My list of Recession Proof jobs...

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  1. earllogjam

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    I was trying to think of some jobs and industries that wouldn't be affected much by a recession or depression. Here's some I thought about would be pretty safe from any layoff or decline in business.

    1. PG&E - Gas and Electric Utility Workers - everyone's gotta keep warm during the winter.

    2. Health workers at county hospitals - this is where you get healthcare if you have no money.

    3. Prison Guards

    4. Cops / Law enforcement / FBI

    5. Firemen

    6. Funeral Directors / Morticians - always people passing away.

    7. Water Utility Workers / Sewer sanitation workers / Garbage men

    8. Costco and Discount Grocery Store workers

    9. Walmart - Ugh.

    10. McDonalds & cheap fast food places

    11. Video Game makers

    12. Obstetricians - always babies being born.

    13. 911 operators

    14. DMV workers

    15. Tenured college professors

    16. Mass transit workers

    17. Car repair shops - less new cars on the road more repairs.

    18. Auto body shops - still have fender benders.

    19. Grade school and High school teachers.

    20. Judges, congressmen and elected officials

    21. Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny

    22. Clergy

    23. Doorman at the Plaza Hotel


    The rest of us are screwed.
     
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    You forgot to mention The Home Depot. Hey, everybody's got some home improvement somehow, and Lowe's despite their posturing, is still way too costly and not good at deal making so THD'll make out better than them
     
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  5. earllogjam

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    Home Depot is closing their Expo stores and all their Yardbird stores in our area. Most of the Home Depos are such poorly run stores around here it's a wonder how they stay in business.

    If you don't got any money to remodel you're gonna buy food and pay rent or mortgage and sock up for a rainy day before redoing the bathroom. One can live with an outdated bathroom. So I think they aren't as recession proof as you think.
     
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    Are you a sex worker?
     
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    What about TV stars, writers and crews? People will still want to zone out in front of the boob tube.

    Or is the internet replacing that too?
     
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    The Expo Centers have always been in danger of being closed for some time now- it's only now with the recession that THD decided finalize it & lock up the Expo centers shops.

    The Home Depots are actual home improvement retail warehouses, not some glorified converted dept store like LOWES.

    Trust me, you'll find them more of a necessity than you realize.
     
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    Actually, 1,2,3,4,5,7,12,13,14,16 and 19 are all vulnerable if they are employed at the local, county, or state levels or any levels in between if there is a budget crisis at whatever level we're talking about.

    11 is already not one after Midway Games did its layoffs:

    Midway to lay off a quarter of staff, cancel games | GGL Wire

    6 probably is more vulnerable to wider demographic shifts than shorter term economic depression (i.e. you're a mortician in a dying small town and the people are taking their dying elsewhere...ha!). I'd say the same for 22 (churches who lose congregations to a demographic or population shift over time).

    15 and 20 are probably the safest bets.

    8,9,10 for the most part are safe. 16 and 17 usually as well. 21 and 23- probably.
     
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    Actually, MOST of the jobs you list will be affected... The State of California is going to be forced to lay off police, our utility workers have already gotten the axe... Schools and many other State functions are going to be cut back.
    They will not have any choice... fewer service means fewer people providing those services.

    And the thing about McDonalds... Fast food is NOT cheap. Its hugely expensive. When the recession hits, fast food joints get hit hard. Folks will be eating beans and top ramen.

    Funeral services will be safer... but not if you make caskets... as more folks will opt for the cardboard burning box.


    And republican STILL harping about even more tax cuts for the rich. And obstructing a stimulus bill because its a "spending" bill- What the fuck do they think government stimulus IS other than spending?

    I think Obama made a good faith and sincere effort to creat bi-partisan atmosphere.
    But its clear the Republicans have decided that their best path is to FUCK the country and present a united Opposition to change.

    God the Republicans have drunk the koolaid, AND jumped the shark.
    I can't tell if its just pure stupidity.. or genuine Malice...
     
