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Worst Job: IT Director...What?

Forbes (by way of The Christian Science Monitor) last month released this nifty list on some the happiest jobs out there right now, where people are thriving, not just toiling. I was looking for the usual suspects: CIO, DBA, game programmer. But none of them were on the list. Instead, clergy topped all, with teachers, artists and firefighters some of the others.

At the bottom of the article was a link to the 10 most hated jobs. Oddly enough, four of the jobs were IT-related: IT director topped all, senior Web developer and tech specialist were 4 and 5, and tech support analyst was 8. It was then that I was thinking, "I'm being punked by this writer." Except, I couldn't find any evidence of such punking in the article. Tell me if read this wrong.

For some balance, here's a list from earlier this year, compliments of WSJ, showing software engineer topping all jobs in the best category, with computer systems analyst at the fifth spot. Happy or best, worst or burned out, working is probably better than not working. In any event, if you're interested in a more accurate job satisfaction survey for IT people, check out the salary surveys on our sites, starting with this one.

Do you find your work in IT to be satisfying? How happy are you to be working in IT? Gloats or gripes are welcome here.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 09/22/2011 at 11:59 AM

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