For people who like "Top 10 Lists", we have one below. For people who prefer to have more options, we've included a Top 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs as well.

 Top Ten List of Best Jobs in a Recession according to Parade.com:

 

Accountant

Now more than ever, companies are paying attention to the bottom line. They need good “bean counters”, whether they are fresh out of school or are armed with years of experience to get the job done.

Accountants and auditors help to ensure that an organization is running properly and its funds are managed efficiently and effectively. They make sure the company’s public records are accurate and its taxes are paid properly and on time. As accounting rules become more complex and stringent, it is vital to have mangers that can run their bookkeeping operations. 

Administrative Assistants

The role of the administrative assistant appears to be changing. According to a recent study conducted by the International Association of Administrative Professionals duties and responsibilities for administrative assistants have expanded over the last decade. Responsibilities may now include duties traditionally handled by mid-level managers, making them, in some cases, "the information center of the office."

Still there is generally high turnover in these jobs as incumbents retire or move on to other careers. If this career is not your ideal, it can provide temporary employment while you look for a new job in your current field or train for another job opportunity.


Customer Service Representative

Customer Service Representatives are employed in a variety of industries to serve as the direct point of contact to help resolve an array of customer inquiries. Keeping customers satisfied is especially critical when a slumping economy is forcing consumers to cut back on discretionary spending. Discerning customers and businesses who are counting every penny will expect the highest quality service for their limited dollars. 

Financial Analyst

As businesses struggle to meet financial goals, it is important to have skilled financial experts on staff to guide business decisions and help improve managerial effectiveness. In light of the current economic situation, a closer eye will be focused on the bottom line and financial analysts will be needed to keep struggling business in the black. 


Mechanical Engineer

Emerging technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials science are fueling the demand for mechanical engineers. There will be additional opportunities for mechanical engineers outside of these fields as well because a degree in mechanical engineering can often be applied in other engineering specialties


Network Administrator

Network Administrators are ultimately responsible for keeping the computer network up and running. This requires a very specific skill set and there is a relatively small pool of workers who have the necessary skills to be a systems administrator. This element of rarity keeps it in the pool of hot jobs in a slumping economy. 

Police Patrol Officers

Crime doesn’t stop during a recession so it is likely that there will be some stability in this profession. While opportunities in most local police departments will be good for qualified candidates, particularly those with a bachelor’s degree, it is anticipated that there will be more competition for jobs in State and Federal agencies. Also, the level of government spending determines the level of employment for police officers making the number of opportunities vary from year to year.

Public School Teacher

Teaching positions have historically been recession-proof, but demographics do come into play. High growth areas are definitely better markets for this profession and there is also a higher demand for teachers in the fields of math and science.

More teachers will be retiring as many in the ranks approach retirement age and the number of students enrolling increases, there will still be a demand. Teacher turnover will also contribute to the demand for more teachers.

Software Engineer

With or without a recession, there is always competition for top engineering talent. Computer software engineers are challenged to keep current with constant changes emerging in computer technology. Those that keep up will be in high demand.

In today’s economy, businesses will be paying close attention to web marketing efforts as a way to assist with slumping sales. Software Engineers with expertise in the consumer, user-generated Web sector should be in particular demand. 

Staff Nurse, RN

Even when the economy suffers, people continue to require medical treatment. Additionally, the number of older people who will require medical, occupation, and custodial care is projected to grow rapidly increasing the need for nurses and other allied health professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Medical Assistants.

Thousands of RN openings are expected to result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, many of whom are reaching retirement age in the next few years. Nursing positions are expected to grow more rapidly in nursing care facilities and home health care organizations. Although growth is projected to be slower in hospitals, positions will still come available due to the relatively high turnover of hospital nurses.


Source: http://www.parade.com/news/2009/03/top-10-recession-proof-jobs.html#?slideindex=10

 


From TIME Business

Read "Where the Recession Proof Jobs Are".

