If 2020 taught us anything, it was that even in the face of sheer disaster, the world largely keeps turning. While millions lost their jobs during the pandemic, many jobs appeared to be immune due to their necessity to a functioning society.
Many of these jobs are excellent to hold for this reason alone, however, the skills that many of these jobs can teach you will carry over into a post-disaster world, even if society no longer looks the way it once did. The profession you choose in life can have huge consequences on how well you’re able to thrive in a world shaken by disaster, so make your decision wisely.
It really won’t come as a surprise that professions in the medical field are consistently ranked as some of the best jobs a prepper can have. Not only do these professions tend to pay well across the board, providing you with more opportunities to better prepare yourself and your family for what is coming around the bend, but they also teach invaluable skills that will make you essential when the SHTF.
For example, if someone is injured working on a construction site today, they would be rushed straight to the emergency room to have their wounds tended. They would then file a workman’s compensation claim and wait until they were able to work once more. In a post-disaster survival situation, you might be the only one for miles who knows how to properly care for someone who is sick or becomes injured and it will make you indispensable.
Aside from the opportunity to help others after doomsday hits, a solid foundational knowledge of medicine will help you to be prepared for any injuries both before and after a disaster strikes. You can only help others if you are first able to help yourself survive, and if you go into a survival scenario knowing how to save lives you have a serious leg up from the word go.
The agricultural sector hosts jobs for a massive 10.9% of all U.S. employees, which is not surprising considering how important food is to daily life. Agriculture jobs like farming and ranching teach incredibly valuable skills that simply cannot afford to be forgotten. When society goes belly up, everyone will desperately want someone who knows how to generate food long-term, and you might as well be that person.
It isn’t just those who can grow and cultivate foodstuffs that will be important after doomsday, but those who grow and cultivate minds as well. It is vitally important that your children learn appropriate skills for any scenario, and the need for teachers is not simply going to vanish once society collapses, though the focus of study might radically change.
A main downside to being one of the world’s cultivators, either of food or people’s minds, is that it is incredibly hard and demanding work that does not always compensate so well. While the skills you learn in these professions will carry over, if you’ve ever grown a victory garden for yourself you might understand how much pressure would be on your shoulders to produce a consistent food supply.
When it comes to post-apocalyptic job security, some of the most desirable professions will be what are considered today to be blue-collar jobs. Even after a societal collapse, the gears that keep the world turning today will be incredibly important and knowledge of electrical systems, plumbing, construction, and a huge swathe of other professions will remain indispensable.
Today, the life of a professional handyman involves assisting folks with keeping their homes in tip-top shape. After a disaster, the importance of having someone around who knows how to get the lights back on or the heat working in the winter months in a shared building could be the difference between life and death.
Being a professional plumber, construction worker, or welder is a back-breaking role that receives little recognition in daily life. However, the skills that these professions can impart on someone are vital in a survival situation, not just for the person who has the skills themselves, but for those around them that depend on their ability to build shelters, ensure there is clean running water, or any number of small things that are so important to our lives that we take for granted every day.
No matter what your current profession is, there is a strong chance that it will provide you with some skills that will be beneficial to you in a doomsday scenario. Certain jobs, however, won’t simply go away when the world goes belly up and though the pay and respect for these jobs can feel a bit low in the modern age, they will be an indispensable part of getting the world moving again as we will need it to do.