Nine out of 10 of the best jobs fell into the STEM career category (science, technology, engineering and math), with the "numbers guys," in particular, locking in 3 of the top 4 spots.
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.)
"When you look across a range of criteria — not just salary and hiring outlook but also the work environment, physical factors and stress — [STEM] jobs are the best," Lee said.
The list has a very practical application for teachers, who use it to launch a discussion with their students about careers.
Hmm. That's a great point. You never hear a kid say he wants to be an actuary when he grows up, do you?!
Hey, someone had to get that conversation started!
Click ahead for the 10 best jobs for 2014.
—By CNBC's Cindy Perman
23 April 2014