Actuary has been named the best job in the U.S. in 2013 and newspaper reporter the worst in a survey ranking 200 jobs out yesterday (April 23rd) from career website The jobs were ranked on five criteria: physical demands; work environment; income; stress; and hiring outlook.

Best Jobs:

1. Actuary
2. Biomedical Engineer
3. Software Engineer
4. Audiologist
5. Financial Planner
6. Dental Hygienist
7. Occupational Therapist
8. Optometrist
9. Physical Therapist
10. Computer Systems Analyst
Worst Jobs (Going up from worst):

200. Newspaper Reporter
199. Lumberjack
198. Enlisted Military Personnel
197. Actor
196. Oil Rig Worker
195. Dairy Farmer
194. Meter Reader
193. Mail Carrier
192. Roofer
191. Flight Attendant

For those of you like me that were wondering what the heck an 'actuary' is, according to wikipedia: An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries provide expert assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms

Actuaries mathematically evaluate the probability of events and quantify the contingent outcomes in order to minimize financial losses associated with uncertain undesirable events. Since many events, such as death, cannot be avoided, it is helpful to take measures to minimize their financial impact when they occur

Well THAT sounds like fun....