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We all have days where we come home, slam the door, and tell ourselves, “Mine is the worst job in the whole world.” But is your gig really the most awful means of employment out there? The folks at CareerCast.com recently published their annual list of the 10 worst jobs in America, and as is the case most years, top honors — if you can use that word — went to positions that involve dangerous conditions, lots of stress, and low pay. The No. 1 entry on the list is lumberjack, so if you’re able to make it through the workweek without climbing a tree or manning a saw, take heart: Things could be worse.

Along with the list of the worst jobs, CareerCast.com has ranked the 10 best jobs. The list includes a handful of positions that weren’t in the top 10 last year, CNBC reports, and that’s because the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has updated its data and shared projections through 2012. Both lists take into account for criteria: environment, outlook, income, and stress. That last one is measured via 11 different factors, so it’s obviously (and rightfully) a key consideration.

Scroll down to read the lists of the best and worst jobs in the country, and if you’re thinking of a career change, ask yourself whether you might have the skills needed to land something in the top 10.

The 10 Best Jobs in America

1. Mathematician

2. Tenured Professor

3. Statistician

4. Actuary

5. Audiologist

6. Dental Hygienist

7. Software Engineer

8. Computer Systems Analyst

9. Occupational Therapist

10. Speech Pathologist

The 10 Worst Jobs in America

1. Lumberjack

2. Newspaper Reporter

3. Enlisted Military Service Personnel4.

4. Taxi Driver

5. Broadcaster

6. Head Cook

7. Flight Attendant

8. Garbage Collector

9. Firefighter

10. Corrections Officer


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