Segundo o site CareerCast.com esta é a colocação do economista em um ranking de melhores empregos dos EUA. O melhor é o engenheiro de software e o pior o lenhador.
CareerCast.com, a career website owned by Adicio Inc. ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. The firm used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies to determine the rankings. The 200 jobs were selected for their relevance in the current labor market as well as the availability of reliable data. For instance, enlisted military personnel – the third worst job of 2012 – was added this year thanks to new data released by the Department of Defense.