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The Top 200 Jobs of 2011: 181 - 200

Jobs that fall into the bottom 20 out of all 200 surveyed professions tend to suffer from a combination of fatal flaws – low salaries, difficult working conditions, serious risk of injury or death, and poor employment prospects over the coming years. While not all of these jobs rely solely on brute force (among others, Emergency Medical Technician, Welder, Reporter, Automobile Mechanic and Photojournalist all require specialized training), a majority of them have a poor or very poor hiring outlook.

Moving further down the list, while not always the case, jobs in the bottom 10 tend to be low-paid, dangerous and unpleasant. Roustabout suffers in virtually every category we measure: Primarily an entry-level job involving the maintenance of oil rigs, the job has intense physical demands, high stress (due to the possibility of injury or death in the case of an accident) and an unpleasant working environment. Combine these qualities with very poor employment prospects and a mid-level income of just $32,000, and Roustabout lands at the bottom as the worst surveyed job of 2011.

Applies the plaster finish to interior walls and ceilings, and cement finish and stucco to exterior surfaces.

  • Overall Score: 742.00
  • Income: $38,160.00

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Prepares meat for sale to distributors, supermarket customers, and other consumers.

  • Overall Score: 743.00
  • Income: $29,150.00

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Diagnoses problems with automotive vehicles, makes repairs, and performs routine maintenance.

  • Overall Score: 749.00
  • Income: $35,200.00

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Directs and takes part in activities involved in the raising of cattle for milk production.

  • Overall Score: 751.00
  • Income: $32,114.00

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Photographs newsworthy events for publication in newspapers and magazines.

  • Overall Score: 753.00
  • Income: $40,209.00

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Cares for infants and toddlers when parents are at work or are unable to do so for other reasons.

  • Overall Score: 769.00
  • Income: $19,100.00

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Constructs, installs, and maintains sheet metal products for home, commercial, and industrial use.

  • Overall Score: 770.00
  • Income: $41,208.00

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Covers newsworthy events for newspapers, magazines, and television news programs.

  • Overall Score: 777.00
  • Income: $34,275.00

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Performs any number of tasks involved in the operation of ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

  • Overall Score: 780.00
  • Income: $36,150.00

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Loads and unloads cargo from vessels, routes cargo to proper locations.

  • Overall Score: 786.00
  • Income: $39,186.00

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Assists construction trade workers by performing a wide variety of tasks requiring physical labor.

  • Overall Score: 798.00
  • Income: $29,211.00

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Monitors public utility meters, and records volume of consumption by customers.

  • Overall Score: 798.00
  • Income: $34,171.00

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Prepares surfaces, and applies paints, varnishes, and finishes to the interiors and exteriors of houses and other structures.

  • Overall Score: 798.00
  • Income: $34,152.00

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Joins or repairs metal surfaces through the application of heat.

  • Overall Score: 811.00
  • Income: $35,126.00

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Attends to situations which demand immediate medical attention, such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, and gunshot wounds.

  • Overall Score: 814.00
  • Income: $30,168.00

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Operates a taxi cab over the streets and roads of a municipality, picking up and dropping off passengers by request.

  • Overall Score: 821.00
  • Income: $21,127.00

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Installs roofs on new buildings, performs repairs on old roofs, and re-roofs old buildings.

  • Overall Score: 863.00
  • Income: $34,168.00

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Fells, cuts, and transports timber to be processed into lumber, paper, and other wood products.

  • Overall Score: 868.00
  • Income: $32,109.00

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Raises the steel framework of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

  • Overall Score: 887.00
  • Income: $34,127.00

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Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both on and off shore.

  • Overall Score: 892.00
  • Income: $32,143.00

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The 2011 Jobs Rated rankings serve as a guide for anyone trying to get a clearer picture of employment in an uncertain time. Whether you’re graduating from college, have recently found yourself downsized or just can’t stand the thought of going back to the grind for one more day, our rankings and individual category scores can help you take the guesswork out of your job search. And with facts on your side, you’ll be starting out already ahead of the game.

For more information on today's job market, check out our reports on the 10 Best Jobs and 10 Worst Jobs of 2011, our complete survey Methodology and more.

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Biotechnology or Nursing

I am really stuck between choosing to go back to school in either Biotechnology or Nursing. Can someone give me some advice as to which one has a higher job market and higher chances of being employment. I have been out of college with a bachelor's degree since May of last year and I am in the process of figuring out which program should I do. I got into two biotechnology graduate programs and I am currently applying to a nursing program.

