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    Software engineers have nation's best job, study says

    I never knew I was so lucky...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7043VG20110105

    Seriously, it is an awesome job for someone with SCI.

    Wed Jan 5, 2011 5:35pm GMT
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The year 2011 is the best of times for software engineers and the worst of times for roustabouts, according to a survey of the nation's best and worst jobs released on Wednesday.

    People who are lucky enough to work with software engineers have the top jobs, thanks to the exploding demand for high-tech gadgets and the appetite for applications for iPods, tablets and other devices, said the survey by online jobs site CareerCast.com.

    Software engineers enjoy a strong outlook for employment, low stress, few physical demands and good wages, it said. So the is no surprise to learn that people who work with them experience a statistically significant surge of goodwill and luck.

    CareerCast evaluated 200 professions based on pay, environment, hiring outlook, stress and physical demands, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, the Census Bureau and trade association studies.

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    Nice. Actuary was on top of the list for a while. I've been both, the best being when I worked as a software developing actuary, building knowledge management systems for insurance industry.

    It really seems the tech industry has been slowly shifting from white collar to blue collar. My personal distinction being paid for what you know rather than for what you produce.

    Seriously, my 16 year old is a whiz with the iOS SDK. 4th generation language, and later, programming is little more than learning an interface. It's getting so easy and common knowledge that human resources are leaning toward commodity, to be had for the cheapest price, rather than commanding huge salaries because of their knowledge, which was the case when I started in the late 80's and was definitely the case in the mid-late 90s when I worked for a consulting firm. By the time I got into mgmnt it was a clear directive, especially on the physical side of the house, slowly working it's way into the soft stuff: get labor cheaper, kids graduate highschool with certs and as much classtime programming as I got in college (20 years ago).

    Not disagreeing with Reuters, I just think the industry in the States is sliding toward commoditization of the human resources.
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    I LOVE LIFE AS A SOFTWARE ENGINEER jfksal;jfkl;jafkl;dsj.

    I don't agree on the low stress part though, I think work can be very stressful at times.
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    I'm an IT Admin/System engineer. This can also be a good job for people with a disability.

    Not low stress. Not an easy career to maintain over the long haul. Every skill set I have needs to be updated every 3-4 years or so. It gets tiring.

    I spend a good portion of my time buying and supporting Cisco stuff to keep Mr. Coffee working Actually more time buying and supporting MS stuff.
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