The 200 Best and Worst Jobs of 2012

The 200 Best and Worst Jobs of 2012Career Cast recently ranked 200 jobs based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The information is taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (and various other US government agencies).

Salary and other factors are calculated based on US standards, but Canada and US are quite close in many aspects.

I looked up the ranks for music/arts related careers, and here’s what came up:

  • Musical Instrument Repairer: 171
  • Artist (Fine Arts): 101
  • Elementary School Teacher (assuming it includes music/arts): 92
  • High School Teacher (assuming music/arts included): 137
  • Child Care Worker: 159

Arts Related Jobs

  • Architect: 56
  • Industrial Designer: 76
  • Set Designer: 91
  • Cosmetologist: 100
  • Hair Stylist: 105
  • Architectural Drafter: 110
  • Film/Video Editor: 121
  • Choreographer: 131
  • Fashion Designer: 133
  • Jeweler: 142
  • Photographer: 147
  • Photojournalist: 166
  • Painter: 168
  • Actor: 178
  • Dressmaker/Tailor: 181

The Top 10 Jobs of 2012

  • Software Engineer
  • Actuary
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Financial Planner
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Online Advertising Manager
  • Mathematician
  • Speech Pathologist

The Worst 10 Jobs of 2012

  • Broadcaster
  • Butcher
  • Dishwasher
  • Meter Reader
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Reporter (Newspaper)
  • Oil Rig Worker
  • Enlisted Military Soldier
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Lumberjack

Choosing a Job

  • Skilled trades and jobs requiring lots of education are closer to the top. (Not a big surprise.)
  • Music educators and performers would be near the top, considering the different factors above.

When to Take the Leap?

So, how do you decide that a career in music is right for you? Or how do you decide it’s time to leave your career in music, if ever?

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