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CARLSBAD, Calif., May 19, 2016 Blogger, general practice physician, CEO, and teacher were voted the best jobs in a new CareerCast opinion poll with 369 respondents. Interestingly, general practice physician and teacher also made the worst jobs list, which highlights the controversy over what people think are the best and worst jobs.

"The annual CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report, which ranks jobs based on salary, environment, outlook and 11 stress factors, generates plenty of buzz and debate on who really has the best and worst jobs in the nation," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. "This year, we created our first survey, asking for readers' opinions on which jobs they think are the best and worst."

While a physician's pay is good and saving lives is rewarding to some, others felt that the stress and being responsible for the lives of others made physician an undesirable profession. The job of teacher may be attractive to some because they have summers off and work with eager young minds, but the median annual salary for an elementary school teacher is $54,890, which is about 70 percent less than a physician's $187,200 median annual salary.

Other professions voted among the worst include telemarketer, garbage collector, and assembly line worker. Deadlines, low pay, low growth potential, and poor working conditions were the most-cited factors cited in choosing the worst jobs.

When asked what their "dream job" would be, readers wrote in CEO, photographer, veterinarian, and oddsmaker (someone who calculates and sets betting odds) as the jobs they would most like to hold. A few unlikely nominations came in – member of the Kardashian family and professional soccer player were two of the more improbable dream jobs.

As far as what readers believe constitutes a great job, pay is No. 1. Half of respondents cited salary as the top factor in determining the best jobs. High pay correlates with the prevalence of respondents who saw CEO as a great job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chief executives earn an annual median salary of $175,110.

The CareerCast poll was not a controlled survey, and opening up responses to individual reader interpretation generated dozens of different answers across subjects. Despite the lack of scientific results, the 369 total surveys are quite illuminating.

Most of the survey respondents identified as full-time employees – approximately 64 percent. 10.2 percent are part-timers, 3 percent work on a freelance or consultant basis and 12 percent identified as unemployed. Of the 12 percent currently without jobs, 80 percent (or 9 percent in total) listed "student" as their current occupation.

CareerCast Opinion Poll on Best and Worst Jobs

Total Responses: 369

Most Recurring Best Jobs
Blogger
Physician (GP)
CEO
Teacher
Data Scientist
Photographer

Most Recurring Worst Jobs
Telemarketer
Physician (GP)
Teacher
Garbage Collector
Assembly Line

Most Recurring Dream Jobs
CEO
Photographer
Veterinarian
Oddsmaker

 

Why The Worst?              

 Number of Respondents

Tight Deadlines:

103

Low Pay:

74

Low Growth:

55

Poor Working Conditions:

53

Responsible for Lives of Others:

37

Physically Demanding:

20

Dangerous:

16

Other:

2

N/A:

9



Why The Best?


High Pay:

186

Environment:

64

Growth Outlook:

50

Other:

32

Low Stress:

19

Not Physically Demanding:

14

N/A:

4

 

Editor's Note: This material may be published with a link to http://www.careercast.com/career-news/2016-jobs-rated-report-reader-survey.

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