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They're the Best of Jobs, They're the Worst of Jobs

Math and science people get the bragging rights for the best jobs. The worst jobs ... Ugh!

by Cindy Perman /

CareerCast is out with its annual ranking of the 10 best and 10 worst jobs for 2014, and let's just say that mathematicians and scientists everywhere are about to high-five.

Nine out of 10 of the best jobs fell into the STEM career category (science, technology, engineering and math), with the numbers gurus, in particular, locking in three of the top four spots.

"This absolutely verifies the importance of STEM careers," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com.

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 It's dangerous and the pay isn't great. Lumberjack was named the worst job for 2014. Armin Weigel / picture-alliance/AP, file

CareerCast looks at 200 of the most populated jobs and then ranks them on a variety of criteria that fall into four key categories: environment, income, outlook and stress. (Stress alone has 11 different factors, from high risk to tough deadlines.)

Mathematician was named the best job for 2014, followed by tenured university professor and statistician.

The 10 Best Jobs for 2014:

  • Mathematician
  • Tenured university professor
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Audiologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Software engineer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech pathologist

The 10 Worst:

  • Lumberjack
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Enlisted military personnel
  • Taxi driver
  • Broadcaster
  • Head cook
  • Flight attendant
  • Garbage collector
  • Firefighter
  • Corrections officer

Lumberjack, reporter: Best, worst jobs of 2014

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