With the financial crisis, the Great Recession and the global economic slowdown wreaking havoc on every sector over the last two years, it's hard to imagine any industry that escaped unscathed. However, IBISWorld Research has uncovered five industries that have managed to remain extremely profitable during 2010 -- and these industries are their picks to be the most profitable for the next three years as well.
Not surprisingly, four of the five industries with the fattest profit margins are connected to the mining of natural resources, such as crude oil and precious metals like gold. Companies in these industries have an opportunity to flourish as these areas grow. And investors who take their cues from these industries may be able to boost the profit margins of their portfolios as well.