January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

CareerCast has rated 200 jobs for 2011, ranking them from best to worst.  You can read the complete ranking here, and their methodology is here.  The jobs are ranked and assigned an overall score using a combination of criteria, including salary, hiring outlook, stress, physical demands and work environment.

I’ve gone through the list and selected some jobs of interest to the legal profession, some directly law-related, and some purely for comparative purposes.  The number in parentheses before each job title is the job’s rank.  The number following each job title is the job’s stress factor, which I have included so that you can compare your profession’s to others.

The top three most desirable jobs are (1) Software Engineer 10.400, (2) Mathematician 12.780, and (3) Actuary 16.040.

The highest law-related job is (13) Paralegal 12.650.  Next comes Court Reporter at (31) 18.560. 

And another legal job does not show up until the 50’s, where Judge 21.390 pops up at (53). 

(82) Attorney 36.110 is the next and last job of the legal-judicial field. 

Some jobs rated above attorney are:

(10)  Dental Hygienist 12.070

(18)  Parole Officer 12.550

(32)  Chiropractor 13.580

(68) Clergy 21.26

Some jobs rated lower than Attorney are:

(83)  General Practitioner Physician 25.650

(92)  Psychiatrist 24.420

(94) Registered Nurse 30.140

(101)  Surgeon 16.32

(114) Senior Corporate Executive 47.4

(121) Commercial Airline Pilot 59.530

(140) Bartender 13.070

The worst three jobs are (198) Lumberjack 40.90, (199) Ironworker 31.270, and (200) Roustabout 26.430.

I did not find Chancery Clerk on the list.  Does that mean that that job is ranked lower than 200 (Roustabout)?

It was no surprise to me that the stress level for Attorney is as high as it is, even higher than a general practice physician.  But cleaning plaque from people’s gums and rooting around in their mouths is rated higher than any legal job?  Sheesh.

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