Given that the economy is now officially in a recession (whoulda thunk it?), I though it would be worth talking a bit about recession-proof careers. I’ve written in the past about this topic, but I actually just ran across another article on the topic, and decided to highlight it here.
The health care industry is expanding rapidly as our population ages. Jobs with particularly stable prospects include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and physician’s assistants. For those without a 4-year degree,
Teachers in high-demand fields such as math, science, or bilingual education should have a relatively easy time finding and keeping a job, especially in high-growth areas of the country. College enrollment is also on the rise, which is good news for college instructors.
Layoffs in this industry are rare, meaning that police officers, detectives, private security guards, and other types of security workers have very stable job prospects. And even if you do lose your job in one of these areas, it will be relatively easy to find a new position regardless of the economic climate.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects opportunities in environmental careers, including positions for ecologists, hydrologists, and environmental chemists, to grow 25% over the next decade, well ahead of the average for other fields.
Firings and layoffs are much rarer in the federal government that in other sectors of the job market. Even when the economy hits the skids, the government doesn’t typically downsize.
For those without a four-year degree, look for jobs that can’t easily be outsourced. In the health care industry, jobs as a health aid, or medical or dental assistant are solid bets. Becoming an electrician or mechanic are also solid choices.