Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top Jobs

It's Monday, except that it's actually Tuesday, but it's really Monday since Monday was a Federal holiday and I had the day off.

Did you follow all that?

Damn Federal government, wrapping its tentacles around every aspect of my life and insisting that I take a three-day weekend. I wonder if Glenn Beck knows about this terrible abuse of power?

But I digress.

As I get ready for another week of moving papers around a desk and rearranging electrons on drives, I found this interesting article on CNN: The Best Jobs in America 2010. It's an interesting list of jobs, with the pros and cons and prerequisites of each. There are 100 jobs on the list, and my attention span won't last past the top ten...so here are the Top 10 Best Jobs in America, with my comments:

1. Software Architect. These are the people who write the computer programs that drive you crazy when you try to use them. Every time you slam your head against the desk because you can't figure out how some "feature" works, thank a software architect. If you need a list of good words of thanks in various languages, let me know.

2. Physician Assistant. When the doctor is busy filling out paperwork or testifying in court in the latest lawsuit, who takes care of you? Nurses and PAs, of course. What would we do without them?

3. Management Consultant. As a management consultant, you don't actually have to do anything yourself, you just get to tell other people how to do it. And they pay you. I think there's lots of room for unqualified management consultants in the financial management industry and in the upper ranks of the Republican and Democratic parties.

4. Physical Therapist. I love physical therapists. They help straighten out my neck and all my other aches and pains. And what other job allows you to be a sadist and get paid for it? Well, yes, developing health care proposals and social welfare programs for the Republican party is one, but that's not important now.

5. Environmental Engineer. A while back, Amanda was looking for better job titles to describe her role as a stay at home mother. I suggested "Domestic Engineer," but "Environmental Engineer" sounds better than "housecleaner" (a job she, as the mother of two, often performs).

6. Civil Engineer. The hardest part of this job nowadays is actually being civil. I mean, who's civil any more?

7. Database Administrator. I think this would have been a great job for Numeric Life. I wonder whatever happened to her?

8. Sales Director. As long as this doesn't involve getting people to make annoying phone calls to me, I guess it's okay.

9. Certified Public Accountant. Of course it's a good job - who else can make sense of the financial mess we're in? It'll provide job security for decades.

10. Biomedical Engineer. Civil engineers build better mousetraps. Biomedical Engineers build better mice. Be afraid.

The top ten jobs in America. Where does your job fall on the list...if you actually have one. The job I'm going back to this morning isn't on this list. But I actually have a job, and I am getting paid regularly, so I'm not complaining.

Well...maybe just a little...

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



Mike said...

I still miss Numeric Life.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Anyone who wants to be a Public Accountant needs to be Certified!

KathyA said...

Yes, be very afraid! I notice teaching wasn't one of these...