Best and Worst Careers
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work
Careerjournal.com, the Wall Street Journal's online career site, recently posted a well-meaning piece: a listing of the best and worst jobs. Tapping into a Wisconsin researcher, the site rated jobs based on six categories: income, stress, physical demands, outlook, security and work environment.
You missing what I'm missing from that list? Passion. Connection. Meaning. Fulfillment. Happiness. Joy. Not surprisingly, when those things are left out, you get a press release like this: 'When people are working full time -- perhaps in a job that they don't particularly enjoy -- it's easy to imagine that the proverbial 'grass may be greener' for those in other careers. But unless they are peppered with questions, it's difficult to find out what their work is really like. How stressful is the work, what's the work environment like and is there room for growth?' It's not quite 'shut up and be happy' but it's pretty close.
OK, so you wanna know what's at the top of the best jobs list, don't ya? Ready? I mean it, are... you... ready? A-a-a-accountant. There, I said it. And it's followed by actuary, bank officer, biologist, computer systems analyst, financial planner and parole officer. (Yes, parole officer.)
Bottom of the list, btw, are construction worker, cowboy, dancer and fisherman. (Our friend from Wisconsin must hate the outdoors!)
I know there isn't a single best job, since so much of this is subjective. But I know baseball player, movie actor, entrepreneur, magazine editor, architect and designer would all be on my list -- yes, even above accountant or actuary. What's on yours?