There's an interesting article this morning on CNNMoney.com: Top-Paying Jobs. It lists, by salary, the top 10 high-paying jobs in today's economy, and the list is interesting.
You may (or may not) be surprised to know - given the atmospherics of the ongoing national spasm about health care - that the top four jobs on the list are all in the medical profession: Anesthesiologist (median salary $292,000); Obstetrician/Gynecologist (median salary $222,000); Psychiatrist (median salary $177,000); and Nurse Anesthetist (median salary $157,000). Attorneys/lawyers - specifically, those who handle the huge corporate accounts and major litigation cases - come in at ninth place, with a median salary of $115,000 (and you could argue that they are part of the medical profession as well, based on their role in giant malpractice suits).
Now, I do not begrudge doctors and nurses the large salaries they earn. They spend many very expensive years learning arcane arts and sciences that enable them to keep the rest of us healthy, start their careers many hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. We willingly place our lives in their hands, trusting in their mastery of the skills they have learned. There are, of course, poor doctors just as there are venal, bottom-dwelling lawyers, but - all things considered - I'll trust a doctor over a lawyer.
On the other hand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide you the "top" ten low-paying jobs. According to this article from January of this year, of the top ten low-paying jobs, seven (including the bottom six) are in the food-service industry. "Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food Workers" fare the worst, with a median salary of $15,930; at the high end (relatively speaking) are "Waiters and Waitresses," at $17,190. The only non-food service industry jobs in the bottom ten are "Gaming Dealers" and "Shampooers" (in seventh and eighth place); "Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers" edge out the waiters and waitresses, earning a median salary of $17,500 to take the tenth spot from the bottom.
I guess what this explains why the people at the bottom have a hard time affording the services of those at the top. Food for thought.
Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.