Last week, CareerCast.com released their ranking for 200 jobs form best to worst. Are you curious where your job stands? I know I am. As long time readers know, I am a bit disenchanted with my job and I’m working on an exit strategy. The jobs are ranked by these five categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook.
From the criteria, we can already tell that high paying white collar jobs will rank much better than the blue collar jobs. The Income and Hiring Outlook are related to market demand and a high paying job generally are more in demand. I’m sure a cushy office job will be at the top of the heap when they look at Physical Demands and Work Environment as well.
And the winner is ….. Software Engineer. A software engineer sits on his butt all day in a nice safe cubicle, is well paid, and the job is in demand. The stress is high in this job, but all the other scores are good enough to push the software engineer to the top in 2012.
The worst job is your lumberjack. I can see that. The risk for injury is high and it requires a lot of physical assertion everyday. The job pays about $32,000 and the hiring outlook is not good. Do you know any lumberjack? Is it really the worst job ever?
Take a look at the top 10 best and worst jobs
|1. Software Engineer ($88,142)||200. Lumberjack ($32,114)|
|2. Actuary ($88,202)||199. Dairy Farmer ($33,119)|
|3. Human Resource Manager ($99,102)||198. Enlisted Military Soldier ($36,261)|
|4. Dental Hygienist ($68,109)||197. Oil Rig Worker ($32,132)|
|5. Financial Planner ($104,161)||196. Newspaper Reporter ($35,275)|
|6. Audiologist ($67,137)||195. Waiter/Waitress ($18,088)|
|7. Occupational Therapist ($72,110)||194. Meter Reader ($35,171)|
|8. Online Advertising Manager ($87,255)||193. Dishwasher ($18,044)|
|9. Computer Systems Analyst ($78,148)||192. Butcher ($29,156)|
|10. Mathematician ($99,191)||191. Broadcaster ($27,324)|
What do you think of this list? I’m a bit bias, but I don’t think Software Engineer is the best job in the world. Sure, we work in a cushy chair, but there are long term consequences to sitting in front of a computer for 8-10 hours/day. (I’m not a software engineer, but close enough.) Financial Planner on the other hand looks like a good job to me. They are helping people with their finances and are compensated quite well. The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it? Do you like any of the top 10 jobs?
What about the worst 10 jobs? I’m surprise Broadcaster is on the list. I guess radio is not a great field to go into anymore and the hiring outlook is not good. I didn’t know the pay is that low, but I suppose most broadcasters are working in small local markets. Another surprising thing is that Waiter/Waitress ranks lower than Dishwasher. I thought the Dishwasher is the bottom of the totem pole in the restaurant business. Would you rather wash dishes than serve customers? I know I don’t.
You can drop by careercast and see where you job is on the list. They list 20 jobs on each page so you might have to browse around a bit.