10 Recession-Proof Jobs That Are Hot Right Now [Infographic]

growing careers on the riseVery few industries seem to be hiring in this economy, beyond the much-hyped tech sector. However, there are careers -- many of them that pay well -- that are expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the next few years.

Not surprisingly, many of the 10 jobs highlighted in the graphic below involve health care or personal care. As Americans become more concerned about their health and appearance, occupations for those who can help them feel and look better are on the rise.

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Those include jobs for skin care specialists, who work in spas and medical offices providing treatments that give patients a healthier appearance. The field is expected to grow by 34 percent through 2016 and median pay is about $30,000 a year.

For those more concerned about their patients' inner beauty, another growing field is mental health counseling, where jobs are expected to grow 30 percent during the next five years. These professionals help people navigate life's pitfalls and can provide invaluable treatment to those with more serious diagnoses, such as depression and trauma. The current median salary among mental health counselors is nearly $38,000 a year.

Careers that involve providing services to people, however, aren't the only lucrative fields. Pets, too, need health services. The number of veterinarians is expected to grow by 28 percent in the coming years. Moreover, with a median salary of $81,500 a year, being a vet can be rewarding both personally and financially.

There are more opportunities, of course. For other recession-proof careers, see all 10 Hot Careers:


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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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hckychick777

**** - I really wanted to be a lamp lighter next year .... what now???

September 07 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pks29733steel

What about the 'Repo Man'!

September 07 2011 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Davvik

Mail sorters will stay as long as people mail boxes, especially oddly shaped ones that have practically unscanable bar codes that need to be key entered.

September 07 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
staceybaci

States Aestheticians average $30K a year and growing......maybe in a non- upscale "spa" ...like the ones people go to for cheap eye waxing, mani & pedi's! Before signing up for school to persue this one..know a decent education in skin specialist field will cost about $10K for 6 months education and if work in a spa expect no stable pay check- normal rate is 50/50 (MUST build book- takes a while -BUT get tips) and if decide a doctors office, expect to earn 10$ a hour for awhile :)

September 07 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lynsey<3

really cool to know!! im sort of close to being a vet. but i'd rather be a zoologist. ;)

September 07 2011 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

Corpocrap america is NOT hiring, they only hire russians, hindus and some asians. Since consumers are sheep and dont boycott, we must start businesses of our own

September 07 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nicb1206

ya happy to see dental hygiene made the list!

September 07 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cognitorsj

Mental Health care counselors $37,800? I don't think so. Good ones can charge up to $150.00 per hour.

September 07 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roknoo

Sounds like a very good plan to me dude. Wow.

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September 07 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Skippy

I forgot they don't have welfare ssi medicare and other give aways I earned my ssi and medicare I payed all my life and this is the best country in the world!!!!!

September 07 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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