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March 16th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Best kinds of jobs in recession?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you're looking for a job that's recession proof, here's one where the customers don't talk back. Newsday reports that interest in funeral careers is skyrocketing.

For the most part, the funeral business is recession proof.

The mortuary science program at one Long Island community college has seen inquiries increase by 15 percent in recent months, with enrollment for last fall doubling from the year before. One program official says 80 percent of the graduates are employed in the funeral service industry; and they earn about $50,000 a year after completing a one-year residency.

Human resource experts suggest some other careers worth pursuing during a recession include those in health care, energy, education, public safety, accounting, military and debt collection. Some companies that are actually hiring right now include: Radio Shack, AT&T, Sears, K-Mart, Kindercare Learning Centers and Interim Health Care.

And there's no question a lot of people are looking. The nation's unemployment rate hit 8.2 percent last month; and some fear the jobless rate could reach double digits this year. About 4.4 million jobs have been lost since the recession started in December of 2007.

Meanwhile a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows worries about unemployment have tripled over the last year - with 36 percent of those surveyed now saying unemployment is the top economic issue. A majority of people have lost confidence that they can find a good job at their current salary if they had to.

Here’s my question to you: What are the best kinds of jobs in a recession?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jay writes:
Repo man, liquor store owner, grief counselor, gun salesman, food stamp issuer, family-sized cardboard box maker, fake Canadian healthcare ID card manufacturer, drug dealer, and tell-it-like-it-is cable TV pundit.

Jayne writes:
Congressman, obviously. Perks, plane rides, pay raises, no accountability and on and on. Need I say more?

Bruce from Minnesota writes:
Are you kidding? That's a no-brainer: an A.I.G. executive, of course. Just take all your customers' money home in a sack, then wait for a bailout. In the end, A.I.G. will give you millions more just for sticking around.

Mary writes:
The job I currently still have.

Jamie writes:
Federal government jobs – especially those related to national security. If you want job stability and benefits, being a Fed is the way to go. Plus you get hazard pay if you go to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Chris writes:
Health care. People will always be sick, stupid or unlucky.

Barbara from North Carolina writes:
Any job that pays Americans and can't be outsourced or filled by more green-card holders.

Randy from Odenton, Maryland writes:
I ain't saying, Jack. I don't need the competition.

Nick writes:
Obviously not the one that I HAD.

Matt writes:
Jack, I would like your job. Security, good salary and a real shot at Blitzer's job. With your new book, you don't need the money and I think it is time you considered some shuffleboard in Florida.


Filed under: Recession
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. james pinette

    You have the sentiments just right. I get so angry when I hear their, It is in the contract", excuse, I loose all sense of the English language to express my outrage. There aren't enough four letter words in the language to express the outrage.

    Thanks Jack

    March 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  2. mary

    jack, when the middle class fell into poverty 8 years ago, I tried several different jobs and realized that our economy was collapsing and I couldn't keep trying these low paying service jobs, I decided to start a home cleaning business but the illeaglal immagrants were dragging down the pay scale there as well, so i moved onto buying and selling on e-bay which wasn't to bad, now i am designing and making jewelry, i still haven't pulled myself out of this whole but i think now that the upper middle class and the wealthy are being pulled down the middle class is on its way back up. start a business.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  3. Bruce

    This Bush Depression is unique in that basic non -high tech jobs will be needed repair people of all sorts to maintain systems no longer being manufactured(possibly all), carpenters, gold/silver assayers, beer production, but mostly farmers of all sorts and local businesses. No paper movers or attorneys will be desired. Barter centers will thrive. Folk will have decided to ignore government, so government jobs will fade away, as will taxes.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  4. Shaun Turner

    I hear that reporting is a secure job, no mater how tough the times you can always report on the problems of others, and on the people who put us there.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  5. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    There is no such thing as a free lunch or a recession proof job. Everyone should be ready to adapt and overcome.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  6. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    on a much lighter note, when my father died a few year ago, I went through all the paperwork with the funeral co-op and we started laughing at seriously realizing how this is a very lucrative business on top of most clients do not come back to complain of poor service and how it takes special people to work in this field for being compassionate at the proper time and yet have a sense of humor only at the end of your workday!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Mitzie

    I found it interesting that education was listed as an option when in fact I work in an administrative position in education. This year, teachers were let go not because of skill but because class sizes will be increased next year.

