Go Where the Money Is, Part II

Last Updated May 26, 2009 12:11 PM EDT

Five million jobs lost. Whole industries seeming to disappear overnight. The notion that you should expect to retire from the same career you started with in your 20s is not just quaint. It's self-defeating. These days, you can't wait for the paycheck to come to you. You have to go where the money is. In Part One of this series, we advised you to consider pulling up stakes and moving to the most economically vibrant, recession-resistant cities. In this part of the series, we'll help you go into the careers where the money is.

The jobs described here all offer compensation worth a professional's or manager's attention. They're expected to be in high demand, relative to other careers, for at least a decade — which translates into that rarest of employee perks, job security. And while switching careers is hard, especially during of a recession, it can be done. Just ask the three successful job switchers we found here. If they can do it, so can you.