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21 Most Recession & Depression-Proof Jobs

 
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21 Most Recession & Depression-Proof Jobs
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21 Most Recession & Depression-Proof Jobs

The time has come (the Walrus said) to stop being pacified by safe, soft-pedaled words like ‘recession,’ ‘slump’ or ‘dip in the market.‘ Let’s face the facts, folks: Times are hard; money’s tight. The price of everything from gas to grapes skyrockets, while unemployment and job loss figures go up on a monthly basis. If these economic trends continue, we’re going to see corporations and entire industries tightening their belts, followed by a dwindling spiral of jobs.

If you’re pursuing a dream job, you may need to wake before Life turns that dream into a nightmare. Your dream job may be one saddled for elimination. But you can save yourself a lot of stress and disappointment by going after jobs with proven longevity. Or, as Mick Jagger would say: ‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need.’

Here’s a look at 21 careers will stay stable, no matter how much the Dow-Jones rises or falls.


Doctor

1. Doctor: This is a career that never goes out of style. People will always get sick; doctors will never want for patients. Despite the failing economy, Health Care in an industry on the rise. We’re living longer, but we definitely need people to help us do it. Jobs in the medical and health care professions are not only lucrative, but in demand. And you don’t have to be an M.D. Everything from Nurses and Physical Therapists to Medical Coders and Ambulance Drivers is red hot.


pharmacist

2. Pharmacist: Immediately after we see the doctor, we head straight for the drug store for our prescription. Whether you’re an independent druggist, or working for one of the chains, it’s gonna make rain, particularly during a recession. Increased unemployment means more people without insurance. And this spells business for pharmacies and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. The uninsured will forestall an expensive doctor visit with flu shots, over-the-counter drugs, even alternative herb and vitamin therapy.


dentist

3. Dentist: Dental hygiene is very important to Americans. We like our choppers straight and pearly. This is a safe bet, even when money’s tight. While people may not have as much to spend on expensive braces, data from Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that dental offices did increase as much as 2 - 4% during previous economic recessions in 1990, 2001 & 2007. Recession also means people will be eating cheap, rather than healthy. This takes a major toll on the teeth, but creates business for you. Remember, no matter how much people hate dentists, they hate toothaches more.


teacher

4. Teacher: Sadly, teachers aren’t appreciated in this country. But we all remember that one teacher who made difference in our lives. The really good news in this job market is that teachers can always get work. And right now, enrollment is increasing exponentially while veteran teachers are retiring. There’s also a growing need for teaching aids with bilingual proficiency and handicap training, to assist children with special needs. Educators with advanced degrees are particularly sought after to meet the rising number of college students.


engineering

5. Engineer: There are many different types of engineers, but the great thing is that they are always in demand. And if the government steps in to ignite the economy through infrastructure improvements, it will be engineers that lead the way. We tend to picture them in flannel shirts and hard hats, but engineers can be choosy, and use their skills in either a white or blue collar environment. The Energy industry will bring steady engineer work in any recession, but particularly now, with all the ongoing research for alternative energy sources.


accountant

6. Accountant: They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. As long as we have taxes, we’ll need people to prepare our tax forms. It’s Greek to us, bread and butter to them, God bless ’em. Even in recession, the cost of hiring an expert is offset by the clever loopholes and tax breaks they find. Like engineers, Accountants are spoiled for choice. Every industry and corporation, anyone who makes or handles money, eventually needs one.


mortician

7. Mortician: Ok, you knew it was coming. It’s macabre and spooky, but career-wise, this is the house that always wins. And you don’t need to be a funeral director to get in on the action. There are several lucrative, death-related careers. Here’s a list; imagine the details yourself: Coroner, Embalmer, Crematorium Technician, Casket Manufacturer, Obituary Writer, Grave Digger.


politician

8. Politician: Death, Taxes…Politicians, they will always be with us. It’s an election year, so it deserves a mention. We like to think them as public servants, but they also get paid. Whether it’s the local District Attorney or a Congressman in Washington, our elected officials receive a tidy salary and a budget for the running of their office. Sounds rather cushy, but we all know (wink, wink) they’re not in it for the money.