    A career fair was planned months in advance. By the time the fair was held, we were letting teachers go rather than hiring.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  8. Laura Foti Cohen

    Repo man (NY Times had a story Saturday about one who repos private jets)
    Medical technician (there are always x-rays to read and tests to process, especially as putting off expensive treatment comes home to roost)
    Bartender (except at Cheers, apparently)
    Union organizer
    Bailout money tracker (that's a job for life)

    March 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  9. Jay

    Repo man, liqour store owner, grief councilor, gun salesman, food stamp issuer, family-sized cardboard box maker, fake Canadian healthcare ID card manufacturer, drug dealer, and tell-it-like-it-is Cable TV Pundit.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  10. Darren Johnson

    Is it too late to get a job at AIG? I'd love to get a huge bonus I don't deserve!

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  11. Chryssa

    It makes sense, Jack. For a while they thought all the money would be in nursing homes and end-of-life care for the boomers. But now that the boomers are all broke, funerals is where it’s at. Good for them, I guess.

    Boise, ID

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  12. Juan

    A I G

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  13. Jacqueline

    Jack, I was going to say porn, but, I forgot, didn't Larry Flint go to Washington for a bailout funds?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  14. Kazeem Houston, Texas

    The best kind of job is being CEO of AIG, even when you mess up you don't lose your job and you still get a bonus otherwise a barber is not so bad.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  15. Dave from Florida

    It's obvious Jack!

    AIG Executive

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  16. Jayne Shaw

    Congressman, obviously. Perks, plane rides, pay raises, no accountability and on and on. Need I say more?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  17. Mahal

    Jack, the best kind of job in this economy is being a graduate student in the natural sciences. Your tuition is paid for and you get a stipend.

    Washington

    March 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  18. just me!

    Become an executive with AIG, the stock market, the auto industry or any bank. Executives are never fired only the working person.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  19. Pamela from Germany

    My husband and I had to move from the USA to Germany to "recession-proof" his career in IT. Just about all of his former American colleagues have been either fired or let go. We've been very lucky to miss the recession bullet, but are dismayed that we had to leave our home country to do so.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    The Funeral business is pretty much recession proof as people are dying to get into funeral homes but that is about the extent of it. No one in our society seems to be interested in jumping into much of any other kinds of businesses.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  21. Will

    Isn't it obvious? The best job is to be an executive for AIG right now!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  22. Rex Parsons

    Jobless? Midwives should be in high demand shortly.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  23. Purnell Kankakee lL.

    Simple those that you create yourself, you will gain any wealth by working for someone else!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  24. Ray

    Clearly the best job is executive at a financial institution where pay and performance are inversely proportional.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  25. Keith K

    The best most recession proof job?

    An executive in the AIG Financial Products Group. Where else can one reap huge bonuses for completely destroying an entire corporation's finances (not to mention shake the foundations of the worldwide economy)?

    Heck, even Dr Evil isn't a close second!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  26. Jamie

    Federal government jobs especially related to national security. If you want job stability and benefits being a Fed is the way to go. Plus you get hazard pay if you go to Iraq or Afghanistan.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  27. Tom S

    Wow, this is an easy one. It appears to be an exec or CEO of some finacial firms. I hear the perks are great.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  28. Dan - Eustis, florida

    Congressman or Senator, you get great pay. you get to vote yourself a raise every year. you get fabulous vacations on the taxpayers dime and
    all you do is talk and argue and accomplish nothing.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  29. WN

    Sales, sales, sales. If you're selling, you're bringing money to the table. Companies can cut back in almost all areas, but if they cut back on sales, they're effectively giving up. I've been in sales for 9 years and make more money today than ever before. Sales positions will always be available, if you can sell...

