10 Smart Options for a Second Career

A layoff can make you rethink your direction and wonder, "Should I go back to school and do something else?"

According to Clark Beecher, principle at Magellan International, Houston, before you make that decision you should first be aware that corporations on the whole are doing "something else," too. "Employers will move away from employing people en masse and move toward outsourcing professional services [in areas] like finance, business process consulting, investment banking and legal," says Beecher. So, if you don't have one now, gaining an essential skill to offer may be your key to future paychecks.

Which skills will be in demand? Here are ten jobs with promising outlooks. Check them out if you are considering a trip back to school and a new career: