Sometimes, the economy is booming. Businesses have enough funds to operate optimally. People are paid well. Everyone is happy.
Other times, however, the economy sinks. Recessions usually follow those economic booms and, despite how aware of their impending doom we might be (because history too often repeats itself), they always hurt. Many people lose their jobs or, at best, their employers cut their hours.
That's why it's good to have a job that's essential to society — one that's basically recession-proof. Here are the best jobs to have during a recession, as well as the worst.
Here are 17 jobs that are likely to withstand a recession.
Without nurses, no one would survive — let alone survive in recessions, when stress levels heighten and, therefore, people fall ill.
Like nurses, physicians are always needed, especially during tough times. The reality is that people get sick, regardless of how the economy is.
Paramedics fall into the same boat as nurses and physicians. There will always be a need for them, no matter what happens to the economy. Emergencies happen.
Pharmacists are perhaps even more valuable during recessions when many people turn to medications to cope with the anxiety and depression that sometimes ensues. Pharmacists, recession or no recession, will always be needed.
Like people, animals fall ill regardless of where the economy stands. Veterinarians are always in demand.
While physical therapy can cost people a pretty penny that may not have during a recession, it's necessary for a lot of people. There will always be patients who rely on physical therapy to heal and function — many of whom use physical therapy in order to handle day-to-day tasks. Without physical therapists, there would be way more struggle during recessions than empty bank accounts.
Recessions can cause a lot of anxiety and, sometimes, they can lead people into depression. Therefore, psychologists are valuable professionals to whom people can turn during tough times.
There will always be a need for caretakers, especially for the elderly who rely on their caretakers to get through their day to day.
Occupational therapists treat patients who have injuries, illnesses or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Their patients rely on them to develop, recover, improve upon and maintain the skills needed for everyday life. Therefore, no recession will knock them out of work.
Law enforcement officers are always valued. Regardless of what happens with the economy, people need to be protected and laws need to be enforced.
If there's a fire or another emergency of some kind, we need trained professionals to handle these situations. Whether the economy is booming or in a recession, firefighters will always be needed.
Public utility specialists like electricians and waste removal professionals are always going to have jobs to do. People and businesses alike will always need their work because we'll always need electricity and we'll always inevitably create waste.
The economy might be plummeting, but to ensure that the future looks brighter, teachers are necessary.
Like teachers, professors help promise a better tomorrow! They will always be in need — and their efforts to educate the leaders of tomorrow are perhaps better recognized during tough times.
Accountants handle money, and recessions are times when people need help with their money the most.
Claims adjusters investigate insurance claims to figure out the extent of the insuring company's liability. Because people will always have insurance — as many insurances are required by law — so claims adjusters will always be needed.
Insurance underwriters evaluate the risks involved in insuring people and assets. Their analysis skills are always needed — especially during times when people want to mitigate risks.
Here are five jobs that you don't want to have during a recession (if you can even hang onto your job in those tough times!).
When budgets are tight, construction projects are usually put on the back burner. After all, construction can be costly, and people and businesses don't necessarily have the funds to be building anything during recessions.
Most people are just trying to pay their necessary bills during tough economic times. Therefore, they're unlikely to be spending on things they don't actually need — like new design projects, replaced furniture and decor they could do without until the economy picks back up.
Buying a car is a big expense. If people can avoid it while they're low on spending money, they probably will. Therefore, the auto sales business is a tricky one during recessions.
Sure, people will always travel. But during recessions, people tend to postpone travels or, at least, travel on a tighter budget. This means that working with a travel agent, which usually costs a fee, isn't something that they're likely to do during a recession.
When recessions hit, companies tend to cut budgets and scale back on unnecessary spending habits. Cutting back on extra costs like printing is one way they can do just that.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.