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  30. mike

    there are only 2 things i can think of... liquor and porn. i think i'm going to start my own site.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  31. Tony in IL

    Jack,

    Can we say AIG........I would love to have a job where I can lose the company money and still get a bonus. Any other job would get you fired. Where do I apply?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  32. robert miller

    I am retiring. I can't be demoted, laid off or have to make concessions

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  33. Chris - Thousand oaks Ca

    Bartender – more people drink to drown their sorrows during a recession ,and the bartender doubles as a shrink to listen to everyone's problems.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  34. Thomas

    Best job – Top AIG Executive.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  35. Brian Burke

    Well Jack you can't go wrong with a Walmart greeter. I don't think there will a shortage of people going to Walmart any time soon.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  36. Jim in Denver

    Apparently positions at AIG are both recession and idiot-proof

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  37. Michelle R

    I feel there really isnt any safe job during this reccession, however civil service and Dept of Defense jobs would be the way to go.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  38. Jim/Texas

    With all the comments coming from Limbaugh, Cheney, & Company, anything to do with the Hot Air Balloon business seems a sure bet to me.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  39. Pierce

    It seems like the best kind of job to have in a recession is anything to do with Wall Street. Not only will you get bailed out if you fail, you get to keep incentives like bonuses!

    But realistically, a good job to have now would be anything with a great deal of job security. Federal employees have a solid deal right now.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  40. Ron Kampeas, Arlington VA

    Jack, the best job in a recession is the best job in a boom – bringing up your kids as best as you can.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  41. Will from San Jose

    AIG executive jobs seem like a good option. I hear they get bonuses.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  42. kissinger A.

    none other profession offers opportunities for growth independence and most importantly security than a career in healthcare. I am a practicing nurse, and enrollments in nursing schools have quadrupled. To beat the recession, a career in healthcare is quite a strategy.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  43. Lyn Miner

    Apparently the best job to have in today's recession is a CEO at AIG.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  44. Charles

    No brainer Jack! The best job in a recession is military, especially in this country. I have a well paid, secure job with international military forces here in the US, through a US contractor, and I'm not even American! In fact, I just got a raise!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  45. Tia T. Louisa VA

    This is a no brainer, being a CEO for AIG. You get paid millions for watching your company fail. Sounds good to me !

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  46. Terry

    Since, most parents don't want to take away from their kids....... jobs that involve providing services or goods for kids will be best during recession; like coaches, etc.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  47. harriette

    Jack, I was sent an email last night that told of Germany Hotels having pay toilets! You can stay but before you tinkle you have to pay!? What a way to get the economy out of the toilet? Yes, have a Potty Tax! Pay at work, Banks, Schools, Restaraunts, Libraries,... slide your card at home to get the lid up and it goes straight to the treasury! And if your kid has the runs at DayCare, you could go bankrupt! Just thought I would add some humor in the face of our economical distress!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  48. Randy, Iowa

    Working in an unemployment office.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  49. Coravious, Jacksonville

    Apparently the best jobs in a recession are those of Congress or the President, as long as you don't have sexual relations with a woman and lie about, but even then there's some security.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  50. PC from Birmingham

    Jack,

    I am not sure what jobs are best in any recession but it seems the best job in this recession is being an executive at AIG. With the economy in the dumps and your workforce teetering on unemployment you can still draw a substantial monetary bonus.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  51. Paul

    I think the best job to have is being a CEO of a major banking or insurance institution. You don't have to be responsible for anything or to anyone, you don't have to answer question (pled the 5th) and you get big bonus during recession bailout.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  52. Renee, TX