The best recession-proof jobs are those that are least sensitive to economic downturn, and which have the highest combined scores for pay, projected workforce growth, and number of openings.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1858773,00.html#ixzz1tiv1njvT

 

Job Category
Earnings 1
Growth 2
Openings 1

 

1
Computer Systems Analysts
$69,760
29.00%
63,166

 

2
Network Systems
$64,600
53.40%
35,086
and Data Communications Analysts
 
3
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$62,130
27.00%
37,010

 

4
Registered Nurses
$57,280
23.50%
233,499


5
Teachers, Postsecondary
$57,770
22.90%
237,478


6
Physical Therapists
$66,200
27.10%
12,072


7
Physicians and Surgeons
> $145,600
14.20%
38,027


8
Dental Hygienists
$62,800
30.10%
10,433


9
Pharmacists
$94,520
21.70%
16,358


10
Medical and Health Services Managers
$73,340
16.40%
31,877


11
Physician Assistants
$74,980
27.00%
7,147


12
Veterinarians
$71,990
35.00%
5,301


13
Database Administrators
$64,670
28.60%
8,258


14
Social and Community Service Managers
$52,070
24.70%
23,788


15
Instructional Coordinators
$52,790
22.50%
21,294


16
Environmental Engineers
$69,940
25.40%
5,003


17
Education Administrators, Postsecondary
$73,990
14.20%
17,121


18
Occupational Therapists
$60,470
23.10%
8,338


19
Public Relations Specialists
$47,350
17.60%
51,216


20
Environmental Scientists
$56,100
25.10%
6,961


and Specialists, Including Health


21
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$58,260
17.30%
14,746


22
Actuaries
$82,800
23.70%
3,245


23
Medical Assistants
$26,290
35.40%
92,977


24
Mental Health Counselors
$34,380
30.00%
24,103


25
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$34,040
34.30%
20,821


26
Social and Human Service Assistants
$25,580
33.60%
80,142


27
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
$47,530
12.60%
54,025


28
Health Educators
$41,330
26.20%
13,707


29
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$59,440
15.80%
8,309


30
Medical and Public Health Social Workers
$43,040
24.20%
16,429


31
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
$77,740
7.60%
27,143


32
Mental Health 
and Substance Abuse Social Workers
$35,410
29.90%
17,289


33
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
$33,440
23.10%
64,449


34
Pharmacy Technicians
$25,630
32.00%
54,453


35
Clergy
$39,680
18.90%
35,092


36
Dental Assistants
$30,220
29.20%
29,482


37
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
$72,660
21.90%
2,471


38
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
$37,480
19.10%
35,402


39
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Ed.
$43,580
16.30%
27,603

40
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
$46,300
11.20%
75,270

41
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$35,760
16.90%
56,579

42
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
$48,170
15.10%
12,836

43
Marriage and Family Therapists
$43,210
29.80%
5,953

44
Physical Therapist Assistants
$41,360
32.40%
5,957

45
Radiation Therapists
$66,170
24.80%
1,461

46
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Ed.
$22,680
26.30%
78,172

47
Surgical Technologists
$36,080
24.50%
15,365

48
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$47,460
10.80%
37,842

49
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
$36,550
14.00%
70,610

50
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
$47,650
15.80%
8,846

51
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
$33,780
14.30%
97,350

52
Respiratory Therapists
$47,420
22.60%
5,563

53
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
$47,740
5.60%
93,166

54
Speech-Language Pathologists
$57,710
10.60%
11,160

55
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$57,160
19.10%
3,211

56
First-Line Supervisors/Managers
$69,310
9.20%
9,373

of Police and Detectives

57
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$49,700
12.40%
11,457

58
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
$26,780
41.00%
14,674

59
Hydrologists
$66,260
24.30%
687

60
Adult Literacy, Remedial Education,
$43,910
14.20%
17,340

and GED Teachers and Instructors

61
Rehabilitation Counselors
$29,200
23.00%
32,081

62
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$50,660
8.90%
22,024

63
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program
$37,740
23.50%
8,113

