TRANSLATORS in South Africa have the best jobs.
That is if research by international job search engine Adzuna is anything to go by.
Translators are followed by web developers, actuaries and accountants.
The research was conducted last month and involved analysing more than 2000 job titles. Each title was scored on 25 criteria, including earning potential, working conditions and job security.
"Listing every available vacancy in South Africa and studying the behaviour of millions of monthly job seekers gives us a unique insight into employee satisfaction levels and perceptions in today's job market," Adzuna head of research Flora Lowther said.
According to the research, the best jobs had the highest levels of job security and some of the highest salaries.
Linda Hodgkinson, a translator in Cape Town and member of the SA Translators' Institute, worked in the financial industry before becoming a freelance translator.
She said the flexibility of her job was a major drawcard, but it was not without stress.
"What we find is people leave the translation aspect of a project for last and they sometimes expect you to translate faster than any normal person can type."
Miners have the worst jobs, followed by domestic workers, construction labourers, journalists and sous chefs.
"High-pressure deadlines, the lowest income growth potential in the survey and long hours pushed these roles to the top of the 'worst list'," the research found.
National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Lesiba Seshoka was not surprised. "Miners work in temperatures of up to 40°C underground in harsh conditions with rocks which may fall at any time," Seshoka said.
Journalists, pilots and doctors also have the most stressful jobs.
The research noted: "Journalists rank as the fourth most stressful career choice, primarily due to the high-pressure working environments and deadline-driven culture of their job."