Thursday, January 8, 2009

Seaman - The Fourth Worst Job

Seaman Throws a Line - Photo is by Will Van Dorp aka tugster

The Wall Street Journal has an article Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs. There is good news for seaman. A seaman's job is better then Loggers, Dairy farmers, and Taxi Drivers. Of 200 jobs listed, seaman come in at 197.

Here is the the top and bottom ten:
The BestThe Worst
1. Mathematician 200. Lumberjack
2. Actuary 199. Dairy Farmer
3. Statistician 198. Taxi Driver
4. Biologist 197. Seaman
5. Software Engineer 196. EMT
6. Computer Systems Analyst 195. Roofer
7. Historian 194. Garbage Collector
8. Sociologist 193. Welder
9. Industrial Designer 192. Roustabout
10. Accountant 191. Ironworker

From the article:
"The study ... evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress."
I recall seeing a similar article a couple of years ago, loggers were at the bottom of that list as well. The reporter interviewed a logger and asked him what he though about being on the bottom of the list. His reply was something along the lines of "I was always told that if you weren't a logger you weren't nothing". That's my attitude as well, if you ain't a seaman you ain't nothing.

Found at The Edge of American West

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