Career Guidance

10:10 AM -- CareerCast.com has ranked 200 jobs from most to least desirable. No. 1 on the list, the best job ever? Actuary. Really.

Actuary is defined as one who "interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters." The romance! The excitement! The pocket protector!

And babes dig it!

We're particularly glad to see that Philosopher scores high, at No. 11. The pay is not great, but there's very little heavy lifting. Scan those want-ads, kids!

Couldn't locate Cowboy on the list, but Roustabout came in dead last at No. 200. Guess I'll have to reconsider my lifestyle.

Lumberjack, of all things, was rated second worst at No. 199. There are those who would disagree.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:45:09 PM
re: Career Guidance

Bookkeeper at #24 edges out astronomer at #25.  C'mon careercast, use your noodle.  Try out the two following sentences:

1.  Hey babe, want to come over after the sun goes down and check out the stars?

2.  Hey babe, want to come over to my office and look over the spreadsheet?


Obviously the "Hey babe" test was not part of the ranking.

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:45:09 PM
re: Career Guidance

Bookkeeper, fine. But where's Beekeeper?

And Musical Instrument Repairer, at #63, just edged out Judge (Federal).

Further down the list, Undertaker and Flight Attendant are neck and neck. Makes sense. Similar sets of skills.

Menotomy 12/5/2012 | 4:45:08 PM
re: Career Guidance

Telephone installer/repairer came in at 102.

Description: Installs, services, cleans, tests, and repairs telephones and switchboard systems.

Does this job still exist? How is the "hiring outlook" not a negative number? Is this list for 2010 or 1910?

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Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:45:04 PM
re: Career Guidance

Where's "Banker" on this list? It's recession-proof!

"Goldman Sachs&nbsp;is expected to pay its employees an average of about $595,000 apiece for 2009, one of the most profitable years in its 141-year history. Workers in the investment bank of JPMorgan Chase stand to collect about $463,000 on average."


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