The Next Hot Career Field

I think I know what a good career field will be in the future — flood mitigation.

As the world’s climate warms and sea levels rise, more and more coastal areas are going to be in jeopardy.  So people are going to be calling on experts to help them protect their property.  If you live in a coastal area now, see this Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) page on its website, “Things You Can Do To Mitigate Against Flooding” (  To quote, “Flooding is the nation’s number one natural disaster, and it can occur inland, along the coast, and across every region of the country.”

Of course, the world’s experts are the Dutch.  With them, flood control is a matter of national survival, especially after a 1953 storm surge killed close to 2000 people.  Soon, we’ll probably be paying them handsomely for their advice.  But in this country, there is now an Association of State Flood Plain Managers, which dates back to 1976, that posts job opportunities on its website,

So if you are interested in managing large volumes of water, or disaster management in general, there is now plenty of information on the Internet.  In fact, a good place to start would be “5 Career Paths in Disaster Management” at

This just has to be a growth industry.

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