if you're thinking about starting a new career. All of these ten careers will see substantial growth in the next ten years, according to Hot Jobs at Yahoo and Money at CNN.

  1. Home Health Aid (10 year job growth: 50.7). This is the fastest growing second career choice. With baby boomers getting older, home health aids will be in the need in the next ten years. A home health aid needs to have a license in the state they practice, and education consists of a six month to year course. 
  2. Financial Advisor ( 40.9%). Even with the lagging economy, the need for financial advisors will expand in the next decade. Educational requirements vary by state, but a financial advisor must take a state licensing exam, so check with the state you live in for further information concerning requirements.
  3. Professor(32%). Professors at junior colleges usually require a Master's degree in the specific area they are teaching. Four year colleges and universities require a Doctorate degree. This is a great second career if a person has loads of information they want to share, a knack for teaching and the appropriate degree.
  4. Nurse (23.4%). The need for nurses will be increasing over the next decade as the number of people over 65 increases. Education varies for nurses ranging from a one year LPN or LVN degree to a two year RN degree, to a four year Bachelors of Nursing degree.
  5. Appraiser ( 23%). Even with the downturn in the economy, property appraisers will see a growth in job. An appraiser needs a Bachelor's degree, apprentice training and state certification.
  6. Social Worker ( 22.2%). Social workers can be found in various locations from hospitals to government agencies and to private practice. At least a Bachelors degree is needed, but most social workers will find they need a Masters, an internship and a state license in order to work at most hospitals or to be in private practice.
  7. Mental Health Counselor ( 21.4). Mental health Counselors have a Master's degree, must perform an internship, and apply for state licensing before practicing.
  8. Tax Accountant (22%). Whether being a year round tax accountant, or one during tax season, there are always jobs for a tax accountant. Most tax accountants need a degree, or at least need to take a state licensing exam before helping with your taxes.
  9. Retail Sales Staff ( 17%). Most retail sales jobs look for experience, but it is easy for a professional person to demonstrate this type of experience. Some sales associates work for salary, some for commission at high end stores, and still others for salary plus commission.
  10. Teacher (14%). Years ago, before state budget cuts, a teacher would have fallen higher on the list. However, as teachers retire, change jobs, or become burnt out, other teachers will be needed.  

Maybe one of these ten best second career choices appeals to you if you're wanting a new job. Even though some of the careers on the list may require additional education, it might be worth the effort. Who knows, your second career might be better and more enjoyable than your first.