Sunday, April 13, 2008

Where the Jobs Are

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Even in a recession, some sectors of the economy are likely to keep growing -- among them education, health care, security services and information technology. As entertainment increasingly is distributed online, there's a growing demand for designers, writers and art directors with tech skills. Dottie Martin, 36, who made $83,600 as an editor for an entertainment website last year, loves her job. Her words confirm what many we spoke with say -- that, in any economy, the best jobs provide emotional as well as financial rewards. "Although I've been doing it for almost three years now," says Martin, "I still pinch myself because it essentially doesn't seem like work."

In a struggling economy, some jobs are more recession-proof than others.

Energy: Jobs related to oil, gas and nuclear power remain essential and in demand. Positions range from scientists to engineers to rig and well workers.

Security: The Defense and Homeland Security departments are attempting to fill 83,000 civilian jobs, from auditors to program analysts.

Accounting: Managing corporate finances is especially important during lean times. "Job-board sites list more than 325,000 accounting and finance openings right now," says Rick Moore of Volte Services Group.

Wireless Support: With a mobile workforce, companies need professionals who can maintain wireless networks and protect information security.

Database Administration: As companies become more reliant on data for research, sales, and marketing, there is an increased need for database administrators.

Many of the fastest-growing, best-paying jobs are in new media, law and information technology

Information technology: In an economy reliant on technology, professionals who can design, develop and maintain computer systems are crucial. Chief information officers are commanding salaries of more than $200,000. Systems analysts can make more than $91,000.

Law: Lawyers are in high demand in areas including intellectual property, corporate law and litigation. First-year attorneys are starting out at $72,500 in small firms and as high as $137,000 at large firms. Legal-support workers are finding jobs plentiful and salaries healthy too. Legal librarians make as much as $69,500 a year, while calendar clerks can earn up to $46,750.

New media: The rapid growth of the Internet is fueling a boom in online media jobs. A creative director, responsible for website content and presentation, can attract a salary ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. On the business side, advertising salespeople are earning up to $103,500.


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