The best recession-proof jobs

March 19, 2009 5:15:26 PM PDT
As the economy continues to shrink, the ranks of the unemployed are swelling. That means a crowded field for those in the chase for a job. So it's a big advantage if you know where to look.

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These days, few would complain about working 9 to 5 like Dolly Parton did in the 80s hit. The recession has more than four million Americans lined up for unemployment. Getting a job in this climate often means flexibility with what you do and when you do it.

Laurence Shatkin has a job. It's to tell people the best places to find one.

"The jobs that tend to be recession-proof are the ones that have to do with something that's vital to human life. There are layoffs in education; there are layoffs in health care, in government jobs in a particularly bad recession now but these tend to resist these kind of downturns," said Laurence Shatkin, author '150 Recession Proof Jobs.'

Jobs in health care continue to thrive because of our aging population; topping the list of recession-proof jobs with the most openings: nursing aides and registered nurses.

"Registered nurse hands down, I'd say is the hottest job right now," said Shatkin.

Topping the list of the 150 best recession-proof jobs overall -- computer systems analysts registered nurses, post-secondary teachers and physical therapists.

The fastest-growing recession-proof jobs are going to the dogs.

"There are a lot of job openings for veterinarians, and for the people who do the lab work, veterinarian technologists," said Shatkin.

Some other places to look: the post office, insurance companies, repair shops, and government jobs.

Experts say the key is to find jobs with a permanent need. Funeral directors and tax collectors are both considered recession-proof, because two things are certain -- death and taxes.

Experts say the key is to find jobs with a permanent need. Funeral directors and tax collectors are both considered recession-proof, because two things are certain -- death and taxes.

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