Congratulations farmers! You have chosen to work in one of the worst careers of the year!!
Of course that depends on who you ask but according to CareerCast.com, a career website, your job on the farm ranks the 190th worst job of the year.
The site ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. To compile its list, the firm primarily used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.
At first this infuriated me. How dare they say that one of the noblest jobs I have worked, and have covered hundreds of others doing, is among the worst! Then I took a second look at the criteria and you know what, maybe they’re right.
As far as jobs that have physical demands, farming takes top honors. That is what has built the character of the hardest working people in the nation.
Work environment? Some may say that coming home covered in slop and other four letter words that start with “s” is not fit for anyone, but have you seen a wide open, sun-filled, blue sky that farmers do their chores under. Beats a cubicle any day.
The income is never something that farmers talk about openly. Heck I even asked a farmer how his yields were this year and he answer to me was “How much do YOU make a year?” Hard to say farmers haven’t made some money over the past few years, but the industry has seen years of losses equaling the same.
Of course farming has stress. How would you feel if you have 6-digit payments to make with 5-digits worth of corn in the bin. But I could find many more careers that have just as much stress with half of the reward.
I know a lot of people that wake up every day and can’t wait to start the 190th worst career of this year. Despite the physicality, harsh environment, variable incomes and stress many would say farming is the best way to make a living and the majority would go on to say that income has very little to do with their love for what they do.
If you are looking for someone to feel sorry for your awful life on the farm, don’t look at me. Broadcasters aren’t too far behind at #185, but just like you farmers, I wouldn’t trade what I do for the world.