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The Top 200 Jobs of 2011: 21 - 40

Moving outside the top 20 jobs of the 2011 Jobs Rated rankings, most professions that rank 21 – 40 still require extensive education and advanced degrees for success. That said, jobs like Chiropractor, Bookkeeper and Loan Officer require less education than others on the list.

Of the many career choices available in this group, job seekers concerned about long-term security would be best-served training to be a Medical Secretary, Optometrist or Civil Engineer, as all three of these professions rank within the top 20 for Outlook this year.

Assesses hearing, speech, and language disabilities and provides treatment. Assists individuals with communication disorders through diagnostic techniques.

  • Overall Score: 251.00
  • Income: $65,143.00

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Uses principles of physics and mathematics to understand the workings of the universe.

  • Overall Score: 252.00
  • Income: $105,233.00

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Loan officers help people apply for loans. This lets people do things like buy a house or a car, or pay for college.

  • Overall Score: 256.00
  • Income: $55,239.00

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Plans drilling locations and effective production methods for optimal access to oil and natural gas.

  • Overall Score: 257.00
  • Income: $109,147.00

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Assesses patients' dietary needs, plans menus, and instructs patients and their families about proper nutritional care.

  • Overall Score: 270.00
  • Income: $52,127.00

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Transforms scientific and technical information into readily understandable language.

  • Overall Score: 270.00
  • Income: $63,170.00

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Diagnoses visual disorders and prescribes and administers corrective and rehabilitative treatments.

  • Overall Score: 273.00
  • Income: $96,163.00

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Organizes and lists the instructions for computers to process data and solve problems in logical order.

  • Overall Score: 273.00
  • Income: $71,176.00

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Selects and organizes materials to make information available to the public.

  • Overall Score: 282.00
  • Income: $54,197.00

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Performs lab analysis for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Overall Score: 285.00
  • Income: $55,100.00

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Transcribes testimony, judicial decisions, and other proceedings of a court of law.

  • Overall Score: 292.00
  • Income: $48,256.00

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Treats physical problems by manipulating various parts of the body, especially the spinal column.

  • Overall Score: 296.00
  • Income: $68,358.00

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Plans and supervises the building of roads, bridges, tunnels, and buildings.

  • Overall Score: 297.00
  • Income: $76,139.00

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Transcribes dictations, prepares correspondence, and assists physicians and other medical scientists in compiling reports, articles, speeches and conference proceedings.

  • Overall Score: 298.00
  • Income: $30,110.00

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Conducts routine laboratory tests and analysis used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

  • Overall Score: 299.00
  • Income: $36,129.00

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Advises physicians and patients on the affects of drugs and medications; prepares and dispenses prescriptions.

  • Overall Score: 302.00
  • Income: $109,070.00

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Plans for optimum use of facilities and personnel to improve industrial efficiency.

  • Overall Score: 307.00
  • Income: $75,122.00

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Assesses an establishment's needs and available products, and buys raw materials, equipment and machinery, furniture, and other supplies accordingly.

  • Overall Score: 309.00
  • Income: $55,165.00

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Maintains financial records and prepares statements of a company's income and daily operating expenses.

  • Overall Score: 311.00
  • Income: $33,138.00

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Maintains complete, accurate, and up-to-date medical records for use in treatment, billing, and statistical surveys.

  • Overall Score: 312.00
  • Income: $31,148.00

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it never ever ends

uhhh...this never ends.

As an RN I do not support chiropractic care, just haven't seen the results that medicine can give.

really, when I was in undergrad, I shadowed a fat bitter nurse who didn't care about her patients at all, so i became a DC because my doctor got excellent results. Most DCs have a life changing story to tell you about their own health or their patients.

obviously, medication has it's place just as adjustments have their place.


nice great post signed up to your RSS.


It is quite obvious that you are unaware of the stress level of the pharmacist.Are you aware that we are constanly calling doctors on all of their medication errors. If that isn't stress I don't know what it is.

Grading or point system?

Ok how does the scoring system work? The more points the worst? A little confusing, that makes it lack some credibility.

Loan Officer

Please do not believe this. Most peolpe in this field are trying to get out. The stress is crazy and the banks have been adding more and more responsibility to the consultant while the pay has been getting cut by 10% every year for the past 3 years. Trust me.

I never knew librarians made

I never knew librarians made that much

Librarian salaries

Remember that most librarians are required to have a Masters degree, hence the "higher" salary.

Librarian salaries

The definition provided only touches the surface of what a librarian or media specialist does.

"Selects and organizes materials to make information available to the public."

In a school setting, we also teach, are curriculum specialists - materials selected must align and support the school's curriculum on multiple subject areas, technology specialists as much of what we do involves technology, professional development - teach staff members how to use the various resources available to them, accounting - we manage a budget, marketing - we promote materials, reading, etc., and the list goes on. In short, we wear many hats, work long hours, and truly love what we do. Perhaps a better job title would be "information engineer".

Medical Records Technician

I'm not sure where they got their numbers in terms of earning for a Medical Records Technician, but is extremely low and misleading. I have been doing it for 3 years... and my starting pay was 59,000+ per year. and now making more than 75k a year. Highly skilled Medical Record Technicians(Medical Record Coders), are in high demand. Those coders who work as contract coders make more, and a lot of these jobs are being done from home..... I love the job. The education is continuous, but it has been well worth it. Thank GOD for this job!

