Insurance underwriters placed 67th, insurance agents landed at 158th and senior corporate executives came in at No. 132 in’s listing of the 200 best jobs of 2014.

This year, mathematicians reign atop the annual job ranking, taking the crown from actuaries who held the No. 1 spot in last year’s ranking.

While actuary was the only insurance-related job to land in the top 10 in either 2014 or 2013, jobs for those with a mathematical bent still soar in the rankings, with statistician ranked No. 2. IT jobs are still top fields too, according to, with software engineer and computer systems analyst each making another Top 10 showing in 2014.

Rounding out the top 10 are allied health care professionals, like audiologists and speech pathologists.

What is the bottom job on the list? That would be lumberjack, which landed at 200.

BEST WORST JOBS 2014 said that an actuary will be in high demand in the future because the position requires skills in mathematics and statistical analysis. That’s due in part to expansion of healthcare coverage in the United States because of the Affordable Care Act, according to the website.

The profession is expected to have 26 percent job growth by 2022, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks the job as having a median annual income of $93,680.

See related article, “Actuaries Regain Best Job Title,” about last year’s ranking, for a detailed explanation of the calculation of the income figure.

What’s more, the profession also has a job rated score of 103, the annual ranking noted.

Careercast uses a number of criteria to determine scores and compile its annual list, including evaluation of environment, hazards faced on the job, physical demand, work conditions, stamina required and income. The lower score, the better the ranking.

Other factors that influence the ranking include job growth potential, employment growth in the job category, unemployment and stress.

This year, overall scores ranged from 63 for mathematician to 739 for lumberjack.

Lumberjacks have a high stress rating and an average income of about $24,340, according to the website.

What happened to underwriter and insurance agents?

With their 67th place ranking, underwriters (overall score of 342.00; income: $62,870.00) beat out tax preparers and anthropologists on the 2014 list. In 2013, underwriters actually ranked a few spots lower, coming in at No. 74.

Insurance agents, ranked this year between hotel managers and seamen at No. 158, landed in 78th place in 2013. Agents actually did not see much change in their scores (529 in 2014 vs. 541 in 2013) or income levels ($48,150 in 2014 vs. $47,342 in 2013). The range of scores for all occupations, however, is much tighter this year—ranging from 63-739 this year, compared to a range extending from 123 to 1120 in 2013.

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