School bus Driver are one of

School bus Driver are one of the most stressful job with low pay the student and etc....

Field workers

Field worker has to be somewhere at the bottom. Everyone always forgets
about them.

Biomedical Engineers?

No one ever lists this one (sigh)...maybe because it's so new. Biomedical engineers work in biotech and medical device companies like Medtronic, or they can develop new medical technologies as researchers at universities, or they work in other venues (hospitals and start-up companies, to mention some options). It is a profession that I love, but it took me a long time to discover that it actually existed.

Architect Misnomer

As an unemployed Architect, a real Architect, there are hundreds of jobs for 'software architect' (not a real Architect) but only a handful of real Architect jobs across the entire country. I believe this rating is based in ignorance of what opportunities do not exist in the 'real' field. Due to automation, a few Architects can manage a huge group of BIM technicians, therefore very very few 'real' Architects are required in this down market or for the foreseeable future.


What about us?


Welder is 194, that's bs. I have little stress, work only
six months a year and make 140k a year


Looks like journalism is a loser.

Bum Rap

Hey everybody seems to neglect and ridicule pizza delivery. Only those who have never worked the job, surely. I'm not talking about corporate, garbage pizza (i.e.- Dominoes, Papa John's, Pizza hut etc.) Dressing up in a ridiculous costume to deliver $9 worth of food does not leave much room for tip, and is quite belittling I'm told. I mean an honest-to-god ACTUAL restaurant that is profitable. I made $35,000+ CLEAR for years as a side job, 25-30 hours max. Considering if a monkey could obtain a driver's license they could deliver, it doesn't take much skoolin' to net what someone would if they gross 46k. Couple that with time off whenever you need it, clowning around when the moment presents itself (not around the customers), making friends all around town, and throwing the new guys in the dumpster for fun while the owner watches and turns red from laughter; and it's good times, good pay.

Oh, but you wreck your car you say? Not by the time you get paid for it 20-30 fold...a $4,000-$5,000 car will certainly last more than 4 years with normal/proper upkeep. Even if you beat the shit out of it. By then, you will have made WELL over six figures, part-time. Add that to your stacks at your real job and you're going to do just fine. Until I moved to a part of the US that people would kill to live in, I worked 3 jobs @ 60 hours a week, including the cake-walk, ball-of-laughs pizza gig, and Grossed more than both of my well-payed parents combined.

And yes, people who tip cheap are in fact scumbags. That's why they get their orders last on a three-order run. Even if it takes extra time and backtracking mileage. Then they feel justified for giving 3 bucks because their order was late, and grumble back to the kitchen to eat their cold pizza and wings. When in actuality, they did it to themselves. Mess with the food: no. Too much respect for the owner. But hurry to the house of an unappreciative moron: no way. They have to little respect for the driver, and in turn, their own food arrival.

I've personally told customers not to order again. Went back to the bee-hive and told the owner(s) the situation. I've been thanked for it, not reprimanded. What the customer doesn't know is that they are not always right.

And what the general public doesn't know is clearing $100-$130 in 6 hours for listening to tunes, wearing your own clothes, and running your own errand around town while working ain't too bad. Sure, the only way to advance in the job is to leave for better things, but in the meantime, things could be much worse, no? I personally have moved on. But damn it was fun to watch people around me have to brown-nose or take crap from their bosses or bust their asses, just to make less money than me; and then laugh even harder when they said I had it bad. Oh, and then bust out some free food for the same people who couldn't scrounge the $15 to eat by tuesday. Yep, terrible job!lol!

Pizza delivery

Matt...did you write this??? LOL.

bill collections

I have a high stress job and I think it should have been listed as one of the worst jobs but I make about $75k- $100k yearly in a low cost living environment so go figure that..


Accountant is not on the list?


Yes it is look again...I think it is #12?


So I guess my Master's Degree in Linguistics isn't worth much... *sigh*


A very popular profession not to be listed.

Ships Officer

It’s like being a pilot just with a ship full of any were from 2000 - 7000 people and when things go wrong stress!!!! And if we are not on time someone is going to pay.




A longshoreman and a steveadore are the same thing.


I have been a waitress all through college and a few years beyond. I made over 35,000 grand working 4 nights a week. All barentenders I know that work at good places make average 300 a night, working about 4 nights a week or so pulling in about 55,000 a year or more. They said they make 18,000, ha yeah if you work at chilis. HA any nice resturant you pull 100-200 a night.

As for a childcare worker (a preschool teachers aide at a local score makes 14 an hour) our head teacher with 10 years of experience or more make over 50,000 grand a year.So that's way off!! bc they said they make 20,000!

