Last week, I wrote a post taking issue with a New York Times story about how there are jobs out there, but many of the jobs cited were in the "services" industry with low pay and low benefits. This week, I saw a report also stating there are jobs out there, but the seven industries it cited pay more than minimum wage.

Sageworks, a research firm on privately-held companies, says accountants, dentists, auto mechanics and hair stylists are some of the workers still doing well in this economy (I can vouch for the latter two as I still rely on my auto mechanic and hairstylist for frequent repairs). Here's the stats:
  • Vehicle maintenance: While car dealers saw their sales drop 9.7% in the past 12 months, auto-repair shops saw theirs increase by 2.4%.
  • Home remodeling: While home builders saw sales fall 5%, home contractors like electricians and plumbers saw sales increase 4.6%.

  • Grocery stores: While restaurant sales decreased 4%, grocery stores' sales increased 6.7%
  • Specialty schools: While state colleges and universities have cutbacks, technical and trade schools saw their revenue growth increase from 6% in 2007 to 7.8% last year.
  • Dentists: Their sales went from a 5 % increase in 2007 to a 7% increase last year -- and according to Sageworks' company blog, other health practitioners saw sales growth of 10% in 2008.
  • Certified public accountants: Revenue at accounting firms grew 10% in the past year.
  • Personal care services: Skin-care specialists, barber shops, and hair and nail salons had sales increase 4.5% last year.
  • Beer, wine and liquor wholesalers: This industry also showed up in Sageworks' blog, having sales grow by 4.7% in the past year.
While many jobs in these fields do require some advance training, the education seems to be a good investment as Americans hold on to their cars and homes longer, keep up their physical appearance, and will always need help with their finances. Even if you don't particularly want to be a dentist or a CPA, these industries still need a lot of support staff around them, and other services to help them do their jobs well.

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