Top 10 Recession Proof Jobs

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Inside Houston Real Estate
In an economy that is steadily slipping, people are trying to get a grip on their finances and look for jobs that are recession proof.

1. Sales Representative. Median salary: $65,000-$75,000. Talented sales force is needed in these economic times to help companies grow by finding customers and businesses.

2. Software Design and Development. Median salary: $85,000-$95,000. Software designers write programs for computers and develop programs for companies. This career is projected to be among the fastest growing jobs through 2016, according to the Department of Labor.

3. Nursing. Median salary: $35,000-$45,000. There is a real shortage in this field; and not only in nursing. The medical field seems to be a very recession proof career. There are also options in the medical field that enable you to work from home. Medical coding and billing and medical transcriptionist are two careers that allow you to do so. People are always going to need medical care, no matter what profession they are in.

4. Accounting Executive. Median salary: $65,000-$75,000. These positions are in high demand. Just as the medical field, accounting
Continues, regardless of the economy.

5. Accounting Staff. Median salary: $45,000-$55,000. Big companies are turning to their own accounting staff to figure out how to cut costs and operate in a less costly manner. Tougher regulations in accounting and auditing have also sparked the need for accountants.

6. Network and Systems Administration. Median salary: $65,000-$75,000. They are expected to maintain companies communication systems, network computers, web-site teleconferencing and social networking. These companies depend on network operators to increase business.

7. Administrative Assistant. Median salary: $35,000-$45,000. Administrative assistants are in high demand. It is hard for families to live making less than $50,000 and many of these jobs remain open for long periods of time.

8. Business Analysis, Software Implantation. Median salary:
$85,000-$95,000. They work with companies to find out what software is best for that particular company and train employees how to install and use it properly.

9. Business Analysis, Research. Median salary: $65,000-$75,000.
This person does not write the program, but works on the business side and must figure out how the program should work.

10. Finance Staff. Median salary: $65,000-$75,000. This includes
anyone who can make a business run more smoothly and efficiently. Those who have expertise in Sarbanes-Oxley are even more valuable.

Many people may find themselves going back to school to train in a field that is recession proof. If you are one of these people, make sure you are comfortable with your new career. Research your decision. There are many courses that range from a few months; which will give you a certificate, to two years, which is an associate's degree, all the way up to four years, which is a bachelor's degree.

If money is a problem, many schools offer student loans, grants and other tuition options. Check with the school's financial aid for options.

Jill has a site that covers the Houston Texas real estate market. The site has statistics and info on its Houston real estate blog.

Comments (5)

Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think I'd add bankruptcy lawyer to the list.  Also government jobs with tenure. 

May 29, 2009 12:08 AM
Angela Lawrence
Noble Merit, REALTORS® - Winston-Salem, NC

I feel like no job is recession proof these days.

May 29, 2009 12:09 AM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I am with the folks above about no job being recession proof in this economy unless it is a govt job. Thanks for the post

May 29, 2009 12:22 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

The health field is very secure. I do not see realtor on the list? Please explain

May 29, 2009 12:40 AM
Goodbye Active Rain
Out of Real Estate

No job is recession proof that has a cap on income with a threat of benefit cuts and increased inflation. 

May 29, 2009 01:08 AM