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Anita Vogel

Los Angeles, CA

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Recession Proof Jobs

January 25, 2010 - 12:50 PM | by: Anita Vogel

With unemployment in double digits it’s very easy to get discouraged if you’re out of work and looking for a new job. However there are at least a few industries out there that might be considered recession-proof.

According to a recent survey by Forbes magazine, health care is the most solid industry offering careers with job security. Registered nurses topped the list as the number one most recession proof job, in part because there is a nursing shortage across the country.

Trang Guzze, a registered nurse at the University of California in Los Angeles told Fox News as long as there are patients and hospitals nurses will always have jobs.

“I feel very lucky actually,” Guzzi told Fox News. “I have many friends who have been laid off and they are engineers and lawyers and they are going back to school to get their nursing degree and I’m amazed that wow, I have all this experience and I didn’t have to go back to school again.”

Also on the list, retail or sales associates, accountants, occupational therapists and financial advisors. Yes, even in this economy, financial advisors are in demand. Economics professors say companies are certainly concerned about their bottom line and they are going to need good financial people to help them weather the economic storms.

“Companies are going to find shortages of bright, smart skilled people, says David Smith, economics chair at Pepperdine University. “Those people are going to valuable to companies over time.”

According to the bureau of labor statistics, the health care industry was the leading industry for job gains last year, and that means more than just nurses. Occupational therapists are also in demand as well as many other types of support jobs.

And as the baby boomer generation ages, there will be even more of a need for nurses and other healthcare workers… Which by the way pay well too. Nurses in particular can earn anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand dollars a year depending upon their specialty.

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