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The Best Jobs for 2013


[Editor’s note: The following is a cross post by Cindy Perman that originally appeared on]:

When the going got tough in the job market in the past few years, many employees were forced to just stick it out no matter how frustrated they were about their pay or workload. Well, let's just say all that hunkering down has left many employees with cabin fever.

"Look for a new job" was one of the top new year's resolutions of 2013, with one in three employees (33 percent) telling that they were looking to jump ship this year.

Before you go blasting out the resume, you might want to take a look at the jobs landscape.

CareerCast is out with their annual list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs of 2013. They took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

So, what are the best jobs?

"Overall, what you see is most of the jobs break up into two categories — high tech and health care," said Tony Lee, publisher of "A lot of the health care, and even some of the non-health care, tie in … to the aging population. Almost every one of these jobs with a couple exceptions are benefiting from aging baby boomers."

Click ahead for the 10 Best Jobs for 2013, the midlevel income and whether the job moved up or down from last year's list.

10. Computer Systems Analyst

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Salary: $77,740

Change From 2012: Down 1

A computer-systems analyst reviews system use at the company — do they have the right equipment and bandwidth for their users? They are monitoring systems and usage and then make recommendations.

This job always tends to rank high, Lee said,because companies will always have demand for computer-systems analysis with the ever-changing needs of their organization and ever-changing technology.

9. Physical Therapist

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Salary: $76,310

Change From 2012: Up 3

Physical therapists help patients recover from a variety of ailments, with a focus on improving their quality of life. It's physical movement, psychological and emotional well-being. Patients include everyone from a victim of a car accident to an elderly person struggling with mobility issues.

"With the elderly population, there's great demand" for physical therapists, Lee said. "A lot of folks suffer from mobility issues — be it hip replacement, knee replacement, etc."

This job scores high because it has a good hiring outlook and low stress.

8. Optometrist

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Salary: $94,990

Change From 2012: Up 4

Optometrists are eye doctors, managing everything to do with sight and eye care.

This job scores high because they have a good work environment, there's a lot of demand given the aging population, the job growth is good and the median salary is high.

7. Occupational Therapist

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Salary: $72,320

Change From 2012: No Change

Occupational therapists are different from physical therapists in that they are focused on helping a patient recover to a point where he or she can get back to their job. This can be anything from an office worker suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to a construction worker who had a brick fall on them.

This job scores high because it's low stress, the hiring outlook is good and the median salary is high.

6. Dental Hygienist

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Salary: $68,250

Change From 2012: Down 2

Dental hygienists are the employees who help the dentist with everything from exams to cleanings.

You might think it's gross to put your fingers in someone else's mouth, but if you talk to them, Lee said, they love their jobs. They get to talk to people every day, have flexible schedules and make good money.

This job scores high because it's low stress, the hiring outlook is good and the median salary is decent.

Click here to see the top five best jobs for 2013.


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