The Best & Worst Careers Today!

The Best & Worst Careers Today!
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    How do you know that the classes you are taking today will lead to a solid job tomorrow?

    For that matter, is your education major something that you can live with for the rest of your life?

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College students have a terrific opportunity to learn what interests them as well as to find out what jobs will be waiting them upon graduation (that’s what we call career planning). However, just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean that the job market will be decent when you leave school.

A new job site by the name of CareerCast.com recently evaluated more than two hundred professions to determine the best and worst jobs according to five criteria that is common with every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. What they discovered should give every college student something to chew on as they seek to get the schooling necessary for a job later on.

The comments following each job I can assure you are purely my own.

The Top Ten Jobs For Making A Living:

  1. Mathematician — If you like children, then a career as a teacher in the public schools is a lock for you.
  2. Actuary — If there is anything certain these days then that is risk and uncertainty!
  3. Statistician — Someone has to keep count.
  4. Biologist — Grant money continues to fuel this high demand field.
  5. Software Engineer — Microsoft wants you, needs you and will pay you well.
  6. Computer Systems Analyst — Help corporations keep up and maintain the latest technologies.
  7. Historian — High demand job both on campus and in the public sector.
  8. Sociologist — Keep pace with human trends and offer an explanation for these behaviors.
  9. Industrial Designer — Somebody created the iPod. That someone is now rich.
  10. Accountant — Much needed today as banks figure out how and where they’ll spend their bail out monies.

The Bottom Ten Jobs For Making A Living:

  1. Lumberjack — Hard work, great pay, but environmental restrictions make this work difficult.
  2. Dairy Farmer — If you are a bovine lover and don’t mind waking up at 3 a.m. the rest of your life, then this job is for you.
  3. Taxi Driver — New York City. Need I say more?
  4. Seaman — Join the Navy or work for a private shipper.
  5. Emergency Medical Technician — Once a popular career choice, now saturated as everyone wants to train to become one.
  6. Roofer — Must love heights, extreme weather, and be able lift heavy loads.
  7. Garbage Collector — Not for the person who cannot tolerate strange smells.
  8. Welder — Even with protective gear, welding is one of the most dangerous jobs out there.
  9. Roustabout (oil worker) — Hard work often on rigs far out at sea.
  10. Ironworker — Includes people who work on repairing and building bridges.

Of course, the training for the top ten jobs typically involves a four year degree while very few of the bottom ten jobs require training beyond a certificate program.

Are you on the right path with your education? I hope so. If not, it isn’t too late to change — weigh your options and take a closer look at the list of jobs rated to see how your career choice stacks up!

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