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    Lol the recession is here, and McDonald's is still kicking ass and taking names, and they always will be....because this particular fast food chain has enough clout to control prices...just like Wally World. We can thank both of these "evil" corporations for keeping price inflation at a minimum and filling our stomachs, one dollar at a time
     
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    Whenever there's a recession the number of people seeking teacher certification goes up. I guess people think that if they can't get a job doing something in their field, they'll get a job teaching in their field.

    My company, which provides education-related products and services (textbooks, software, standardized tests, etc.)--many of which are required by state legislation--is doing well. We often see an increase in our business as more people either go back to school or try to go into teaching.
     
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    Kalifornyastan, the union's only third world State, is in fact laying off quite a few workers in some of the positions you enumerated

    BTW, I didn't see the world's oldest profession listed -- will those practitioners be impacted?
     
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    The people who make the foreclosed signs.
     
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    Absolutely! Fast food is not cheap. It's very expensive, indeed (5-7 dollars for a value meal when you don't have much money to begin with?)

    California, the only third-world state in Union? Gotcha.

    Sex workers will take a hit, but there will always be people who will pay to shoot a load with someone.:biggrin1:
     
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    I can't think of any other State where the distribution of wealth shows as wide a divide,

    or where the population is so fragmented as to identity or allegiance, to the point where if a member of one race/ethnicity travels to a different part of town composed primarily of a different race/ethnicity, he risks his life solely for that reason



    California Credit Rating Lowest in U.S. - WSJ.com

    Furloughs Begin for California Workers - WSJ.com

    200812092916 | California: The First Third World State | / | Editorial

    Los Angeles 'is a Third World city' | NowPublic News Coverage

    Schwarzenegger to U.S.: State may need $7-billion loan - Los Angeles Times
     
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    How fortunate am I... my job is to interview people who want to claim Jobseekers Allowance, guess I'm safe - for now!
     
  18. whatireallywant

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    Yes that should be safe! However, I used to be an IT person for an agency that handles unemployment benefits - and I was laid off. :mad: I sort of bitterly joked about becoming a client of the agency I used to work for. So were everyone in the agency who had the same job classification as me - 6 of us were laid off at the same time, and some of those had been working there for over 20 years.
     
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    Sr. Assembly-Line Executioners in Texas?


     
  20. midlifebear

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    Earlogjam:

    I think your list is rather good. But you left out one business that tends to always show a profit (sometimes a big one, sometimes a small one) regardless of the state of the US or World economy: owning a bar.

    I have learned from practical experience (on the side of dispensing adult beverage refreshments) that even people without money will continue to drink in public venues with regularity. Of course, not all bars are able to succeed. There are many factors that make a watering hole a cash cow. But once established, they pretty much run themselves. You just have to keep an eye on who has sticky hands at the cash register (many proven business tactics for ferreting out those employees, most notably setting them up and catching them). And you have to follow relatively easy general accounting principles (GAP) based on being able and willing to develop anal-retentive double-entry book keeping procedures (or hand over the operation for a percentage to your good accountant). You also have to be nice to your customers and reward them with perqs if such things are allowed by the State in which you operate your bar/tavern/adult beverage refreshment dispensery palace. I currently have a small clutch of drinking tokens in one of my suitcases for my favorite (because it's mine) watering hole in Elko, NV. Friends who don't know English keep mistaking them for gaming chips. It also doesn't hurt that we sponsor a Little League team and throw money at the 4H Rodeo.

    Main stream 'Mericuhns drink when they're happy. They drink when they're sad. They drink when they have money in their pockets. They drink when they're poor and find a mark they can sponge off of at the bar. They continue to show up to drink with their oxygen tank packs and sporting nazal catheters, squeezing the last bit of good use out of their failing livers.


    SIDE NOTE: Doubtless many have heard of the brothels along the I-80 corridor in Nevada as well as those along Highway 93 (Ely) and down by Pahrump are suffering a downturn in clients. The more proactive (gawd, I hate that word) sex workers are offering (via CB radio) discounts and "specials" to their regular long-haul trucker clients. Owning a brothel is no longer the automatic cash cow it once was. But everyone, men and women from all classes, still find a need to drink. Even in Ewetaw.
     
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