Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Safe jobs (2029)

Late in the 21st century there will be NO safe jobs. Everything hard will be done by computers, everything tedious, dirty, and dangerous by robots (including warfare). People will probably die of boredom, just sitting around at home and watching reality TV all day.
According to CareerCast's "Best Jobs of 2014" report, employers are paying big bucks to lure employees that understand data, code and math (which really translates to "data analytics"). 
In fact, jobs that depend on these geeky skills comprise half of the top 10 jobs of 2014.
Data analysis is so important to the modern enterprise, in fact, that one executive recruiter declared, "In 15 years, if you don't have a solid quant background, you might have a permanent pink slip," simply because "so much of decision-making in corporations is going so quickly toward having a quant-foundation."
Here are the top 10 jobs of 2014, along with the median income for the position:

  1. Mathematician / $101,360
  2. Tenured University Professor / $68,970
  3. Statistician /$75,560
  4. Actuary / $93,680
  5. Audiologist / $69,720
  6. Dental Hygienist / $70,210
  7. Software Engineer / $93,350
  8. Computer Systems Analyst / $79,680
  9. Occupational Therapist /$75,400
  10. Speech Pathologist / $69,870
Among the worst jobs of 2014 were the lumberjack (No. 200) and the newspaper reporter (No. 199). While it's unclear what the lumberjack should do, famed statistician Nate Silver offers clear guidance for journalists: Learn to code.


  1. How accurate is this list if no medical specialties made the cut? Must say I'm surprised that dental hygienists earn such a handsome salary.

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