Last year CareerCast.com ranked being an EMT as one of the 10 Worst Jobs of 2011. There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the ranking, mainly because although the hiring prospectus was very good compared to other industries, when you look at the working conditions, pay, and levels of stress it lowered the overall score.
For 2012 CareerCast.com has ranked EMT as #120 out of 200 ranked jobs. Going from #195 to #120 is an obvious improvement on the scale. There’s just one problem with the new ranking.
I don’t think that much has changed in just one year… or has it?
Let’s take a look at their 2011 ranking:
Versus their 2012 ranking:
We see that there have (somewhat magically) been improvement in our Work Environment and apparently the obesity epidemic is over because our Physical Demands has decreased as well. Ironically our Hiring Outlook has jumped after being rated one of the 10 Worst Jobs of 2011, while our average income is actually $13 less in 2012 than it was in 2011.
If you want to try and understand how CareerCast.com does their rankings, you can check out their Ranking Methodology, or you can be like myself and just hope for perhaps a more accurate and realistic portrayal for next year.
Of course, I am constantly ready for my hopes to be dashed. If we want to be accurately and realistically portrayed in the eyes of the public, our community, the media, and on lists such as this then we need to start owning our own public image. We can start, both budget conscious and effectively by utilizing social media. Of course this needs to be on more than an individual level, but on an agency level as well.
One thing we can take solace in (if you need to find solace in this type of news that your job isn’t as bad as you may have thought… at least to the staticians) is that at least Taxi Driver is still ranked well below us at #187.