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What’s the deal with actuaries? Whenever a new list of the best jobs is compiled—like the recent rankings by Career Cast —they are always near the top. What could really be so great about interpreting statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters?

And why have I never actually met an actuary? Are their jobs so exceedingly awesome that they don’t take time to associate with non-actuaries?

Anyway, here are the top twenty jobs:

1. Actuary
2. Software Engineer
3. Computer Systems Analyst
4. Biologist
5. Historian
6. Mathematician
7. Paralegal Assistant
8. Statistician
9. Accountant
10. Dental Hygienist
11. Philosopher
12. Meterologist
13. Technical Writer
14. Bank Officer
15. Web Developer
16. Industrial Engineer
17. Financial Planner
18. Aerospace Engineer
19. Pharmacist
20. Medical Records Technician

And the bottom ten are:

200. Roustabout
199. Lumberjack
198. Ironworker
197. Dairy Farmer
196. Welder
195. Garbage Collector
194. Taxi Driver
193. Construction Worker
192. Meter Reader
191. Mail Carrier

It’s interesting that all of the of the “best” jobs are done indoors while the ones at the bottom of the list require working outdoors.

Where would you rank your occupation?

(Via: Outside the Beltway )

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