'Recession-Proof' Job Is a Myth: Experts

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 2:20 PM CDT
A man checks movie times at a box office. In past downturns, Hollywood studios earned a reputation for being "recession-proof," but this time, the industry is showing some cracks in its armor.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)
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(Newser) – If the downturn has you considering a “recession-proof” job like teaching or medicine, think again, Greg Burns writes in the Chicago Tribune. The recession has affected all sectors, from layoffs and lower enrollment at educational institutions to dwindling state budgets choking civil servants. “It’s a question of degree,” one expert says. “I really don’t believe there is any such thing as recession-proof.”

The media has painted a misleading picture about fields built to weather the storm. “If almost everything is immune to the effects of recession, the nation’s nearly 10% unemployment rate must be a bad dream,” Burns quips. The recovery will be slow, and while bankruptcy lawyers may be doing just fine, even the most “recession-proof” industries face an uphill battle.