Best and Worst Jobs 2011

CareerCast has released its 2011 list of the Best and Worst Jobs and scientists and engineers have come out pretty well:

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Mathematician
  3. Actuary
  4. Statistician
  5. Computer Systems Analyst
  6. Meteorologist
  7. Biologist
  8. Historian
  9. Audiologist
  10. Dental Hygenist

Within the top 50 and bottom 50 jobs, if you sort jobs by salary you get a slightly different list with an even better outlook for scientists:

  1. Pharmacist ($109k)
  2. Petroleum Engineer ($109k)
  3. Physicist ($106k)
  4. Astronomer ($105k)
  5. Financial Planner ($101k)
  6. Nuclear Engineer ($97k)
  7. Optometrist ($96k)
  8. Aerospace Engineer ($95k)
  9. Mathematician ($94k)
  10. Economist ($87k)

Jobs were ranked in terms of income, the physical and emotional environment experienced, the physical demands of the job and the outlook for the future in terms of employment and income growth.

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  1. I have taught for over twenty-six years from preschool, grades fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth through twelfth grade regular education, and many different levels of special education, including autistic, emotionally impaired, learning disabled, physically handicapped, gifted and alternative education. For the most part, I loved all of it, and the best part of it is the children; the worst parts are the government forms and constant testing, the pay plus the government leaders that state that they want to make education better, and they make it worse. I teach in MI now, and the state government pays less and less per pupil, so the class sizes are growing larger while the staff is shrinking in number. There are more demands placed on students and teachers, plus the constant threat of staff paying more and more for benefits, while taking away the present retirement that used to be a light at the end of the tunnel. It makes me cringe to think what education will be like for our next generation, because if the government blindly makes decisions about our schools without teacher input, I cannot imagine what senior would choose the career of teaching. I hope the government wakes up because everyone deserves the right to a good education, and teachers deserve much more than the status quo!

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