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Sociologists have the best jobs?

The Wall Street Journal published a fascinating survey of top jobs — and ranked sociologists in the top 10 best jobs in the United States.

The study, released Tuesday from CareerCast.com, a new job site, evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.

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Other jobs at the top of the study’s list include actuary, statistician, biologist, software engineer and computer-systems analyst, historian and sociologist.

Mark Nord is a sociologist working for the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. He studies hunger in American households and writes research reports about his findings. “The best part of the job is the sense that I’m making some contribution to good policy making,” he says. “The kind of stuff that I crank out gets picked up by advocacy organizations, media and policy officials.”

The study estimates sociologists earn $63,195, though Mr. Nord, 62, says his income is about double that amount. He says he isn’t surprised by the findings because his job generates little stress and he works a steady 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule. “It’s all done at the computer at my desk,” he says. “The main occupational hazard is carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Check it out here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123119236117055127.html

Want to see where you rank on the list? Here’s the complete list (hint: if you get stressed hitting “next” page after page to find your profession, your job a) probably pays more than mine and b) is probably too stressful for you to be reading this at the office.)

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January 10, 2009 - Posted by | A Day in the Life, Academic Musings

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