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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, 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:
- Software Engineer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Paralegal Assistant
- Dental Hygienist
- Technical writer
- Bank officer
- Web developer
- Industrial engineer
- Financial planner
- Aerospace engineer
- 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.
Where does your job sit in this list, and do you agree with the results of this study?
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