Jobs with the lowest (and highest) unemployment

January 7, 2013: 3:36 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Want a guaranteed job? Get used to being called doctor. And stay in school.

The top jobs with the lowest unemployment rates for 2012 include fields in areas from health care and finance, to social services and engineering -- and all require a lot of education and training.

"You look at these jobs, they are all high skilled, high education, and high experience," said Abraham Mosisa, an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Therefore, demand is generally high in all those areas."

On the other end of the spectrum are jobs in construction, sales, and transportation. Not only do many of these jobs require less formal training and education, but some - like telemarketing -- tend to have high rates of turnover, said Mosisa.

Related: Forget discouraged, 3 million hopelessly unemployed

The BLS, which released the figures Friday, cautioned against using jobs with small sample sizes that could skew the results.

-- CNNMoney's Tami Luhby contributed to this report

Highest unemployment Rate
Riggers* 21.6%
Structural iron and steel workers 21.9%
Telemarketers 23.1%
Fence erectors 23.4%
Gaming cage workers* 24.7%
Communications equipment operators, all other* 24.8%
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic* 25.8%
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicans 26%
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers* 27%
Furniture finishers* 27.7%
Actors 28.5%
Survey researchers* 29.5%
Plasterers and stucco masons 30.5%
Commercial divers* 31.7%
Conveyor operators and tenders* 33.6%
Manufactured building and mobile home installers* 35.5%
Solar photovoltaic installers* 35.7%
Roof bolters, mining* 36.6%
Forest and conservation workers* 38.4%
Media and communication equipment workers, all other* 43.5%
Lowest unemployment Rate
Astronomers and physicists 0.3%
Directors, religious activities and education 0.3%
Biomedical engineers 0.4%
Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers 0.4%
First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers 0.4%
Petroleum engineers 0.6%
First-line supervisors of correctional officers 0.6%
Physicians and surgeons 0.8%
Audiologists 0.8%
Information security analysts 0.9%
Nurse practitioners 0.9%
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners* 0.9%
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 0.9%
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 1%
Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents* 1%
Animal breeders* 1%
Training and development managers 1.1%
Clergy 1.2%
Physician assistants 1.2%
Veterinarians 1.2%
*Sample size under 10,000
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