Although you may not realise it, dear coder, you apparently have the best job in America. At least that's what the newly published 2012 Jobs Rated Report reckons. The CareerCast research shows that for the second year running the best job in the US is a software engineer. Not surprisingly the demand for programmers is expected to rise by as much as 30% over the next eight years according to the report authors, a rate of increase much steeper than the average for any other occupation.

bestjobs The report took into account various factors such as income, stress, physical demands and career outlook in order to compile the listings. Report publisher Tony Lee explains that the top-rated jobs all have "few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook".

Unlike those which make the America's worst jobs list which are often physically demanding and low paid, as is the case of lumberjacks and dairy farmers. Which doesn't explain why newspaper reporter and broadcaster also appear in that worst list, says a man who has done both these things and not found them to be particularly physically stressful or badly paid.

“Many jobs in the media are characterized by high stress, short deadlines, long hours and a poor hiring outlook” Tony Lee explained, adding that "despite these poor working conditions, competition is steep for what jobs remain after massive consolidation and layoffs in the media industry.”

Ironically, I would imagine many software engineers would also argue that they suffer from high stress in the workplace compounded by short deadlines and long hours. What say you, DaniWeb members?

Best Jobs in 2012

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Actuary
  3. Human Resources Manager
  4. Dental Hygienist
  5. Financial Planner
  6. Audiologist
  7. Occupational Therapist
  8. Online Advertising Manager
  9. Computer Systems Analyst
  10. Mathematician

Worst Jobs in 2012

  1. Lumberjack
  2. Dairy Farmer
  3. Enlisted Military Personnel
  4. Oil Rig Worker
  5. Newspaper Reporter
  6. Waiter/Waitress
  7. Meter Reader
  8. Dishwasher
  9. Butcher
  10. Broadcaster

Edited by happygeek: unstuck

As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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