Among the many negative ripple effects from the two-year-old financial crisis, one of the most destructive has been the heavy toll on jobs along Wall Street as well as Main Street. But in at least one corner of the securities industry, hiring is booming-and experts are predicting it will stay that way.

Hunts for chief compliance officers and other top compliance executives in the investment management field are up 20 percent from last year at this time, says search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. "This is the strongest area of hiring we are seeing," managing director George Wilbanks said in an interview earlier this month.

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