CareerCast.com says here in their annual ranking that philosopher is the 16th best job. Surgeons are a lowly 100. Yeah, they make ten times as much money, but they have to get up at the crack of dawn, and apparently it's a really stressful job being elbow-deep in blood 'n guts. A roustabout makes half as much as a junior philosopher, and it's apparently the worst job. So, looking at some of the jobs that ranked pretty low on the list, I realized that I know quite a few people who have those jobs. My dad had one of those jobs, and I don't remember him ever complaining about it. And I reckon my dad would be happy that my job is in the top 20.