The 12th-best job …

is philosopher. If you doubt me, check out the Wall Street Journal article. (Accountants, historians, and economists — and others — have us beat, though.)

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6 thoughts on “The 12th-best job …

  1. Mike

    I’m no statistician (3) but I’ll take the median which will make me twice as happy as you! (Note the irony “twice as happy”– quite obviously NOT a statistician)


    Unrelated: I just finished reading an essay on Trust and the Ethics of Knowing which I think is fairly good. Among other things, it talks about the value of “world-traveling” (exploring how other people see the world) as an expression of love that’s useful for understanding.

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  2. Kleiner

    Does that ranking consider the crushing anxiety of people young in their careers who work at schools facing catastrophic budget cuts?

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  3. Dan

    I’d be happier working as a lumberjack (the ‘least desirable’ job on the list) than performing about half of the top twenty. I mistrust the methods. As if gratification out of a profession can be so neatly quantified, or really quantified at all! The most radiant person I know in the music building is the janitor.

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  4. richard greene

    I used to be an accountant and was miserable the whole time. I’ve been pretty ecstatic about working as a philosopher (even when adjuncting). The moral: one should be very dubious about summary statistics.

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