Carrier Cast ranks 10 best and worst jobs for 2014 - KOTA Territory News

Carrier Cast ranks 10 best and worst jobs for 2014

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CareerCast is out with their annual ranking of the 10 best and 10 worst jobs for 2014, and let's just say that math and science guys everywhere are about to high-five. Nine out of 10 of the best jobs fell into the STEM career category (science, technology, engineering and math), with the "numbers guys," in particular, locking in three of the top four spots.

"This absolutely verifies the importance of STEM careers," said Tony Lee, publisher of and CareerCast looks at 200 of the most populated jobs and then ranks them on a variety of criteria that fall into four key categories: environment, income, outlook and stress. (Stress alone has 11 different factors, from high risk to tough deadlines.)

BEST: Mathematician was named the best job for 2014, followed by tenured university professor and statistician.

WORST: Lumberjack earned the distinction of being the worst job, followed by newspaper reporter and enlisted military personnel.

We hit the streets to see what locals think are the best and worst jobs in KOTA Territroy. The Silver Linning Creamery in Rapid City got a good recommendation from a happy customer.

"I actually bought ice cream from the Silver Lining Creamery, right over here on Main Street Square, and this is clearly the best job in America," said Dennis Halterman, salon owner.

 Another person said she watched someone get yelled at by customer about ten minutes before the interview.

"I think the worst job would be something in the service industry, anywhere where you're going to get yelled at by a customer that's in a bad mood. In my job I don't ever get yelled at," said Andrea Schaefer, dance teacher.

Ranching made our local list of best jobs.

"You're raising animals, you're seeing the new calves in the spring, and you work hard all day; and at the end of the day you can see what you've accomplished," said Peter Ottoson, computer programmer.

You can see Carrier Cast's full list at

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