Actuary is rated nation's best job
January 5, 2010
• Never break a sweat, get good pay
• The worst? 200 jobs are rated
The job of actuary -- someone who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty – apparently is the best kind of job in America, according to an annual report by CareerCast.com, a unit of Adicio Inc. of Carlsbad.
The worst job? Roustabout edges out last year's worst, that of lumberjack, to fall to the bottom of the rankings.
The report reviews 200 U.S. professions, ranking them on work environment, income, outlook, stress and physical demands.
Actuary is rated as one of the least physically demanding jobs with little stress, great outlook for employment and income growth, and favorable work environment.
Rounding out the top five best jobs are software engineer, computer systems analyst, biologist and historian, while roustabout, lumberjack, ironworker, dairy farmer and welder were at the bottom.
The jobs that ranked near the top not only pay well, but also have the greatest potential for growth as the economy rebounds.
"Conversely, roustabout is the nation's worst job since it's dangerous, pays about $31,000 per year and has a negative outlook for future growth," says Tony Lee, publisher of the CareerCast.com 2010 Jobs Rated Report.
Some jobs didn't make the top of the list once other aspects of the position were factored in. "Surgeon, the highest-paying job, ranked toward the bottom when you evaluate its stress levels, physical demands and work environment," Mr. Lee says.
The top ten and how they compare to last year’s ranking:
1. Actuary (up 1)
2. Software Engineer (up 3)
3. Computer Systems Analyst (up 3)
4. Biologist (no change)
5. Historian (up 2)
6. Mathematician (down 5)
7. Paralegal Assistant (up 10)
8. Statistician (down 5)
9. Accountant (up 1)
10. Dental Hygienist (up 35)
The worst jobs in 2010 and how they fared in 2009:
200. Roustabout (down 8)
199. Lumberjack (up 1)
198. Ironworker (down 7)
197. Dairy Farmer (up 2)
196. Welder (down 3)
195. Garbage Collector (down 1)
194. Taxi Driver (up 4)
193. Construction Worker (down 3)
192. Meter Reader (down 13)
191. Mail Carrier (down 2)
To quantify the many facets of the 200 jobs included in the report, the company says itdetermined and reviewed various critical aspects of all of the jobs, categorizing them into five "core criteria;" that is, the general categories that are inherent to every job. These are: environment, income, outlook, stress and physical demands
For additional details about the methodology, click on the link below
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