Best and Worst Jobs of 2012

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    Apr 10, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    I gotta say, actuary isn't anywhere near the top 10 of what I would have imagined to be the best jobs no matter the career prospects - so they must place a hefty weighting on that criterion...

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303772904577336230132805276.html?mod=e2fb

    As compiled by CareerCast.com:

    "Ranking 200 jobs from best to worst based on 5 criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook - using data primarily from the Bureah of Labor Statistics and other government agencies."

    Best
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    #1 Software Engineer
    #2 Actuary
    #3 Human Resources Manager
    #4 Dental Hygienist
    #5 Financial Planner
    #6 Audiologist
    #7 Occupational Therapist
    #8 Online Advertising Manager
    #9 Computer Systems Analyst
    #10 Mathematician

    Worst
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    #200 Lumberjack
    #199 Dairy Farmer
    #198 Enlisted Military Soldier
    #197 Oil Rig Worker
    #196 Reporter (Newspaper)
    #195 Waiter/Waitress
    #194 Meter Reader
    #193 Dishwasher
    #192 Butcher
    #191 Broadcaster
    #190 Shoe Maker/Repairer
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    This is really surprising!
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    I'm surprised Project Manager isn't on here...
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    I sorta think dairy farming is sexy icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Oh my job is number 1 icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    I think I have the best job in the world, but it's not on either list. I love going to work. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    Waiter/Waitress is amongst the worst? Last year I was busser/ waiter's peon. That is the worst job. But hey, it's all far... thanks to my move to the South I realized I could be in front of people and am really good at processing information. I could be an Actuary!
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    I was a dishwasher in high school for a month. Worst job ever.
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    Parker817 saidI sorta think dairy farming is sexy icon_wink.gif


    Lumberjack sounded sexy to me and its the rated the absolute worst.
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    Basically ranging from the very highly educated at the top to unskilled labour at the bottom. Some of those jobs at the bottom must be truly miserable, but I believe some would actually have more job satisfaction than some top end office drones. Not all of those top rated jobs even make a lot of money and must be very boring.
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    I always thought the best job was being independently wealthy/retired.
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Attorney not in the top ten?

    Gayness.
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    Ive always worked for small companies... So my extent of dealing with HR reps is only at interviews, but Human resources seems like a crock of shit doesnt it?
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    Rubio saidIve always worked for small companies... So my extent of dealing with HR reps is only at interviews, but Human resources seems like a crock of shit doesnt it?


    Not that i usually agree with the faceless but your spot on! HR what a load of drivel
  • metta

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised by the actuarials. They have always paid well and have been good careers.

    Aon Hewitt's human resource consultants is one example.