Best and Worst Jobs Rated 2012

By Victoria Brienza

The world is going digital, and Software Engineers who can help with that transformation are reaping the benefits. Their pay is great, hiring demand for their skills is through the roof, and working conditions have never been better. And that’s why the job of Software Engineer ranks tops in our annual Jobs Rated report on the nation’s best and worst jobs for 2012.

Of course, any job may seem like the best job if you’re unemployed and the improving economy hasn’t ushered you back into the workforce. But there are qualities that make some professions more desirable than the rest of the pack. Again this year our researchers looked high and low to find those occupations that ranked the best in five key areas: Work Environment, Physical Demands, Job Outlook, Income Levels and Stress. And it should be no surprise that Software Engineer ranks No. 1, followed by Actuary, Human Resources Manager, Dental Hygienist and Financial Planner.

“I absolutely agree that Software Engineers have the best job. I love my job and most of the people who are drawn to this field are passionate about it,” says Phil Danne, Lead Software Engineer for Livio Radio in Michigan. Although there are ample job opportunities for qualified Software Engineers, Danne warns recent graduates, “You can’t earn your college degree and bank on just those skills for the rest of your career. You have to constantly be seeking out latest knowledge and skills to succeed.”  

Job Income Stress Physical Demands Hiring Outlook
1. Software Engineer $88,142 10 40 25
2. Actuary $88,202 16 46 28
3. Human Resources Manager $99,102 14 41 20
4. Dental Hygienist $68,109 12 43 36
5. Financial Planner $104,161 19 46 23
6. Audiologist $67,137 9 47 37
7. Occupational Therapist $72,110 13 46 34
8. Online Advertising Manager $87,255 22 42 26
9. Computer Systems Analyst $78,148 16 47 23
10. Mathematician $99,191 13 46 17
11. Speech Pathologist $67,142 12 47 24
12. Optometrist $95,152 17 53 34
13. Physical Therapist $76,100 14 53 39
14. Pharmacist $112,070 16 52 24
15. Web Developer $76,179 23 48 21
16. Petroleum Engineer $114,148 19 49 17
17. Dietitian $53,127 10 44 19
18. Statistician $73,205 14 45 15
19. Chiropractor $67,350 14 54 31
20. Sociologist $72,195 19 47 19
21. Veterinarian $82,190 16 57 37
22. Geologist $83,266 24 51 23
23. Orthodontist $117,126 23 49 21
24. Podiatrist $118,246 16 54 21
25. Physicist $106,183 17 48 14
26. Physician Assistant $86,107 32 47 30
27. Biologist $73,285 16 47 16
28. Civil Engineer $78,133 22 49 19
29. Meteorologist $88,193 15 47 12
30. Historian $65,241 17 47 18
31. Museum Curator $48,207 21 46 26
32. Market Research Analyst $61,236 32 46 41
33. Dentist $141,144 23 50 21
34. Computer Programmer $71,178 12 47 12
35. Parole Officer $47,161 13 46 19
36. Vocational Counselor $53,169 15 47 19
37. Technical Writer $63,173 19 47 16
38. Nurse   (Registered) $65,116 30 48 26
39. Medical Secretary $31,114 15 44 39
40. Physician (General Practice) $205,029 25 59 24
41. Psychologist $67,179 29 47 21
42. Psychiatrist $164,250 25 60 23
43. Astronomer $87,216 21 48 12
44. Optician $33,143 15 45 29
45. Surgeon $305,078 29 64 24
46. Respiratory Therapist $54,083 20 51 27
47. Accountant $62,174 20 47 15
48. Economist $89,223 17 46 7
49. Paralegal Assistant $47,159 17 47 18
50. Medical Records Technician $32,152 8 44 21
51. Social Worker $40,162 25 45 24
52. Stenographer/ Court Reporter $48,250 19 45 16
53. Anthropologist $54,187 27 49 21
54. Archeologist $54,187 27 49 21
55. Medical Technologist $56,097 16 44 10
56. Architect $73,179 40 52 24
57. Management Consultant $78,216 28 60 22
58. Nuclear Engineer $100,112 32 49 10
59. Loan Officer $56,261 15 50 15
60. Aerospace Engineer $97,134 20 47 4
61. Librarian $55,147 11 46 7
62. Judge $119,429 21 51 11
63. Heating/ Refrigeration Mechanic $43,158 21 56 32
64. Physiologist $52,178 17 48 14
65. Surveyor $55,190 28 63 26
66. Mechanical Engineer $78,133 22 49 9
67. Executive Assistant $44,131 15 44 12
68. Insurance Agent $47,342 36 46 23
69. Industrial Machine Repairer $45,127 16 56 21
70. Public Relations Executive $92,156 48 50 17
71. Medical Laboratory Technician $36,133 9 44 15
72. Brick Mason $47,172 21 66 37
73. Electrical Engineer $85,139 23 50 7
74. School Principal $87,122 21 50 10
75. Plumber $47,186 23 57 23
76. Industrial Designer $58,185 25 48 9
77. Stockbroker $70,474 40 50 18
78. Recruiter $47,207 20 51 19
79. Insurance Underwriter $59,178 17 50 7
80. Bookkeeper $34,143 12 44 12
81. Electrician $48,179 21 58 20
82. Event Coordinator $45,185 50 54 42
83. Industrial Engineer $76,126 20 51 5
