The Best Jobs for 2011

1. Software Engineer:

Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific and industrial purposes.

Overall Score: 60

Work Environment: 150

Physical Demands: 5

Stress: 10.4

Median Income: $87,140

Hiring Outlook: 27.4

2. Mathematician:

Applies mathematical theories and formulas to teach or solve problems in a business, educational or industrial environment.

Overall Score: 73

Work Environment: 89.72

Physical Demands: 3.97

Stress: 12.78

Median Income: $94,178

Hiring Outlook: 19.78

3. Actuary:

Interprets statistics to determine the probabilities of accidents, sickness, death and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.

Overall Score: 123

Work Environment: 179.44

Physical Demands: 3.97

Stress: 16.04

Median Income: $87,204

Hiring Outlook: 17.04

4. Statistician:

Tabulates, analyzes and interprets the numeric results of experiments and surveys.

Overall Score: 129

Work Environment: 89.52

Physical Demands: 3.95

Stress: 14.08

Median Income: $73,208

Hiring Outlook: 11.08

5. Computer Systems Analyst:

Plans and develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.

Overall Score: 147

Work Environment: 90.78

Physical Demands: 5.08

Stress: 16.53

Median Income: $77,153

Hiring Outlook: 15.53



The Worst Jobs for 2011

1. Roustabout:

Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both onshore and off.

Overall Score: 892

Work Environment: 892

Physical Demands: 36.89

Stress: 26.43

Median Income: $32,143

Hiring Outlook: -19.57

2. Ironworker:

Raises the steel framework of buildings, bridges and other structures.

Overall Score: 887

Work Environment: 1,593.72

Physical Demands: 36.85

Stress: 31.270

Median Income: $34,127

Hiring Outlook: -12.73

3. Lumberjack:

Fells, cuts and transports timber to be processed into lumber, paper and other wood products.

Overall Score: 868

Work Environment: 1817.53

Physical Demands: 38.87

Stress: 40.09

Median Income: $32,109

Hiring Outlook: 0.09

4. Roofer:

Installs roofs on new buildings, performs repairs on old roofs and re-roofs old buildings.

Overall Score: 863

Work Environment: 1,481.2

Physical Demands: 33.46

Stress: 30.68

Median Income: $34,168

Hiring Outlook: -9.32

5. Taxi Driver:

Operates a taxicab over the streets and roads of a municipality, picking up and dropping off passengers upon request.

Overall Score: 821

Work Environment: 2,317.21

Physical Demands: 14.46

Stress: 46.27

Median Income: $21,127

Hiring Outlook: 5.27