cept I don't know any aids making $23 an hour.
1. Health care
Average Hourly Earnings: $23.02
We all need to see a doctor from time to time, which is why the health care industry has recession-proof salaries. As the baby boomer generation ages, health care needs are expected to rise greatly--good news for jobs in this industry. Union employees in health care may even see a slight rise in salary in tough times, which may be particularly important to nurses and entry-level employees who don't earn the highest salaries. If you're considering joining the health care labor force, look beyond jobs such as a doctor or nurse; many duties now fulfilled by doctors and nurses are expected to shift to health care aides. To fulfill the needs of the growing elderly population, home care aides and physical therapists will also be a hot commodity. The U.S. Department of Labor expects a whopping 24 percent growth by 2018 for the health care industry--a sure sign of both job and salary security.