Congrats to all you librarians out there. Not only is 2011 the Year of the Rabbit, but the year Librarianship ranks #29 on The Wall Street Journal's Best and Worst Jobs of 2011. No lie, AND shockingly enough, it is not on the "Worst" side, it's on the "Best" spectrum.
Wedged right in between Optometrist/Computer Programmer and Medical Technologist.
Apparently they ranked the jobs based on "income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook. Oh, and the all important expertise of their "researchers." I'm pretty sure a librarian was not a part of the researchers.
Anyone who works at a public library knows that a LOT of workers are on the older end of the age spectrum and you would think that they would be close to retiring but of course they love their jobs so much that they are hanging on to them, even if the economy is in the crapper.
I guess the only aspect librarianship has going for it based on the WSJ ranking would be the physical demands. The library system recently upped its physical demands from having to be able to life 20 pounds to 30 pounds. Yeah, if you want to trim the ranks, the minimum weight lifting requirement would be the first think I would suggest testing.