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Careercast recently ran a pair of interesting articles, exploring the best and worst professions for the upcoming year. Satisfyingly for readers of this blog, almost a quarter of the best jobs consisted of roles suited to web workers and untethered employees, including software engineers, systems analysts, accountants, […]

Careercast recently ran a pair of interesting articles, exploring the best and worst professions for the upcoming year. Satisfyingly for readers of this blog, almost a quarter of the best jobs consisted of roles suited to web workers and untethered employees, including software engineers, systems analysts, accountants, technical writers and developers in the top ten.

The study focused on good health, low stress levels, pleasant workplaces, income level and growth potential to arrive at its ranking, and concluded that math, science and computer skills remain critical for careers with highly ranked and rewarded positions. Indeed, the common thread across all the highly-ranked roles is the requirement for high levels of education and training. Notably, the outlook for software engineering looks very strong with high and increasing levels of employment throughout the much of the new decade.

Reuter’s expanded version of the list of top jobs list reads as follows:

  1. Actuary
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Biologist
  5. Historian
  6. Mathematician
  7. Paralegal Assistant
  8. Statistician
  9. Accountant
  10. Dental Hygienist
  11. Meteorologist
  12. Philosopher
  13. Technical writer
  14. Bank officer
  15. Web developer
  16. Industrial engineer
  17. Financial planner
  18. Aerospace engineer
  19. Pharmacist
  20. Medical records technician

I’ve highlighted the jobs particularly suitable for web working in bold, though you could probably also web work in many of the other roles listed there, too.

Unsurprisingly, the imploding newspaper industry means that journalists don’t fare so well in the list, being ranked as the 17th worst profession. Though perhaps the future is a little brighter, as our coverage of the success of the Ann Arbor Chronicle’s all-digital newsroom shows.

You can read the full listing of jobs in this study, ranked from best to worst, at the Wall Street Journal.

Where does your job sit in this list, and do you agree with the results of this study?

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  1. Any list that has Philosopher as a job, let alone as #12 is bullshit.

    1. I agree 100%. The list seems interesting and legitimate with its sprinkling of real-world, recognisable professions, but then you see Philosopher and the bull smell just knocks you out.

    2. microsoftwordtips meks Sunday, January 10, 2010

      Not true.

      Many Fortune 500s hire Philosophy graduates to help with strategy.

      My former CEO was a Philosophy graduate from Cambridge – v smart guy.

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    Great! It’s nice to see technical writing on the list. Now if we can only get the end-users out there to recognize what we are worth we’d be in there.

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  10. why historian on number 5? i studied history and about doing economic history as masters but people keep saying it has no better prospect but here u placed it on number 5.why?

  11. pls if u have more convincing result for me send to my email.why historian is on number 5 and what prospect if i study economic history.
    thanks

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