Best and Worst Jobs of 2012: are you on the list?

by 08 Jun 2012

It’s not exactly a nice thought to know that your job has made it on to the ‘worst jobs’ list. So spare a thought for this reporter (who came in at the fifth worst job).

The good news, however, is that on the latest list of more than 200 professions, HR won the bronze medal. Behind Software Engineers and Actuaries, HR is the place to be. That’s according to a survey by, which asked respondents from 200 professions to rate their job based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

The Top 10 The bottom 10
1  Software Engineer 191  Broadcaster
2  Actuary 192  Butcher
3  Human Resources Manager 193  Dishwasher
4  Dental Hygienist 194  Meter Reader
5  Financial Planner 195  Waiter/Waitress
6  Audiologist 196  Reporter (Newspaper)
7  Occupational Therapist 197  Oil Rig Worker
8  Online Advertising Manager 198  Enlisted Military Soldier
9  Computer Systems Analyst 199  Dairy Farmer
10  Mathematician 200  Lumberjack

So what makes working in HR so great? We asked 10 Aussie HR professionals why they love their job:

“The satisfaction of assisting people to reach their goals” – Trina Palazzolo, HR Generalist

“Dealing with different issues every day” – Damien Sloane, Calvary Silver Circle

“Having the opportunity to make a difference. For me, HR is common sense and it never ceases to amaze me how hard it is for some to grasp.  But I am in the privileged position to help them learn.” – Melissa Johnson, PDT Architects

“Working with a variety of different people and personalities” – Jacquelyne France, SeaLink QLD

“Working in HR gives you a real sense of purpose, especially when you’re in a position to be able to influence and implement positive changes throughout the organisation. Diversity in the role and of course being at the centre of all things social are also plus points!” – Marco Sicurella, Teachers Credit Union

“You have the power to help individuals grow within organisations and help your organisation build effectiveness through its people. Also being the first to know everything about everyone is great and comes with the territory.” – Sophie Firmager, RCG

“Being able to teach people simple lessons about leadership that result in big changes for them” – Nadine Coronel, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific

“Being a massive sticky beak – I like knowing what is going on at all of the time” – NicCrilly-Hargrave, Myer

“Seeing how a web of people can create amazing results, and quietly knowing HR has played a role in it” – Annette Sibley, Eagle Boys Pizza

I love the job; I have the privilege of sharing in the best and worst experiences people go through in the workplace. They come to me with business and personal problems and I get the opportunity to help them, even if it’s just lending them my ear! It's all about the people and seeing them happy to come to work is amazing” – Lucy Wilson


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