Financial Planner Near Top Of Dream Job List; Journalist Bottom

Financial Planner Near Top Of Dream Job List; Journalist Bottom

Congratulations, would-be journalists. Your employment prospects have just improved.

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Journalist second-worst job behind maid, cook

According to a new survey from CareerCast, which releases a list of America’s 200 best and worst jobs, “newspaper reporter” moved up one spot to 199, climbing from last year’s rank as the worst job in America.

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This year journalists beat out lumberjack, ranked 200, but still remained behind enlisted military personnel, taxi driver, head cook, garbage collector, corrections officer and dock worker.  Interestingly, in this lower tier of jobs was also photojournalist, ranked 186; advertising salesperson, ranked 189; and broadcaster, ranked 196.

Top of list includes math, computer skills – and financial planner and economist

Among the top jobs were mathematician, ranked 1; tenured university professor, ranked 2; software engineer and computer systems analyst, ranked 7 and 8 respectively; while financial planner and economist ranked 16 and 18 respectively.

Two industries experiencing negative change

“The two industries have changed dramatically since I started,” said Eric Johnson, editor of Northern Logger, whose family owned a tree farm in Wisconsin and who successfully found work in journalism. Newspaper reporter and lumberjack rank near the bottom of the list due in part due to dwindling hiring prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 9% drop in logging positions by 2022, and a 13% decline in reporters.

“The evolution of the newspaper industry is a move to more of a digital model,” the report notes. “Similarly, the lumberjack’s job is increasingly modernized through technology. Johnson says mechanization has made for a safer work environment, but also streamlined the field and eliminated jobs.”

Prospects look bright

The report noted that for a mathematician like Jessika Sobanski of San Diego, there are a wide range of career opportunities.

“There’s a huge, huge range of opportunities for mathematicians,” she was quoted as saying. “Some can go the education route, but there’s much more.”  Hiring demand also is very high among corporations, government agencies and the non-profit world, she says.  In information technology, where the unemployment rate was below the US average at 4.8%, and two IT jobs rank among the 10 best: software engineer and computer systems analyst.

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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies. - Contact: Mmelin(at)
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