What are the top five best careers to get into?

What are the top five best careers to get into?

April 17th, 2012 in Business Around the Region

In this Jan. 18, 2012 photo, job seekers line up to attend a Career Fair event in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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The best jobs, according to CareerCast, a career website owned by Adicio Inc., that ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

1 Software Engineer: Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific and industrial purposes. Average income: $88,142.

2 Actuary: Interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, death and loss of property from theft and natural disasters. Average income: $88,202

3 Human resources manager: Plans, directs and/or coordinates all human resource activities and staff of an organization. Average income: $99,102.

4 Dental hygienist: Assists dentists in diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of a group or private dental practice. Average income: $68,109

5 Financial planner: Related to careers in portfolio management, the financial planner offers a broad range of services aimed at assisting individuals in managing and planning their financial future. Average income: $104,600.

Source: CareerCast, based primarily from data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies