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Number-driven positions lead way for best jobs of 2019, study says

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Posted at 12:49 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 15:49:57-04

(KGTV) — From college graduates to those already in the workforce, Americans are always interested in what jobs are considered the best — and worst.

Finding that job that's not only fulfilling, but also provides a good environment, low stress, and promising future is always in demand.

A new analysis from CareerCast.com looked at which jobs are the highest and lowest rated occupations based on environmental factors, income, industry outlook, and stress.

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Leading the list were jobs in the data industry, such as data scientists, statistician, and informational security analyst. And the demand for these STEM professionals is at a constant high, the study says. So if numbers are your thing, you're heading in the right career direction.

"Working with numbers is in great demand in the years to come, evidenced in the impressive growth outlook numbers that help bolster the rankings of jobs like Data Scientist and Statistician," the study said.

Hovering at the bottom of the list were jobs that, while vital to society, operate with a high level of stress, low pay, and poor growth outlook, such as newspaper reporter, taxi driver, and enlisted military personnel.

"While the objective criteria used to determine the Jobs Rated report ranks careers at the bottom, this isn't to discount their value to society," CareerCast added.

Top 10 best jobs of 2019 (from 1 - 10):

  • Data scientist (median salary: $114, 520)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Statistician (median salary: $84,760)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • University professor (median salary: $76,000)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Good
  • Occupational therapist (median salary: $83,200)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Generic counselor (median salary: $77,480)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Medical services manager (median salary: $98,350)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Information security analyst (median salary: $95,510)
    • Work environment: Good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Mathematician (median salary: $84,760)
    • Work environment: Good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Operations research analyst (median salary: $81,390)
    • Work environment: Good
    • Stress: Very low
    • Projected growth: Very good
  • Actuary (median salary: $101,560)
    • Work environment: Very good
    • Stress: Low
    • Projected growth: Very good

Top 10 worst jobs of 2019 (from 1 - 10):

  • Taxi driver (median salary: $25,980)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Logging worker (median salary: $40,650)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Newspaper reporter (median salary: $43,490)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Retail salesperson (median salary: $24,340)
    • Work environment: Poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Enlisted military personnel (median salary: $26,802)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Correctional officer (median salary: $44,400)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Disc Jockey (median salary: $31,900)
    • Work environment: Poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Nuclear decontamination technician (median salary: $42,030)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Good
  • Advertising salesperson (median salary: $51,740)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor
  • Broadcaster (median salary: $62,910)
    • Work environment: Very poor
    • Stress: Very high
    • Projected growth: Very poor

To see the full analysis, click here.