They used five measurements: pay, outlook, work environment, stress and physical demands.
Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com said, “Dairy farmers work outdoors in all weather conditions and all hours, with very large animals that step on their feet and break limbs,” Lee says. “Plus, they compete with corporate dairy producers so earnings are down.”
Their site features this picture:
Two funny things:
1. Those aren't dairy cows. I'm sure the person putting the article together didn't know the difference - no big deal, but funny! I wish the picture of the lumberjack also showed him with pillars instead of trees.
2. Tony Lee says that corporate dairy producers reduce earnings. What makes one farm corporate and another just a dairy farmer? Isn't everyone part of some family? Besides, we all get paid on the amount of milk we ship.
I get why dairy farming loses with these evaluation points. Yes, there's stress involved in owning your own business - especially one that depends on the weather. Kris has a lot of physical demands, but it keeps him active and healthy.
But the work environment? Seriously hard to beat. Kids and cows are awfully cute.