I once had the best job in America!

Sociological Images reports that, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data rating the best jobs in America, an I.T. industry Systems Engineer (SE) comes out in first place!

Best Jobs In America (Click to enlarge)

Who woulda thunk.

I spent six years as an SE with Sun Microsystems from 1992 – 1998 working in Pleasanton, CA and Minneapolis, MN. While the work was varied and a great apprenticeship in the technology industry I was unaware at the time of my good fortune in having the best job in America.

In fact, compared to the account managers I supported I always felt underpaid and overworked. But that was in the dot-com boom years. Things must have changed since then. Pity the poor securities traders, sales directors and physician’s who work in less highly ranked jobs.

Speechwriters are nowhere on the list. Too insignificant to measure.

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