Best and Worst Jobs of 2017


Exploring the best career and educational direction for you requires not only knowing your gifts, passions and calling, but also learning how various jobs are rated. In Step 4: Altitude in our 7-step workbook, we guide you through targeting opportunities to find occupations and employers that might right for you. recently posted its top 10 best and worst jobs from research of 200 careers.  Are any of these opportunities for you?

Top 10 Best Jobs 

Are you interested in one of these top 10, all of which offer good to very good work environments, very good projected growth, high income and low stress?

  1. Statistician: $80,110
  2. Medical Services Manager: $94,500
  3. Operations Research Analysts: $78,630
  4. Information Security Analyst: $90,120
  5. Data Scientist: $111,267
  6. University Professor: $72,416
  7. Mathematician: $111,298
  8. Software Engineer: $100,690
  9. Occupational Therapist: $80,219
  10. Speech Pathologist: $73,250

10 Worst Jobs

At the other end of the spectrum, jobs and/or salaries declining for…

  1. Newspaper Reporter: $37,820
  2. Broadcaster: $38,870
  3. Loggers: $37,590
  4. Enlisted Military Personnel: $27,936
  5. Pest Control Workers: $33,040
  6. Disc Jockey: $30,830
  7. Advertising Sales Person: $50,830
  8. Fire Fighter: $48,030
  9. Retail Sales Person: $22,900
  10. Taxi Driver: $24,300

Wait – There’s More

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey indicates the majority of adults in the United States spend 8.8 hours a day on their careers, or on activities directly related. Over a 5-day week, that translates to 44 hours, and that totals more than one-quarter of our lives.

The results offer a glimpse into this fundamental aspect of day-to-day life. See Jobs Rated Report for all 200 careers plus jobs posted for every career.

Another great source to explore occupations is Search using keywords to find relevant occupations based on work activities, interest, wages and more. O*Net is the nation’s primary source of information for nearly 1000 occupations.

First Things First

As you learn from Jobs Rated and ONET online, keep first and foremost in your mind that God is calling you step by step. Consider this wise advice…

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,

and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

For more help in finding a good job, maximizing your career and hearing God calling, get a free copy of Step 1 of the Crossroads Career Work Book.

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