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What It Is: An annual analysis of the best and worst jobs in the market.

Why It Matters To You: This report aims to provide a general snapshot of 200 careers every year, using the following key criteria: income, growth outlook, work environment and stress. 

Considerations:  Most data for this ranking is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. Previous rankings are not easily accessible, but there is a searchable archive.

Created By: CareerCast

Key Sample Findings

  • 2017 Ranking: Careers in mathematics rank highly, while careers in traditional media are facing a difficult job market.
  • The Best Jobs of 2017: STEM is king, with jobs in mathematics, healthcare, and computers dominating.
  • The Worst Jobs of 2017: Reporters and broadcasters head the list, while careers high in stress and danger round out the list.


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  • Methodology: Take a closer look at the methodology behind the rankings.