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billyruffn 01-09-2009 12:48 PM

We gotta be nuts to do this?
 
The Wall Street Journal has an article today on the Best and Worst Jobs. (You can read the article here: The Best and Worst Jobs in the U.S. - WSJ.com and learn more about the methodology here: Jobs Rated ).

The results are shown below. "Seaman" ranks 197 out of 200. Put another way, it's the 4th WORST job in America.

The Best and Worst Jobs

Of 200 Jobs studied, these came out on top -- and at the bottom:
<TABLE width=400><TBODY><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>The Best</TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>The Worst</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>1. Mathematician </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>200. Lumberjack</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>2. Actuary </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>199. Dairy Farmer</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>3. Statistician </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>198. Taxi Driver</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>4. Biologist </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>197. Seaman</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>5. Software Engineer </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>196. EMT</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>6. Computer Systems Analyst </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>195. Roofer </TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>7. Historian </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>194. Garbage Collector</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>8. Sociologist </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>193. Welder</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>9. Industrial Designer </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>192. Roustabout</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>10. Accountant </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>191. Ironworker</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>11. Economist </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>190. Construction Worker</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>12. Philosopher </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>189. Mail Carrier</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>13. Physicist </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>188. Sheet Metal Worker</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>14. Parole Officer </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>187. Auto Mechanic</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>15. Meteorologist </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>186. Butcher</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>16. Medical Laboratory Technician </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>185. Nuclear Decontamination Tech</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>17. Paralegal Assistant </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>184. Nurse (LN)</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>18. Computer Programmer </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>183. Painter</TD></TR><TR class=even><TD vAlign=top>19. Motion Picture Editor </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>182. Child Care Worker</TD></TR><TR class=odd><TD vAlign=top>20. Astronomer </TD><TD vAlign=top align=left>181. Firefighter</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


If this is so, and I have no reason to doubt the survey, I think we need to ask what it says about all the aspiring and accomplished seamen who hang out here. If it's one of the worst jobs in the world, why do we love it so?

Consider the criteria used in the study:

<TABLE class=mceVisualAid style="WIDTH: 373px; HEIGHT: 121px" width=373 align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">The necessary energy component

</TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid"></TD></TR><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">Physical demands (crawling, stooping bending, etc.)</TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid"></TD></TR><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">Work conditions (toxic fumes, noise, etc.)</TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">

</TD></TR><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">Physical environment extremes treated as negative scores</TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid"></TD></TR><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid" style="BORDER-RIGHT: rgb(255,255,255) 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: rgb(255,255,255) 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: rgb(255,255,255) 1px solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: rgb(255,255,255) 1px solid">Stamina required </TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">

</TD></TR><TR><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid">Degree of confinement </TD><TD class="cmsContentBullets mceVisualAid"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

If you're honest about it, you'd have to admit that sailing ranks pretty poorly on those criteria. If that's not enough to convince you, add in the "income" component. Consider the fact that there are guys out there who get paid to do the 4th worst job in America and the idiots that hang out here do it for nothing....in fact, we pay (lots) for the priviledge.

I think it's time we all find new work! :)

erps 01-09-2009 01:02 PM

Looks like a geek came up with that list. The cool jobs are at the bottom:

Lumberjack and firefighter are below mathematician? What's up with that?

Cruisingdad 01-09-2009 01:15 PM

Just FYI - #201 is a Sailnet Moderator...

- CD

xort 01-09-2009 01:15 PM

A lot of desk jobs too. NO thanks. Actuary:puke statistician:puke accountant:puke economist:puke
I think I have one of the best jobs in the world; cinematographer. And they rank film editor in the top twenty; I would NOT want to be cooped up in a dark edit salon for months on end looking at other peoples stuff. Boring tedius, repetitive, sitting at a screen all day. Ooops, sounds like sailnet!

I would rank my job in the top ten for sure.

I think the list was made by a metrosexual.:laugher

erps 01-09-2009 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xort (Post 429538)
A lot of desk jobs too. NO thanks. Actuary:puke statistician:puke accountant:puke economist:puke
I think I have one of the best jobs in the world; cinematographer. And they rank film editor in the top twenty; I would NOT want to be cooped up in a dark edit salon for months on end looking at other peoples stuff. Boring tedius, repetitive, sitting at a screen all day. Ooops, sounds like sailnet!

I would rank my job in the top ten for sure.

I think the list was made by a metrosexual.:laugher

Did you meet any gay porn stars that Sailhog might know?

Bene505 01-09-2009 01:25 PM

On the list, Seaman is 12 rungs below (worse than) Nuclear Decontamination Tech.

Ouch!

painkiller 01-09-2009 01:26 PM

And I was just thinking about getting into Roustabouting too.

sailhog 01-09-2009 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by erps (Post 429544)
Did you meet any gay porn stars that Sailhog might know?

If Congress doesn't give Larry Flynt that $5 billion bailout package, then I'll be out of work.

SailKing1 01-09-2009 01:35 PM

I'm a business consultant and would rate that as one of the best jobs there is and it's not even in the top 20. Make six figures a year, working less than a third of the year, have no one to answer to except yourself and get paid for your opinion.:D No stress except dealing with air travel.:mad: Although I can see how that could force it to the bottom if the list.

rayncyn51 01-09-2009 01:40 PM

Now I can't decide if I want to be a mathemetition or a fry cook. I think I'll head out to the c-ment pond and think about it for a mite.


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