Study says actuary is best U.S. job

April 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- An annual CareerCast report found that the top-ranked job in the United States in 2013 is an actuary -- one who assesses risk through mathematics.

Respondents to the survey said the job of actuary is challenging, pays well and has little stress.

"It's a process of lifelong learning," CareerCast quoted Cecil Bykerk of the American Academy of Actuaries as saying.

The top 10 jobs of the year included biomedical engineer at No. 2, software engineer at No. 3, audiologist at No. 4 and financial planner at No. 5.

The top 10 was rounded out by dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist and computer systems analyst.

The range of national median pay among the top 10 jobs in the 2013 survey goes from a low of $64,750 for financial planners to a high of $94,990 for optometrists. The median pay for an actuary is $87,650, CareerCast said.

On the flip side of the equation, the worst job in the country was considered a low pay, high stress: job -- the job of newspaper reporter.

The median pay for the position is $36,000. Its projected growth rate is minus 6 percent, as compared to dental hygienists, which have a projected growth rate of 38 percent, CareerCast said.

The 10 worst jobs included positions of lumberjack, (the second worst), followed by enlisted military personnel, actor, oil rig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, mail carrier, roofer and flight attendant, CareerCast said.

CareerCast used a prorated scale to judge each job in categories of emotional and physical factors, stress levels, compensation and potential for growth.

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