Thursday, January 07, 2010

Best and Worst Jobs 2010

Best and Worst Jobs 2010
The 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. in 2009 based on five criteria -- environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.

Now I'm glad I did not become a photojournalist! To quote 1854:
Photojournalists, on the other hand, are way down in that list, coming in 189th position with a starting salary of $16,000 and a top-level salary of $60,000.
Only 11 other positions are considered worse than being a photojournalist. They are: Butcher, Mail Carrier, Meter Reader, Construction Worker, Taxi Driver, Garbage Collector, Welder, Dairy Farmer, Ironworker, Lumberjack and Roustabout...


Mike Johnston said...

Interesting. Some of those numbers seem pretty suspect on the face of it, however. How is $69,000 considered "top level salary" for an actor? There are Hollywood stars who get $20 million per movie.

And the list doesn't factor in how hard it is to get a job. "Historian" ranks highly, but what they don't mention is that there aren't very many jobs for historians. I know a number of historians who are, shall we say, "otherwise employed." Or not employed, as the case may be.

And "Medical Records Technician" might be the 20th best job, but the work is so boring that you want to shoot yourself after six months of it. Maybe that's why it pays well....


Alex said...

The only way is down :-(

{unless I become an actuary}

Thing is I see ASIC designer as being on a similar rank to software engineer, they need a bit more discipline, but Verilog is not too different to C, and we all start with schematics.

What is an actuary anyway?

Alex said...

Oh, you'll love this

Today's the day, and I swear I only found out because I was Wikiing "software engineer vs computer programmer".

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Maybe they decided to exclude the really exceptional earnings, I dunno.

I don't know if it's really relevant to the list how hard it is to get a job. I think generally the lower down the list, the easier it is.

And boring, I guess... who wants to be an actuary really? Who dreamed of that? (I had to look it up too, it's an insurance adjuster.)

Mike said...

I saw one study that said the best job was playing left field for a non-contending (U.S.) baseball team.

The left fielder doesn't have much to do, because most hitters are righties and it's hard to pull the ball. (Pull = hit it early out in front of the swing.)

You only have to work half the year.

When you work, it only lasts a couple of hours. True, you have to train, but nothing's on the line.

You get to be outside. But you get to come in when it rains.

The payscale is through the roof.

If the team isn't contending, your mistakes won't cost your team much, so presumably your stress level is on the low side (although competition to keep the job can be a major stressor for major leaguers).

For most people: "Nice work if you can get it."

Me, personally: best jobs: Vanna White and Dan Castellaneta. Vanna started out turning over the letters on a word-game show called "Wheel of Fortune," and then they made her job EASIER--they went to electronic screens so technically she's not needed at all, but now she just touches the letters and they change, because she's a star of the show.

Actually, what she does is clap. She claps after everything that happens. An average of 720 times per show (I looked it up). She doesn't reveal her salary, but NEWSWEEK reported that she earns 3 to 5 million a year "from all her endeavors."

Dan Castellaneta (not quite sure of that spelling) is the voice of Homer Simpson on the animated cartoon show "The Simpsons," which I believe is broadcast in England, so you might know it.

He, too, earns millions...for talking. Granted, he's very, very good at doing voices, but still...that's one great job!


Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that "Medical Records Technician" is better than some of those on the list, like Mail Carrier. I figured that's basically a file clerk, and they are supposed to earn peanuts.

Anonymous said...

The only way is down :-(

{unless I become an actuary}

The highest starting salary is surgeon. software engineers are way down the list.

Alex said...

I was referring to the jobs position in the list, not the salary. I know there are better paying jobs, otherwise why be a CEO for example?

Anonymous said...

Eolake - About actuaries - you may want to remember the old joke about actuaries being people who left the accounting profession because they couldn't stand all the excitement...........Yet they do have an important job figuring out the 'risks' for your/my life-insurance, etc. RonC - also, see link for what to say/ask if trapped in a left with an actuary - from their own 'scenario-planning for actuaries' site -

Anonymous said...

Oops - that should have been 'lift' - however, it could have been worse - it could have been 'loft' in which you were trapped........
Ron C

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, Ron, that seems quite funny.

TC [Girl] said...

At this point, many have all but given up looking for work! How do you do that?! WEIRD! And...I had no idea how many are on food stamps: A-MAZING!!