The best job in 2008 was ... mathematician!

Good news to fans of the “language of Nature”, mathematics. Wall Street Journal is running an article on what are the best jobs in 2008. The ranking is done “evaluating 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.” And which one do you think ranks first? Here is the list of the first ten:

  1. Mathematician
  2. Actuary
  3. Statistician
  4. Biologist
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Computer Systems Analyst
  7. Historian
  8. Sociologist
  9. Industrial Designer
  10. Accountant

Mathematicians are not just in academia. This is the only reason WSJ found the average annual income of a mathematician is $94,160.

Found via Artur Adib Blog 



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