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Shutdown Gallery: Who Is Essential?

The looming government shutdown threatens to furlough all "nonessential" federal employees. According to a senior Obama administration official, about 800,000 workers would fall into that category. But the somewhat loose definition could cause panic as some ask themselves: "Am I essential?"

Before those existential crises arise, let's take a look at some of the jobs that are guaranteed to be shutdown-proof.

 

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Catherine Hollander contributed contributed to this article.

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