"Actuary" is Rated One of the Best Jobs in America

"Actuary" was recently included as one of the Best Careers of 2007 in US News and World Report. The job "actuary" has also been rated the second best job in the United States by the Jobs Rated Almanac (Sixth Edition, 2002). The popular reference book lists the actuarial profession above other highly regarded careers such as accountant or attorney. Only "biologist" rated higher. The Jobs Rated Almanac printed five previous editions between 1988 and 2001. In two editions, "actuary" was rated as the best job and in two others, "actuary" was rated second best. "Actuary" has never been rated lower than fourth, a ranking it received in the fifth edition before climbing two spots in the most recent edition.

The editors compiled statistics on 250 occupations, from accountant to zoologist. The occupations are ranked on the basis of six key criteria: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, security, and stress. The data comes from government sources, such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as studies from trade associations and industry groups.

The Ten Best Jobs

1. Biologist

2. Actuary

3. Financial planner

4. Computer-systems analyst

5. Accountant

6. Software engineer

7. Meteorologist

8. Paralegal assistant

9. Statistician

10. Astronomer


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