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The job market is showing improvement, but which jobs are the best? CareerCast.com, a job searching and posting website, compiled a list of the best and worst jobs. The list was determined by an examination of data, and the jobs were ranked according to income, outlook, physical demands, work environment and stress. Click here to check out the 50 worst jobs of 2012 Here are other employment articles: • Thousands of positions available for jobless UtahnsUtah's low unemployment numbers hide job deficitWhy unemployment may never drop to 5 percent

50 Medical Records Technician
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Income: $32,152.00

Work Environment: 45.300
Stress: 7.520
Physical Demands: 44.30
Hiring Outlook: 20.52
Overall Score: 720.00

49 Paralegal Assistant
shutterstock.com

Income: $47,159.00

Work Environment: 49.970
Stress: 16.590
Physical Demands: 46.97
Hiring Outlook: 17.89
Overall Score: 718.00

48 Economist
Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Income: 702.00

Work Environment: 50.470
Stress: 17.230
Physical Demands: 46.47
Hiring Outlook: 7.33
Overall Score: 702.00

47 Accountant
shutterstock.com

Income: $62,174.00

Work Environment: 52.130
Stress: 19.740
Physical Demands: 47.13
Hiring Outlook: 15.44
Overall Score: 695.00

46 Respiratory Therapist
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Income: $54,083.00

Work Environment: 63.130
Stress: 19.830
Physical Demands: 51.13
Hiring Outlook: 26.53
Overall Score: 682.00

45 Surgeon
Marsha Halper, Miami Herald

Income: $305,078.00

Work Environment: 90.500
Stress: 28.780
Physical Demands: 63.50
Hiring Outlook: 24.18
Overall Score: 680.00

44 Optician
Anne via Flickr

Income: $33,143.00

Work Environment: 50.300
Stress: 15.430
Physical Demands: 45.30
Hiring Outlook: 29.33
Overall Score: 672.00

43 Astronomer
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Income: $87,216.00

Work Environment: 51.910
Stress: 21.160
Physical Demands: 47.91
Hiring Outlook: 12.16
Overall Score: 669.00

42 Psychiatrist
Drew Leavy via Flickr

Income: $164,250.00

Work Environment: 80.500
Stress: 24.500
Physical Demands: 59.50
Hiring Outlook: 23.10
Overall Score: 667.00

41 Psychologist
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Income: $67,179.00

Work Environment: 61.470
Stress: 28.790
Physical Demands: 47.47
Hiring Outlook: 21.39
Overall Score: 658.00

40 Physician (General Practice)
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Income: $205,029.00

Work Environment: 81.500
Stress: 25.290
Physical Demands: 58.50
Hiring Outlook: 23.69
Overall Score: 653.00

39 Medical Secretary
shutterstock.com

Income: $31,114.00

Work Environment: 48.280
Stress: 15.140
Physical Demands: 44.28
Hiring Outlook: 39.44
Overall Score: 653.00

38 Nurse(Registered)
Scott Winterton, Deseret News

Income: $65,116.00

Work Environment: 65.750
Stress: 30.160
Physical Demands: 47.75
Hiring Outlook: 26.16
Overall Score: 650.00

37 Technical Writer
Greg Turner via Flickr

Income: $63,173.00

Work Environment: 49.250
Stress: 18.730
Physical Demands: 47.25
Hiring Outlook: 15.93
Overall Score: 642.00

36 Vocational Counselor
Photo courtesy of Ernie Nix

Income: $53,169.00

Work Environment: 55.800
Stress: 14.690
Physical Demands: 46.80
Hiring Outlook: 18.69
Overall Score: 638.00

35 Parole Officer
House Committee on Education and the Workforce via Flickr

Income: $47,161.00

Work Environment: 51.340
Stress: 12.610
Physical Demands: 46.34
Hiring Outlook: 19.01
Overall Score: 635.00

34 Computer Programmer
Jeremy Brooks via Flickr

Income: $71,178.00

Work Environment: 50.180
Stress: 11.780
Physical Demands: 47.18
Hiring Outlook: 11.78
Overall Score: 627.00

33 Dentist
sj_sanders via Flickr

Income: $141,144.00

Work Environment: 69.790
Stress: 23.440
Physical Demands: 49.79
Hiring Outlook: 21.14
Overall Score: 582.00

32 Market Research Analyst
Intel Free Press via Flickr

Income: $61,236.00

Work Environment: 64.470
Stress: 32.360
Physical Demands: 46.47
Hiring Outlook: 40.56
Overall Score: 582.00

31 Museum Curator
National Museum of American History via Flickr

Income: $48,207.00

Work Environment: 52.800
Stress: 21.070
Physical Demands: 45.80
Hiring Outlook: 25.87
Overall Score: 580.00

30 Historian
Ron Cogswell via Flickr

Income: $65,241.00

Work Environment: 48.470
Stress: 17.410
Physical Demands: 47.47
Hiring Outlook: 17.81
Overall Score: 578.00

29 Meteorologist
Deseret News file photo

Income: $88,193.00

Work Environment: 48.910
Stress: 14.930
Physical Demands: 46.91
Hiring Outlook: 11.53
Overall Score: 571.00

28 Civil Engineer
USACE public affairs via Flickr

Income: $78,133.00

Work Environment: 52.060
Stress: 22.330
Physical Demands: 49.06
Hiring Outlook: 18.73
Overall Score: 570.00

27 Biologist
USFWS/Southest via Flickr

Income: $73,285.00

Work Environment: 51.910
Stress: 15.850
Physical Demands: 46.91
Hiring Outlook: 15.85
Overall Score: 564.00

