If the recession has left you displaced from your job in the real estate or automobile industries, perhaps you can consider moving into an industry with growing demand: the funeral industry. An aging cohort of baby-boomers is fueling demands for final services, as the video below illustrates. And workers who have been dislocated by the downturn are finding new careers.
Which reminds me of an old joke my father used to tell me when we were out riding in the car. As we would pass a cemetery, he would remark, matter-of-factly, "You know, that's a very popular cemetery."
Then he'd turn to me, look me right in the eye, and grin as he quipped, "People are just dying to get in there."