    My husband is a service advisor for Honda, and not only is his job recession proof but the service department is doing so well that he recently got a pay raise. We were recently approved for a home loan and are about to close on a house – all on his income (I am a stay-at-home mom). I count us as one of the very lucky, fortunate ones.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  53. Ray, Florida

    The only people not hurting in this economy are drug dealers and prostitutes Jack! ( I don't know that first hand, I read it somewhere )

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  54. Ken

    Whatever doesn't make you feel you have to keep filling up on coffee and junk food to get through the day. A recession is an adjustment, and a new job in a recession should be an opportunity to make a lifestyle adjustment.
    Ken,
    Nashville

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  55. Jennifer I.

    Well Jack, I don't know the BEST kind of jobs, but I can tell you that the naive way of thinking some people have in assuming that education is a recession proof career is just ridiculous. I live in FL and everytime there is a budget shortfall, education is cut. The layoffs among teachers are climbing with no end in sight. I just three of the 6-7 counties adjacent to my home, there have been over 1000 teachers laid off. That is not counting the other counties who are contemplating the idea. Among all these layoffs are hundreds of the most talented teachers to come through the students lives in years. Math, science, special education teachers are laid off without a thought to what will happen to those students once those educators face disappear. I am a high school math teacher who graduated from a MATH major with a 3.87 GPA, highest in my department and I have to worry about whether or not I will be unemployed at the end of this school year. I guess America does not want to invest in their REAL future-our kids.

    Jennifer I. –Gainesville, FL

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  56. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The only other job I can add is services, green innovations and create your own business or stay in school as long as you can in studying a new field! Why on earth are people taking truck driving lessons for a new career that has lost many jobs…people need to be aware of the right kind of jobs outhere!

    Jack,

    we hear how global greed started here…and Irak’s war has deepened the deficit! To me these eight years of the past administration has ignore the needs at home for eight years and has ignore facing environmental issues-energy security-better green education-health costs…so people need to face all these challeges in creating new jobs and this government gets it and can kickstart the economic wheel again but this time with a major added value at the heart of this government…the respect for the people it represent, to serve and protect them and promote a new and better government by being fiscally responsible and implementing a regulated free market economy!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  57. Robert

    I'd say a high paying job would be a good job in a recession

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  58. Jorge in NC

    One is being a Republican Senator, it's great $150k plus salaries a year and a guaranteed raise every year. It's a government job and you really don't do much at all.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  59. Jay

    Jack:

    Being in the funeral business myself, the current recession is so bad that the job market in this industry is tough. Service Corporation International, the largest public funeral company has been laying off employees around the USA. As a funeral home owner myself I get at least 10 calls a week from those seeking jobs. So even in hard times we are seeing lay off in this recession because many families we serve are out of work and have little or no money to bury or cremate their loved ones, so in return funeral homes have had to cut back to survive!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  60. nancy

    almost 27 years ago, i lost my job in the recession in 1982. i had no special training or skills. i had a choice of being a travel agent or go into the medical field as a secretary. i choose healthcare. and i am still working for the same doctor that i came to work for when i finished my training 26 years ago. in today's economy, i feel like i made the right choice.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  61. bill

    politician

    March 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  62. Bill, New Mexico

    Jack,

    Congress! No experience necessary. Excellent pay and benefits. Consistent and very generous raises whether you accomplish anything or not. Or... Corporate executive; run your company into the ground, ask for a bailout, skim a large portion off the top for your efforts, kick back and enjoy life.

