After ranking 200 different job categories on five critera such as stress, physical demands, and income, the Careercast.com Web site now says the best jobs (ranked in order) include being a mathematician, an actuary, a statistician, a biologist, and a software engineer.
An actuary, the Web site said, “interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.”
A prerequisite for the top three slots, Careercast commented: “a calculator and solitude” (see Being a Lumberjack is No Fun ). The two categories at the other end of the list: lumber jack and dairy farmer.
Researchers relied on five criteria to compare jobs: stress, physical demands, hiring outlook, compensation, and work environment.
5. Software Engineer
6. Computer Systems Analyst
9. Industrial Designer