The best and worst jobs of 2011
It’s a tough exercise to measure what the top and bottom jobs in North America are because, frankly, most people will tell you their job is the worst.
If not, then what is? A new report from CareerCast.com gives their thoughts on that – based on duties and midlevel income, here are their choices for the worst, and best, jobs in 2011.
Here they are, from 1-200, ranked according to a survey the job site undertook with data from the Labor Dept. and U.S. Census.
The top five, with midlevel incomes (in USD) in parentheses:
1) Software engineer ($87,000)
2) Mathematician ($94,000)
3) Actuary ($87,000)
4) Statistician ($73,000)
5) Computer systems analyst ($77,000)
And, the bottom five, with midlevel incomes (in USD) in parentheses:
5) Taxi driver ($21,000)
4) Roofer ($34,000)
3) Lumberjack ($32,000)
2) Ironworker ($34,000)
1) Roustabout ($32,000)
If you check the whole list, much of it is based, of course, on salary – the higher the midlevel income, the higher it’s generally to fall on the CareerCast.com rundown.
But money isn’t everything, at least. A few lower-paying jobs – paralegal assistant, at $47,000 per year, for instance, falls at no. 13 – rank rather high, and ahead of higher-paying gigs. Similarly, a few good-paying careers – farmer ($59,000) and highway patrol officer ($53,000) – don’t even crack the top 150.
What do you think makes a job “good” or “bad”? Where does your career fall on this list?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money