These Are the Best and Worst Jobs of 2013



Analyzing numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies, 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’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…

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