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The Top 200 Jobs of 2012: 181 - 200

As we get to the bottom of our rankings, these professions all have a varied mixture of physical labor, declining job opportunities, lower incomes, poor working conditions and high stress. While not all of them have the physical demands of a firefighter, cushy would not be a word to describe any of these positions. For most of the jobs in this group, the salaries are very low with an even worse hiring outlook. Opportunity to grow in these job is minimal.

Follows design instructions, operates a sewing machine to join, reinforce, and decorate parts of garments or other textiles.

  • Overall Score: 1439.00
  • Income: $27,133.00

  • Work Environment:
    58.430
  • Stress:
    7.330
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -1.67

May perform a variety of services, including cleaning and upkeep for residential and institutional employers.

  • Overall Score: 1453.00
  • Income: $19,088.00

  • Work Environment:
    55.890
  • Stress:
    18.880
  • Hiring Outlook:
    4.68

Delivers and collects mail along prearranged rural and urban routes.

  • Overall Score: 1454.00
  • Income: $54,047.00

  • Work Environment:
    72.280
  • Stress:
    23.470
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -12.53

Monitors the movement of shipments of merchandise into and out of places of business.

  • Overall Score: 1454.00
  • Income: $28,132.00

  • Work Environment:
    55.360
  • Stress:
    14.320
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -2.38

Protects individuals and saves lives and property from the ravages of fire.

  • Overall Score: 1458.00
  • Income: $45,226.00

  • Work Environment:
    110.170
  • Stress:
    60.260
  • Hiring Outlook:
    9.86

Assembles parts or contributes to the final assembly of automobiles and trucks.

  • Overall Score: 1463.00
  • Income: $27,269.00

  • Work Environment:
    57.630
  • Stress:
    8.690
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -18.91

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

  • Overall Score: 1467.00
  • Income: $22,125.00

  • Work Environment:
    91.290
  • Stress:
    46.250
  • Hiring Outlook:
    17.85

Conducts research into range problems, and manages range lands to make efficient use of livestock and wildlife without destroying their habitat.

  • Overall Score: 1481.00
  • Income: $24,165.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.910
  • Stress:
    14.650
  • Hiring Outlook:
    1.65

Operates drilling machines to place holes in metal or nonmetal pieces according to predetermined specifications.

  • Overall Score: 1509.00
  • Income: $32,129.00

  • Work Environment:
    61.520
  • Stress:
    11.290
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -10.71

Refurbishes and mends worn shoes, saddles, and boots.

  • Overall Score: 1517.00
  • Income: $23,112.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.660
  • Stress:
    17.120
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -24.98

Prepares and delivers news and related presentations over the air on radio and television.

  • Overall Score: 1480.00
  • Income: $27,324.00

  • Work Environment:
    65.250
  • Stress:
    42.240
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8.14

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

  • Overall Score: 1527.00
  • Income: $29,156.00

  • Work Environment:
    66.900
  • Stress:
    19.560
  • Hiring Outlook:
    6.46

Cleans the plates, glasses and silverware used by patrons of an eating establishment, and the pots, pans and cooking utensils used by chefs.

  • Overall Score: 1539.00
  • Income: $18,044.00

  • Work Environment:
    60.180
  • Stress:
    14.440
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.44

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

  • Overall Score: 1545.00
  • Income: $35,171.00

  • Work Environment:
    66.360
  • Stress:
    21.710
  • Hiring Outlook:
    1.91

Takes customer orders, serves food and drink, and prepares meal checks.

  • Overall Score: 1575.00
  • Income: $18,088.00

  • Work Environment:
    70.180
  • Stress:
    14.880
  • Hiring Outlook:
    5.58

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

  • Overall Score: 1594.00
  • Income: $35,275.00

  • Work Environment:
    69.250
  • Stress:
    44.750
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -4.75

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

  • Overall Score: 1627.00
  • Income: $32,132.00

  • Work Environment:
    79.470
  • Stress:
    26.320
  • Hiring Outlook:
    6.62

From serving food in the mess hall to fighting a battle on the front line to avoiding land mines along the path to a village, the duties a soldier carries out have very different levels of responsibility.

  • Overall Score: 1703.00
  • Income: $36,261.00

  • Work Environment:
    109.000
  • Stress:
    84.610
  • Hiring Outlook:
    1.61

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

  • Overall Score: 1748.00
  • Income: $33,119.00

  • Work Environment:
    77.660
  • Stress:
    26.190
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -6.11

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

  • Overall Score: 1776.00
  • Income: $32,114.00

  • Work Environment:
    80.330
  • Stress:
    40.140
  • Hiring Outlook:
    1.44

The 2012 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 2012, our complete survey Methodology and more.

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