Are There Recession-Proof Degrees?

Choosing a college degree and a career path is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. But with the repeated economic downturns we’ve faced in the last few years, many companies have downsized to stay afloat and given pink slips to thousands of otherwise qualified workers. So if you’re thinking of picking up a degree to make you more attractive to employers, consider a line of work that won’t disappear with the next market slump.

Jobs Always In Demand

In general, think of goods and services that people are less likely to cut when their finances are hurting. For example, many consumers reduce their spending on luxury items and non-essentials when their paychecks take a hit. But they are less likely to cut back on goods and services that are basic to their survival and livelihood. Consider some of these tried-and-true vocations:


The demand for education professionals has increased during the economic slowdown but fortunately, these days have gone. This was mainly because so many individuals are now seeking further education to make themselves more employable even if they missed out something in their earlier year. Online education has become a new American staple, and growing numbers of instructors and other education specialists are finding opportunities in that venue. Public and private schools for school-age children also continue to operate in a slow economy. To become a teacher, you need at least a four-year degree. Masters degrees are preferred for administrative and specialized positions with many schools and companies.


Profits may be down in many businesses, but they still need accountants to keep their finances in order. Because accounting requires skills in math, as well as the ability to work under pressure, many people choose other careers—which keeps accountants in short supply and high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as quoted by, the demand for accountants will increase by 18 percent by the year 2019. And with all the mergers and acquisitions taking place now, accountants are needed more than ever to help complete these processes. A degree in accounting will help you qualify for many opportunities. Online degree options are available at some schools.


No matter what the economy is doing, people will always get sick, so health care professionals continue to be in demand. According to, some states even offer signing bonuses for healthcare professionals in order to attract qualified workers. Numerous positions exist within the health care system, including medical assistants, lab technicians, nurses, and doctors. Schooling and licensure required vary with each position. For example, nurses can certify with two- or four-year degrees. Doctors take several additional years of advanced training. And let’s not forget one thing: Culinary jobs are always HOT!

Information Technology

Computers were once considered a luxury. But for many of us, and in the business world today, computers have become integral to how we get things done. And this is good news for IT specialists. You may be able to enter the field without a degree if you can prove you know what you’re doing, but most people will want some training first. A four-year degree in the field will make any job candidate more versatile—and more employable.  Though not considered recession-proof, an education in the automotive field may also be very rewarding.

Are These Degrees Recession Proof?

As with anything in life, there are no guarantees. Sometimes circumstances beyond your control may still leave you without a job. But with a degree in a field in high demand, you’ll make yourself more marketable. You’ll be qualified to get a job that is likely to stick around. Mind you, though, that for all educational directions that will lead to a good job, a secondary degree (high school or GED diploma) is the minimum prerequisite!