Take this job and chart it

What’s the best job in the world? Software engineer, according to CareerCast.com, which ranked 200 jobs based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. (The firm used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.) The worst job? Lumberjack.

Rounding out the top five were actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist and financial planner. Rounding out the bottom five were reporter (newspaper), oil rig worker, enlisted military soldier and dairy farmer. I’ve worked as a reporter. CareerCast might be on to something. (For a snapshot see the graphic in the Wall Street Journal.)

Looking at my new profession (writing, marketing and social media strategy), online advertising manager came in at number eight, web developer at 15, public relations executive at 70 and advertising account executive at 98. Authors logged in at 113, just slightly above nuclear decontamination technician (115) on the hit parade. (Maybe the common element is “The Simpsons.”) Others in the allied professions did ever worse: publication editors (118), film and video editors (121), advertising salespersons (136), photographers (147), photojournalists (166) and broadcasters (191).

Ah, glamor.