If you are an actuary, or studying to become one, you should be sitting on top of the world right about now. Your job tops the list of the 200 best careers for 2015.
According to the jobs report from CareerCast, if you are in any STEM-related field, you should be sitting pretty. These jobs dominate the top 10 best careers list, including actuary, with an average salary of $94,209 and growth rate potential of 25.09. Mathematician, statistician, biomedical engineer, data scientist, software engineer and computer systems analyst all scored in the top 10 best jobs category.
The worst gig in America? Newspaper reporter.
Being a reporter has always been rough, but it’s becoming even tougher in the digital age. CareerCast put newspaper reporter at the bottom due to, “poor job prospects, low pay and layoffs have plagued the industry for the past several years.” They report the average salary is $36,267 and the industry has a negative growth outlook with a score of -13.33.
To put that into perspective, the other worst jobs list includes lumberjack, cook, taxi driver and enlisted military personnel.
The outlook isn’t completely bleak for print journalists, however. CareerCast states that “those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter.”
To rank the jobs, CareerCast looks at many factors, including pay, environment, stress, opportunity for advancement and more.
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