government employee

9. Government Employee: It may not be a glamorous politician’s life, but somebody has to keep the wheels of bureaucracy well-oiled. The wonderful thing about Government Employment is the longevity. Usually, people leave only when they retire. Not only are they rarely downsized, but during a recession, the government is notable for creating new jobs within its network. Government contracting can also provide stable employment.


utility

10. Utility/Energy Specialist: Another good standby. No matter how bad the economy gets, it isn’t likely that people will stop using electricity or heating their homes. These careers offer a variety of specializations from technicians to researchers, particularly as Americans become more environmentally conscious. We want power ‘greener’ and (hopefully) cheaper.


scientist

11. Scientist: The human race is never going to stop wondering about the world around us, which is scientists will feel the cold less than other areas of advanced academia. Now, not everyone can be an Einstein, but thankfully there is a great need for scientists in practical arenas of industry and medicine. Companies like Proctor and Gamble, historically a recession proof corporation, employs many scientists and engineers to develop and test new products.


police officer

12. Police Officer: Our finest in blue! Like government employees, police layoffs are rare; nobody wants to jeopardize public safety. This work can be a little more dangerous, depending on where you are keeping the peace, so you may want to opt for security work in the private sector. Or if you don’t want to be around criminals (who would?) you can safeguard the public in a fireman’s uniform.


soldier

13. Soldier: In war or peacetime, a Soldier in the Armed Forces is an honorable profession. And when the nation is in economic trouble, the career choice for many. And it’s not hard to see why. The Service provides salary and living expenses, trains soldiers in a variety of marketable skills as well as combat, and helps fund higher education. We all know the downside, of course, so the Army life isn’t for everyone. But it’s always an option.


social worker

14. Social Worker/Career Counselor: Economic turbulence is a time when people need help the most. Ordinary problems seem bigger when money is short. Hence, the need for Social Workers and counselors dramatically increases whenever the economy flops. Social Assistance offers a range of emphasis, from youth and family programs to elderly and handicap services. Career Counselors go hand in glove with economic hardship. They is nothing like being unemployed to make someone feel helpless. Job and industry downsizing will keep Career Counselors busy.


auto mechanic

15. Auto Mechanic: We love them, we hate them, but where would we be without our cars? They are a necessity, and so are the mechanics who look nurse them back to health. The career is stable throughout, but during economic recession, mechanics can look forward to an increase in tow truck services.


plumber

16. Home Maintenance Specialist: This career is a generic term for a highly skilled worker, such as a Carpenter, Plumber or Roofer. Like the Auto-Mechanic, these jobs provide services that are necessary to daily life. The need for unclogged pipes and a roof without leaks doesn’t go away when the economy sours, so these careers, while blue collar, are steady as they come.


bartender

17: Bartender: When times get tough, booze sells. And actually, you don’t need to be the one mixing drinks and listening to the clients’ life story. Anyone involved in the production, manufacture and distribution of alcohol is sure to profit, from the distillery to the bar where you serve it up neat.


cosmetologist

18: Cosmetologist: It’s the last thing to go. Women may deny themselves new clothes and stylish shoes and every other little luxury. Somehow, they always find enough money for the periodic salon date, complete with haircut, color, manicure and waxing. It’s a commentary on our obsession with youth and beauty, but it’s also a steady living, if you have the talent.


veterinarian

19: Veterinarian: Americans adore their pets (sometimes more than people!), and we depend on them when times get tough. Both Veterinary services and sales at pet and pet supply retailers typically take an upward incline during recession.


debt advisor

20: Debt Advisor/Debt Collector: Two sides of the same problem. Collecting and settling debts is probably the single most recession-proof job out there. Debts mount up, and Debt Advisors and Collectors spring up to meet them. It’s a bit sad, but if you’re squeamish you needn’t look.


sex worker

21: Sex Worker: C’mon, you know you were thinking it, too! The world’s oldest profession is one you can bank on during recession. Illegal it may be, but like bootlegger trade during Prohibition, sex will sells in secret, despite any economic down spirals. And let’s not forget, there are similar jobs in this category that, while shady, are totally legal: ‘Blue Movie Performers,’ ‘Massage Therapists,’ ‘Exotic Dancers.’ Hasn’t done Diablo Cody any harm.