I agree

I agree "information-engineer" is a great title!

Medical Records

A freind told me, hes mom is a coder and she does not make well; in the state of GA. You must be in NY or some state where the cost of living is high. Its VERY hard to believe that they would make anywhere near 59,000.


I think it's an average. Accountants can definetly make a heck of a lot more than 60K a year.


I am a Chiropractor. 4 years of undergrad, requiring a 3.5 GPA or better for admission to Chiro school. 5 academic years of Chiro school, with (for example) 4 TIMES as much gross anatomy than allopathic school (MD school), an equal amount of pharmacology and at least twice as much physiology and pathology. So, I'm asked why didn't I go to med school to be a "real" doctor? Two reasons: I prefer to be better educated and actually fix problems, also, I wouldn't want to take the pay cut ($400 K in pay last year on a 35 hour work week). Patients actually want to come see me. Best job ever.


As an RN I do not support chiropractic care, just haven't seen the results that medicine can give.


The medical profession has long known that chiropractors are quacks, but somehow have convinced some insurance carriers to cover the visits. These quacks will claim to prevent cancer and any number of diseases by weekly visits to keep your spine in proper alignment. The whole secret to success with these charlatans is to keep you coming back.

The most blatant example of incompetence in this profession was one that I personally witnessed where a friend of mine was taking his son, who had a partial tear of the achilles tendon, to being treated by a chiropractor who claimed that he could effectively treat the condition.

Chiropractors and preachers have much in common. They know that what they are selling (and they are very good salesmen) is a lot of bull-roar, but it is a good paying profession for those with limited intellect and a knack for salesmanship.

Chiropractors = Quacks

For those who believe in chiropractic, no further proof is required. For those who do not believe, no amount of proof will suffice.

Unfortunately, all I get from this post is someone who is angry and ignorant. Almost 90 percent of people have back pain. If you become one of the 90%, and can't walk or move, your ego will probably never allow you to get treated by a chiropractor. Wow, what bad karma you gave yourself. Surgery time!!!!! Enjoy your own pain.


Unfortunately all professions have charlatans and people who make great claims of their capabilities. When the 'rubber hits the road' they fall short and make their whole profession look bad.

Over the years I have been involved with Chiropractors and they treat only what they feel competent and capable of improving. They don't want to treat what they will not succeed in making better. That would be a waste of their time and efforts. It certainly wouldn't make them look credible in their community. There are plenty of bad backs out there that they can help, often more quickly and less expensively than the allopathic providers. If they get a case that does not respond to care, they refer out just like their allopathic brethren. It is unfortunate that your friend's son was not treated appropriately according to your history of it. I can remember when my brother was treated by the team medical physician for the same injury, was told he could get right back to training after three days of rest. His achilles subsequently ruptured, ending what should have been a scholarship ride through college. Doctoring is considered a practice. Hopefully, they're always learning and improving their skills.

What you refer to as salesmanship is the process of educating patients about their health and options. The patient then makes a decision based on that information. Frankly, when you really look at most professions, there are few that don't do this. You probably do this in your profession as well.

We all know people in our professions who do great work, name calling and blindly accusing an entire profession of being 'quacks' and 'charlatans' only demonstrates an archaic attitude. You would be surprised to see just how many Chiropractors and M.D.'s cross refer and even work together to help their patients.

Awesome reply

Some MDs think too highly of themselves!


I dare you to find a real school that offers a chiropractic degree. Online scam chiropractor schools that offer also naturopathy, herbal healing, acupuncture, healing touch, and aroma therapy offer chiropractic degrees. Harvard, UCLA, Yale, and Stanford don't.
If you want to help people with the types of ailments who might visit a chiropractor, be a physical therapist, there are real degrees at real schools for that.


Life University in Georgia, Florida State Univ (although its mostly medical based)-All schools must be accredited by their state's association thus making them real schools. You can find online scams for anything. Have you ever had and MD that you hate? you dont whine about it you drop them and find a better fit for you. Same with chiro, if you haven't enjoyed your experience you simply didn't go to the right one for you.


What moron tabulated this list, saying Chiropractors require less education than say an optometrist, astronomer or some types of engineers. Then having the audacity to put their education as similar to a bookeeper or loan officer. For clarity purposes a chiropractor needs a 4 year college degree with heavy emphasis in science courses and then goes an additional 4 years to Chiropractic College.

Astronomers are more

Astronomers are more frequently found with a PhD than not, so saying most of these jobs require less education than one is like saying the sky's blue.


optometrists also require an undergraduate degree prior to 4 years of optometry school; I suspect admission into chiropractic college is less difficult than admission into more mainstream healthcare professions, such as medicine, dentistry, or even optometry.


I think it is true that it is easier to get into chiropractic school than say medical or even dental school, not quite so sure about optometry school, but maybe--it certainly isn't any easier to get out though. Chiropractic school is typically a grueling 5.5 year program condensed down into a 3.5-4.0 year (no summer break) accelerated program. The classes they take are very similar to a medical school if you look at it. They also have 4 national boards they must pass to get out on top of state licensing requirements depending on where they want to practice.

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