The Best (and Worst) Jobs of 2011

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What are the top job positions in the nation today? It depends on the criteria you use, and has taken a stab at it with its announcement of the top 200 jobs in the country, based on the following factors:

1. Environment - This includes general work conditions (Is the work space congested? Is a lot of physical exertion required?) as well as emotional demands (Is the office highly competitive? Do you face hazards on a daily basis?)

- Computed as a combination of income growth potential and estimated mid-level income.

3. Outlook - This combines expected employment growth through 2018 based on projections by the U.S. Department of Labor, income growth potential, and unemployment rates for the specific positions.

4. Physical demands - Includes measurements of how much weight one must lift regularly on the job, as well as whether the work is primarily indoors or outdoors, and whether it involves stooping, kneeling, climbing or balancing.

5. Stress - Includes stress that comes from general job conditions (i.e., in a hazardous environment) as well as mental stress (competitiveness, frequent deadlines).

Based on the above criteria, here's the list of the best (and worst) jobs for 2011, along with average income.

Best Jobs for 2011:

1. Software Engineer Income: $87,140.00

2. Mathematician Income: $94,178.00 3. Actuary Income: $87,204.00

4. Statistician Income: $73,208.00

5. Computer Systems Analyst Income: $77,153.00

6. Meterorologist Income: $85,210.00

7. Biologist Income: $74,278.00

8. Historian Income: $63,208.00

9. Audiologist Income: $63,144.00

10. Dental Hygienist Income: $67,107.00

Worst Jobs for 2011:

1. Roustabout Income: $32,143.00

2. Ironworker Income: $34,127.00

3. Lumberjack Income: $32,109.00

4. Roofer Income: $34,168.00

5. Taxi Driver Income: $21,127.00

6. Emergency Medical Technician Income: $30,168.00

7. Welder Income: $35,126.00

8. Painter Income: $34,152.00

9. Meter Reader Income: $34,171.00

10. Construction Worker Income: $29,211.00

What do you think of these selections? Do you agree or disagree with these choices? Sound off in the Veteran Careers Discussion forum.

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