Overrated careers

US News and World Report recently listed 13 careers where people’s perception of how they might be is better than the reality.

Perhaps we should add journalism to the list although these days no-one has illusions about it being a good job. We’re a long way from Lou Grant or All the President’s Men.

The story includes interesting comments from teachers who are miffed their chosen vocation has been outed as overrated.

Most of the story’s criticisms of teaching (you need to visit this page) appear to apply only to the US.

In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, teachers get about 12 weeks annual leave while salaries compare favourably with many other white-collar careers including journalism.

And despite all the complaints about parent evenings and book marking, school hours are benign compared with the unpaid overtime demanded elsewhere.

Can 12 weeks paid holiday ever be overrated?