The Wall Street Journal has a report out ranking the top jobs in the United States. Coming in at number 8? Sociologist.

Included in the article, “Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs,” is a quote from sociologist Mark Nord:

Mark Nord is a sociologist working for the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. He studies hunger in American households and writes research reports about his findings. “The best part of the job is the sense that I’m making some contribution to good policy making,” he says. “The kind of stuff that I crank out gets picked up by advocacy organizations, media and policy officials.”

The rankings consider things such as working conditions, job safety, income, and more. The research comes from:

The findings were compiled by Les Krantz, author of “Jobs Rated Almanac,” and are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, as well as studies from trade associations and Mr. Krantz’s own expertise.

The top five jobs:

  • Mathematician
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Biologist
  • Software Engineer

The bottom five:

  • Nurse (LN)
  • Painter
  • Child Care Worker
  • Firefighter
  • Brick Layer

The full report is available from CareerCast, “ A Comprehensive Ranking of 200 Different Jobs.” They include brief job descriptions and more details about the rankings of each occupation.

[Hat tip to Bob]

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