I just got back from the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Washington, DC. While I was gone the Wall Street Journal ran an article, Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs. In it they reveal the best and worst jobs as compiled by Les Krantz, author of “Jobs Rated Almanac.”
According to the study, mathematicians fared best in part because they typically work in favorable conditions — indoors and in places free of toxic fumes or noise — unlike those toward the bottom of the list like sewage-plant operator, painter and bricklayer. They also aren’t expected to do any heavy lifting, crawling or crouching — attributes associated with occupations such as firefighter, auto mechanic and plumber.
Here are some of the best and worst:
The Best The 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
It is interesting to see that #2 and #3 are also mathematical.