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What is the best job to have in 2013?

updated 6:37 AM EDT, Thu April 25, 2013
According to the job search site CareerCast, actuaries have the best jobs of 2013, based on criteria of income, stress, work environment and growth outlook. The job entails analyzing statistics to calculate the risk of death, illness or injury, often for insurance purposes. According to the job search site CareerCast, actuaries have the best jobs of 2013, based on criteria of income, stress, work environment and growth outlook. The job entails analyzing statistics to calculate the risk of death, illness or injury, often for insurance purposes.
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No. 1 job: Actuary
No. 2: Biomedical engineer
No. 3: Software engineer
No. 4: Audiologist
No. 5: Financial planner
No. 6: Dental hygienist
No. 7: Occupational therapist
No 8: Optometrist
No. 9: Physical therapist
No. 10: Computer systems analyst
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Best jobs ranked by U.S. job site
  • Top is actuary, bottom is newspaper reporter
  • Top 10 jobs dominated by health-care sector

(CNN) -- Actor or actuary? What is the best job in the world?

According to U.S. job site CareerCast, it's the latter. The company has ranked a list of 200 jobs to find the "best" based on four criteria: work environment, income, hiring outlook and stress levels.

Most of the statistics used to create the rankings came from U.S. government agencies.

And the worst job in America is ...

Dominating the top 10 spots are health-care sector jobs, which are expected to grow as the American population ages.

On the other end of the spectrum, the lowest ranked job is newspaper reporter, reflecting the continuing decline of print media, followed by lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor and oil rig worker.

Would you rather compile statistics than tread the boards? What do you think constitutes the "best" job? Have your say in the comments, below.

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