Study: Six IT fields in top 20 recession-proof professions

With the economy in upheaval, here are some areas where you may want to polish your job skills.

In July's monthly rankings of most wanted job candidates, the hottest IT jobs are:

  • Software design/development (No. 4)

  • Networking/systems administration (No. 10)

  • Database administration (No. 18)

  • Software implementation analyst (No. 19)

  • Testing/quality assurance (No. 20).

JobFox.com compares report data with findings from other employment research businesses and government data from the US Department of Labor, Lawrence said. "I feel very good about what we're reporting in the Top 20. The numbers are there."

Paul Holley, a spokesman for employment services company Manpower, said in an e-mail that his company conducts similar research but that it can't be compared directly because the methodologies used are different. What is comparable, Holley said, is that data from the "Manpower 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill" survey contains several jobs also found in the JobFox.com listings, including engineers, sales representatives, IT and accounting/finance.

"One thing that we have noted about the Top 10 list at Manpower is that many of the positions (i.e. skilled manual trades, sales representative, mechanic) require a personal touch -- direct contact or service -- and, therefore, are difficult to offshore," Holley said.

John Challenger, president of Chicago-based outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said the JobFox.com studies "hit a number of jobs that will be in strong demand... They are all core functions that most companies need."

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