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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Is Your Job Better Than Mine? (Almost Definitely)

Posted by on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

According to (via the Wall Street Journal), these are the five best jobs of 2013:

1 Actuary
2 Biomedical Engineer
3 Software Engineer
4 Audiologist
5 Financial Planner

According to the same survey of 200 jobs, these are the five worst jobs of 2013:

196 Oil Rig Worker
197 Actor
198 Enlisted Military Personnel
199 Lumberjack
200 Reporter (Newspaper)

Wow. I'm gonna go get a "BORN TO DIE" neck tattoo now. It couldn't make my job prospects any worse!


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Actuary is not a career casually entered into unless you have a strong opinion about Bayesian statistics (doesnt seem to matter that much which opinion. As long as you can explain your position and are passionate about it.)

Posted by david on April 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 18
So where are pimps?
Posted by Ballard Pimp on April 24, 2013 at 12:03 AM · Report this
I've been a newspaper reporter for 20 years and after reading this list, clearly it's time for me take a step up in the professional world. I'm thinking lumberjack or meter reader.
Posted by Compass Rose on April 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 16
Every job is the worst job some days if you aren't doing what you would like or even if you're just tired doing it. True, I'd rather be tired being a secretary than tired being a sewer worker (given all else equal). But any job can take its toll on you if you've done it long enough and the pressure and dislike gets exaggerated.

Or maybe it's just me. In my younger day, I was never one to stay on the same job (or at the same location) for longer than 2-3 years.
Posted by Bauhaus I on April 23, 2013 at 9:22 PM · Report this
I'm an actuary, and it is fucking fascinating. It is a failure of imagination to not be able to fathom why this career is so rewarding. Every day I'm leveraging curiosity, perception, skepticism, and intuition. I'm making predictions about the future and establishing a framework for testing my own hypothesis. We work in a culture of folks unafraid to learn from mistakes. One of the nicest things is that most of my work takes place on a longer time horizon and in the framework of mathematical models which can really only fill my attention in the immediate presence of the software. This means that I rarely feel serious time pressure, and I am rarely thinking about work when I am not at work. I realize that most folks can't get past the probability distributions, but why the unimaginative feel the need to hate on us, I'll never understand.
Posted by Valpey on April 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 14
What about toilet cleaners? I always feel really bad for them.
Posted by ScienceNerd on April 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM · Report this
Yeah, I was hanging out at the career counselors the other day and all the talk was about actuaries. I couldn't believe it. Seems everyone is getting into the field before the glow recedes. Yep, actuary, there is excitement and adventure in a career. I was thinking of becoming an audiologist, but I am convinced that becoming an actuary is by far the best way to spend my life.
Posted by pupuguru on April 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM · Report this
#6 yeah right the "worst jobs" are far better that not being employed at all.

Posted by jamesfraser on April 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 11
Always reminds me of the old ('90s-era, if you'll accept that as old) SNL bit on Weekend Update where a similar list had been published, "Last year's worst job, crack whore, has been replaced... by assistant crack whore."
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
actuary seems the worst job in the world. ever.
Posted by booooooooooooooooring on April 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM · Report this
Is there anything more annoying than working 'journalists' whining about what a hard job journalism is?

(no seriously, fuck the 4th estate)
Posted by johnjjeeves on April 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
but don't you get to go to movies during the day and then complain about going to movies?

not a bad gig.


Posted by Rowlf on April 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM · Report this
JensR 7
@6 ok you got me beat - but other than you "freelance illustrator" is not a high position on any list :)
Posted by JensR on April 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
At least it's better than "unemployed"
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
Oil rig worker? Dangerous and difficult perhaps, but there's nothing "worst" about $75k for working 3/5ths of the year, assuming your the right sort for the that type of work.*

*this opinion scientifically formed via anecdotes of former brother-in-law, a (perhaps damningly) former oil rig worker.
Posted by Dougsf on April 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Worse than Oil Rig Worker. That sucks. That really sucks.
Posted by MLM on April 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 3
Thanks, Paul, this fills me with hope for the future. There's nowhere to go but up.

Tangentially, @1, I've always marveled how you manage to comment on our pussy-riddled blog while driving your big rig and eating racks of beef that you personally sawed off the cow, real tough man that you are.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on April 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
Could someone just please be offended by dnt_trust_me already so he can call it a day? The poor dear is wearing himself out trolling as hard as he can.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 1
Paul, you're a pussy, remember? You're not going to get Born To Die on your neck. You only type like you're tough.
Posted by dnt trust me on April 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this

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