CareerCast.com recently evaluated thousands of jobs and compiled a list of the top 10 best and top 10 worst jobs of 2013.
Jobs were reviewed on a wide range of aspects and categorized into four "core criteria": environment, income, outlook, and stress.
The information used to evaluate each job was collected from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), other governmental agencies, trade associations and private survey firms.
Here are the best and worst jobs of 2013.
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BLS National Salary Median: $87,650
Projected Job Growth: 27%
Jobs Rated Score: 123 (the lower the better)
An actuary is someone who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums. People skilled in mathematics and statistics may find this to be a rewarding career path. In order to become an actuary, a person must pass a series of exams.
BLS National Salary Median: $81,540
Projected Job Growth: 62%
Jobs Rated Score: 133
Biomedical engineers work closely with physicians, researchers, manufacturers, and sales associates. Other engineering disciplines are generally more specialized, which allows biomedical engineers to have more of a range of opportunities.
BLS National Salary Median: $90,530
Projected Job Growth: 30%
Jobs Rated Score: 136
The field of computer technology is constantly changing. The latest trend in the field is cloud computing, and companies are in need of software engineers who are able to meet current technological demands.
BLS National Salary Median: $66,660
Projected Job Growth: 37%
Jobs Rated Score: 140
Audiologists help patients address hearing and balance problems. Due to the aging Baby Boom generation, audiologists are expected to be in demand in the coming years. As technology for hearing is developed, audiologists will have more opportunities.
BLS National Salary Median: $64,750
Projected Job Growth: 32%
Jobs Rated Score: 159
Financial planners have a variety of responsibilities, including addressing tax and insurance concerns and budgeting for old age and living expenses. As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age, financial planners will likely see an increase in career opportunities.
BLS National Salary Median: $68,250
Projected Job Growth: 38%
Jobs Rated Score: 161
Opportunities in the dental field are expanding with technology, and expected to grow considerably by 2020. Skilled hygienists are expected to have a very competitive pay rate and flexible schedule.
BLS National Salary Median: $72,320
Projected Job Growth: 33%
Jobs Rated Score: 166
Occupational therapists work with the injured or ill to speed rehabilitation. Their focus is on improving the daily lives of their patients, so there is a demand for their skills, especially within the aging population.
BLS National Salary Median: $94,990
Projected Job Growth: 33%
Jobs Rated Score: 190
Because sight deteriorates due to age and strain, the work of an optometrist is especially beneficial as the U.S. population ages thanks to the Baby Boomers.
BLS National Salary Median: $76,310
Projected Job Growth: 39%
Jobs Rated Score: 199
Physical therapists provide rehabilitative guidance to patients overcoming a variety of ailments. They focus on improving their patients' ability to function, thus improving the quality of their lives. Physical therapists also look beyond physical movement to the psychological, emotional, and social well being of their patients.
BLS National Salary Median: $77,740
Projected Job Growth: 22%
Jobs Rated Score: 212
Network administration is expected to grow over the coming years as businesses move from hard copy files into digital forms of organization and storage. Computer systems analysts will be needed to assist companies in this transition and to maintain the network within a company.
BLS National Salary Median: $36,000
Projected Job Growth: -6%
Jobs Rated Score: 1120
As more news platforms turn to digital media, print newspapers are expected to decline even further by 2020.
BLS National Salary Median: $32,870
Projected Job Growth: 4%
Jobs Rated Score: 1117
The inherent danger of working with heavy machinery in remote locations, coupled with low pay and poor job prospects, ranks lumberjack as one of the worst jobs of 2013.
BLS National Salary Median: $41,998 (E-7, 8+ years experience)
Projected Job Growth: Varies
Jobs Rated Score: 1009
Men and women in the Armed Forces are routinely placed in dangerous situations. Enlisted military personnel was also ranked as the most stressful job in 2013.
BLS National Salary Median: $17.44/hour
Projected Job Growth: 4%
Jobs Rated Score: 995
Competition is fierce in the acting career path, and it is often difficult to earn a full-time wage as an actor. The BLS estimates that just 66,500 people work in the acting field full-time, although the Screen Actors Guilde-American Federation of Trad and Radio Artists [SAG-AFTRA] has membership in excess of 160,000.
BLS National Salary Median: $37,640
Projected Job Growth: 8%
Jobs Rated Score: 979
Working on an oil rig is risky and requires long hours at sea or in fields far from major cities. Sustainable energy technology will pose a threat to the oil rig worker's job market. Solar panel installation, for example, skyrocketed by 76% in 2012.
BLS National Salary Median: $60,750
Projected Job Growth: -8%
Jobs Rated Score: 976
Although dairy farmers provide a necessary service to food consumers, it is challenging work. Larger farms with streamlined production force smaller farms out of business, which results in an anticipated 8% decline in the profession by 2020.
Those in this profession have to care for anywhere from dozens to thousands of animals, which can make the environment unpleasant and possibly dangerous.
BLS National Salary Median: $36,400
Projected Job Growth: -10%
Jobs Rated Score: 975
Due to the advancements in remote meter reading, this career is one of the fastest to decline.
BLS National Salary Median: $53,090
Projected Job Growth: -26%
Jobs Rated Score: 972
Technology is making a large portion of the mail carrier's job obsolete. With the development of e-mail, online greeting cards, and cloud networking, many things that were once sent in the mail are now done electronically.
BLS National Salary Median: $34,220
Projected Job Growth: 18%
Jobs Rated Score: 971
As the economy takes a positive turn, the construction market will improve, creating more job prospects in the coming years. However, working long hours outside in possibly extreme heat or cold can be challenging, and pay is often low.
BLS National Salary Median: $37,740
Projected Job Growth: 0%
Jobs Rated Score: 970
The BLS projects virtually no change in job prospects for flight attendants in the coming years, as airlines continue to consolidate and reduce staff. The job can be high stress and low pay, which makes it ones of the worst jobs of 2013.