Less than two years after an economic crisis sent stock markets reeling and pushed many well-known banks to the brink of collapse, Wall Street employers have managed an improbable comeback.
Comparing jobs across multiple industries, skill levels and salary ranges, the 2010 Jobs Rated report seeks to identify careers that offer the best combination of good health, low stress, a pleasant workplace, solid income and strong growth potential.
Layoffs, bankruptcies and rising unemployment – the past 12 months have been an especially traumatic time to be looking for a new job.
How does Jobs Rated determine which professions rank better than others? Data on each job is broken down into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook.
In compiling lists of the most demanding white- and blue-collar jobs, CareerCast.com researchers examine data on each position's stress level, work hours and physical demands.
Workers in every industry struggle with fatigue and burnout, but if you repeatedly find yourself barely able to get out of bed in the morning, the problem may not just be your sleep schedule or stress-management techniques – it could be that you're stuck in an overly demanding job.
Based on research into 200 different positions, this year's JobsRated.com report concludes that while mathematician earns the coveted title of America's best job, the career squarely at the bottom of our rankings is lumberjack.
Compiling research on 200 different positions, this year's JobsRated.com report ranks mathematician as the country's best job, followed by actuary and statistician – three jobs for which a calculator and solitude are prerequisites.