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The Top 200 Jobs of 2011: 101 - 120

The gap between low-stress, low-pay positions and difficult careers with big salaries widens even more among jobs ranked 101 – 120. A job like Cashier boasts a very low stress level, reasonable work environment and virtually no challenging physical demands, but at the cost of a poor hiring outlook and mid-level salary of just $18,000. Surgeon, on the other hand, earns the highest mid-level salary out of all 200 jobs, but fails to rank higher due to high levels of stress and a difficult work environment.

Diagnoses ailments and performs operations to repair, reconstruct, remove, or replace organs, limbs, and bodily systems.

  • Overall Score: 528.00
  • Income: $365,258.00

  • Work Environment:
    1962.000
  • Stress:
    30.580
  • Hiring Outlook:
    20.58

Installs and repairs electronic equipment for military installations, manufacturers, and businesses.

  • Overall Score: 529.00
  • Income: $51,132.00

  • Work Environment:
    657.160
  • Stress:
    16.320
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -3.68

Sells insurance and advises clients about amount and type of coverage based on needs and circumstances.

  • Overall Score: 531.00
  • Income: $46,342.00

  • Work Environment:
    1085.520
  • Stress:
    36.420
  • Hiring Outlook:
    9.42

Greets visitors to offices, answers questions, and refers customers to appropriate staff.

  • Overall Score: 531.00
  • Income: $25,118.00

  • Work Environment:
    665.210
  • Stress:
    23.180
  • Hiring Outlook:
    4.18

Receives payments, makes change, and provides receipts for goods sold.

  • Overall Score: 533.00
  • Income: $18,067.00

  • Work Environment:
    595.360
  • Stress:
    12.670
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -9.33

Negotiates to procure accounts, and supervises advertising campaigns for products, companies, and organizations.

  • Overall Score: 536.00
  • Income: $62,105.00

  • Work Environment:
    1010.100
  • Stress:
    41.050
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -0.95

Performs maintenance and repairs on coin-operated vending and amusement machines.

  • Overall Score: 538.00
  • Income: $30,147.00

  • Work Environment:
    469.400
  • Stress:
    11.470
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -3.53

Plans and designs spaces to be constructed or remodeled according to specifications of clients.

  • Overall Score: 542.00
  • Income: $73,193.00

  • Work Environment:
    1195.000
  • Stress:
    39.930
  • Hiring Outlook:
    5.93

Develops, assembles, and tests electrical equipment according to principles of electrical engineering.

  • Overall Score: 542.00
  • Income: $32,969.00

  • Work Environment:
    502.260
  • Stress:
    8.690
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -14.31

Repairs malfunctions, maintains service according to manufacturers' schedules, and sometimes installs computers and peripheral equipment.

  • Overall Score: 547.00
  • Income: $37,164.00

  • Work Environment:
    610.220
  • Stress:
    12.640
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -11.36

Facilitates the purchase and sale of stocks, bonds, and other securities for individual and institutional clients.

  • Overall Score: 548.00
  • Income: $67,470.00

  • Work Environment:
    1155.750
  • Stress:
    39.700
  • Hiring Outlook:
    4.70

Operates industrial trucks and tractors to move products and raw materials for manufacturing firms.

  • Overall Score: 548.00
  • Income: $30,114.00

  • Work Environment:
    454.500
  • Stress:
    10.140
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -7.86

Helps governmental bodies, businesses and individuals maintain a positive image with the public.

  • Overall Score: 552.00
  • Income: $90,160.00

  • Work Environment:
    1247.130
  • Stress:
    47.600
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.60

Formulates the policies and directs the operations of private and publicly-held companies.

  • Overall Score: 556.00
  • Income: $161,141.00

  • Work Environment:
    1540.000
  • Stress:
    47.410
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -2.59

Supervises the work of employees and ensures that equipment and materials are being used properly and effectively.

  • Overall Score: 558.00
  • Income: $82,210.00

  • Work Environment:
    923.210
  • Stress:
    31.100
  • Hiring Outlook:
    10.10

Adjusts piano strings to achieve proper musical pitch.

  • Overall Score: 559.00
  • Income: $33,229.00

  • Work Environment:
    563.280
  • Stress:
    14.290
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -3.71

Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.

  • Overall Score: 560.00
  • Income: $30,147.00

  • Work Environment:
    504.360
  • Stress:
    10.470
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -6.53

Installs, repairs and maintains residential and commercial phone systems.

  • Overall Score: 562.00
  • Income: $56,132.00

  • Work Environment:
    610.220
  • Stress:
    24.320
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -2.68

Researches methods to improve quantity and quality of yields from farm crops and livestock, and attempts to find practical solutions to problems in agriculture.

  • Overall Score: 564.00
  • Income: $34,150.00

  • Work Environment:
    494.010
  • Stress:
    19.500
  • Hiring Outlook:
    0.50

Typesetters operate keyboards to prepare print documents, while compositors lay out pages, check proofs and make corrections.

  • Overall Score: 565.00
  • Income: $33,165.00

  • Work Environment:
    440.900
  • Stress:
    16.650
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -12.35

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Stress level is over the top.

Apparently being a cashier

Apparently being a cashier (105) and vending machine repairer (107) is better than an architect (108)???

I does not mean that the

I does not mean that the barber or receptionists are better than architect but rather it means the job demand in the contemporary is very high and well paid. It does not mean the stress level or the risk.

not only cashier and vending

not only cashier and vending machine repairer are better than a architect.... receptionist, barber, etc!??? Pfff this thing isn't serious.

I understand the high level

I understand the high level of stress but why is the work environment so high?? competitiveness?

a cashier's mistake costs a

a cashier's mistake costs a few nickels, an architect's mistake could cost a few lives.....

We are not engineers

Our mistakes costs thousands or even millions of dollars, to cost a life we got to work hard on a mistake.

Architectural Drafter Rates Higher Than Architect (for a reason)

I am an Architectural Job Captain/Designer who isn't interested in becoming a Project Architect. Why? Stress & Hours vs. Compensation. A couple of thousand extra a year isn't going to persuade me to fly all over the country only to be berated by incompetent contractors, and belligerent owners.

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