March 12, 2014 | Fresh Futures News American researchers have found that a statistician who calculates premiums for the insurance world was rated as someone with the “best job”.The actuary profession came out on top of dozens of jobs, which were ranked by “physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook”.

Today’s survey concluded that being a biomedical engineer was next best, followed by software engineer – the top job in the same survey last year – audiologist and financial planner. Other top careers include being a dental hygienist, an occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist while being a computer systems analyst rounds out the top 10.

At the other end of the spectrum are newspaper reporters, who have been found to have the worst jobs out of the list of 200 professions, having plunged four places from last year’s survey.Just above them were lumberjacks – one of the most dangerous professions – “enlisted military personnel”, actors and being an “oil rig worker” rounded out the five worst jobs to be employed in.

According to the survey by CareerCast.com, a US-based jobs website, actuaries – people who put a financial value on risk and determine the chances of accidents, sickness and death – were booming for a number of reasons.Experts explained that reasons included people looking for someone to understand rapid changes in American laws and to help them interpret “natural and man-made” risks.

Improved technology also meant more complex tasks could be tackled, according to the survey, which was first created in 1988.Tony Lee, the website’s publisher, told the Wall Street Journal, that duo the “severe shortage” of people in the profession, wages was rapidly rising.According to survey, the average salary for actuaries is $US91,211 (almost £60,000).

Mr Lee said that several of the popular professions helped people with their financial and health needs in an ageing population such as audiologists, financial planners and physical therapists.Speaking about newspaper journalists, Mr Lee said: “It’s been low for a while. What probably pushed it to the bottom is that several things got worse.

“Job prospects decreased, the average salary continued to fall, and work hours continued to rise. Those factors also make the job more stressful.”According to figures from the American Labor Department, the average salary for a newspaper reporter in 2010 was $36,000 (about £23,000). The survey used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies to determine the rankings.  

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