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The Top 200 Jobs of 2013: 181-200

Low hiring outlook, low pay or challenging conditions relegate the final careers of the Jobs Rated top 200 jobs of 2013 to No. 181-200. Although this jobs bring up the rear of the rankings, there are several highly important positions to our society checking in.

Enlisted military personnel, farmer, correction officer and oil rig worker are just a few of the essential jobs in this portion of the 2013 rankings.

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

  • Overall Score: 907.00
  • Income: $19,088.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.000
  • Stress:
    18.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -3.12

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

  • Overall Score: 910.00
  • Income: $28,150.00

  • Work Environment:
    62.000
  • Stress:
    19.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -1.5

Creates original clothing, accessories, and footwear, as well as sketching designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products designed.

  • Overall Score: 910.00
  • Income: $65,288.00

  • Work Environment:
    62.000
  • Stress:
    36.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -3.12

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

  • Overall Score: 931.00
  • Income: $27,335.00

  • Work Environment:
    69.000
  • Stress:
    45.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    5.35

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

  • Overall Score: 934.00
  • Income: $19,088.00

  • Work Environment:
    72.000
  • Stress:
    14.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -0.12

Prepares tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

  • Overall Score: 935.00
  • Income: $32,274.00

  • Work Environment:
    54.000
  • Stress:
    25.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -5.62

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: 943.00
  • Income: $18,044.00

  • Work Environment:
    64.000
  • Stress:
    14.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -6.56

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

  • Overall Score: 949.00
  • Income: $54,112.00

  • Work Environment:
    65.000
  • Stress:
    47.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -0.88

Supervises inmates' activities and enforces regulations in jails, prisons, and other correctional facilities.

  • Overall Score: 955.00
  • Income: $39,156.00

  • Work Environment:
    73.000
  • Stress:
    31.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.56

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

  • Overall Score: 968.00
  • Income: $65,250.00

  • Work Environment:
    78.000
  • Stress:
    26.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -7.5

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

  • Overall Score: 970.00
  • Income: $38,148.00

  • Work Environment:
    60.000
  • Stress:
    44.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -1.52

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

  • Overall Score: 971.00
  • Income: $35,173.00

  • Work Environment:
    69.000
  • Stress:
    30.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    1.73

Delivers and collects mail along prearranged rural and urban routes.

  • Overall Score: 972.00
  • Income: $55,043.00

  • Work Environment:
    70.000
  • Stress:
    23.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -27.57

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

  • Overall Score: 975.00
  • Income: $35,168.00

  • Work Environment:
    62.000
  • Stress:
    21.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -19.32

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

  • Overall Score: 976.00
  • Income: $65,250.00

  • Work Environment:
    79.000
  • Stress:
    27.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -7.5

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

  • Overall Score: 979.00
  • Income: $33,136.00

  • Work Environment:
    92.000
  • Stress:
    26.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.36

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

  • Overall Score: 995.00
  • Income: $51,112.00

  • Work Environment:
    58.000
  • Stress:
    45.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -23.88

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: 1009.00
  • Income: $37,272.00

  • Work Environment:
    104.000
  • Stress:
    84.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    2.72

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

  • Overall Score: 1117.00
  • Income: $33,124.00

  • Work Environment:
    71.000
  • Stress:
    40.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -10.76

Covers newsworthy events for a print newspaper company..

  • Overall Score: 1120.00
  • Income: $35,275.00

  • Work Environment:
    85.000
  • Stress:
    46.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    -10.25

Theres nothing here for

Theres nothing here for Makeup artist, Model, or Special effects artist. It is so sad how little people value art and entertainment.

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okay?

so i dont see any thing on here for a chef or a cook...what about a business manager who has a masters degree in business administration and a 4 year college degree in culinary arts/baking/hospitality ... i make about 120,000 roughly a year with full time benefits this list is bogus  you can make as much as you want you just have to work towards it and adpat to your work 

As a roofer, I made

As a roofer, I made 70k/year. 60hrs weeks/35.25$/hour+ work on my own cie on weekends (up to 450-800$ from 7am to 1pm) your list suck

I disagree with this list.

I disagree with this list. Really a jannitor and bus driver? Your list is whacked 

I'm a busboy in a cafe at

I'm a busboy in a cafe at California & I make about $200 in tips per week lol

PRINCIPALS -edit

I understand the data has to be averaged across the entire country, but the the salary and stress level is moderately inaccurate. Salaries for high school principals range from $100,000-150,000 and the stress level is a modest 50.

