Selected list of best and worst jobs

May 12, 2002

The five best and worst jobs ranked in various categories, according to the Jobs Rated Almanac by Les Krantz (Barricade Books, 333 pages, $14.95):

Best overall job:

No. 1: Biologist

No. 2: Actuary

No. 3: Financial planner

No. 4: Computer systems analyst

No. 5: Accountant

Worst overall job:

No. 246: Seaman

No. 247: Ironworker

No. 248: Cowboy

No. 249: Fisherman

No. 250: Lumberjack

Best working environment:

No. 1: Statistician

No. 2: Mathematician

No. 3: Computer systems analyst

No. 4: Hospital administrator

No. 5: Historian

Worst working environment:

No. 246: Taxi driver

No. 247: NFL player

No. 248: Race car driver

No. 249: Firefighter

No. 250: President of the United States of America

Best income:

No. 1: NBA player ($4,637,825)

No. 2: Major League Baseball player ($1,954,400)

No. 3: NFL player ($1,836,460)

No. 4: Race car driver ($508,569)

No. 5: President of the United States ($400,000)

Worst income:

No. 246 (tie): Child care worker ($17,077)

No. 246 (tie): Maid ($17,077)

No. 248: Waiter/ Waitress ($16,083)

No. 249: Catholic priest ($16,079)

No. 250: Dishwasher ($16,046)

Least stress:

No. 1: Musical instrument repairer

No. 2 Florist

No. 3: Medical records technician

No. 4: Actuary

No. 5: Forklift operator

Most stress:

No. 246: Taxi driver

No. 247: Race car driver

No. 248: Senior corporate executive

No. 249: Firefighter

No. 250: President of the United States

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