A lot of people are feeling uneasy about their careers these days. Some employers are actually looking for qualified people and giving the incentive to make a career change.

Maria Tessinari changed careers to become a nurse, knowing that in her new profession she'd be marketable no matter how bad the economy. "I knew that I would graduate and have a job and all the friends that I graduated nursing school with all have jobs," she says.

Even during the worst recession in decades, health care professions added 34,000 positions last month while the economy was losing more than half-a-million jobs.

To meet the demand for nursing education, Columbia is hiring instructors while many other universities are in a recession. In tough economic times, many people go back to school to boost their skills.

In fact, some for-profit schools are thriving. The stock of the Apollo Group has climbed 60% in the past six months. Other industries seeing job-growth - computer systems design, management and technology consulting, oil and gas drilling, and logging.

Accounting and financial analysis also remain in demand.