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Anonymous Coward
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12/28/2008 01:23 AM
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A few of these have been on the out list for quite a while now.

People won't have the money for:

Social Workers Aka Mental Health Therapists, we're all crazy now anyway.

Sex trade workers.. crack whores are cheaper.

Accountants.. who has enough money to need one?

Cosmetologist... women are cutting back already.
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I find it hard that Grocer is not on there

people will buy food no matter what, and as prices go up, the stores make more, plus theese are mostly union jobs(meat cutter, baker,etc.)

true,food may be confiscated or limited at some future point,but people will still do what it takes to feed a family
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as we all know people who have money always like to take time off... i work at a golf course and in the last month alone we had over 30+ new members... so i say i'm pretty damn safe when it comes to a job... well that's just my opinion anyways...
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If doctor and vetrenarian are on there, then the support staff they rely on will also be necessary - nurses, technicians, lab assistants etc...
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If doctor and vetrenarian are on there, then the support staff they rely on will also be necessary - nurses, technicians, lab assistants etc...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 221498

laid off peope do not have insurance and will try better to stay well..Dr and hospital and clinic staff are cut from lack of insured patients .
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4. Teacher - Thousands of L.A. Unified School District teachers got their pink slips this year.

9. Government Employee - Arnie just put a hiring freeze on Calif. State employees and is ordering them to take 2 days off without pay a month starting Feb. 2009.

10. Utility/Energy Specialist: Every foreclosed home is a lost electricity or gas account. Less accounts, less staff needed.

11. Scientist: And where will these scientists be schooled? The number of University applications/admissions drop off in a recession. It's already started to happen in Calif.

15. Auto mechanic: 1/3 of the work auto mechanics do is for routine shit: oil changes, tune-ups, replacement of fuel filters, replacing a battery, etc. etc. people will get over their aversion to getting their hands dirty and start learning how to do these things for themselves again. Auto repair is CHEAP if you do it yourself. The cost of parts is nothing if you have the knowledge... most of the $$$$ on your car repair bill is for labor... if anything, its the auto parts stores that will flourish while quite a few mechanics may lose their jobs. Not all, but many.

17. Bartender - Booze sells in a recession, but mainly in the form of cheapo brands of liquor bought at one of the discount "liquor barn" type of stores... not @ a bar charging a couple of bucks for a single beer and upwards of $6.00 for a mixed drink, plus bar tip... nope.

18. Cosmetologist - Nope. When money is tight, women are quite agreeable to doing their own nails and coloring their own hair... what we WILL balk at is going without our favorite lipstick or perfume... so we will still buy it, but we just won't buy it as often.

19. Veterinarian - the L.A. affiliate for CBS (t.v.) just reported a few days ago that many people are starting to abandon their pets due to economic difficulties and the animal shelters are starting to explode.



One they forgot: Lawyers. There will be all kinds of frivolous lawsuits for people trying to cash in one way or another. Workers Compensation (industrial law) would be a good field for a lawyer to get into); wrongful termination suits, etc.

