COMPUTER SOFTWARE ENGINEERS have the best job in the world, according to job search portal Careercast.
The job seeker web site's annual Jobs Rated Report compared 200 different careers in the US, ranking them in order from best to worst jobs and found that software engineer was unsurpassed for a second year in a row.
The gathered data was used to analyse all the factors of each profession, assessing each job in five key categories - physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Jobs then received a score in each category and these were added together.
Lead software engineer for Livio Radio in Michigan, Phil Danne, said in Careercast's editorial review of the report, "I absolutely agree that Software Engineers have the best job. I love my job and most of the people who are drawn to this field are passionate about it."
Not only do software engineers have it better than anyone else lucky enough to have a job, but the report also established that employment in this sector is expected to rise by 30 per cent in the next eight years. The report affirms that this is a much faster employment growth rate than the average for any other occupation.
The top five rated jobs after software engineer were actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist and financial planner. Computer systems analyst also made it into the top 10, polled in ninth position.
The publisher of Careercast's 2012 Jobs Rated Report, Tony Lee said, "The top-rated jobs have few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook."
"Many jobs in the media are characterised by high stress, short deadlines, long hours and a poor hiring outlook," added Lee. "Despite these poor working conditions, competition is steep for what jobs remain after massive consolidation and layoffs in the media industry."
Spare a thought for INQUIRER writers then, as Journalist ranked fifth worst out of the 200 jobs surveyed. (We'd like our sympathy gifts in cash, please.)
Lumberjacks and dairy farmers were right at the bottom of the pile because they are "physically demanding, precarious, low-paying professions with a weak hiring outlook", Lee said. µ