Best and worst jobs in the industry

Posted: April 11, 2012 by David Lamont in Interesting Data
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The Wall Street Journal published an interesting list in its April 11th article called the “Best and Worst Jobs of 2012.” The list was based on a CareerCast analysis that ranked 200 jobs on their physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Here are the highlights including the top 3, bottom 3 and those jobs we encounter in the IT industry:

1. Software Engineer

2 Actuary

3. HR Manager

8. Online Advertising Manager

9. Computer Systems Analyst

15. Web Developer

32. Market Research Analyst

34. Computer Programmer

37. Technical Writer

66. Mechanical Engineer

70. PR Executive

72. Electrical Engineer

82. Event Coordinator

106. Sales Rep.

116. Senior Corporate Executive

118. Publication Editor

136. Advertising Sales Executive

198. Enlisted Military Soldier

199. Dairy Farmer

200. Lumberjack

There you have it. Software engineers have it best (#1). Selling advertising is a pretty crappy job (#136). However, buying advertising is pretty nice (#8). Pitching stories is OK at #70, but editing stories is not so hot at #118. Those opinionated analysts have it good at #32. And, despite the perks the senior corporate executives rank all the way down at #116. It must be because of the physical demands. 🙂

About the Author

David X. Lamont is an accomplished marketer of IT products and a partner at Marketingsage, a PR and lead generation firm that specializes in marketing data storage, data management, and enterprise software products. He can be reached by email at blog [at] marketingsage.net. Fellow marketers and IT professionals are invited to join his network on LinkedIn and to subscribe to this blog (see sidebar).

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