Have a complex job? Find how it is good for your I.Q

While most of us may be awed by the highest paying jobs, there is a reason these provide good finance but boost the intellect as well. The reason? The huge amounts of complex problems one has to solve daily.

The scientist at the University of Edinburgh have reported their most recent findings in the popular medical journal Neurology. They say that the complexity of one’s job is what makes their I.Q levels go high. The results thus found were basically a part of the Lothian Birth Cohort conducted in 1936 where the participating 11 years olds were required to have their I.Q levels tested. They were required to take another test at the age of 70 years. There two scores were compared.

The conclusions were profound. I.Q levels of people who had more brain challenging jobs were higher than those where problem solving was not involved. The researchers believe that is in part due to the amount of information the person has to tackle in every day for so many years while doing their jobs. The more nerve racking a job is, the higher the score on memory, speed, processing and finally even general thinking.

The three criterion that the scientists divided an individual’s job is based on how much interaction they have with people or things or data in their lives. For this reason they have classified the jobs handled by people like lawyers, surgeons, social workers or officers as most interactive with people against the jobs of painter or that of a factory worker to be less complex and even less interactive. Jobs that handle data, like an architect or musician or a graphic designer are more complex than those of machine and telephone operator or cafeteria in-charge or people working at a construction site. Last were the jobs that handled things. Most intellectual jobs in this category were inventors while those who are mangers or surveyors were ranked as having less interactive job.

Their conclusion at the end was simple. What our brain needs is a regular work out. What better way than to make a healthy plan that is challenging and pays well too. So at the end of the day when tested at 70 years, people who had complex jobs were the ones better off.


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