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Recession-Proof Industries



Job growth is steady in the United States despite some setbacks from the recent recession, including a spike in bankruptcy filings by businesses and consumers alike. Although 2020 is a long ways away, the growth of America is increasingly promising for workers and employers alike in the next 8 years.

In this infographic, we'll look at certain industries that have not been affected by the recession.

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Recession-Proof Industries

Many Americans now face a very harsh reality. Unemployment is everywhere and though the number of jobless Americans is decreasing, it’s still at 8.1% as of June 2012. This may seem like a small number but the number of people out of work is not a small one. For prospective business owners, the recession hasn’t boosted investor confidence either. Perhaps they are not catering to the right industries. In this infographic, you’ll discover which industries are making the most of the recession.


There’s a growing need for healthcare.

Registered Nurses Expected Growth By 2020

Projected Growth+26%
Number of Jobs to be Added711,900
Required EducationAssociate’s Degree
Average Wage$64,690
  • By 2020, the average wage increase for the healthcare industry will be $5,703.
  • Registered nurses make up 2.1% of all jobs in America.


People love to shop.

  • By 2020, salary wages are expected to grow by $1,769.

Retail Salesperson Expected Growth By 2020

Projected Growth+17%
Number of Jobs to be Added706,800
Required EducationLess than high school
Average Wage $20,670
  • Retail accounts for 3.3% of all jobs.


Everyone eats.

  • The average person working in the food industry makes $9.03 an hour.

Food Industry Worker Expected Growth by 2020

Projected Growth+15%
Number of Jobs to be Added398,000
Required EducationLess than high school
Average Wage$17,950
  • By 2020, the number of people working in the food industry will increase by 15%.


Building homes and offices for millions of Americans.

Construction Laborer Expected Growth by 2020

Number of Jobs Through Time (In thousands)

Projected Growth+21%
Number of Jobs to be Added212,400
Required EducationLess than high school
Average Wage$29,280


Teachers are a necessity.

Teacher Growth by 2020

Elementary School Teacher Expected Growth by 2020Postsecondary Teacher Expected Growth by 2020
Projected Growth+17%+17%
Number of Jobs to be Added248,800305,700
Required EducationBachelor’s DegreeProfessional or Doctoral degree
Average Wage$51,660$62,050
  • By 2020, the average teacher will see a $1,845 increase in pay.

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