RE: Waiters/Bartenders....

Hi there,
Just wanted to clear this up for you so you're a little more educated when you read statistics the next time. These numbers are Median incomes, meaning they are the middle income when ALL incomes in the United States for these jobs are lined up from least to greatest and the middle income is selected. That said, you must understand that depending on where you live in the United States, the income for many of these jobs changes quite a bit. For instance, nurses here in Southern California make an AVERAGE of about 65 to 70,000 a year, this is very different than someone living in another state making an average of 50,000, however it varies beacuse of many things like living costs of different areas and payscales are different because of the cost of living. And second, when they stated "childcare worker" they did not mean "head teacher"...they stated the description as: "Cares for infants and toddlers when parents are at work or are unable to do so for other reasons."
So that is not a teacher, a teacher is usually a credentialed or licensed teacher or at least someone with a degree. And by the way "Teacher" did have a median salary of 51,000. Let's ASSUME though that when they said childcare worker they were in fact talking about a teacher, which they were Not with the words "child care worker", but even if they were you cannot honestly think that because your head teacher which you clearly stated has 10 years of experience and makes $50,000/year that MOST childcare workers have 10 years of experience OR the opportunities or personalities that ONE person has, right? I mean seriously don't you understand that you're using a classic illogical inductive reasoning technique where you're going from a specific example and trying to make a general will never be valid. This is why it IS good for people to learn some philosophy, it helps make better people who actually understand our options in life and our surroundings and to teach and make Logical decisions. And last but NOT least, when you write "50,000 grand" or "35,000 grand" this means in words: Fifty thousand thousand, or Thirty thousand thousand which would be the equivalent to 50 million or 35 million. You're repeating something for no reason...if you want to use the word "grand" you'd have to just write 50 grand or 35 grand. Hope that helps!!

Get off your high horse

You are paying too much attention to details and missing the entire point of the comment above. Essentially the person is saying that the average mid-level income of 18,000 does not include the tips that waiters and bartenders pull in each night. It's an oversight.


I am surprised that nursing is ranked lower in stress than an insurance agent! Really?? I work as an RN and was an insurance agent a few years ago - insurance agent is a CAKE WALK compared to nursing!!!


then why did you change??? there are many types of stress, remember public speaking ranks higher than the fear of DEATH!!!! High pressure sales and the uncertainty of getting a paycheck, may perhaps be as stressful as grumpy sick people, or making life and death descisions. I worked as a stockbroker cold calling & quit after a month before i jumped out the window.


I would like to know where they get thier salary figures. I have been a RN about 15 years and make around 56k. I live in the midwest and have hard time beleiving that figure and some of the others like Firefighters. My district pays about 50-80k depending on years of service and experience etc.


In the job description for lumberjack, they forgot to mention 'presses wild flowers, wear suspenders and a bra, and puts on women's clothing and hangs around in bars'



Marketing professionals nyone??

wat abut the marketing professionals or brand managers??

Spell Check

They need typing and spelling skills.


I was surprised to see Lawyer was not on the list, and that the Author of this study still uses the term Undertaker. That's a really antiquated term that has been replaced with 'Funeral Director' in most priviledged nations like the US and Canada etc.

They've listed attorneys.

They've listed attorneys.

What about graphic designer, web designer? They are missing.

What about graphic designer, web designer? They are missing.

Web Design

I believe that was in the 40s... try 44 I think

They have developers, but I

They have developers, but I didn't see web or graphic design. Completely different field than web developers.

it's missing

what about interpreters and translators?


Do you have any idea of what sailors do ?How much they are paid off? I dont think you have any idea.

Being a sailor my heart goes

Being a sailor my heart goes out to all of them, we can be away from our family for up to 8 months at a time making anything from us $400 a month yes thats right $400 a month, not to mention living in small cabins with up to 3 other people and working 7 days a week for a min of 10 hours a day = stress of life + missing your family, god bless all the sailors out there. Day of the Seafarer 25 June annually
(this is not related to the navy)

They aren't talking about

They aren't talking about sailors in the Navy.

Specifically Military jobs do seem to be left out

I's also unclear if the listed jobs include data about people performing those jobs in the military. Such as doctors, nurses, carpenters, firefighters, cooks (are cooks even listed?), bookkeepers, etc.

But soldiers aren't listed.

IT MISSING!!!!!!!!!

As an event and wedding planner you can make between $50,000 and $125,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it's pretty easy to start your own bussiness.
Gabriella Toledo

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