    Bill

    March 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  63. Phil

    THE MILITARY or any Defense Contracting jobs. Plenty of immediate openings for entry level people. Sign up today, work tomorrow and earn a living during the depression !!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  64. MELODY

    The absolutely best jobs in a recession are anything in ploitics. The salary of the governor of my state ( West Virginia) went from $90,000.oo to $150,000.00 this january. This while he is cutting state jobs and asking for more and/ or new taxes.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  65. Judy Kimchi-Woods

    One of the best fields right now is quality improvement in health care.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  66. Michael Malone

    I've been laid off since September and the best luck in me finding work is signing up with temporary job agencys, you might only work one or two days a week, but at least you get your foot in the door, who knows, if your good enough you might get hired perm.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  67. Jorge in NC

    A really good one is being a CEO at AIG I can really screw up things and paid big bucks.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  68. Akshat - Virginia

    oh gee Jack, maybe i should get huge bonuses at AIG that i don't deserve!

    you could get a job as a bartender, or Repo man. You could even try to to become a reporter just like you Jack.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  69. Joe

    The bulk of the jobs they listed for "hiring now" are all service jobs and no industrial jobs which basically means they dont pay enough to live on. Thanks Jack, your doing great!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  70. Ingrid C. Hanson

    Jack, I've been in medical transcription for about 30 years now, and I think it's the perfect job in this economy. People are always going to need to go to their doctor, whether it's for regular checkups or an illness. I contract, so I'm able to work at home. The commute is quite short - about 20 feet in fact - so there's lots of savings in gas costs. I work with a wonderful group, and we all work at home, some even in other states. It's a fascinating profession, especially if you have a love of language, given the complexity of the terminology. If you have kids, you can be at home with them. I don't, but have Old English Sheepdogs, which I think sometimes is a bigger chore than small kids. Altogether a great job, and I recommend it highly, in any economy, but especially now.

    Ingrid Hanson
    Eugene, Oregon

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  71. Andy Hill

    Hello, I work for a mental health team in the UK. I help and support people who have and who are unwell, return to work either full time, part time or engage in voluntary work before attempting paid work. I also help and support with educational opportunities and confidence building. I work in association with partner organisations such as Employment offices and Social Services.
    Business is extremely busy, I am working longer hours to help more people. It's a sad sign of these economic times that hardship and the stresses of unemployment are being felt across all social economic groups.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  72. Ron

    The #1 recession proof job are Federal government/military jobs. Theses types of jobs are not profit driven but service driven.

    Ron (USAF/Ret)
    Hampton, Virginia

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  73. T. Sneyd

    Any Canadian Bank

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  74. Potter (Kingsland, GA)

    Jack the best job to have in a recession is definately a Republican congressman. In this way I can collect a huge paycheck every month and complain about everything the president is doing to help other people get through. I do not have to come up with any good idea but just say No. At the end of the day I am rich, I will survive. Forget the poor folks that we screw over the last eight years. We are in no "Rush" to help them.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  75. JoAn M

    Court Reporting-In bad economic times, there's always going to be somebody suing somebody, you can count on that.
    Litigation, depositions, etc. it just won't stop. If you're willing to learn the skill, it can be very rewarding. You can make a lot of money, $40-100K, and if you're nosy, this is the job for you.
    You're like a fly on the wall, you're privy to people's business, taking down every word that's said and you get paid handsomely for it.
    Definitely recession proof.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  76. Mike Starke Pembroke Pines FL

    Nursing,nursing,nursing!!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  77. R.J. Seaby

    Best job in this recession is to be an executive at AIG. Where else could one perform so badly that the company would need billions in federal bailout money; but still the top executives expect and receive a bonus?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  78. Angus Hayes

    The best kind of jobs are those currently held by illegal aliens.
    True Americans are hurting anf will take any job to provide
    for their families

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  79. Dick Hague

    The best jobs in a recession would be drug dealer, pimp, prostitute, congressman or senator. However I would not want to lower myself to run for office and make my family ashamed of me.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  80. Ken

    Whatever doesn’t make you feel you have to keep filling up on coffee and junk food to get through the day. A recession is an adjustment, and a new job in a recession should be an opportunity to make a lifestyle adjustment, one that could result in a lowered risk of ending up six feet under before your time, even when the economy recovers, as it surely will.
    Ken,
    Nashville

    March 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  81. Judy Kimchi-Woods

