The Top 20 most recession-proof jobs

Is it really possible to have a recession-proof job? The job search experts at Jobfox seem to think so.

The firm today issued a study that looked at the professions that have most consistently remained in highest demand over a more than eight-month period dating from November 2007 through July 7, 2008.  The good news for those trying to find work in the technology field was that high-tech jobs held down the most Jobfox Top 20 most recession-proof professions including Software Design/Development, Networking/System Administration, Business Administration (Software Implementation), Testing/Quality Assurance, Database Administration and Technology Executive.

Jobfox states that the top 20 most recession-proof professions are:

1.Sales Representative/Business Development

2.Software Design/Development

3. Nursing

4. Accounting & Finance Executive

5. Accounting Staff

6. Networking/Systems Administration

7. Administrative Assistant

8. Business Analysis: Software Implementation

9. Business Analysis: Research

10. Finance Staff

11. Project Management

12. Testing/Quality Assurance

13. Product Management

14. Database Administration

15. Account/Customer Support

16. Technology Executive

17. Electrical Engineering

18. Sales Executive

19. Mechanical Engineering

20. Government Contracts Administration

Software engineers are expected to be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2016, according to the U.S. Labor Department and tougher accounting and auditing regulations are mostly responsible for continued growth of accounting and finance functions, Jobfox said.

The Jobfox survey comes on the heals of yet another study that said IT jobs are hot, particularly in Seattle and New York. That survey said 50 of the 60 cities in a wide-ranging survey had high-tech job growth in 2006, the latest year data were available. 

Seattle added the most jobs at 7,800, followed by the New York Metro Area, which added 6,400 and Washington, DC, which added 6,100. Riverside-San Bernardino saw the fastest job growth in 2006 at 12% according to the American Electronics Association's (AeA) Cybercities 2008: An Overview of the High-Technology Industry in the Nation's Top 60 Cities report that looks at all things related to high-tech employment, from wages, establishments, payroll, employment concentration, and wage differential.

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