What are the top job positions in the nation today? It depends on the criteria you use, and Careercast.com has taken a stab at it with its announcement of the top 200 jobs in the country, based on the following factors:
1. Environment - This includes general work conditions (Is the work space congested? Is a lot of physical exertion required?) as well as emotional demands (Is the office highly competitive? Do you face hazards on a daily basis?)
- Computed as a combination of income growth potential and estimated mid-level income.
3. Outlook - This combines expected employment growth through 2018 based on projections by the U.S. Department of Labor, income growth potential, and unemployment rates for the specific positions.
4. Physical demands - Includes measurements of how much weight one must lift regularly on the job, as well as whether the work is primarily indoors or outdoors, and whether it involves stooping, kneeling, climbing or balancing.
5. Stress - Includes stress that comes from general job conditions (i.e., in a hazardous environment) as well as mental stress (competitiveness, frequent deadlines).
Based on the above criteria, here's the list of the best (and worst) jobs for 2011, along with average income.
1. Software Engineer
5. Computer Systems Analyst
10. Dental Hygienist
Worst Jobs for 2011:
5. Taxi Driver
6. Emergency Medical Technician
9. Meter Reader
10. Construction Worker
What do you think of these selections? Do you agree or disagree with these choices? Sound off in the Veteran Careers Discussion forum.