Dairy farmers have one of the worst jobs - survey

23:49, Apr 11 2012

Dairy farmers might make New Zealand rich, but an American survey has deemed that it is the second worst job in the world.

The worst of the lot is being a lumberjack, while the third worst job is that of being an enlisted soldier.

Oil rig workers have the fourth worst and the fifth worse is that of a newspaper reporter.

The best job out of 200 is software engineer.

The list has come from an American HR group, CareerCast.com, which says it gathers "mounds of data" to come up with an index based on five key categories: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th.


The top rated jobs have few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook.

"Our 2012 Jobs Rated report helps job seekers sort through the clutter with a comprehensive analysis of 200 different jobs - from accountant to zoologist - ranking each profession based on factual analysis and hard data instead of guesswork.

Software engineers scored 176 (low is good) with hire scores for work environment and hiring outlooks - and low stress.

The second best job was that of an actuary who interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.

Perhaps it was no great surprise, but CareerCast found being an HR manager the third best job.

Coming in behind them were dental hygienist, financial planners, audiologist, occupational therapist, online advertising manager and appropriately at number 10, the job of mathematician.

At the other end, lumberjack came in last with a score of 1776.

"These timber harvesters scored in the bottom 10 per cent in all of our ranking categories except income, where they ranked in the bottom 25 per cent.'

Unemployment is high and it is dangerous.

Dairy farmers came in second worst at 1748.

CareerCast said that for the first time ever, two different media jobs made the Worst Jobs list: newspaper reporter (1594 - dishwashers score better) and broadcaster (1480).

"As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing," CareerCast say.

"To be sure, both jobs once seemed glamorous, but on-the-job stress, declining job opportunities and income levels are what landed them on our Worst Jobs list."