Interesting tidbit on Time Magazine’s website. The article examines how americans rank their job satisfaction. These things are always somewhat arbitray, but always interesting. Among the many job categories, they take a look at the relative happiness of system analysts, computer operators and computer programmers (would that include software testers? probably). Here’s the results:
The way I read this is that analysts, who design systems are thrilled with them. Developers and testers, who build, validate and probably know the system better than anyone are less than impressed. Funny enough, the users are somewhere in the middle, more towards the analysts. I guess the systems we build (and seem to hate) aren’t as bad as we think they are!