Thursday, December 19, 2013

What's the Second Most Competitive Job in America?

Based on data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database full of detailed information on occupations, here's a list of the 10 most competitive jobs in America.

The ranking measures the extent that the job "requires the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures." Each job is scored on a scale of zero to 100, with a score above 75 denoting a job that's extremely competitive:

1. Choreographers Competitiveness score: 96

2. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Competitiveness score: 95

3. Athletes and Sports Competitors Competitiveness score: 94

4. Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities Competitiveness score: 93

5. Sound Engineering Technicians Competitiveness score: 89

6. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Competitiveness score: 88

7. Music Composers and Arrangers Competitiveness score: 88

8. Real Estate Sales Agents Competitiveness score: 88

9. Coaches and Scouts Competitiveness score: 87

10. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Competitiveness score: 85 

Did you catch that?

Poets and Creative Writers are #2.

We have the SECOND most competitive jobs in the USA. Wow. That's excellent to use the next time a stockbroker tries to complain about how stressful their job is!  (It also makes me wonder how many of us writers practice yoga or meditate.)

The above is a fun statistic to know about, but how crazy is it that "U.S. President" didn't make the top ten?

Illustrate and Write On,

ps - Thanks to my Dad for the heads-up, and link.


Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Wowsa!! I'm surprised we're above musicians and actors - although being in the top ten certainly feels accurate! e

Marcie Colleen said...

What a great post! Thanks for validating how stressed I feel today. :)

Miranda Paul said...

I bet, however, that we're one of the only groups on this list who don't treat our competitors with such support, compassion, and friendship. Anyone agree? :)

Thanks for sharing, Lee!

Kelley said...

I'm surprised that illustration didn't make the list. Seems like a pretty tough world out there for a writer!