By Reagan

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 probably won’t.

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.

Here’s the complete list:

1 Actuary
2 Biomedical Engineer
3 Software Engineer
4 Audiologist
5 Financial Planner
6 Dental Hygienist
7 Occupational Therapist
8 Optometrist
9 Physical Therapist
10 Computer Systems Analyst
11 Chiropractor
12 Speech Pathologist
13 Physiologist
14 University Professor
15 Veterinarian
16 Dietician
17 Pharmacist
18 Mathematician
19 Sociologist
20 Statistician
21 Physicist
22 Optician
23 Podiatrist
24 Web Developer
25 Historian
26 Environmental Engineer
27 Parole Officer
28 Petroleum Engineer
29 Meteorologist
30 Geologist
31 Human Resources Manager
32 Civil Engineer
33 Orthodontist
34 Respiratory Therapist
35 Medical Records Technician
36 Astronomer
37 Psychiatrist
38 Computer Programmer
39 Social And Community Manager
40 Market Research Analyst
41 Paralegal Assistant
42 Dentist
43 Skincare Specialist
44 Industrial Machine Repairer
45 Physician (General Practice)
46 Logistician
47 Accountant
48 Management Consultant
49 Social Worker
50 Physician Assistant
51 Surgeon
52 Vocational Counselor
53 Bricklayer
54 Surveyor
55 Nurse, Registered
56 Archeologist
57 Museum Curator
58 Psychologist
59 Glazier
60 Technical Writer
61 Architect
62 Event Coordinator
63 Occupational Safety/Health Inspector
64 Loan Officer
65 Nuclear Decontamination Technician
66 Plumber
67 Medical Technologist
68 Stenographer/Court Reporter
69 Recruiter
70 Biologist
71 Bookkeeper
72 Medical Laboratory Technician
73 Insurance Underwriter
74 Public Relations Executive
75 Executive Assistant
76 Electrician
77 Automobile Body Repairer
78 Insurance Agent
79 Judge
80 Nuclear Engineer
81 Online Sales Manager
82 Mechanical Engineer
83 Hair Stylist
84 Communications Equipment Mechanic
85 Tax Examiner/Collector
86 Receptionist
87 Sewage Plant Operator
88 Librarian
89 Industrial Designer
90 School Principal
91 Zoologist
92 Anthropologist
93 Elementary School Teacher
94 Construction/Building Inspector
95 Pest Control Worker
96 Emergency Medical Technician
97 Industrial Engineer
98 Electrical Engineer
99 Nurse (Licensed Practical)
100 Aerospace Engineer
101 Teacher’s Aide
102 Construction Foreman
103 Automobile Mechanic
104 Stockbroker
105 Security Guard
106 Fitness Trainer/Instructor
107 Chauffeur
108 Truck Driver
109 Purchasing Agent
110 Clergy
111 Typist/Word Processor
112 Forklift Operator
113 Computer Service Technician
114 Architectural Drafter
115 Appliance Repairer
116 Funeral Director
117 Attorney
118 Ironworker
119 Economist
120 Sales Representative (Wholesale)
121 Recreation Worker
122 Agricultural Scientist
123 Animal Care And Service Worker
124 Advertising Account Executive
125 Construction Machinery Operator
126 Chemist
127 Purchasing Manager
128 Broadcast Technician
129 Airline Pilot
130 Nurse’s Aide
131 Medical Secretary
132 Electrical Technician
133 Conservationist
134 Machinist
135 Advertising Salesperson
136 Dental Laboratory Technician
137 Child Care Worker
138 Film/Video Editor
139 Furniture Upholsterer
140 Salesperson (Retail)
141 Jeweler
142 Choreographer
143 Drill-Press Operator
144 Machine Tool Operator
145 Sheet Metal Worker
146 Taxi Driver
147 Carpenter
148 Artist
149 Aircraft Mechanic
150 Bartender
151 Electrical Equipment Repairer
152 Real Estate Agent
153 Janitor
154 Engineering Technician
155 Corporate Executive (Senior)
156 Author
157 Bus Driver
158 Welder
159 Hotel Manager
160 Garbage Collector
161 Stationary Engineer
162 Bank Teller
163 Seaman
164 Carpet/Tile Installer
165 Shipping/Receiving Clerk
166 Police Officer
167 Firefighter
168 Publication Editor
169 Cashier
170 Air Traffic Controller
171 Construction Worker
172 Photographer
173 Seamstress/Tailor
174 Painter
175 Automobile Assembler
176 Precision Assembler
177 Buyer
178 Dockworker
179 Disc Jockey
180 Military General
181 Maid
182 Fashion Designer
183 Butcher
184 Broadcaster
185 Waiter/Waitress
186 Tax Preparer
187 Dishwasher
188 Photojournalist
189 Corrections Officer
190 Farmer
191 Flight Attendant
192 Roofer
193 Mail Carrier
194 Meter Reader
195 Dairy Farmer
196 Oil Rig Worker
197 Actor
198 Enlisted Military Personnel
199 Lumberjack
200 Reporter (Newspaper)

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