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150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs (Jist's Best Jobs) Paperback – November 1, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


"In this book, the authors deliver an immensely informative guide to find a job that just may help you keep paying the bills in good times and bad." --Michelle Singletary, Personal finance columnist, The Washington Post

About the Author

The Editors at JIST have dedicated their careers to helping people by making complicated occupational, job search, and education information understandable, accessible, useful, and beneficial to readers at all levels. Together, they have more than 80 years of experience in writing, editing, teaching, training, supervision, libraries, and retail sales.

Shakin, Ph.D., is a Senior Product Developer at JIST. He has extensive work experience in developing career information systems and is the current president of the Association of Computer-based Systems for Career Information. Laurence is sought after by the media for his expertise on occupations and career trends, and he speaks frequently at national conferences and gives Webinars.


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Product Details

  • Series: Jist's Best Jobs
  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Publishing (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593576234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593576233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,973,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I got this book out of the library to help my daughter decide on the best course of action. This book is laughable it is so wrong. The yearly job openings he lists for some fields are often not broken down but lumped together with a disclaimer, that if you don't read, may make you think that there are over 200,000 openings for foreign language teachers (guess it is all secondary education teachers, but then he got his information from some "source"). He lists job openings for librarians and social workers as being almost the same, but job growth is around 18% for social workers and around 4% for librarians. His projection on pay is also off for many jobs. Obviously he sits in an office gathering data from his sources instead of going out into the real world. Don't base any career decision on this book, please!!!
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I am a college counselor, career counselor, and learning disabilities specialist at a "4-year prep" community college. I have found this book to be very user-friendly and an excellent resource as I counsel and advise students, especially when the present job market is so discouraging. Many other counselors in my department are now borrowing this book and/or buying a copy themselves. This book specifically highlights those jobs that are the most promising during our Great Recession (ie. since 2008 to present), which is also vital information for students who are trying to determine a college major for a future job. This book is the best I have found for up-to-date info to guide students in these rough economic times. In addition, the book is appropriately researched and linked into the annual government job "outlook" reports (which are referenced as footnotes, etc.). [Note: this does not mean a person can skip doing the important and necessary career research for their own local market and personal circumstances - no book can do this. This book is a great first step in recession-era career exploration.]

In this book, the same 150 "best" jobs are listed in many different rankings(per your focus)such as: by salary, by education-required, by most openings, by # of positions, by geographic location, by Holland's career codes, etc. I especially like how the author has at the back of the book, a complete write up of each of the 150 jobs (in alphabetical order) giving more details on the jobs, such as typical job descriptions, skills and education required, most-likely employers, least-likely employers, geographic location with the most openings, etc. Both students and counselors really like the concise but complete, easy-to-understand, concrete info that can be discovered within just 15 minutes! Very well organized, great Table of Contents, plus detailed Index.
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Book wasn't bad. It seemed a little dated and there were a few flaws in the information.
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