Enlisted Military

I think your data is whacked.  As a retired enlisted member I think you're totally off base.  For starters, a good majority of enlisted have 2 years and 4 year degrees on top of their skilled profession.  That in itself, not to mention their discipline, dedication and ability to work automniously make them highly desired in the civilian sector.  As for your comments regarding stress and work environment...that may very well be true for some career fields where members are required to deploy but we are just finishing up a two-front war too.   You can't fight a war without people deploying around the world away from their families which I'm sure skewed some of the information people submitted.  What about the pay...granted pay for those low ranking (jsut joining  wiht less than 4 years in service) may not be great but that is not considering the free housing, healthcare and plus up for food and tax free exemptions when deployed.  I find it hard to believe that an enlisted military (all lumped into one category) can even be compared to an astronomer, physicist brick layer etc.    

Reporter?

Ok. If I have to be honest, I wanta to be journalist. Why? I love writing. I can´t imagine, that I would like something else. Peeps, help me. What I may do? I can´t be anything else. I love writing. I have written since my childhood. 

What to do?

Your skills will work nicely in a digital agency.   Interviewing and writing are what drives "content" for websites and social media.    The only difference is moving from paper to electronic.Don't give up what you love, adapt to the new environment and leverage your skills.Good luck!Brian

writing

I've read some of the other comments about reporting not being about writing.  True, it's not like writing the great American novel, but it does give a person a chance to use their skills and make a living doing it.  Plus, it's a great place to begin a writing career. Several reporters have gone onto to write books, columns, etc.  I am a reporter myself, and have been one for eight years, and although I don't always like the subjects I have to write about, I do like the fact that I get to write.

Journalism

Journalism has very little to do with writing (source: I am one).  It's 95% getting the story, 5% scribbling it down before deadline.  If you like writing, be an english professor.

Writing? Hah!

Agree with the poster about journalism being little about writing (am one too)--it's about filling holes, conveying info by the deadline, not about "writing."  Nowadays, a journalist must be an exert in smart phone technology, social media, video editing, and content management software.  Little time or appetitie in corporate media for the cool investigative stuff.On the other hand if you like eating, don't be an english prof. (been there, too)  You'll likely be relegated to a semester-by semester adjunct contract and will not have any time to write because you'll be buried under a mountain of student essays. Moreover your job security will hinge on how well your students evaluate you at the end of the semester, so get used to letting them run rough shod over you or hating you because you actually enforced a grading, attendance, and participation policy.  Texting in your class ust be allowed if you are to maintain their good graces.  Ahhh the life of an Englsh prof.

Reporter

Just do it!

Enlisted Military

Have to agree with a comment here concerning the wide varieties of jobs that enlisted personnel perform and associated stress levels. I would also take exception to the rank and years of service cited as an average -- E7 at 8 years -- in the story which listed the worst 5.  It is not "average" in any of the services to be an E7 in 8 years.Even when shown as number 198 on the list of 200 at a salary of $37k, this is way off the mark for "average".  The salary of an "average", or "typical" (as stated in the article) enlisted person who serves the minimum time is much lower than suggested here. 

Enlisted Military

I agree Where did you come up with E-7 with 8 years Time in service as the average.  E-7 through E-9 is senior leadership, with most people retiring at E-6 & E-7.   At 8 years the majority of people are E-5 with a few at E-6, and depending on where they are stationed in the world their pay (with entitlements) could be from 40k a year to 70k a year an E-7 is way higher.  This even depends on whether or not they are married, have children and how many they have.  You do work long hours, get stationed in horrible places and depending on the service you joined and your job have a chance of demotion for petty things.  Taxable pay average at 8 years is closer to 30k per year with arround 15-20k non taxable while stationed in the US.  

retail industry

Where do jobs in the retail industry fall into this job outlook??  Retail is horrible!  low, low pay and horrible work hours!!!!!!!!!!

Yes

I agree. Retail is so much worse than getting shot it in some third world hell-hole.

You got to be kidding me

What about the guy who has to clean out the Port-A-Potty's after a day at the fair or other large public events??? 

they already listed "enlisted

they already listed "enlisted military" on there....

worst stressful jobs

You for got to include teachers: 30 minutes a day only  break for personal needs, business and lunch. Must buy own supplies and equipment. Next day lesson preparation, after working hours, no overtime pay. Education: Bachelor, Masters or PHD. Salary 35,000 dollars.
 S. Martorell 

30 minutes is plenty for a 6

30 minutes is plenty for a 6 hour work day and $35,000 is pretty good for working only 8 months of the year.

