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The 10 Best (and Worst) Rated Jobs

The 10 Best (and Worst) Rated Jobs
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If you plan on looking for a job in 2017, you would be best served by brushing up on your math skills.

A new report from the job search site CareerCast revealed that many of this year's highest-rated jobs are those that require workers to be good with numbers. That includes this year's top job: statistician.

Statistician heads up this year's rankings of the best jobs because the skill set needed for this position can be used to break down and analyze large quantities of data that a variety of industries can use.

In addition to statistician, mathematician, data scientist and operations research analyst, other occupations that require math skills are among this year's 10 highest-rated jobs. [Looking for a job with flexibility? Here are the 20 best

"The demand for workers with math skills spans a variety of professions and industries, including marketing, banking, government, sports, retail, and healthcare," said Kyle Kensing, online content editor for CareerCast, in a statement. "Those with math and analytic skills are highly prized for their ability to develop solutions that uncover hidden solutions to business challenges."

To determine the 200 best and worst jobs, CareerCast analyzed each job's environment (emotional, physical and hours worked), income (growth potential and salary) and outlook (employment growth, income growth potential and unemployment), along with 11 stress factors, to determine which professions are among the most and least desirable.

Based on the research, here are the 10 best jobs this year and their annual median salaries and growth outlook through 2024:

  1. Statistician
  • Annual median salary: $80,110
  • Growth outlook: 34 percent
  1. Medical services manager
  • Annual median salary: $94,500
  • Growth outlook: 17 percent
  1. Operations research analyst
  • Annual median salary: $78,630
  • Growth outlook: 30 percent
  1. Information security analyst
  • Annual median salary: $90,120
  • Growth outlook: 18 percent
  1. Data scientist
  • Annual median salary: $111,267
  • Growth outlook: 16 percent
  1. University professor (tenured)
  • Annual median salary: $72,470
  • Growth outlook: 13 percent
  1. Mathematician
  • Annual median salary: $111,100
  • Growth outlook: 21 percent
  1. Software engineer
  • Annual median salary: $100,690
  • Growth outlook: 17 percent
  1. Occupational therapist
  • Annual median salary: $80,150
  • Growth outlook: 27 percent
  1. Speech pathologist
  • Annual median salary: $73,410
  • Growth outlook: 21 percent

On the other side of the spectrum, jobs in the media continue to be among the worst occupations. For the third year in a row, newspaper reporter was rated as the worst job. Additionally, broadcaster, second this year, has been in the bottom five since 2015.

CareerCast researchers said these professions have taken on heightened importance and increased scrutiny. This is especially true of journalists covering politics in today's current climate.

"Both of these industries have felt the years-long squeeze of diminishing job prospects, due to declining advertising revenue that has impacted the newspaper, radio and television industries," said Kensing.

Here are this year's 10 worst jobs, according to CareerCast:

  1. Newspaper reporter
  • Annual median salary: $36,360
  • Growth outlook: minus 9 percent
  1. Broadcaster
  • Annual median salary: $37,720
  • Growth outlook: minus 13 percent
  1. Logger
  • Annual median salary: $36,210
  • Growth outlook: 4 percent
  1. Enlisted military personnel
  • Annual median salary: $27,936
  • Growth outlook: N/A
  1. Pest control worker
  • Annual median salary: $32,162
  • Growth outlook: minus 1 percent
  1. Disc jockey
  • Annual median salary: $30,080
  • Growth outlook: minus 11 percent
  1. Advertising salesperson
  • Annual median salary: $48,490
  • Growth outlook: minus 3 percent
  1. Firefighter
  • Annual median salary: $46,870
  • Growth outlook: 5 percent
  1. Retail salesperson
  • Annual median salary: $22,040
  • Growth outlook: 7 percent
  1. Taxi driver
  • Annual median salary: $23,510
  • Growth outlook: 13 percent

The complete list of the 200 best and worst jobs and the full methodology can be found on the CareerCast website.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.