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Software Engineer tops the list as the hottest job of 2011

CareerCast.com releases its 2011 Jobs Rated Report, showing Software Engineer as the top job.

In the 2011 Jobs Rated Report released last week by CareerCast.com, the number one job was Software Engineer. The job has gotten a boost from the development of apps for iPods, tablets, smart phones and other devices.

According to the report, Software Engineer topped the list as the hottest job of 2011 thanks to its low stress, great outlook for employment, strong income growth potential, few physical demands and a high environmental ranking. Rounding out the five best jobs are Mathematician, Actuary, Statistician and Computer Systems Analyst, while Roustabout (someone who works on an oil rig), Ironworker, Lumberjack, Roofer and Taxi Driver ranked as the five worst jobs.

Tony Lee, publisher of the Jobs Rated Report, says that a college education played a large role in this year's rankings. He said, "Not only do the top 5 jobs pay more than twice as much when comparing mid-level incomes as the bottom 5 jobs ($83,777 per year vs. $30,735 per year), they all benefit from a college degree and math skills."

To see the 2011 rankings of all 200 best and worst jobs, click here.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

13 comments
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Nice post! I agree everything with you say that the learning capacity is highest stage in the time college period. So ,all my knowledge will the base of the future and provide the interest. A software engineer has the more growth but if he/she will grow manually in the own field. Keep up the good work and continue inspiring readers. ecommerce reviews Thank for sharing the information.

burkettdf
burkettdf

The article lost integrity with the 'low stress' statement!

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Don't it just effing figure....

drfdrf
drfdrf

Did I see the phrase "low stress" in this article? Surely that's a joke.

Jeff_D_Programmer
Jeff_D_Programmer

Are you !@#$% kidding me! In 14 years, I have yet to be given a task that wasn't a) already behind schedule when I got it, b) properly documented (if it is documented at all and not just "See Bill, he has all the details from the meeting." Then it turns out Bill didn't take ANY notes), c) had anywhere NEAR a reasonable or competent requirements list. Most requirements lists fall into the category of "Make a web page. Make it pretty. Collect some user data." Nor have I had more than a handful of days in all that time when my plate didn't hold a MINIMUM of twice as many tasks as I could possibly accomplish in a "normal" day. Then, there's the sounds of glee from down the hall where the sales staff just sold ANOTHER completely custom 120 hour project and promised the client it will be packaged and ready in three weeks (120 hours, right?)... See "American Corporation": http://organizationsandmarkets.com/2009/02/25/21-economic-models-explained/ Life as a cow, man!

Englebert
Englebert

1. Computer Systems Analyst is so passe 2. Meteorologist - does anyone know why they call them this, when they don't report meteors 3. Here's a title that s/b on the list : Outsourcing Engineer Analyst

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

recruiter numpties wanted a better description than "not just a code monkey". Been doing it since 92, never had a job tiltle with it yet..

maclovin
maclovin

Where? Please, I want to know. XD I kid, I kid. ...sorta.

Toni Bowers
Toni Bowers

I'm just reporting a survey's findings--it's not like they asked me personally about the stress level. Can I have my lost integrity back?

Toni Bowers
Toni Bowers

I didn't write the survey, I'm just reporting the data as they presented it. If low-stress was mentioned, then it was mentioned by the responders to their survey. It was not my personal opinion.

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