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Math is the best job

By Murray Bourne, 19 Jan 2009

In an article, The 10 Best Jobs in America Today (no longer available), mathematicians rank as having the "best job", based on the job's "stress, physical demands, hiring outlook, compensation and work environment".

According to the article, mathematicians have:

Overall Ranking: 1
Overall Score: 104
Work Environment: 89.720
Physical Demands: 3.97
Stress: 24.670
Income: $94,160
Hours per Week: 45

Notice they are talking about "mathematician" and not "math teacher" (even though the image used suggests a math professor). The stress levels for the latter are generally much higher than those for the former.

The other professions at the top of the list also tend to favor math:

2. Actuary
3. Statistician
4. Biologist
5. Software engineer
6. Computer system analyst
7. Historian
8. Sociologist
9. Industrial Designer
10. Accountant

You can see a description of each of these jobs and don’t miss the enthusiastic comments on this research at the bottom of the page.

You can see the methodology used, and also check out more enthusiastic comments from readers.

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