The Top 10 Jobs in America

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Mathematic equationDo you hate your job? Have you been thinking of moving to greener pastures? A new ranking of the best jobs in America might contain some hints for a career move.

Some results may surprise you. Surgeons, who top the income category at a whopping $365,258 per year, actually place only No. 100 in the ranking because of negative factors like lawsuits, stress and anxiety. They're ranked much lower than chiropractors (No. 32), which may come as an unwelcome shock to those med students who've mortgaged the house to pay for their surgery residency.

In addition to income, CareerCast.com, which produces the annual list, ranks the jobs by more than 100 criteria grouped into five categories: wages, work environment, stress, physical demands and hiring outlook.

At Risk of Being Sent Offshore


Another surprise is that mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians all rank in the top five, though they all lack a certain sex appeal. The work environment for mathematicians is described as much better than that for actuaries, but don't they both just sit in a cubicle in an office park?

"Actuaries tend to be in more of a corporate environment such as insurance or finance companies, so their level of stress might be a tad bit higher," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

Computer jobs such as software engineer, systems analyst and programmer were all at the top of the list, but the website warns there's some downside risk of those jobs being sent offshore to India.

In case you were wondering (of course you are), the worst job in America is a roustabout on an oil rig -- the guy who picks up after everybody else. Although it pays better than a dishwasher, it's a lot more dangerous: 11 roustabouts died last year in the BP Gulf oil disaster.

Here are the Top 10 jobs with average annual salaries. The full list is at careercast.com:

1. Software engineer / $87,140
2. Mathematician / $94,178
3. Actuary / $87,204
4. Statistician / $73,208
5. Computer systems analyst / $77,153
6. Meteorologist / $85,210
7. Biologist / $74,278
8. Historian / $63,208
9. Audiologist / $63,144
10. Dental Hygienist / $67,107


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sdwcorp

2.5 million people collect Social Security ever year what happens to the jobs that they retire from? We have hundrets of thhousands of ILLIGAL workers taking jobs and we have a 9.4% unemployment .We have a 17% real unemployment and not one politician tells the truth . We need a total review of all our laws . President Eisenhower in the 1950s sent illegal immigrants out of the country to have jobs for Veterans . That was AMERICA . WE HAVE NO LEADERSHIP

January 12 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie Penland !

WHEN CLINTON "FORCED" SO MANY MANUFACTURERS HERE IN AMERICA TO CLOSE...THANKS TO "NAFTA", ETC., IT CREATED A "BLACK HOLE" IN OUR NATION THAT JUST KEEPS GROWING AND GROWING...BRING BACK THOSE JOBS AND STOP SO MUCH "OUT-SOURCING" OF EVERYTHING...MAKE IT SO AMERICA CAN "DRILL" IN OUR O-W-N TERRITORIES FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS..."GOOD OLE POLITICIANS" S-O-L-D AMERICA O-U-T"...O-U-T-T-A JOBS AND O-U-T-T-A PROSPERITY FOR OUR O-W-N PEOPLE!!!

January 06 2011 at 11:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sdwcorp

Yes Debbie and no one listens send e-mails and no one responds.Whe do we have the courage to change the things we can or can we. Steve

January 12 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

With 70 million boomers outsourcing will have to stop. The age will be raised to 70 for retirement while jobs will not even be available for people in their 50's!

January 06 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

If your over 55 your not going to get a college education now an compete. You'll be near 60 or over with no experience. Our skills in manufacturing an realated education is mute because of outsourcing to cheap labor. This will drive countries to war as their people go out of control and their economies crash

January 06 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

I think Vanna White has the best job. Each day she gets to wear beautiful clothes. The letters have long since been able to be electronically changed but what would they do with Vanna??? They probably film two or three days a week and have four or five days off. Yes, Vanna has the best job.

January 06 2011 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
toddisit

Most of those jobs in the list are jobs where you get the college degree and then they tell you that you don't have experience. But how do you get experience unless they hire you? Translation, we don't have enough career jobs in this country, except for experienced people, maybe in your next life, you will get lucky. Goodbye.

January 06 2011 at 8:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

Your right an if your trade was outsourced your education and skills are useless. When you get over the 40's into your 50's school won't help the young don't want you around their job site.

January 06 2011 at 11:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Your right an if your trade was outsourced your education and skills are useless. When you get over the 40's into your 50's school won't help the young don't want you around their job site.

January 06 2011 at 11:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

Obama said we have to take from those who have and give to those who don't. That is Socialism.

January 06 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
ddstroope

On AOL Today you had a feature about a woman, I believe in Arizona, who has started a motorcycle accessory store. She had recently retired as a Marketing exec. who decided retirement was not for her. She is planning on franchising a different company, but also hiring people to represent her biker stuff at rallies, etc. around the country.
I thought I'd printed out the article, but not. Does anyone know her name and the location and name of her company.
January 6, 2011

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January 06 2011 at 6:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jmzaffuto

Let's see conservatives claim Obama is a socialist, Obamacare has death panels, Republicans will cut federal spending while creating huge deficits, they propose regulating Wall Street by asking them for their opinions. Some would call the Republican Party the party of NO. I call them the party of the galactically stupid.

January 06 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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