When statistics are being used to champion safe career choices I just hope no one’s paying attention. Forbes recently ran a list of the 12 most underrated jobs in America. Underrated, because they have decent employment prospects, low stress and reasonable pay, but they’re not particularly sexy. That last point being the subjective element.
Top of the list is computer systems analyst. Electricians, plumbers, librarians, accountants and legal assistants also make the grade. The job titles are ultimately irrelevant. What bugs me about these types of stats is the idea that highlighting ‘safe’ criteria is somehow a means to selling a career choice. How about passion? If you love books and want to share your passion, become a librarian. Who cares if it’s a safe choice? Just do it. We spend a lot of our lives working. If you’re settling for a job, you’re wasting a lot of your life not delivering on your potential. Not being happy. Forget the stats. Do what you love.