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The best and worst jobs of 2013

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The best and worst jobs of the year have been released, and it looks like 2013 might not have been the year for HR leaders.

According to, which ranks 200 jobs from best to worst annually, being a human resources manager is the 31st best job to have in 2013.

Not bad, you might think – but when you consider the same job was ranked in third place in 2012, you might think again.

The rankings are provided every year based on five key criteria – physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

Taking out the number one spot in 2013 is being an actuary, followed by biomedical engineer and software engineer. Software engineers have lost their number one spot from 2012.

The worst three jobs were newspaper reporter in last place, followed by lumberjacks and enlisted military personnel.

Below are the rankings of the top 10 best and worst jobs. For the full rankings, please go here.

The 10 best jobs of 2013 (out of 200)

1. Actuary

2. Biomedical engineer

3. Software engineer

4. Audiologist

5. Financial planner

6. Dental hygienist

7. Occupational therapist

8. Optometrist

9. Physical therapist

10. Computer systems analyst

The 10 worst jobs of 2013 (out of 200)

191. Flight attendant

192. Roofer

193. Mail carrier

194. Meter reader

195. Dairy farmer

196. Oil rig worker

197. Actor

198. Enlisted military personnel

199. Lumberjack

200. Reporter (newspaper)

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