Best and Worst Jobs of 2012: Did Yours Make the List?

CareerCast.com releases rankings of jobs rated best and worst in categories of work environment, physical demands, job outlook, income levels and stress.

If you had one of the best or worst jobs of 2012, this list may not come as a surprise. After all, if your job is a bad one, you probably do not need a news article to tell you that.

For those of you stuck somewhere in the middle or preparing to begin a working career, the list may provide some guidance in terms of which jobs you should avoid.

CareerCast.com ranked occupations in five categories: work environment, physical demands, job outlook, income levels and stress.

Where does your job rank on the list? Let us know in the comments.

The results? Software engineers were found to have the best jobs with lumberjack topping the worst job list. The most stressful? Enlisted soldier.

10 Best Jobs of 2012

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Actuary
  3. Human Resources Manager
  4. Dental Hygienist
  5. Financial Planner
  6. Audiologist
  7. Occupational Therapist
  8. Online Advertising Manager
  9. Computer Systems Analyst
  10. Mathematician

10 Worst Jobs of 2012

  1. Lumberjack
  2. Dairy Farmer
  3. Enlisted Military Soldier
  4. Oil Rig Worker
  5. Reporter (Newspaper)
  6. Waiter/Waitress
  7. Meter Reader
  8. Dishwasher
  9. Butcher
  10. Broadcaster

10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2012

  1. Enlisted Soldier
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Military General
  5. Police Officer
  6. Event Coordinator
  7. Public Relations Executive
  8. Corporate Executive (Senior)
  9. Photojournalist
  10. Taxi Driver


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