Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

Know someone graduating from high school soon? Looking for a career change? Check it out…the latest list of best and worst jobs is up.

Sorry, Newspaper Reporters

Topping the list of worst jobs is newspaper reporter. The reasons for the low rating are low pay, long hours, high stress, and of course a shrinking industry.

I don’t doubt that a beat reporter has a tough, low-paying gig, but I’m convinced this was chosen to make more headlines for the list. If I wanted the most exposure possible on a story I would certainly make the news industry out to be the worst. Talk about kicking them while they are down!

What the Heck is an Actuary?

Topping the list of the best jobs is an actuary. An actuary helps insurance companies and other companies determine life expectancies and other facets of risk and uncertainty. The actuary makes a strong salary, has strong career security, and apparently has a low barrier to entry.

The actuary has made these best jobs lists for a decade now it seems. When are we going to wake up and take these jobs? Given that an actuary doesn’t need to actually have a degree (just pass a series of exams, albiet apparently tough ones), you would think the market would be flooded with actuaries. Hasn’t happened.

  • According to the BLS, actuaries and newspaper reporters make $87,650 and $36,000, respectively (national median).
  • Other jobs on the worst list include: military, actor, lumberjack, oil rig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, mail carrier, roofer, and flight attendant.
  • Other jobs on the best list include: biomedical engineer, audiologist, financial planner, software engineer, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist, and computer systems analyst.

What do you think of the list of best and worst jobs of 2013? Do you have one of these jobs? Ever wanted to have one of these jobs?

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Last Edited: April 25, 2013 @ 3:54 pm
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