New Research Ranks Best, Worst and Most Stressful Jobs

by HR Team on April 12, 2012

Top 10 worst jobsWhen you think of the best, worst and most stressful jobs available, what immediately pops into your mind? Wonder no more, because new research from has unveiled the top 10 jobs in each category — and you just might be surprised by which positions made the list.

In order to establish the rankings, examined a number of factors, including physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook, according to ABC News. Not surprisingly? You won’t find any overlap between the best and most stressful jobs. Without further ado, here are the results.

Best Jobs

  1. Software engineer
  2. Actuary
  3. Human resources manager
  4. Dental hygienist
  5. Financial planner
  6. Audiologist
  7. Occupational therapist
  8. Online advertising manager
  9. Computer systems analyst
  10. Mathematician

Worst Jobs

  1. Lumberjack
  2. Dairy farmer
  3. Enlisted military soldier
  4. Oil rig worker
  5. Reporter (newspaper)
  6. Waiter/waitress
  7. Meter reader
  8. Dishwasher
  9. Butcher
  10. Broadcaster

Most Stressful Jobs

  1. Enlisted soldier
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline pilot
  4. Military general
  5. Police officer
  6. Event coordinator
  7. Public relations executive
  8. Corporate executive (senior)
  9. Photojournalist
  10. 10. Taxi driver

We were surprised to see reporter and broadcaster make the list of worst jobs — but then again, the media industry is going through a lot of changes, and layoffs continue to be widespread. As for lumberjacks, they’ve got two major factors working against them.

“Unemployment for lumberjacks is very high, and the demand for their services is expected to fall through 2016,” according to “And while working outside all day may seem like a great job perk, being a lumberjack not only is considered the worst job, but also one of the world’s most dangerous.”

Perhaps lumberjacks are somewhat compensated for their high-risk careers with a hefty salary? Think again. On average, lumberjacks earn just over $32,000 a year.

Were you surprised by any jobs that did — or didn’t — make the list?

Image by benfulton via Creative Commons

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