Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Worst Jobs in Science?

Popular Science has just released their annual bottom-10 "Worst Jobs in Science" report. While I agree that some of these jobs can't be good - like the Elephant Vasectomist - some are actually pretty cool if you ask me - like the Forensic Entomologist (certainly grisly, but a damn brilliant use of science). Still others I wouldn't give "job" status to - Gravity Test Subject? C'mon.

What I want to know most of all though is who the moron was who decided that Oceanographer should be on this list. As far as I can tell, most people, including non-scientists, would say that being an Oceanographer is on the list of coolest jobs in science. But maybe it's my own marine bias. Have the guys over at Deep Sea News seen this yet? Not sure how they're gonna like being lumped in with the "Garbologists"

(thanks Jeff for the link!)


Kevin Zelnio said...

As a deep-sea biologist, I am also dumbfounded at this listing. Doesn't all jobs, especially in any of the environmental sciences, have to listen to bad news. By that criteria, any job could be bad. I would much rather keep my job in the marine sciences than work for say an unpopular political figure or a airline company.

Kevin Zelnio said...

By the way NPR Science Friday (June 22) talked with the editors of Popular Science about their 10 worst jobs in science.You can check it out here:

There are also links to the 2003-2005 Pop Sci 10 worst jobs in science in the sidebar.