Help Wanted: Someone in southern Arizona is actually hiring

Recruitment is on for one of the most heroic jobs out there – but you must be cute, strong and willing to risk your life for total strangers.

These kids got the cute down pat/Ryn Gargulinski

These kids got the cute down pat/Ryn Gargulinski

Well, you don’t technically have to be cute – but you do have to pass a physical and be willing to put your life on the line when duty calls to apply for a position as a Northwest Fire District firefighter.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old; have a valid driver’s license and at least a high school diploma or GED; get certified in CPR and as an EMT and, of course, be willing to swoop into burning buildings in a single bound. Northwest is expecting to hire for at least 10 positions. See more details under “Firefighter Recruitment” at

Other ideal characteristics for a firefighter include a willingness to spend long nights away from home, having an adaptable sleep pattern and being a very good cook. My grandpa John was a Detroit fire chief who was known around town as the Kielbasa King.

Even in the crappiest of economies, certain occupations will continue to be in need.

Firefighters are definitely one of them. Others include funeral directors, doctors, garbage collectors and hair stylists. No matter how bad it gets, folks still want a good haircut.

A list from Money Magazine posted on includes a number of other careers that will never go out of style – and are even growing in demand. Thank goodness the list includes hydrologist:


Some jobs are not going up in smoke/Ryn Gargulinski

1. Financial adviser – 47% growth rate – $74,000 median income
2. Software program manager – 29% growth rate – $103,000 median income
3. Database administrator – 29% growth rate – $77,000 median income
4. Physical therapist – 27% growth rate – $67,000 median income
5. Physician’s assistant – 25% growth rate – $84,000 median income
6. Environmental specialist – 25% growth rate – $53,000 median income
7. Hydrologist – 24% growth rate – $59,600 median income
8. College professor – 23% growth rate – $79,000 median income
9. Certified public accountant – 18% growth rate – $64,000 median income
10. Teacher – 12% growth rate – $48,000 median income

If we analyze the list, it’s a very telling tale of our society.

We’re living longer and becoming unhealthier as we sit in front of computers all day – hence the need for medical positions and computer software and database experts.

We are also squirreling away our money instead of enjoying it, hence the financial advisors and accountants.

Teachers and professors are always a plus – we can chuck our children at them instead of raising them ourselves. We can also continue to rape the environment and wreak havoc on the water supply, since there will be a steady stream of environment specialists and hydrologists to clean up after us.

Writer Clare Kaufman also noted an ongoing and future need for high security corrections officers and sales associates, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry.

This means we can keep throwing people in prison and buying, buying, buying things – especially those prescription drugs that make it easier to ignore everything else.

Oh, yes, and we can also burn the house down. As long as our fire departments keeps those positions fully filled.



What do you think?

What other careers are always in demand? Is yours one of them?

What careers are going quickly out of style?


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at
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30 Responses to Help Wanted: Someone in southern Arizona is actually hiring

  1. petrol says:

    I just happen to have all the necessary learn’in to provide financial advice to the public.  My fees are low, low, low to match the IQ of my clients.  If this appeals to anyone, they can reach me through my column.  Guaranteed results.  Cash only.

    • Rynski says:

      hahha – hi petrol –
      so glad to hear you are in a profession that won’t be going out of style. how do we know you are dependable, however, as you keep getting abducted by aliens? haha.

      • petrol says:

        Ah, well, the Aliens, you know, they have “inside information” that I am happy to share with clients.  In fact, if I manage to get into the “clone” room, I can fix a politician or two.

      • Rynski says:

        even better! your services would then be a steal!

  2. Jennatoolz says:

    Rynski! I’m glad I still have a job these days. I’ve seen far too many of my relatives get laid off and spend months looking for another job, only to take one that offered a severe cut in pay, and only part time hours. I’m thankful for my job, because I have a lot of down-time, and it allows me to do all my studying and homework, with the boss’s permission of course. It has made my life as a college student a lot less stressful! 🙂

    • Rynski says:

      hiya jeannatoolz –
      i, too, am so grateful for my job – and that i get to stay in a field i love. journalists aren’t the most in demand these days….
      i have had too many jobs that i completely HATED but we have to do what we have to do to stay afloat.
      how cool your boss lets you use your downtime to study et. al. sounds like the perfect position for a student. glad to hear it!

    • azmouse says:

      Good to see ya, Jennatoolz, in all your cute glory!! 🙂

  3. azmouse says:

    I’m on the list!!! YEAH (hair stylist)

    Porn never suffers in the economy. Whenever things go south, porn and alcohol sales are booming.

    Everybody do something nice for a veteran today!!!

    • Rynski says:

      yes – hair stylists never go out of style. even when i lived in the smallest of towns, with only one gas station, there were at least five hair salons. go figure!
      you are also correct about porn, alcohol and other forms of debauchery and escape. beer sales prob. go UP in a crappy economy.
      yes, too, on doing something nice for a veteran. happy vets day!

      • azmouse says:

        Sticking with the porn theme, everyone should have sex with a vet today. 😉

      • Jennatoolz says:

        LOL I’ll pass on that one, azmouse! 😛

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        Mornin Ryn!

        azmouse – i guess it must have been Passover yesterday too ’cause this USAF/US Army vet/disabled vet didn’t get NONE! 🙂
        My blues song theme:
        I got no job, I got no lovin’, guess I better stick my head in the oven!
        And Jenna, that just made me feel sad. Vets can be attractive, charming guys or girls you know!

      • azmouse says:

        Hey Andrew!
        That’s a cheery theme sone you have going, but don’t feel bad, you aren’t the only one that didn’t get any yesterday so get your head outta the oven, and keep looking!

      • Jennatoolz says:

        LOL, it’s not that. I just think my man probably wouldn’t have appreciated it very much if I went out and sexed up a Vet instead of him! 😛

      • azmouse says:


  4. azmouse says:

    Speaking of vets,
    RadMax, Happy Veteran’s Day!!! Thanks for your service, buddy.

    • azmouse says:

      ……wherever you are this morning.

      • radmax says:

        Ft. Thomas, for work…don’t ask. 🙂  Thanx az! I especially like your ‘love a vet’ idea. 🙂

      • azmouse says:

        You shouldn’t have to work today!!
        You should be with your lady friend, feet up with a fine imported beer, while she gives you a foot rub…(how many men does it take to open a beer? NONE, it should already be open when SHE brings it to you) while she’s slaving in the kitchen to make you some outrageously deliciousgourmet meal for Veteran’s Day, along with a difficult, but romantic dessert (something flaming perhaps?!?!) all the while wearing something that includes an uncomfortable corset with garters and fishnets.

      • radmax says:

        Oo-la-la! Sounds great az! I’ll probably just go to my lonely condo, heat up a can of pork and beans for this special occasion, open a cheap brew(myself), and hoist one for all the vets…I like your scenario better. 🙂

      • azmouse says:

        Well it’s better than a poke in the eye, I suppose….

  5. tiponeill says:

    Actually the porn industry is also suffering 😦
    Larry Flynt asked Congress for a bailout but no stimulus was forthcoming – I blame the Republicans.

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