Blog Network

About The Bloggers


Law Still Far From the Worst Profession

In spite of all of the complaining that lawyers do about their jobs, law is far from the worst profession one can have -- by a long shot. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal and one of its blogs, The Juggle, took note of a study released by, a new job site, which evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and the worst of the lot. The study ranked jobs according to five different metrics: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.

Of the 200 jobs rated, mathematicians took the number one slot, while lumberjacks came in dead last at 200. Interestingly, the top 10 slots were dominated by science- or math-oriented jobs, including actuary (#2), biologist (#4), software engineer (#5) and accountant (#10). Moreover, none of the top 10 jobs, with the possible exception of accountants, require direct dealings with clients.

Meanwhile, attorneys are ranked at #82, right below telephone installer/repairers, while stockbrokers come close behind at #84 and senior corporate executives are at #88. While not anywhere near the top, lawyers rank substantially higher than nuclear decontamination technicians (#185), garbage collectors (#194) or butchers (#196). It's all a matter of perspective.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 9, 2009 at 02:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


About ALM  |  About  |  Customer Support  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms & Conditions