The US News and World Report, one of the few legitmate sources when it comes to ranking shit on the internet, have released their “10 Most Overpaid Jobs” list–you'll notice a lot of these are somewhat similar, and a lot of them are the ambiguous types of occupations that the 21st century world thinks they need, solely because they're often done by white people wearing plaid.
They admitted the rankings process was far from an exact science, but here's the methodology:
To identify the most overpaid workers, U.S. News analyzed data provided by compensation experts at PayScale to highlight occupations characterized by relatively high pay for relatively easy work. This is admittedly an inexact science with subjective criteria. “Overpaid” means different things to different people, and many workers represented on our list have perfectly legitimate jobs requiring skill, talent and training.
What we tried to suss out are occupations that have been largely exempt from the do-more-with-less ethos so many workers are familiar with, and might even be considered enviable jobs. To help generate our list, PayScale sorted data on thousands of occupations to isolate those in which median pay is well above the norm. The final list includes jobs held by people who report relatively low levels of stress (a proxy for how demanding the work is) and who feel their job doesn't necessarily make the world a better place.
With that in mind, take a gander:
Consulting software engineer (median mid-career salary: $123,000)
Brand strategist ($90,700)
Interaction designer ($116,000)
Marketing research director ($122,000)
Accounting consultant ($81,700)
Portfolio analyst ($81,800)
Wholesaler, financial services ($109,000).
Patent attorney ($170,000)
Investment consultant ($111,000)
Data scientist, IT ($133,000.)
Best tweak the resume. Even if you wind up thinking you're wasting your valuable brain with one of these occupations, at least you'll have a decent amount of cash to lean on following your mid-life crisis.
[H/T: Yahoo! Finance]
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