Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Top Jobs Report Good News for Scientists

A new report is out on the best and worst jobs to have, and the list is mighty kind to scientists:

The Best and Worst Jobs
Of 200 Jobs studied, these came out on top -- and at the bottom:

The Best
1. Mathematician
2. Actuary
3. Statistician
4. Biologist
5. Software Engineer
6. Computer Systems Analyst
7. Historian
8. Sociologist
9. Industrial Designer
10. Accountant
11. Economist
12. Philosopher
13. Physicist
14. Parole Officer
15. Meteorologist
16. Medical Laboratory Technician
17. Paralegal Assistant
18. Computer Programmer
19. Motion Picture Editor
20. Astronomer

The Worst
200. Lumberjack
199. Dairy Farmer
198. Taxi Driver
197. Seaman
196. EMT
195. Roofer
194. Garbage Collector
193. Welder
192. Roustabout
191. Ironworker
190. Construction Worker
189. Mail Carrier
188. Sheet Metal Worker
187. Auto Mechanic
186. Butcher
185. Nuclear Decontamination Tech
184. Nurse (LN)
183. Painter
182. Child Care Worker
181. Firefighter

The pattern is clear: those that think are at the top, those that work hard and sweat are at the bottom. We are truly in the information age.


Zeno said...

Wow! I started off in a dairy farming family and jumped into academia as a math professor. I escaped from the cohort of worst jobs into the privileged haven of the best. (At least my brother the dairyman has it better than lumberjacks.)

ScienceAvenger said...

I did a stint as a construction worker prior to getting my Mathematics degree, so I've seen my share of the bottom. However, I have a hard time believing any job could be worse than Nuclear Decontamination Tech. Now we need the list of top mortalities by occupation.