84. Occupational Safety/ Health Inspector $65,141 17 53 9
85. Receptionist $25,106 23 43 22
86. Construction Foreman $84,200 31 64 16
87. Attorney $113,219 36 52 11
88. Vending Machine Repairer $30,147 11 54 22
89. Nurse (Licensed Practical) $40,087 26 49 21
90. Funeral Director $54,230 29 58 20
91. Set Designer $47,223 19 48 10
92. Elementary School Teacher $52,135 27 51 16
93. Clergy $44,221 21 53 19
94. Chemist $68,197 17 50 3
95. Purchasing Agent $57,163 20 50 6
96. Communications Equipment Mechanic $56,132 24 56 14
97. Machine Tool Operator $35,122 14 54 18
98. Advertising Account Executive $64,107 41 49 12
99. Automobile Body Repairer $38,178 19 58 18
100. Cosmetologist $23,163 11 47 15
101. Artist (Fine Art) $45,374 24 47 10
102. Broadcast Technician $35,300 18 48 11
103. Zoologist $57,159 20 57 8
104. Commercial Airline Pilot $103,158 60 52 7
105. Hair Stylist $23,163 9 48 15
106. Sales Representative (Wholesale) $52,304 29 52 17
107. Tax Examiner/Collector $49,207 17 48 4
108. Construction Machinery Operator $40,173 24 62 20
109. Electrical Technician $56,138 10 53 -2
110. Architectural Drafter $46,140 17 49 3
111. Hotel Manager $47,203 23 49 9
112. Teacher’s Aide $23,112 14 47 14
113. Author $55,276 30 48 6
114. Sewage Plant Operator $41,156 18 55 11
115. Nuclear Decontamination Technician $38,156 35 61 20
116. Corporate Executive (Senior) $166,141 47 55 5
117. Security Guard $24,141 16 49 16
118. Forklift Operator $38,168 11 50 5
119. Publication Editor $51,234 25 46 1
120. Emergency Medical Technician $30,155 40 54 34
121. Film/Video Editor $51,331 20 50 4
122. Engineering Technician $50,131 23 48 2
123. Fitness Trainer/Instructor $31,271 46 58 25
124. Carpet/Tile Installer $36,224 18 55 14
125. Air Traffic Controller $108,207 29 52 -2
126. Carpenter $40,188 29 59 16
127. Nurse’s Aide $24,094 23 51 18
128. Truck Driver $38,128 28 58 18
129. Corrections Officer $39,158 32 55 18
130. Bus Driver $36,171 26 48 13
131. Choreographer $38,274 39 51 16
132. Agricultural Scientist $33,141 19 52 11
133. Fashion Designer $65,297 37 49 1
134. Tax Preparer $31,256 26 41 7
135. Dental Laboratory Technician $35,181 12 48 2
136. Advertising Salesperson $45,317 36 52 14
137. High School Teacher $53,137 27 53 7
138. Salesperson (Retail) $21,144 37 47 15
139. Machinist $39,142 13 57 8
140. Typist/Word Processor $33,104 13 43 -13
141. Military General $196,017 65 58 -1
142. Jeweler $35,221 8 48 -7
143. Computer Service Technician $37,157 13 54 5
144. Aircraft Mechanic $53,112 27 57 6
145. Automobile Mechanic $36,200 26 62 16
146. Recreation Worker $22,138 20 54 17
147. Photographer $29,271 29 48 12
148. Electrical Equipment Repairer $52,121 16 55 -3
149. Buyer $50,210 37 51 8
150. Sheet Metal Worker $42,196 29 66 14
151. Janitor $22,131 15 49 8
152. Sailor $37,148 25 70 18
153. Chauffeur $22,125 21 53 18
154. Appliance Repairer $35,185 13 54 5
155. Real Estate Agent $40,375 39 51 11
156. Office Machine Repairer $37,157 16 54 5
157. Highway Patrol Officer $54,163 41 58 9
158. Cashier $19,063 13 42 4
159. Child Care Worker $19,081 26 51 17
160. Garbage Collector $33,184 24 67 17
161. Ironworker $35,122 31 70 18
162. Bartender $19,094 13 47 7
163. Police Officer $54,163 44 61 9
164. Furniture Upholsterer $30,130 10 50 3
165. Dockworker $40,191 25 58 8
166. Photojournalist $40,209 47 53 12
167. Stationary Engineer $52,124 27 65 6
168. Painter $34,164 32 60 15
169. Handyman $35,167 20 63 11
170. Bank Teller $24,083 13 44 0
171. Musical Instrument Repairer $32,195 14 51 3
172. Precision Assembler $31,140 9 50 1
173. Construction Worker $29,205 30 70 18
174. Welder $35,125 23 65 11
175. Flight Attendant $38,156 45 46 0
176. Roofer $34,177 31 65 15
177. Travel Agent $32,130 40 47 8
178. Actor $50,118 45 48 0
179. Farmer $61,269 27 77 -6
180. Disc Jockey $27,387 30 47 9
181. Dressmaker/ Tailor $27,133 7 50 -2
182. Maid $19,088 19 49 5
183. Mail Carrier $54,047 23 64 -13
184. Shipping/Receiving Clerk $28,132 14 50 -2
185. Firefighter $45,226 60 86 10
186. Automobile Assembler $27,269 9 50 -19
187. Taxi Driver $22,125 46 54 18
188. Conservationist $24,165 15 54 2
189. Drill-Press Operator $32,129 11 56 -11
190. Shoe Maker/Repairer $23,112 17 48 -25
191. Broadcaster $27,324 42 48 8
192. Butcher $29,156 20 58 6
193. Dishwasher $18,044 14 52 2
194. Meter Reader $35,171 22 60 2
195. Waiter/Waitress $18,088 15 54 6
196. Reporter (Newspaper) $35,275 45 49 -5
197. Oil Rig Worker $32,132 26 74 7
198. Enlisted Military Soldier $36,261 85 67 2
199. Dairy Farmer $33,119 26 73 -6
200. Lumberjack $32,114 40 72 1
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