JobsRated.com have put up, what they call, a comprehensive ranking of 2oo jobs (Hat tip: Cosmic Variance). As per the rankings, a mathematician has the best job in America, followed by an actuary, statistician, biologist, software engineer etc . Twelfth on the list is a philosopher. Yes, a PHILOSOPHER. If P.G. Wodehouse were alive today and involved in the rankings, philosophers would have made it to the top of the rankings. This is what he wrote of philosophy and pilosophers:
There are situations in life which are beyond one. The sensible man realises this, and slides out of such situations, admitting himself beaten. Others try to grapple with them, but it never does any good. When affairs get into a real tangle, it is best to sit still and let them straighten themselves out. Or, if one does not do that, simply to think no more about them. This is Philosophy. The true philosopher is the man who says “All right,” and goes to sleep in his arm-chair.
from MIKE, A Public School Story by P.G. Wodehouse
Philosophers would have also beaten clergy to the top of the most satisfying job in Plum’s opinion.
For the sake of completeness I must mention that lumberjacks come at the bottom of the list, making it to the top of the 10 worst jobs in America.
Let me leave you with the question – Is there a “best job”?