If you're reading this from the office of one of the area's many finance or insurance companies, you might like what you read next.
The best job of 2013, ranked by The Wall Street Journal, is an actuary. No. 5 on the list is financial planner.
The Journal used CareerCast.com, a career website, to rank 200 jobs from best to worst. CareerCast.com used five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Data was primarily gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.
The actuary profession is booming, according to Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com, in an interview with The Journal. He also notes a severe shortage of actuaries, which means wages are rising. The median salary for an actuary in 2010 was $87,650, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
As Central Iowa leaders try to develop a biotechnology corridor corridor between Ames and Des Moines, it's worth noting that the profession of biomedical engineer came in at No. 2.
Much to the dismay of the staff at the Business Record, the profession of newspaper reporter came in dead last, a spot below lumberjack. (Editor's note: Our reporters love their jobs. And it's a good thing: none of them would make it as a lumberjack).
A look at the top 5 jobs of 2013:
2) Biomedical engineer
3) Software engineer
5) Financial planner
And the bottom five:
196) Oil rig worker
198) Enlisted military personnel
200) Newspaper reporter