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Best and Worst Jobs of 2012: Most Stressful Careers

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- is out with its list of best and worst jobs of 2012. It’s bad news for journalists, but much brighter for the folks who program the code that keeps this website humming.

Using a methodology that looked at physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook, career website ranked the top 200 jobs. They also ranked the jobs with the most stress.  Not surprisingly, none of the most stressful jobs show up on the best jobs list.

At the top is software engineer and at the bottom is the lumberjack.  Felling trees failed to skate above the bottom 10 percent in all ranking categories, excluding income.  "Unemployment for lumberjacks is very high, and the demand for their services is expected to continue to fall through 2016. And while working outside all day may seem like a great job perk, being a lumberjack not only is considered the worst job, but also one of the world’s most dangerous,” according to

And, for that most dangerous job, expect to earn a little more than $32,000 a year. That’s about $56,000 less than the cushy job of  a software engineer, which has the average salary at $88,000 a year, according to Careercast.

Here’s a complete look at the best and worst jobs. And, take a look at the most stressful jobs. You may be surprised.

Best Jobs

  • Software Engineer
  • Actuary
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Financial Planner
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Online Advertising Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Mathematician

Worst Jobs

  • Lumberjack
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Enlisted Military Soldier
  • Oil Rig Worker
  • Reporter (Newspaper)
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Meter Reader
  • Dishwasher
  • Butcher
  • Broadcaster

Most Stressful Jobs

  • Enlisted Soldier
  • Firefighter
  • Airline Pilot
  • Military General
  • Police Officer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Public Relations Executive
  • Corporate Executive (Senior)
  • Photojournalist
  • Taxi Driver

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