What makes a "good" job? Salary? Physical demands? Stress level? As it turns out, numerous factors enter the good job/bad job equation. JobsRated.com has released a comprehensive ranking of the best and worst careers in the country. So, what are the 10 best jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out. (Salary data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
By Paul Toscano
Posted 7 Jan 2009
Accountants analyze financial information for various entities and usually work a standard 40-hour week, but many work longer hours, particularly during year-end auditing or tax seasons. Median salary: $54,630.
Industrial designers combine the fields of art, business and engineering to design the products people use every day. In fact, these designers are responsible for the style, function, quality and safety of almost every manufactured good. Median salary: $54,560.
Sociologists study society and behavior, analyzing how social influences affect different individuals and how organizations and institutions affect the daily lives of individuals and groups. Median income: Above $60,000.
Historians usually specialize in a certain area, analyzing historic information and building knowledge based upon their work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes historians as specializing in a country or region, period or field, who may also do work outside the office or classroom setting. Median annual salary: $48,520.
Computer systems analysts help organizations use technology effectively and incorporate rapidly changing technologies into existing systems. Median income: $69,760.
Software engineers are one of the occupations projected to grow the fastest between 2006-2016, according to the BLS. This profession applies computer science and mathematical analysis to design, develop, test and evaluate software and systems. Median Salary: $79,780
Biological scientists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. Median salary: $76,320.
A statistician works with statistical analysis and problem solving in both the public and private sectors. Median Salary: $65,720
An actuary deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty, determining the likelihood of events and how companies can build strategies to avoid negative impact on the bottom line. Median salary: $82,800.
That's right, the calculator-wielding, number-crunching job at the top of the list is a mathematician. This job is more than carrying around a textbook and drawing sine curves; mathematicians solve problems for business and work on numerous other global issues. Median salary: About $100,000.
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