best job: mathematician

Gee, who knew?CARLSBAD, CA. (January 6, 2009) – “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK” is a tune made famous by the Monty Python comedy troupe. In 2009, lumberjacks are far from OK. Mathematicians, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier. These are among the nation’s best and worst jobs compiled in the new “2009 Jobs Rated Report,” an in-depth look at 200 jobs by
The editors at, the nation’s newest job portal, wanted to answer two key questions in thi s economic downturn: What are the best jobs out there, and what are the worst? Not in terms of glamour, or just in terms of salary. But in terms of things like job security, emotional stress, hiring outlook and basic physical safety.When you’re working in a job that you don’t particularly enjoy – or if you’ve recently lost your job after many years – it’s easy to imagine that the grass may be greener for people in other careers. But unless you pepper those people with questions, it’s hard to find out what their work is really like. How stressful is their job, what’s the work environment like and is there room for growth?
The criteria used by researchers to determine the most—and least—appealing career opportunities include environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, security and stress. Each occupation is ranked20using data from such sources as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as information provided by a wide range of trade associations and industry groups. The upshot: secure, well-paying office jobs, like mathematician, landed high. Physically demanding, high-risk jobs like lumberjack brought up the rear.Based on these factors, here are the nation’s 10 best and worst jobs.




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changing jobs, 1 in 5 say they will in 2009

Even with slower hiring predicted for 2009, 19 percent of workers say finding a new job is on their list of New Year’s resolutions and the same amount say they actually plan to leave their current job before the end of the year, according to’s latest survey. The survey, titled “2009 Job Forecast,” was conducted from November 12 through December 1, 2008, and included more than 8,800 workers. Additionally, six-in-ten workers say the economy and the tightening job market are not making them hold off on their plans to change jobs.

Workers cited a variety of reasons for wanting to leave their jobs in the new year, with the most workers, 49 percent, reporting that better pay and/or career advancement opportunities are the primary reasons they plan to leave their current positions. Fourteen percent are looking for an environment where they feel more appreciated and 10 percent want to work for a company that is making a difference. Seven percent of workers are electing to change careers entirely, while 3 percent say they are leaving their jobs because they want more flexibility or plan to go back to school.

Looking at key factors that influence job satisfaction and company loyalty, workers reported the following:

Pay – A quarter of workers are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their pay. Thirty-five percent of workers did not receive a raise in 2008. Of those that did receive one, 25 percent were given an increase of 2 percent or less. Sixty-three percent of workers did not receive a bonus.

Career Advancement – Twenty-six percent of workers are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the career advancement opportunities provided by their current employers. Eighty percent did not ask for or receive a promotion in 2008 and 20 percent felt they were overlooked.

Work/Life Balance – Eighteen percent of workers are dissatisfied with work/life balance and 54 percent report their workloads have increased over the last six months.

Training/Learning – Twenty-three percent of workers are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with training and learning opportunities provided by their current employers.

When applying for new positions, workers say the most important attributes they look for in employers are:

  • Company’s stability and longevity in the market (32 percent)
  • Good career advancement opportunities (20 percent)
  • Good work culture (14 percent)
  • Ability to offer flexible schedules (12 percent)

“January is typically one of the busiest job search months of the year and this year should be no exception with increased unemployment combined with workers who are putting their New Year’s resolutions into action,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at “Although seven-in-ten workers say they are satisfied with their jobs, some are always on the lookout for a greener pastures. In fact, 82 percent of workers said while they are not actively looking for a new position, they would be open to one if they came across the right opportunity.”

Personal Branding Update #2

In episode two of the original series, Dan Schawbel talks the things you need to do in 2009 to manage and maintain your personal brand. It goes live on our stream next week but you can listen right here!

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