If you want to land one of the best jobs of the year, you may need to brush up on your math skills.
The top jobs of 2014 include mathematician, statistician and actuary, according to the 26th annual Jobs Rated report released by CareerCast.com. Researchers used information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on factors including stress, work environment, hiring outlook and salary.
“There’s a huge, huge range of opportunities for mathematicians,” mathematician Jessika Sobanski said in a statement. “Some can go the education route, but there's much more.”
Professions in the health care and technology fields also did well, with audiologist, dental hygenist and software engineer ranked in the top 10 best jobs. Researchers attributed the growing demand for health care professionals to the institution of the Affordable Care Act and an aging baby boom generation.
Jobs ranked at the bottom of the list had dim hiring prospects and then low salaries combined with high levels of stress for people who do find employment, researchers said.
The report deemed lumberjack as the worst job of the year because of a dangerous work environment and minimal growth potential for employees. It was followed by newspaper reporter, which has a projected job growth of -13 percent by 2022 due to the closure and consolidation of existing publications, according to the report.
However, researchers said many of the jobs in the bottom 10 are essential to society. Firefighter, corrections officer and garbage collector were all included in the team's list of the worst jobs of the year.
The complete list of rankings can be found online.
Best Jobs of 2014
- Mathematician: $101,360 median annual salary, 23 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Tenured university professor: $68,000 median annual salary, 19 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Statistician: $75,560 median annual salary, 27 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Actuary: $93,680 median annual salary, 26 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Audiologist: $69,720 median annual salary, 24 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Dental hygenist: $70,210 median annual salary, 33 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Software engineer: $93,350 median annual salary, 22 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Computer systems analyst: $79,680 median annual salary, 25 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Occupational therapist: $75,400 median annual salary, 29 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Speech pathologist: $69,870 median annual salary, 19 percent projected job growth by 2022
Worst Jobs of 2014
- Lumberjack: $24,340 median annual salary, 4 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Newspaper reporter: $37,090 median annual salary, -13 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Enlisted military personnel: $28,840 median annual salary, job growth not available
- Taxi driver: $22,820 median annual salary, 16 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Broadcaster: $55,380 median annual salary, -13 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Head cook: $42,480 median annual salary, 5 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Flight attendant: $37,240 median annual salary, -7 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Garbage collector: $22,970 median annual salary, 10 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Firefighter: $45,250 median annual salary, 7 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Corrections officer: $38,970 median annual salary, 5 percent projected job growth by 2022
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier
- Three elements of a strong timeshare exit guarantee
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them