The most recession-proof IT jobs

A study by Jobfox (a job-matching site) lists the 20 most recession-proof jobs in the U.S. (.pdf), based on job demand over the past eight months. Sales representatives, software developers and nurses top the list for being able to get jobs in a stormy economy. And IT jobs are well-represented on the rest of the list. Stripping out the non-IT jobs, the ranked list looks like this:

2. Software design/development

6. Network/systems administration (because there's a limited supply of workers in this field)

8. Business analysts for software implementation (but competition is fierce for top positions)

11. Project management (of all sorts)

12. Testing/quality assurance (especially good for those with automated testing expertise)

14. Database administration (high demand for the highly skilled)

16. Technology executive (especially good for those with cutting-edge mobile and Web 2.0 skills)


Source: Jobfox Inc., McLean Va., July 2008

Methodology: The Jobfox Top 20 Most Recession-Proof Professions special report is derived from these monthly rankings and covers available job postings during a period from November 2007 to July 7, 2008. The most recession-proof professions are identified as those with the best median monthly rankings over this time period. Monthly rankings are based on a stratified random sample of more than 4,000 U.S. job openings posted on Jobfox. More than 150 distinct professions are analyzed.


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