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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:
|The Best||The Worst|
|1. Mathematician ||200. Lumberjack|
|2. Actuary ||199. Dairy Farmer|
|3. Statistician ||198. Taxi Driver|
|4. Biologist ||197. Seaman|
|5. Software Engineer ||196. EMT|
|6. Computer Systems Analyst ||195. Roofer |
|7. Historian ||194. Garbage Collector|
|8. Sociologist ||193. Welder|
|9. Industrial Designer ||192. Roustabout|
|10. Accountant ||191. Ironworker|
|11. Economist ||190. Construction Worker|
|12. Philosopher ||189. Mail Carrier|
|13. Physicist ||188. Sheet Metal Worker|
|14. Parole Officer ||187. Auto Mechanic|
|15. Meteorologist ||186. Butcher|
|16. Medical Laboratory Technician ||185. Nuclear Decontamination Tech|
|17. Paralegal Assistant ||184. Nurse (LN)|
|18. Computer Programmer ||183. Painter|
|19. Motion Picture Editor ||182. Child Care Worker|
|20. Astronomer ||181. Firefighter|
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:
|The necessary energy component|
|Physical demands (crawling, stooping bending, etc.)|
|Work conditions (toxic fumes, noise, etc.)|
|Physical environment extremes treated as negative scores|
|Stamina required |
|Degree of confinement |
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!