Careers Promising Prosperity and Stability in 2009

 - Jan 1, 2009
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The global recession was realized in mid 2008, and since hitting, thousands of people have lost their jobs, taken salary cuts or are sitting fearful that their income is in jeopardy. 10 million Americans were unemployed as of October, and that number continues to climb.

Contrary to the beliefs of many, not all industries are suffering; in fact, there are some careers and jobs which will thrive in the new year. "There are still opportunities, the most abundant being in sales, customer support and accounting," according to Forbes who put together a list of The Most Recession-Proof Jobs based on data from

New professions added to their Top 25 job rankings were in

Medical Administrative Services, IT Security, Faculty for Higher Education, Product Management and Human Resource Generalist. Jobs on the rise include Technology Executives and Counseling/Social Work (no surprise there with the economy-fueled depression.)

Dropping from the list was Database Administration, Advertising (real world and online), Testing/Quality Assurance and Business Analysis (both research and software implementation). Falling also were Mechanical and Electrical Engineering jobs.

The top 10 places to find work in the U.S?

Atlanta: Mechanical engineering, accounting staff, account/customer support, sales representative and business development, nursing.

Boston: account/customer support, administrative assistant, nursing, medical administrative services, faculty for higher education.

Chicago: Tax reporting/accounting, auditing, higher education (administration), account/customer support, marketing executive.

Dallas: Restaurant management (front of house), account/customer support, sales representative/business development, logistics and distribution, accounting staff.

Washington, D.C.: Accounting staff, Intel, software design/development, networking/system administration, sales executive.

Houston Region: Mechanical engineering, sales associate/cashier/stock room, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, receptionist.

Los Angeles: Claims, counseling/social work, commercial/corporate banking services, mechanical engineering, sales representative/business development.

New York: Sales representative/business development, senior executive assistant, retail banking, claims, market research.

Seattle: Counseling/social work, general trades/labor, restaurant staff/utility personnel, retail banking, restaurant management (front of house).

Silicon Valley: Product management, sales operations, user interface design, auditing, recruiting/staffing.