Westport, Conn. – Insurance IT professionals can take heart: although the recession is heightening competition for a dwindling number of IT jobs, many in IT are considering alternative fields where computer professionals’ technical knowledge will be advantageous. Depending upon how you view this new trend, this may mean more IT job opening in the insurance sector, or it may mean the vertical market chosen is irrelevant. One thing seems clear: flexibility is the watchword when it comes to finding gainful employment in technology.

According to Debugging Your Information Technology Career (Elegant Fix Press), many of these fields offer strong protection from both offshoring and recessions. Janice Weinberg, the author, is a career consultant formerly with IBM and GE, whose IT background enabled her to identify the 20 careers she describes. While most of them aren't usually thought of as computer jobs, computer proficiency is a key qualification for success in each. For example:

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