The study, released Tuesday from CareerCast.com, a new job site, evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.
The findings were compiled by Les Krantz, author of “Jobs Rated Almanac,” and are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, as well as studies from trade associations and Mr. Krantz’s own expertise.
The Best and Worst Jobs
Of 200 Jobs studied, these came out on top — and at the bottom:
The Best The Worst 1. Mathematician 200. Lumberjack 2. Actuary 199. Dairy Farmer 3. Statistician 198. Taxi Driver 4. Biologist 197. Seaman 5. Software Engineer 196. EMT 6. Computer Systems Analyst 195. Roofer 7. Historian 194. Garbage Collector 8. Sociologist 193. Welder 9. Industrial Designer 192. Roustabout 10. Accountant 191. Ironworker 11. Economist 190. Construction Worker 12. Philosopher 189. Mail Carrier 13. Physicist 188. Sheet Metal Worker 14. Parole Officer 187. Auto Mechanic 15. Meteorologist 186. Butcher 16. Medical Lab Technician 185. Nuclear Decontamination Tech 17. Paralegal Assistant 184. Nurse (LN) 18. Computer Programmer 183. Painter 19. Motion Picture Editor 182. Child Care Worker 20. Astronomer 181. Firefighter
According to the study, mathematicians fared best in part because they typically work in favorable conditions — indoors and in places free of toxic fumes or noise — unlike those toward the bottom of the list like sewage-plant operator, painter and bricklayer. They also aren’t expected to do any heavy lifting, crawling or crouching — attributes associated with occupations such as firefighter, auto mechanic and plumber.
The study also considers pay, which was determined by measuring each job’s median income and growth potential. Mathematicians’ annual income was pegged at $94,160, but Ms. Courter, 38, says her salary exceeds that amount.
According to that rating, my profession is one of the best 🙂
Source: Wall Street Journal