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3 ‘recession-proof’ skills that are in-demand even during a downturn, according to economists

By | Morgan Smith |

As economists debate whether or not a recession is coming soon — and how bad it will be — the fear of being laid off, or not being able to find work, might be in the back of your mind. 

Record-high inflation and a string of high-profile layoffs have left working professionals across the U.S. increasingly anxious about their job security: 78% of Americans are worried about losing their job during a potential upcoming recession, a recent Insight Global survey of 1,004 adults found. 

While it might be too soon to “read into the tea leaves” of such forecasts and predict when, or if, a recession will hit the U.S., “it’s very clear that we’re in an economic slowdown right now,” Kory Kantenga, a senior economist at LinkedIn, tells CNBC Make It

Even if economic growth is just slowing down, that environment can still be “very damaging” to employees and job-seekers, he adds. 

No one is immune to losing their job — but learning what skills continue to be in-demand during economic downturns can help you stay competitive in a volatile market and pivot jobs, or industries, if needed, says Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter.

Economists say these are the most “recession-proof” skills that companies will be hiring for during the next recession:

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