CHANNEL 11 EXCLUSIVE: ‘Recession-proof’ jobs and what may be right for you

As we approach the New Year and concerns are growing about a recession, you may be re-evaluating your family’s finances.

Companies are doing the same, and we’re starting to see layoffs.

So, we’re looking at the most “recession-proof” jobs and what may be right for you, according to the experts.

“If you are interested in a position, maybe it doesn’t exactly fit with your job title, but it does fit with your skill set, you should go for that position,” said Kory Kantenga, a senior economist with Linkedin.

Data analyst is the perfect example.

Companies are heavily relying on data right now to help them maximize their product or service.

And so many different industries are using analytics, that you can go into anything from banking to health care to retail.

Up next are mental health workers.

Unfortunately, in a strained economy, people are grappling with the mental and physical toll of uncertainty. That’s in addition to people who are still dealing with the effects of COVID and the pandemic. The demand for counselors and therapists is skyrocketing.

This may be a surprise — DE and I management positions have more than doubled since 2015.

Companies say focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion boosts employee retention and moral. Forbes reports 75% of job seekers evaluate a company’s diversity when considering a job offer.

If you want a job with security, you may want to consider childcare work.

Thousands left the profession during the pandemic, leaving many parents in a bind. CNBC reports the need is great and positions are available. With so many jobs in so many communities, you could also cut down on your commute time.

Finally, another job that is not getting cut — police officer.

During previous recessions, this career has benefitted from increased government spending. Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey just announced in his budget proposal, which includes more funding for public safety and two classes of police recruits — the first new classes in two years.

One more note: if you’re thinking of quitting your job, do it carefully and give it plenty of thought. Don’t leave, or take a job, unless you’re absolutely sure something is waiting for you. A recession is not the time for uncertainty.