As for the medical field, the most stable areas would be pediatrics (people will deny their own medical care for their children at the end of the month if there is any cash left over to pay for an office visit or meds) or anything to do with diabetes (endocrinology).
Water always wins. :sun:
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Nursing should be at the top of the list considering there is NOW a Shortage and the baby boomers are exptected to create a continueing shortage.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor is projecting that the employment of all NURSING positions will grow between 21 to 35% through the year 2012 due to an increase in the elder population and longer life expectancies.
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OP , half baked logic on the list. One can't argue with some categories except the list approach is nonsense unless you wanted to say " starting today, these are the professions you should enroll in with a university or trade school to hope to graduate in". One can't simply say - 'hey tomorrow I think I'll become a doctor, yeah, that's it'.
Then there is the qualifying question who, for example is going to pay for your education ( doctor at least 250K)
Then there is the problem of dedicating yourself to a profession for 4-6 years and only to find out that you are going to be working at McDonalds ie engineer. How many qualified engineers with EXPERIENCE are unemployed right now and with the existing economic crisis, how many more will be on the dole in 2013 when you graduate.
If posting inane lists paid serious money, then maybe you might put yourself at #22.
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Working for a security or an armored transport company is not bad either. During a recession they have to hire MORE people in certain areas because of the robbery risk. The remaining retail stores, grocery stores all need cash transported. And banks will always have money to move around with people making loan payments and such. During a recession the armored companies may put hiring freezes on managers, supervisors, cash room operations. But being an armed guard is a preety safe bet. Although granted a little more dangerous during said recession.
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paramedic
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cool man wife is a nurse and supports me going to school taking care of the dogs and smoking pot !

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Anybody working in the food, shelter, fuel, medicine, (self)defense, birth control(!), and alcohol industries will survive just fine.

Morticians? People are going to bury their dead wherever they can, as in New Orleans after Katrina.

With so many foreclosures and bankruptcies, who has money for lawyers? Ditto for accountants.

Trains will be replacing trucks and airlines as the main mode of transportation is my guess.

Teachers won't work for nothing. Parents will have to start homeschooling.

Most non-essential government jobs, as in California, will go away. Only those politicians in Congress, maybe governors, will continue to get taxpayers to pay their salaries or they'll just simply steal it from the Treasury.

Sex workers? C'mon. Men will find other outlets (blow-up dolls) or demand more output by their wives or girlfriends.

Scientists? Nope, there'll be very little in government grants for them, if any.

Social workers? Nope. Alcohol is cheaper - at home - so bartenders are out.

Cosmetologists? Nope. Women will do with what they can by themselves. Maybe a haircut now and then.

So yes to doctors, nurses, and dentists. Also to optometrists - people will need glasses.

Police officers? Soldiers? Maybe - they'll stick around if they can get paid like anyone else. If not, they'll be protecting their own families first.

Vets? Nope. People are already abandoning their pets.

Utility workers? Yes. But again, they will need to be paid and if people can't pay their utility bills, well, you know where that's going.

Bartering will replace money in the long run.

Growing what food you can will be like gold. You become the banker.

Anyone assuming what jobs will survive in a depression, not recession, must first assume that most people will have very little cash and/or supplies on hand.

Oh, one more thing - people who sell WOOD stoves and bicycles will do a booming business.
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What about Walmart, that should be in the top spot or top 3 spots..
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I don't know about #21, I've seen those Chinese massage people applying at KFC and KMart..

What about Waste Water Worker, ya'all can keep that crap inside you..

MacDonalds or Taco Bell wasn't on you're list.
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If doctor and vetrenarian are on there, then the support staff they rely on will also be necessary - nurses, technicians, lab assistants etc...
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BS. Im one of those techs, and theyve cut our hours, and University of Chicago Medical Center just laid off about 500 people.
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Nursing should be at the top of the list considering there is NOW a Shortage and the baby boomers are exptected to create a continueing shortage.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor is projecting that the employment of all NURSING positions will grow between 21 to 35% through the year 2012 due to an increase in the elder population and longer life expectancies.
 Quoting: ListenUp


Again, BS. If you are an agency nurse, then be prepared to not be called, as you are making far more than your staff RN's at hospitals. If you are a staff RN, look for them to cut hours, not hire new RN's, meaning that if you are lucky enough to get full hours-you'll be doing far more work than you ever have, especially with them cutting down the hours of their auxillary staff.
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paramedic
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Yep, unless you take a job in the ER....like my dumb ass did, and now got hours cut. We all did.





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