6 jobs in decline and how to replace them
Salary range: $35,000 to $95,000
What happened: The unemployment rate for the construction industry hit 20.7 percent in December 2010, according to an analysis by The Associated General Contractors of America. As a segment dependent on the housing market, construction will most likely not recover until demand for housing improves.
A good replacement job: People in the construction industry have such a narrow skill set that retraining is important, says Justin Schakelman, vice president of Careerminds, an outplacement services provider based in Hockessin, Del.
"It's a perfect opportunity for these workers to look at what their outside interests are," he says.
Those interests may lead to certification in a different field, an associate's degree or a four-year college program. Some states offer tuition reimbursement or other forms of retraining assistance for those who qualify.