CareerCast ranks best and worst jobs of 2017

Tenured professors have one of the best jobs in the country, according to CareerCast's ranking of the best and worst jobs of 2017.

CareerCast's list is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor. Researchers ranked each job from one to 200 according to its score along four core criteria: environment, outlook, stress level, and income.

According to Career Cast, the top 10 jobs are:

  1. Statistician
  2. Medical services manager
  3. Operations research analyst
  4. Information security analyst
  5. Data scientist
  6. University professor
  7. Mathematician
  8. Software engineer
  9. Occupational therapist
  10. Speech pathologist

CareerCast ranked the bottom 10 jobs as:

  1. Newspaper reporter
  2. Broadcasters
  3. Logger
  4. Enlisted military personnel
  5. Pest control worker
  6. Disc jockey
  7. Advertising sales person
  8. Firefighter
  9. Retail salesperson
  10. Taxi Driver

Quantitative and health care jobs took the top spots for the best jobs, much like last year.

Unlike last year, professor made the shortlist of best jobs. However, Career Cast notes that colleges are increasingly relying on adjunct faculty, who may not see as much reward and fulfillment in their jobs.

Another interesting note is that welder ranked near the bottom of the list: No. 181 out of the total 200. Politicians love to characterize welding as a trade that is in demand, does not require a college degree, and provides a comfortable living. But as the EAB Daily Briefing recently reported, the reality of trades like welding is a little more complicated than the popular narrative suggests (Career Cast release, accessed 5/1). 

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