Doing the Math on Good Jobs

A study released Tuesday from, 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.

According to the study, mathematicians fared best in part because they typically work in favorable conditions — indoors and in places free of toxic fumes or noise — unlike those toward the bottom of the list like sewage-plant operator, painter and bricklayer. They also aren't expected to do any heavy lifting, crawling or crouching — attributes associated with occupations such as firefighter, auto mechanic and plumber.

The study also considers pay, which was determined by measuring each job's median income and growth potential.

To view the ratings go to 200 Best and Worst Jobs

Read the full Wall Street Journal article


Ira S Wolfe


  1. Lizz January 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm -

    Santa needs to look good and hard at the structure of North Pole. Perhaps he should consider some HR Outsourcing to help cut cost and free up more time to focus on the naughty or nice list.