    One of the best fields right now is quality improvement in health care. Columbus, Ohio

    March 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  82. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    ok I am not kidding this time around! In life, we all eat, get sick and we will all die some day...so any jobs in food industry-security, medication or prevention and funeral services.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  83. David/Indiana

    Jack thats an easy answer the best job during a economic recession that would be a job in the media you get the inside scoop on everything going on Plus you get the chance to work with the the Wolf man now that's the best kind of job anytime

    March 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  84. Karl from SF, CA

    When the Bush tax breaks for the rich took effect and my middle-class taxes went up over $700 a year I knew it was time for a change. Three years ago I lucked into managing a 70 unit apartment building with well established tenants, free rent and utilities. I then cashed in my declining 401K and paid everything off. A year later I jumped on Social Security at 62. These opportunities do exist but if this falls apart, I guess I'll have to sell my body on the corner and starve to death.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  85. Dana

    Liquor store owner....you drink when times are good, and you drink when times are bad!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  86. dom

    jack i think law enforcement would be the best job , with all the people loosing there job , there will be an icrease of crimanel activety

    March 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  87. Ken in NC

    BEST JOB? AIG Executive. No experience required. Routine Bonuses on a regular basis even if you screw up and lose money. Only requirement is for you to come to work sometime.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  88. jackson lore

    jack,
    Agriculture.– It is a good time to be a farmer – no matter how bad the recession gets people will still need food, and since they aren't working they will have more time to eat .
    jackson
    strawberry farmer

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  89. Mike Grimley

    In my opinion Medical would be a safe bet. With the current statis of the Economy, more people are stressed out. Stress is high, bringing on more illness and heart attacks with the worries of how to stay afloat from day to day.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  90. Gerry In Toronto

    Has to be Govenor of the fine state of Illinois who, even though he got caught red handed, still hands a 6 figure book deal.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  91. Akshat - Virginia

    wow. maybe i should get a job at AIG where if the company loses money i still get bonuses! do you know where i can apply?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  92. Kevin

    I think you said it Jack the funeral business. The business never dies

    March 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  93. RSB

    I don't know about recession-proof, but a I would say that the job of Barber or Hairdresser is fairly recession-resistant. Men and women always need to get their hair cut.

    (Roland/St. George, UT)

    March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  94. Pat in NM

    What's the best job in a recession. Any job that you can get that will keep the roof over your head, the family fed, and all of the rest of bills paid.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  95. Morgan - Arizona

    As an experienced Electrician, I have always been able to find a job within a couple of days. That is no longer the case. We are not just talking about construction of new homes and other buildings, but also simple service work, like changing lights, troubleshooting electrical problems, etc.

    People are simply not spending money unless they absolutely have to. Why? Because most people don't have any to spend! This is the worse I've seen it since the early '80s. I was going to start my own electrical contracting business, but now I'm glad I held off, because I'd be in debt right now with no way to pay it back. My ex-boss has been in the business 20 years and is struggling. It's ugly out there.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  96. christopher

    Clearly the best job to have in this recession is to be a former Vice President who helped make executives rich, workers poor and Americans hated. You get to write books, live on kickbacks from the war you helped start, and spew criticism about the man who has to clean up your mess. Better still, you can claim you hurt your back moving boxes so you don't have to stand up when he takes the oath you personally never lived up to.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  97. Dan

    The only job openings in New Jersey seem to be for Bill Collectors.

