There are many factors that determine whether or not you’re enjoying your job. Are you getting paid enough? Are you under a lot of pressure? How does your future in the company look like? How do you perceive your boss and colleagues? Well, CareerCast looked at income, stress, outlook, and environment and compiled the best (and worst) jobs of 2014!
Taking all four factors into consideration, CareerCast determined that mathematician is the best job of the year. You can never go wrong with a good set of arithmetic skills — mathematicians are in huge demand across all industries and sectors of the American economy.
“Mathematicians […] have critical skills related to the success of many businesses, from Wall Street brokerages to energy exploration companies to IT R&D labs to university classrooms,” said CareerCast publisher Tony Lee, according to Business Insider.
Statistical analysis, specifically, is a mathematical expertise that’s most prized, CNBC wrote.
Not to mention mathematicians pocket a sweet median annual pay of $101,360. “Mathematician rose significantly in the rankings thanks to rising hiring demand and higher salaries, which help to boost much of the other criteria we measure,” Lee added.
Falling in second place after mathematicians are university professors — the tenured ones, of course. Compared to all jobs, the environment of tenured university professors was ranked at No. 1; this position is also virtually stress-free. Not only are they guaranteed job security, they get a six-month siesta every seven years.
“Plus, they usually teach about three to four classes per week and have a say in setting their schedule,” CNBC adds. Tenured university professors make a median yearly salary of $68,970.
Coming in at No. 3 are statisticians. “They figure out how many people will buy that new iPad or if that breakfast cereal is selling well due to changing demographics,” Lee said. Statisticians, with a median annual salary of $75,560, analyze the future and discover trends by using experimentation, applied statistics, and other quantitative methods. Like mathematicians, they can work across a variety of industries.
By contrast, lumberjacks have the worst job of all! It’s a dangerous job with a terribly low salary of $24,340. Technological advancements and the slumping construction and newspaper industries are withering away the need for lumberjacks in our future. Taking second and third place are newspaper reporters ($37,090) and enlisted military personnel ($28,840), respectively.
Ultimately, nine of 10 of CareerCast’s top jobs of 2014 are STEM careers — just goes to show you how valued scientific and mathematical skill sets are in America.