26 Physician Assistant
MC4 Army via Flickr

Income: $86,107.00

Work Environment: 72.800
Stress: 32.070
Physical Demands: 46.80
Hiring Outlook: 29.57
Overall Score: 561.00

25 Physicist
Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flickr

Income: $106,246.00

Work Environment: 50.910
Stress: 16.830
Physical Demands: 47.91
Hiring Outlook: 14.03
Overall Score: 558.00

24 Podiatrist
ClintJCL via Flickr

Income: $118,246.00

Work Environment: 64.940
Stress: 16.460
Physical Demands: 53.94
Hiring Outlook: 21.46
Overall Score: 541.00

23 Orthodontist
Wonderlane via Flickr

Income: $117,126.00

Work Environment: 65.790
Stress: 23.260
Physical Demands: 48.79
Hiring Outlook: 21.36
Overall Score: 537.00

22 Geologist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District via Flickr

Income: $88,260.00

Work Environment: 53.910
Stress: 23.660
Physical Demands: 50.91
Hiring Outlook: 22.86
Overall Score: 534.00

21 Veterinarian
Priority Pet Hospital via Flickr

Income: $82,190.00

Work Environment: 67.940
Stress: 15.900
Physical Demands: 56.94
Hiring Outlook: 36.80
Overall Score: 534.00

20 Sociologist
Todd Berman via Flickr

Income: $72,195.00

Work Environment: 52.470
Stress: 18.950
Physical Demands: 47.47
Hiring Outlook: 19.05
Overall Score: 532.00

19 Chiropractor
doctorwonder via Flickr

Income: $57,350.00

Work Environment: 60.940
Stress: 13.500
Physical Demands: 53.94
Hiring Outlook: 30.80
Overall Score: 518.00

18 Statistician
SSC Liaison via Flickr

Income: $73,205.00

Work Environment: 44.760
Stress: 14.050
Physical Demands: 44.76
Hiring Outlook: 15.15
Overall Score: 517.00

17 Dietitian
heacphotos via Flickr

Income: $53,127.00

Work Environment: 49.800
Stress: 19.480
Physical Demands: 49.06
Hiring Outlook: 17.48
Overall Score: 506.00

16 Petroleum Engineer
verifex via Flickr

Income: $114,148.00

Work Environment: 52.060
Stress: 19.480
Physical Demands: 49.06
Hiring Outlook: 17.48
Overall Score: 506.00

15 Web Developer
Danny Ayers via Flickr

Income: $76,179.00

Work Environment: 51.000
Stress: 22.790
Physical Demands: 48.00
Hiring Outlook: 21.49
Overall Score: 484.00

14 Pharmacist
Michelle Ress via Flickr

Income: $76,100.00

Work Environment: 59.130
Stress: 14.000
Physical Demands: 53.13
Hiring Outlook: 39.00
Overall Score: 438.00

13 Physical Therapist
Official U.S. Navy Imagery via Flickr

Income: $76,100.00

Work Environment: 59.130
Stress: 16.520
Physical Demands: 52.94
Hiring Outlook: 33.62
Overall Score: 421.00

12 Optometrist
Svein Halvor Halvorsen via Flickr

Income: $95,152.00

Work Environment: 59.940
Stress: 16.520
Physical Demands: 52.94
Hiring Outlook: 33.62
Overall Score: 421.00

11 Speech Pathologist
Ranken Jordan via Flickr

Income: $67,142.00

Work Environment: 53.130
Stress: 12.420
Physical Demands: 47.13
Hiring Outlook: 23.82
Overall Score: 397.00

10 Mathematician
Tim Geers via Flickr

Income: $99,191.00

Work Environment: 46.860
Stress: 12.910
Physical Demands: 45.86
Hiring Outlook: 16.61
Overall Score: 392.00

9 Computer Systems Analyst
Bart via Flickr

Income: $78,148.00

Work Environment: 47.390
Stress: 16.480
Physical Demands: 47.39
Hiring Outlook: 22.58
Overall Score: 370.00

8 Online Advertising Manager
CPX Interactive via Flickr

Income: $87,255.00

Work Environment: 54.000
Stress: 21.550
Physical Demands: 42.00
Hiring Outlook: 25.55
Overall Score: 343.00

7 Occupational Therapist
easystand via Flickr

Income: $72,110.00

Work Environment: 54.130
Stress: 13.100
Physical Demands: 48.13
Hiring Outlook: 33.60
Overall Score: 318.00

6 Audiologist
Fort Rucker via Flickr

Income: $67,137.00

Work Environment: 53.130
Stress: 9.370
Physical Demands: 47.13
Hiring Outlook: 37.17
Overall Score: 311.00

5 Financial Planner
The Labour Party via Flickr

Income: $104,161.00

Work Environment: 50.000
Stress: 18.610
Physical Demands: 46.00
Hiring Outlook: 22.81
Overall Score: 300.00

4 Dental Hygienist
U.S. Pacific Fleet via Flickr

Income: $68,109.00

Work Environment: 54.550
Stress: 12.090
Physical Demands: 42.55
Hiring Outlook: 35.79
Overall Score: 289.00

3 Human Resources Manager
City of Olathe, KS via Flickr

Income: $99,102.00

Work Environment: 44.00
Stress: 14.020
Physical Demands: 41.00
Hiring Outlook: 19.52
Overall Score: 281.00

2 Actuary
Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

Income: $88,202.00

Work Environment: 44.860
Stress: 16.020
Physical Demands: 45.86
Hiring Outlook: 27.72
Overall Score: 226.00

1 Software Engineer
Jeffrey Allred, Deseret News

Income: $88,142.00

Work Environment: 41.000
Stress: 10.420
Physical Demands: 40.00
Hiring Outlook: 25.02
Overall Score: 176.00

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