These Are the Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

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Analyzing numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies, Careercast.com has published its 25th annual rankings of 200 common jobs throughout the U.S. The rankings are calculated based on work income, stress, hiring outlook and environment (including minimal physical demands). The top spot this year goes to actuaries — analysts who apply statistics and financial theory to help companies, particularly insurance firms, manage future financial risk. (Even if you don’t know an actuary, you’ve probably seen a fictional one in the movies.)

Biomedical engineers and software engineers rounded out the top three. University professor — No. 15 on the list — claims the top spot on Careercast.com’s list of 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 because of job security, rewarding pay and low health risk. That’s particularly true for those working at private institutions, which pay professors the highest salaries while also having the lowest ratio of students to faculty members, according to a study done by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The most stressful job, according to the site’s analysis, is being a member of the U.S. armed forces.

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Newspaper reporter beat actor and lumberjack to the bottom as the worst profession on the list. In addition to traditional sources of stress — tight deadlines and a high public profile — reporters are now increasingly under pressure because of budget cuts, longer working hours and the growing ranks of “citizen journalists” who do it for free.

On a separate list of jobs for military veterans — who already face an unemployment rate higher than the 7.6% national average — the top vocation to pursue is software engineer, followed by training manager and industrial production manager. Rounding out the top-10 list is tractor-trailer truck driver — now easier to get into thanks to new legislation that eases licensing restrictions for service members who move around often.

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23 comments
DavePatton
DavePatton

I enjoyed hotel sales and catering. each hotel hires 1-10 or sales and catering people. They start entry level at 40-60 thousand and advance in their careers to80-200K or more. Advance fast if you stick with it. Online certificates at ecornell or Aprinda Dottttt Commm.

FreddyBright1
FreddyBright1

After reading this article, and after reading the article at forbes saying Education is not needed in jobs anymore, and after reading THE 5-STAR BUSINESS NETWORKS by Vivek Sood, I realized that to be able to be like ZUCKERBERG I need to build my own EMPIRE. my own BUSINESS. I would just be a BOSS so that I would have a stable, best job.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

I'm retired. Great career move. I recommend it to all my friends. But I don't see it anywhere on the list.

MikeBradford3
MikeBradford3

The guy in the video seems like a knucklehead to me. I think getting the guy a new boat is a nice gesture, but he seems to think that is the best way to support the victims. Buy the guy a new boat, thats nice but if you really want to help people affected by this attack donate to the memorial fund or something

Premraj Kumar
Premraj Kumar

may be we can work for the sake of doing something and it is better than being idle, right? work is a sort of worship, best wishes to all

Lalala
Lalala

Actuary may be less stressful than being in the military but I would say the former is far more BORING than the latter! Why would I say that? Well, I am a former Marine and can't stand math! Math stresses me out. LOL

Gert Hendrikse
Gert Hendrikse

Does Joe Polak work for Time or is (s)he just a numbnut?

Joel Polak
Joel Polak

oh well let's see - the time magazine put up another worthless and useless list - congrats!

Matthew Maez
Matthew Maez

You guys had Jimmy Fallon as one of the top 100 most influential people. I don't think I can trust you.

Martin Groseclose
Martin Groseclose

Excuse me if I don't cry a tear for newspaper editor or reporter.

Jota Be
Jota Be

Is asbestos abatement in the list. Well its a dirty risky job but someone has to do it. It pays good anyway but the worst of the worst

Urszula Kiwara
Urszula Kiwara

I thought that in this economy to have any job is to have a good job

Frank James Bonarrigo
Frank James Bonarrigo

software engineers has to be the best. you could do your job at a starbucks or in your bedroom