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Check Out America's 200 Most Popular Jobs, Ranked From Best to Worst

Apr 23, 2013 -- 10:59am

The website CareerCast.com just released their list of 200 of the most popular jobs in the U.S., ranked from best to worst. The best job might surprise you - the worst job will NOT. The jobs are ranked in five categories: Physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.

The BEST job is ACTUARY. If you've heard of that but aren't quite sure what it is, an actuary calculates financial risk, usually for insurance companies or other big businesses. It's challenging, pays well, and good ones can have jobs for life. The rest of the top 10 best jobs are biomedical engineer, software engineer, audiologist, financial planner, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist, and computer systems analyst.

The WORST job in the country is NEWSPAPER REPORTER. Obviously. The newspaper industry is dying, so their future is up in the air and they don't get paid particularly well even if they DO have one of the few reporting jobs out there. The 10 jobs that finished just ahead of reporter are lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor, oilrig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, mail carrier, roofer, and flight attendant.

Newstalk radio host wasn't on the list...but Broadcaster was...and it was on the low end, ranking #184 - ouch!

Here's the list of the full 200 Best and Worst Jobs: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324874204578439154095008558.html

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