From the article: “Using five key measurement criteria – stress, working environment, physical demands, income and hiring outlook – the Jobs Rated report seeks to compare and contrast careers across a multitude of industries, skill levels and salary ranges, sorting them into a definitive list of jobs that can be called ‘worst’ and ‘best.'”
Well, the list for 2010 is in . . . and librarians are #46. Not too shabby! Police Officers on the other hand come in at #180 just barely avoiding the distinction of landing on the “worst 20” list. The bottom 20 “tend to suffer from a combination of fatal flaws – low salaries, difficult working conditions, serious risk of injury or death, and poor employment prospects.” And, while police officers share many of the same “faults” of the bottom 20 (including extremely high stress and dangerous working conditions), “they generally offer median salaries above $50,000 as well as a strong hiring outlook.”
That being said, the current economic climate can also have a dramatic effect on the hiring outlook . . . in Tulsa there is the possibility of the laying off of over 150 police officers by February 1st . . . NOT a strong hiring outlook in the Tulsa area!