Acting, farming and news reporting rated WORST jobs of 2013 with low pay, high stress levels and poor career prospects
Actuary has been voted the best job of 2013 and news reporting the worst, in an annual ranking of occupations.
Recruitment site CareerCast.com rated
200 professions based on five criteria including physical demands,
work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.
Software engineering, financial planning, occupational therapy, and optometry were other careers to make the top ten, while dairy farming, acting, roofing and logging came bottom of the pile.
Tough industry: News reporting has been rated as the worst job of 2013 with high stress levels, low pay and poor career prospects - other low-ranked professions included dairy farming, acting and roofing
Actuary, which involves assessing risk probabilities often for insurance purposes, claimed the number one spot with an average income of $91,211 (£59,743), and flexible work arrangements.
While news reporting, which was ranked 196 in 2012, was relegated to last place with a median salary of $36,000 (£23,580), stressful work conditions and poor career prospects.
The results, published on Tuesday, have fueled a debate, with many critics disagreeing with the positions, and others disgruntled that their line of work does not even appear.
One anonymous commentator wrote on CareerCast.com: 'I cannot find "musician" on the list. Does that mean it is even worse than #200. If so, a lot of aspiring young kids should be warned.'
Choose your career wisely: Fashion designing came in at number 182 (pictured left German designer Karl Lagerfeld) on the job ranking list, while air hostessing came in at 191
While 'musician' does not feature, lesser-known job titles to appear include 'nuclear decontamination technician' (ranked 65), 'sewage plant operator' (ranked 87), 'drill-press operator' (ranked 143) and 'precision assembler' (ranked 176).
Another critic named Ryan used the Wall Street Journal's comment section to highlight that 'different people respond to different types of stress' which is 'what this sort of list ignores.'
He continues: 'The
physical labor of a brick layer, for example, may be tolerable to
someone fit, but hell for someone who’s not.
'Likewise, some reporters may thrive on the stress that would be considered unpalatable by others.
Poor job prospects: Acting was listed as one of the worst jobs of 2013, claiming the 197th spot (pictured left, Scarlett Johansson), while lumberjacking was the penultimate entry
'Ultimately, the quality is a job is determined by the individual’s aptitude and attitudes, to a much greater extent than any "career formula".'
To compile the list, researchers gathered data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, trade association studies and other sources.
Like Ryan, a reader named James
agreed that there is no set formula when it comes to jobs.
Top money and low stress: Actuary was revealed as the best job
He wrote that he 'found the list interesting and a fun way to compare jobs with friends, but I wouldn’t take it any more serious than that,' he explained.
'As a commercial union electrician, I can tell you the pay, working conditions (weather), and benefits are better in San Francisco than say for a non union residential electrician in rural Arkansas.'
However some cited the list as a reliable predictor. An attorney anonymously exclaimed on the Wall Street Journal: 'I’m a 117! Accurate to me. Did an actuary predict the list…?'
It is the 25th year CareerCast.com has released its Job Rated compilation.
Following this year's outcome it concluded: 'No two work experiences are guaranteed to be alike, and different career paths cater to unique skills and interests.
'Ultimately, only the individual can determine the best job for her or his abilities and passions. However, the Jobs Rated report exists as a road map for determining the career field that is right for you.'
In 2012 software engineering was deemed the most desirable job, while lumberjacking came in at number 200.
PICK YOUR CAREER WISELY: THE BEST AND WORST JOBS OF 2013
Career website, CareerCast.com rated 200 occupations based on five criteria including physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. Here are the results:
2 Biomedical Engineer
3 Software Engineer
5 Financial Planner
6 Dental Hygienist
7 Occupational Therapist
9 Physical Therapist
10 Computer Systems Analyst
12 Speech Pathologist
14 University Professor
24 Web Developer
26 Environmental Engineer
27 Parole Officer
28 Petroleum Engineer
31 Human Resources Manager
32 Civil Engineer
34 Respiratory Therapist
35 Medical Records Technician
38 Computer Programmer
39 Social And Community Manager
40 Market Research Analyst
41 Paralegal Assistant
43 Skincare Specialist
44 Industrial Machine Repairer
45 Physician (General Practice)
48 Management Consultant
49 Social Worker
50 Physician Assistant
52 Vocational Counselor
55 Nurse (Registered)
57 Museum Curator
60 Technical Writer
62 Event Coordinator
63 Occupational Safety/Health Inspector
64 Loan Officer
65 Nuclear Decontamination Technician
67 Medical Technologist
68 Stenographer/Court Reporter
72 Medical Laboratory Technician
73 Insurance Underwriter
74 Public Relations Executive
75 Executive Assistant
77 Automobile Body Repairer
78 Insurance Agent
80 Nuclear Engineer
81 Online Sales Manager
82 Mechanical Engineer
83 Hair Stylist
84 Communications Equipment Mechanic
85 Tax Examiner/Collector
87 Sewage Plant Operator
89 Industrial Designer
90 School Principal
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
105 Security Guard
106 Fitness Trainer/Instructor
108 Truck Driver
109 Purchasing Agent
111 Typist/Word Processor
112 Forklift Operator
113 Computer Service Technician
114 Architectural Drafter
115 Appliance Repairer
116 Funeral Director
120 Sales Representative (Wholesale)
121 Recreation Worker
122 Agricultural Scientist
123 Animal Care And Service Worker
124 Advertising Account Executive
125 Construction Machinery Operator
127 Purchasing Manager
128 Broadcast Technician
129 Airline Pilot
130 Nurse's Aide
131 Medical Secretary
132 Electrical Technician
135 Advertising Salesperson
136 Dental Laboratory Technician
137 Child Care Worker
138 Film/Video Editor
139 Furniture Upholsterer
140 Salesperson (Retail)
143 Drill-Press Operator
144 Machine Tool Operator
145 Sheet Metal Worker
146 Taxi Driver
149 Aircraft Mechanic
151 Electrical Equipment Repairer
152 Real Estate Agent
154 Engineering Technician
155 Corporate Executive (Senior)
157 Bus Driver
159 Hotel Manager
160 Garbage Collector
161 Stationary Engineer
162 Bank Teller
164 Carpet/Tile Installer
165 Shipping/Receiving Clerk
166 Police Officer
168 Publication Editor
170 Air Traffic Controller
171 Construction Worker
175 Automobile Assembler
176 Precision Assembler
179 Disc Jockey
180 Military General
182 Fashion Designer
186 Tax Preparer
189 Corrections Officer
191 Flight Attendant
193 Mail Carrier
194 Meter Reader
195 Dairy Farmer
196 Oil Rig Worker
198 Enlisted Military Personnel
200 Reporter (Newspaper)
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