64
Chiropractors
$65,220
14.40%
3,179

65
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$42,300
25.50%
3,550

66
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
$22,180
18.20%
321,036

67
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
$28,030
17.80%
39,048

68
Court Reporters
$45,610
24.50%
2,620

69
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$86,420
21.30%
118

70
Interpreters and Translators
$35,560
23.60%
6,630

71
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$62,900
11.50%
3,771

72
Occupational Therapist Assistants
$42,060
25.40%
2,634

73
Automotive Body and Related Repairers
$35,180
11.60%
37,469

74
Optometrists
$91,040
11.30%
1,789

75
Fire Fighters
$41,190
12.10%
18,887

76
First-Line Supervisors/Managers
$52,580
12.50%
4,180

of Correctional Officers

77
Coaches and Scouts
$26,950
14.60%
51,100

78
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$42,500
10.90%
18,335

79
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
$27,070
19.20%
19,513

80
Massage Therapists
$33,400
20.30%
9,193

81
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$41,060
19.20%
4,293

82
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
$34,840
24.20%
4,681

83
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$40,560
24.80%
2,162

84
Funeral Directors
$49,620
12.50%
3,939

85
Librarians
$49,060
3.60%
18,945

86
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
$31,910
10.10%
165,502

87
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$62,300
14.80%
1,290

88
Budget Analysts
$61,430
7.10%
6,423


89
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
$48,330
8.50%
10,601


90
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
$32,090
12.50%
27,100


91
Curators
$46,300
23.30%
1,416


92
Private Detectives and Investigators
$33,750
18.20%
7,329


93
Air Traffic Controllers
$117,240
10.20%
1,213


94
Statisticians
$65,720
8.50%
3,433


95
Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
$36,070
13.80%
9,575


96
Editors
$46,990
2.30%
20,193


97
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
$32,840
15.00%
10,866


98
Insurance Underwriters
$52,350
6.30%
6,880


99
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
$31,470
13.60%
17,628


100
Athletic Trainers
$36,560
24.30%
1,669


101
Film and Video Editors
$46,670
12.70%
2,707


102
Gaming Surveillance Officers
$27,130
33.60%
2,124


and Gaming Investigators


103
Podiatrists
$108,220
9.50%
648


104
Teacher Assistants
$20,740
10.40%
193,986


105
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$101,690
5.10%
1,567


106
Mathematicians
$86,930
10.20%
473


107
Economists
$77,010
7.50%
1,555


108
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$20,350
13.00%
35,954


109
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
$26,290
9.50%
54,060


110
Postal Service Mail Carriers
$44,350
1.00%
16,710


111
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$49,930
15.00%
446


112
Dietitians and Nutritionists
$46,980
8.60%
4,996


113
Bus Drivers, School
$24,820
9.30%
59,809


114
Computer, Automated Teller,
$36,480
3.00%
22,330


and Office Machine Repairers


115
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, 
Commercial and Industrial Equipment
$45,180
6.80%
6,607


116
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
$49,180
12.50%
1,030


117
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$69,370
10.60%
233


118
Vocational Education Teachers,
$48,690
[nd]4.6%
7,639


Secondary School


119
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
$30,720
18.70%
3,457


120
Physical Therapist Aides
$22,060
24.40%
4,092


121
Pest Control Workers
$27,880
15.50%
6,006


122
Medical Equipment Preparers
$25,950
14.20%
8,363


123
Library Technicians
$26,560
8.50%
29,075


124
Audiologists
$57,120
9.80%
980


125
Political Scientists
$90,140
5.30%
318


126
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters,
$29,420
[nd]7.0%
75,361


Samplers, and Weighers


127
Embalmers
$37,840
14.30%
1,660


128
Sociologists
$60,290
10.00%
403


129
Food Scientists and Technologists
$53,810
10.30%
663


130
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
$20,370
21.70%
3,703


131
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$49,490
10.60%
546


132
Power Plant Operators
$55,000
2.70%
1,796


133
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
$45,620
2.10%
4,465


134
Soil and Plant Scientists
$56,080
8.40%
850


135
Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$48,050
11.00%
644


136
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators,
$72,600
0.10%
794


and Hearing Officers


137
Archivists
$40,730
14.40%
795


138
Museum Technicians and Conservators
$34,340
15.90%
1,341


139
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$43,900
[nd]8.4%
6,855


140
Dietetic Technicians
$24,040
14.80%
4,062


141
Funeral Attendants
$20,350
14.30%
6,034


142
Postal Service Clerks
$44,800
1.20%
3,703


143
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$57,400
[nd]4.7%
1,591


144
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
$35,450
11.20%
1,933


145
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$55,790
[nd]0.8%
1,627


146
Bailiffs
$34,210
11.20%
2,223


147
Library Assistants, Clerical
$21,640
7.90%
18,961


148
Animal Control Workers
$27,910
12.50%
3,377


149
Broadcast Technicians
$30,690
12.10%
2,955


150
Animal Scientists
$47,800
9.80%
299


1 Annually
2 Projected cumulative growth in job openings, 2006-2016 

Read more: 
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1858773,00.html#ixzz1tiuJd3Cs

Source: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1858773,00.html