What Are Recession-Proof Jobs?

Recession-proof jobs are jobs that are still in demand when the economy is suffering from a recession and the unemployment rate is high. They are service-oriented positions for which employees are not easily replaced, such as postal mail sorter and bank teller. These jobs are typically not adversely affected by the advancement of technology.

Recession-proof jobs in the information technology industry are computer analyst and network administrator. Health care jobs that survive an ailing economy include nurse, physician, surgeon, laboratory technician, massage therapist, occupational therapist assistant, orderly, nursing aide, optometrist, chiropractor, dental hygienist, physical therapist, pharmacist, veterinarian, marriage therapist, family therapist and substance abuse counselor. The following jobs in the education industry are resilient positions: teacher, postsecondary education administrator, school social worker and remedial educator. The law enforcement industry also has jobs that are recession-proof such as probation officer, investigator, patrol officer, sheriff, jailer and correction officer.

Jobs from various industries include funeral director, clergy, translator, coach, scout, speech language pathologist, claims adjuster, firefighter, athlete, taxi driver, judge, ambulance dispatcher, librarian, budget analyst, nuclear power reactor operator, computer and automated teller machine repair person, economist, anthropologist, archaeologist, insurance appraiser, animal control worker, hazardous waste removal technician, embalmer, pest control worker and bailiff.

Workers who have been laid off, lost their jobs or lack job security tend to return to school to obtain the education needed to get more service-related jobs with skills that are in higher demand. Recession-proof jobs tend to change depending on geography, time era and economy but health care, education and law enforcement are usually stable industries.