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New Research Reveals Most Secure Jobs

Government Jobs Among Most Recession-Proof

Even with the unemployment rate pushing nine percent (yikes), we hear reports all the time that at least some industries are hiring. But with everyone from banks to car companies to retailers tightening their belts, you have to wonder: what exactly are these elusive industries?

Market research firm Market Research Media asked this exact question, and came up with the industries that are continuing to grow during our economy’s rough patch — and the ones that aren’t faring so well. To see what they found,


Areas hit hardest by the recession include:

  • Start-ups
  • Advertising
  • Semiconductors (think microchips)

The most recession-resistant jobs, all in the government sector, are:

  • Research and development
  • Homeland security
  • Aerospace and defense

I guess it’s no surprise that government jobs would be the safest bet right now, but I still found this breakdown interesting. Aerospace and research jobs obviously require pretty specific training, but homeland security jobs run the gamut from human resources specialists to engineers, and actually seem like a feasible option for someone looking to recession-proof her career. Would you consider looking to the public sector for a little more job security?

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runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'm an attorney, and I work for the government [prosectuor] ... there will always be crime and I'll always have a job !
margokhal margokhal 7 years
I've wanted a government job since forever. I also love research, and I'm going into social IT [at least that's what I call it, maybe it has a more formal, social computing?]. By the time I finish my Masters I will be SO ready to work in the government sector. That reminds me, I need to go apply for government internships for next year! :D
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
Already did -- it's good to be an engineer. Unless the US government collapses, my job is safe. The benefits are good and it's great work. The people in my office are ..... odd. But I suppose that'll be the same everywhere.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
I'm working on an information security certificate to go along with my computer science major. Win.
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