Ranking 200 jobs: Mathematician, professor top the list; lumberjack, reporter, military at bottom

A lot of factors determine whether a job is a good one or bad one. There's the pay, the amount of stress, whether there are any openings and a host of others.

For the last 26 years, Career Cast has ranked 200 of the country's jobs as a way to track which positions are growing and which are dying.

At the top of this year's list? Mathematician, a job that rakes in an average of $101,360 and has, according to CareerCast.com , relatively low stress.

Tenured university professor (almost no stress, average pay of $68,970) and statistician (moderate stress, average pay of $75,560) rounded out the top three.

And the worst ? That "honor" goes to lumberjacks (and they're okay ), who work a difficult, sometimes dangerous job for an average of $24,340 a year.

Though less dangerous, newspaper reporters came in second worst because of the low pay ($37,090 a year) and the shrinking prospects for work (a 13 percent drop by 2022).

Considering the inherent danger, the stress and the measly $28,840 a year in average pay, the only surprise, perhaps, is that enlisted military personnel didn't rank lower on the list than 3rd worst.

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