Career Change Can Offer Relief From Unemployment


There aren't many silver linings in a national job market that has shed 2.5 million payroll positions over the past 28 months. According to, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site, in the scramble to find stable jobs, many workers are changing careers and flocking to industries that have suffered through chronic worker shortages in recent years, such as nursing and teaching.

Enrollment in four-year U.S. nursing programs rose 12% in the past two years after falling throughout the 1990s, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Similar trends are playing out in teaching. California has seen a 40% increase in the number of people taking teacher-qualification exams during the past two years.

The unemployment rate has reached a nine-year high, and there are nine million unemployed people, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

"A career change makes sense if you can't find employment in your chosen field and you want to move forward professionally," says Tony Lee, editor in chief of "Now is a good time to think about job opportunities you'd enjoy and start developing skills that are in demand."

According to, many people find it difficult to change careers because they think they have to do it in one big leap.

"Career change is a transition that begins with a self-assessment and then moves toward taking practical steps to land a job in the new field," says Mr. Lee. offers these tips for making a career change: features more than 30,000 jobs and 2,500 articles on all aspects of job hunting and career management. also features salary data, negotiating tips, popular columns from The Wall Street Journal, and exclusive content from its own dedicated news staff. The site was recently awarded a gold star and named Best Executive Career Site by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, received a Best of the Web award from Forbes magazine and was selected Best Site by CareerXRoads in their 2002 Directory.