2012 is nearly over, and CareerCast has published a fresh evaluation of what it sees as the top 10 jobs in the country — as well as the worst 10. Evaluating each job using five components (Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook) they came up with these picks for the top 10 and worst 10 jobs of this moment.
For more details, which includes evauations of 200 jobs visit the CareerCast website. Have experience at one of these jobs, or disagree with these evaluations? Sound off in the comments section below — we’re sure their pick for third worst job will raise some eyebrows…
10 Top Jobs of 2012:
1. Software Engineer (Average income: $88,000): Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks.
2. Actuary ($88,000): Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur and to help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.
3. Human Resources Manager ($99,000): These managers plan, direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.
4. Dental Hygienist ($68,000): Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
5. Financial Planner ($104,000): Personal financial advisors give financial advice to clients. They help with investments, taxes, and insurance decisions.
6. Audiologist ($67,137.00): Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures.
7. Occupational Therapist ($72,000): Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.
8. Online Advertising Manager ($87,000): Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.
9. Computer Systems Analyst ($78,000): Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
10. Mathematician ($99,000): Mathematicians use high-level mathematics and technology to develop new mathematical principles, understand relationships between existing principles, and solve real-world problems.
Worst 10 Jobs:
1. Lumberjack ($32,000)
2. Dairy Farmer ($33,000)
3. Enlisted Soldier ($36,000)
4. Oil Rig Worker ($32,000)
5. Reporter ($35,000)
6. Waiter ($18,000)
7. Meter Reader ($35,000)
8. Dishwasher ($18,000)
9. Butcher ($29,000)
10. Broadcaster ($27,000)