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The Top 200 Jobs of 2012: 161 - 180

As we sink lower into the ratings of Jobs 161-180, the salaries of these professions drop as well. Farmer, listed at 179, has the highest income of this group with $61,269. Most of the professions in this list earn about $30k to $40k a year. The hiring outlook is also bleaker, with Construction Worker and Ironworker leading the pack at 18.38 and 18.12 respectively.

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

  • Overall Score: 1317.00
  • Income: $35,122.00

  • Work Environment:
    77.270
  • Stress:
    31.220
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18.12

Mixes and serves drinks to customers of a tavern, restaurant, or lounge.

  • Overall Score: 1320.00
  • Income: $19,094.00

  • Work Environment:
    58.940
  • Stress:
    12.940
  • Hiring Outlook:
    6.94

Provides protection against crime, investigates criminal activity, and works with the public on crime-prevention measures.

  • Overall Score: 1325.00
  • Income: $54,163.00

  • Work Environment:
    84.150
  • Stress:
    43.630
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8.83

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

  • Overall Score: 1329.00
  • Income: $30,130.00

  • Work Environment:
    54.030
  • Stress:
    10.300
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.50

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

  • Overall Score: 1333.00
  • Income: $40,191.00

  • Work Environment:
    64.170
  • Stress:
    24.910
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8.11

Photographs and/or videotapes newsworthy events for publication in newspapers and magazines.

  • Overall Score: 1335.00
  • Income: $40,209.00

  • Work Environment:
    74.250
  • Stress:
    47.090
  • Hiring Outlook:
    11.59

Operates, monitors, and repairs power plants and industrial heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

  • Overall Score: 1343.00
  • Income: $52,124.00

  • Work Environment:
    68.890
  • Stress:
    27.240
  • Hiring Outlook:
    6.44

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

  • Overall Score: 1345.00
  • Income: $34,164.00

  • Work Environment:
    64.770
  • Stress:
    31.640
  • Hiring Outlook:
    15.14

Performs a variety of household maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to require the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, but require a certain skills and knowledge.

  • Overall Score: 1353.00
  • Income: $35,167.00

  • Work Environment:
    66.270
  • Stress:
    19.670
  • Hiring Outlook:
    10.67

Cashes checks, makes deposits and withdrawals, and handles a variety of other transactions for bank customers.

  • Overall Score: 1355.00
  • Income: $24,083.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.160
  • Stress:
    12.830
  • Hiring Outlook:
    0.13

Maintains and repairs band and orchestral instruments of all kinds.

  • Overall Score: 1358.00
  • Income: $32,195.00

  • Work Environment:
    58.940
  • Stress:
    13.950
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.85

Works on sub-assembly or final assembly of products such as machinery, electronic equipment, or aircraft.

  • Overall Score: 1373.00
  • Income: $31,140.00

  • Work Environment:
    57.630
  • Stress:
    9.400
  • Hiring Outlook:
    .60

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

  • Overall Score: 1382.00
  • Income: $29,205.00

  • Work Environment:
    76.050
  • Stress:
    30.050
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18.35

Joins or repairs metal surfaces through the application of heat.

  • Overall Score: 1388.00
  • Income: $35,125.00

  • Work Environment:
    68.390
  • Stress:
    23.250
  • Hiring Outlook:
    11.25

Tends to the care, safety and comfort of passengers on commercial and corporate aircraft.

  • Overall Score: 1398.00
  • Income: $38,156.00

  • Work Environment:
    60.150
  • Stress:
    44.560
  • Hiring Outlook:
    0.36

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

  • Overall Score: 1411.00
  • Income: $34,177.00

  • Work Environment:
    72.320
  • Stress:
    30.770
  • Hiring Outlook:
    14.57

Makes arrangements for travel according to the specific needs of individuals and businesses.

  • Overall Score: 1411.00
  • Income: $32,130.00

  • Work Environment:
    68.130
  • Stress:
    40.300
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8.30

Entertains, informs, and instructs audiences by interpreting dramatic roles on stage, film, television, or radio.

  • Overall Score: 1420.00
  • Income: $50,118.00

  • Work Environment:
    75.250
  • Stress:
    45.180
  • Hiring Outlook:
    0.08

Manages the successful operation of a crop, livestock, dairy, or poultry farm.

  • Overall Score: 1433.00
  • Income: $61,269.00

  • Work Environment:
    76.660
  • Stress:
    26.690
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -6.31

Selects and plays records or tapes; comments on areas of interest to a particular radio audience.

  • Overall Score: 1435.00
  • Income: $27,387.00

  • Work Environment:
    68.250
  • Stress:
    29.870
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8.77

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