LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Education and the health and medical fields are two industries that aren't phased by the economy. Here on the South Plains we're not suffering as much as other places, but thousands are still without jobs and looking for job security.
No job is 100 percent secure, but Dr. Jeanette Lubenau at Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital says she has always felt her career was stable. "People consider their pets like family members and usually they are going to take care of their pets just as they would take care of their children," said Lubenau.
One online survey agrees stating veterinary technician graduates have a 96 percent job placement rate. "It's usually a 2 year degree, but they can go all the way up to a four year degree and my technicians right now are doing it online. So they are learning the job so they are learning the job on hand, but also taking the classes to become certified," said Lubenau.
Currently in Lubbock the unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, while that's better than the national average, there are still thousands in the Hub City who are unemployed.
WorkForce Solutions of the South Plains is a non-profit group who advises those looking for employment. "Look at the jobs that are growing there is all sorts of data out there," says WorkForce CEO Martin Aguirre.
Aguirre says when looking for recession proof jobs, doing your homework is key. "They are usually the jobs that require human interaction that a company or a service can't deliver without having a trained professional face to face," said Aguirre.
If you don't have experience for jobs requiring extra training Aguirre says don't rule anything out. "You could consider taking the extra course and preparing better for the workforce and adding some expertise that you may not have thought of otherwise," said Aguirre.
"On the job training teaches them the specifics," said Marshall Allen with Vertical Turbine Specialists.
Vertical Turbine Specialists manufactures water piping and says they train all their employees in-house. "We employ mostly machinists and welders both of those jobs have cross over type of opportunities in recession proof type occupations," said Allen.
Workforce Solutions tells us some on the job training could cost you, but they encourage those without jobs to contact them. They might be able to help out with extra fees. Click here for more information.