The results of last week’s survey on the occupations of woodworkers are in, and the results have a few surprises.
I need to stop making fun of mechanical engineers on this blog, for one. Also, I can mock dietitians all I please.
We had 1,760 people respond to the survey. That’s not bad. But as someone whose master’s degree dwelled on social science methods and polling data, I wouldn’t take this data to the bank. Self-selecting surveys are suspect. And surveys on the Internet are even more so.
But the results (here’s a link to the original story) are interesting, nonetheless.
Here are the major categories of jobs of people who read this blog and are not too busy to answer a survey.
Architecture & Engineering, 19 percent
Computer and Mathematical, 16 percent
Management, 14 percent
Education & Library, 6 percent
Health, 6 percent
Life, Physical & Social Sciences, 5 percent
Business & Financial, 5 percent
Construction, 5 percent
Art, Design, Entertainment, Media & Sports, 4 percent
Legal, 4 percent
Other, 16 percent
Wow. Lots of technical people for a blog that regularly references pygmies, monkeys who fling fecal matter and a managing editor’s wacky money-making schemes.
Of course you can analyze the raw data yourself. I know that 16 percent of you cannot resist.
Here’s a link to a GoogleDoc spreadsheet with all the categories and raw numbers.
Thanks to everyone who took the survey – except all the bank tellers who snubbed me. You and your nice smiles and lollipops for the kids and money-counting skills….
— Christopher Schwarz