The Best and Worst Jobs of 2012

The job market has begun a decidedly ungraceful recovery: Jobs have been added to the economy for 18 straight monthsand several gauges are back at pre-recession levels, including jobless claimsand wage growth.

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But the job growth isn’t always as robust as many hope for and projections suggest it will likely take until at least 2014 to regain the millions of jobs lost during the recession.

If there's one thing the recession has taught us, it’s that not all job prospects are created equal.

CareerCast studied 200 jobs and evaluated them on a variety of factors, including job stress, physical demands, work environment and hiring outlook, and came up with their 10Best Jobs and 10 Worst Jobs for 2012.

Both lists are a direct reflection of what’s going on in the economy.

“The jobs that continue to fare very well are those that fare the best in a tough economy — primarily information technology and health care,” said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast’s 2012 Jobs Rated Report.

All of the "best" jobs saw an increase in the midlevel pay for that job compared to last year, while salaries for "worst" jobs were mostly flat compared to 2011.

Is your job on the best — or *gasp!* worst — list?

Click ahead to find out. Here are the 10 Best Jobs for 2012and the 10 Worst Jobs for 2012.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs:

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