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5 Industries Where Workers Have the Most Job Security

5 Industries Where Workers Have the Most Job Security

5 Industries Where Workers Have the Most Job Security

By Catherine Conlan
Monster Contributing Writer

Even as the economy is gaining strength, many people still feel anxious about their job prospects. Even people who have jobs may worry that things could change without warning.

If you’re looking for a job that comes with a little bit of security, check out this list from PayScale, which ranked the industries where employees last the longest in their positions.

Public Administration

Public-sector jobs often have a reputation for being secure ones, and with good reason. According to the PayScale report, public administration workers ages 35 to 45 had been in their jobs for an average of 6.4 years, while older workers (ages 45 to 55) had been in their positions for an average of 9.7 years.

This sector includes federal, state and local government agencies. These jobs are often administrative or office-type jobs that require good communication and computer skills.

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Indicators of the manufacturing sector’s health have stabilized in recent years, and the sector shows it. Workers ages 35 to 45 in this sector have been in their jobs for an average of 5.7 years, while older workers have been in for an average of 7.2 years.

This sector includes plants, factories and mills in addition to bakeries, candy stores and similar organizations that make products in the same location they are sold. The skills required depend on the type of manufacturing, but usually include attention to detail, and the ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly and accurately.

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Transportation and Warehousing

This sector reported similar numbers to manufacturing, with an average of 5.6 years for younger workers and 7.1 for older ones.

The transportation and warehousing sector covers a wide variety of jobs, including transporting goods and passengers, scenic and sightseeing transportation, storing and warehousing goods, and transportation support jobs such as dispatching. Pipeline jobs are also included in this sector.

Specialized training is often required for careers in this sector, such as learning to fly a plane or run a locomotive, and knowledge of transportation regulations is important.

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Wholesale Trade

Younger workers reported being in their jobs for an average of 5.4 years, while older workers had been in their positions for an average of 7 years.

The wholesaling sector includes the sale or arranging the purchase or sale of consumer goods, capital or durable non-consumer goods, and raw materials such as lumber or ore. These are typically office jobs that involve marketing, advertising, sales and customer service as employees work to make deals between buyers and sellers.

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Finance and Insurance

This sector covers companies engaged in or facilitating financial transactions and underwriting insurance and annuities. It also includes companies that provide financial intermediation and employee benefit programs.

Younger workers reported being in their jobs in this sector for an average of 5.3 years, while older workers reported being in these jobs for an average of 6.9 years.

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