    Blackwood, NJ

    March 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  98. Indy

    Apparently the best or most recession proof job might be as a member of Congress. I understand they have given themselves a $4,700 pay increase (an additional $2.5 million of taxpayer dollars). I think these lawmakers should practice what they preach and forgo this automatic raise and feel a bit of the squeeze being felt by their constituents…you know those people on “Main Street” they are so fond of referencing.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  99. frankie

    Thank-you for suggesting a business undertaking.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  100. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I'm trying to figure out how to get a position as a retired bank president. That appears to be the most secure, best paying job out there right now.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  101. Gabe Kjos

    Jack, by far the best job in America during a recession is being an elected official in Congress. The Congressman are our employees working for us, the American taxpayer, to pass sensible fiscal policy and reduce the debt in America while keeping the company in the black . No where in America can someone keep their job while the company, in this case the United States of America, is losing billions of dollars each month to other companies and going further in debt to help them pay their employees bonus. There also is no company in America which would allow their employees to vote for a pay raise during a recession and not let anyone go because of it. Also, there is no company in America that will let you earn the same amount of money each year if you take Fridays and long holidays. Therefore, more people should take action and apply for the job of an American Congressman to keep the business afloat.

    Gabe K.
    Eugene, Oregon

    March 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  102. Bobbie/Virginia

    The best job to have is one that you make enough to pay your mortgage or rent, utilities, car payment and insurance, buy food and mediciane and if there is enough left over you can rent a movie, the big bonus would be popcorn with the movie.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  103. george

    jack i believe health care,and waste management.
    people are always getting sick and the last administration left one hell of a mess.
    george
    chester,ct

    March 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  104. Ken Banks

    Stable attendent in Washington, D.C.
    As the recession deepens, so does the manure.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  105. Yvenst Miami

    Well this is an easy question. The best kind of jobs during a recession are the jobs that Wolf Blizter and Jack Cafferty have.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  106. John C

    Teaching! Parents have to work to survive paying little attention to what little Johnny is doing at home. When Johnny fails because of a lack of supervision, instilled work ethic, and motivation at home, teachers and schools are blamed and made the scapegoats. Two things come to mind: first, why do parents no longer enforce our homegrown culture of hard work and discipline? Second, student failures are job security for teachers!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  107. Jorge in NC

    I'm thinking about starting my own small business in insurance surely I can sell bad products and get bailout if I go under, but the best part is I can give myself and others huge bonuses regardless how well we do

    March 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  108. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    John McCain wife got a sure thing a beer distributor.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  109. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Jack, how about a speech writer for a lifer politician?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  110. Joe Palen

    Retirement is good- so far.

    PS, Jack, don't put this on, but I just wanted to thank you for sharing about your life – I will buy the book. I also had a drinking problem and was saved by a second wife (plus renewed belief in religious truths), at age of 42 – after which I went back to school, at her urging, and got the PhD. Let's hear it for these good women!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  111. Darren in Miami Beach

    CNN Correspondent?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  112. Jimmy Mack

    I'm in th eretail garden business and when things go to crap, just add that manure to the garden and watch your flowers bloom

    March 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  113. Brian Wood

    The best job in this economy would be that of an IRS auditor.

    Why? Because if O'Bama is smart, he will create a "special" audit program for AIG executives who receive bonuses.

    After all, we wouldn't want these deserving gentlemen to not receive everything they are owed, so the IRS should conduct a full audit of their personal finances, to ensure they have received the full bonuses they are entitled to.

    Based on the track record of cabinet nominees, I seriously doubt that any of these executives could survive an audit.

    Why is AIG worried about "retention"? Who on earth would hire any of these guys anyway? Bonus or no Bonus, none of them are going anywhere.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  114. Paul Fortin

    How about offering sign on bonuses for new talent rather than retention bonuses for the losers who are proven failures at AIG.

    Paul Fortin

    March 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  115. JERRY SOLDOTNA, ALASKA.

    The best job is asking questions to a loooooooooot of unemployed people that can't use their computers for anything except giving cute, mindless & uninformed answers. They could be using the computers to search out who President Obama really is, BUT NOOO, that would be to informative & prove their false hopes wrong. Jerry Soldotna, Alaska.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  116. Alice

    The best job in a recession is entrepreneur.
    Think about it – everybody qualifies, no one can fire you and business can only get better as the economy recovers. Thats the magic of Capitalism.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:59 pm |