Best and worst jobs 2014

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Recently Career Cast, a global job-search portal, released their list of the best and worst jobs for 2014. Mathematician is number one on this year’s list followed by tenured university professor, statistician, actuary, and rounding out the top five, audiologist.

Other notable jobs on the list include software engineer and computer systems analyst coming in at number seven and eight respectively. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recent Employment Situation Economic Release jobs in the information technology (IT) field increased slightly from 2013. Demand and salaries for IT careers are expected to continue to rise as well. So, it should come as no surprise that two IT jobs made Career Cast’s list of best job in America.

But, big salaries and a high demand are not the only reasons the IT field is booming. According to IT Jobs Web another reason may be the option to telecommute. A press release from IT Jobs Web says, “Eighty-two percent of IT employment professionals like being able to work remotely and think flexible schedules lead to less stress at work.” Not only does it lead to less stress but it saves money. That same press release says, “An employee who works at home just two days a week can save $3,800 on average per year.”

Technology, like TDS Telecom’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business solution managedIP Hosted, makes the remote worker revolution possible. But, managedIP and telecommuting are not just good for the employee. They’re also good for the employer. On average, companies with active telecommuting policies save $11,000 per year on real estate and infrastructure costs. They’re also helping the environment by reducing employee commutes.

On the flip side I can’t imagine a lot of the jobs that landed on Career Cast’s worst jobs list even having the option to telecommute. Maybe that lack of flexibility is why they didn’t rank so well.

So, what do you think? Get in on the conversation by telling us how important the ability to telecommute is to you. You can leave your comments below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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