I'm a teacher... I have an

I'm a teacher... I have an 8-hour work day (with a 30-minutbe"break" that is spent helping studewith who have fallen behind.  I work 10 months a year (not 8), but have always had to work over the summer months to compensate for the low salary.  Not sure where you got your figures from here?  

Teaching

I agree.  I was a high school science teacher for 10 years in a Denver suburb.  I taught 9th grade which some might find interesting, but was immaterial to this comment.  I am very well educated and in my late 50's with a lot of work experience.  Teaching was without question the most difficult work I've ever done.  The learning curve is steep and kids give constant and ruthless feedback as you make your best effort.  Those who think that what a teacher does is merely stand in front of their class and spout knowledge are clueless.  'Content' (at least for competent techers) is only the excuse for being with kids.  Real teaching is about helping a kids' minds develop, which requires both a love of your students and solid knowlegde of how that happens.  Ideally, good teachers also switch on their kids love of the process of learning--probably the most important life skill a person can have.  It's no mean feat to combine these. I've done several kinds of work in my life, the best paying of which has been as Landman for the oil industry (current work).  I make very good money.  Without question the most underpaid and difficult work I've done is teaching.  Those who criticize teachers--what they do, how difficult ther work is, their compensation, or whatever else, have never done the work, at least not since the 1960's.  If teachers were fairly compensated, based on my expereince, even given their work schedules, they would make $90K and up.  Even at that, the compensation would be less than what babysitters make.  (Get a pencil and figure it out.)

I hope you aren't an English

I hope you aren't an English teacher

Teachers

Elementary teachers were listed.  

teacher

You forgot to mention that when a teacher turns 50, they get "let go" and replaced by a 20-something college grad at half their salary.

farmer

a farmer who makes 65k a year? roflmao! i farmed for 15 years and never came close to 1/3 that much money.how many SECTIONS is this farmer farming,and what crops,to make that kind of money?

I am a grain farmer too. This

I am a grain farmer too. This is my fourth year doing it on my own. I profited well over $65k last but all those profits went into my mortgage payments. So I have a side job to keep up with the regular bills.That's on approximately 300 acres too, so farming can be very profitable.Extremely stressful though.

growing things

Must be illegal types of crops for that much money!

Seems reasonable...

Seems reasonable...

if dairy farmers are making

if dairy farmers are making 65,000 a year why are so many going out of business. They make less than it costs to produce their product,MILK!!! They are being paid what they recived 30-40 years ago.

worst job choices

Try being a Respiratory Therapist non stop work and NO recognition. Stress level of 10 all shift long everyone Dr and Rn want you STAT and you are lucky to get lunch or a break in a 12 hour shift.

farmers

Ya'll think that farmers have it bad ehh???? You all should know that if not for us farmers you WOULDN'T have any food to eat. We might not be rich in funds, but we are rich in tradition, family, and love. We love what we do. We love the earth, we love nature, we love the hard work, we love the rewards that hard work brings. Have you ever geminated a seed? Have you ever seen a calf or foal being born? When was the last time you watched the sunrise? Do you know what it's like to be up before the sun comes up and have more work done by 9 am than most of the rest of the world? YOU ALL SHOULD THANK A FARMER! You like to eat dont you?And on the thanking people thing....I've been a volenteer firefighter for a decade now and I still love what I do. I don't get paid, sometimes the hours are off the wall(cause you never know when that pager is going to go off), but I love what do. Just because someone does something doesnt mean they are expecting to get wealthy from it. I run into burning structures, head towards car wrecks, and go outside when tornados are coming because my neighbors need that help. It isnt for the fame, or glory, or any of that, its something that I just do because somebody has to.

That is very true I am also a

That is very true I am also a farmer and I love it

Respect for Farmers

I have a LOT of respect for farmers.  Some in thge extended family.  Lot of risk (weather, fluctuating prices of crops, etc) and lot of work.  Difficult job (per the article) and glad you are doing it well! Dave A

Job Ratings

Is this list to be taken seriously?  These results are undoubtedly the byproduct of a government research grant...a poor one at that.  I sincerely hope that they spent no more than $10 for these pathetic results. Seriously...Welders that I know make nothing less than 75k..Construction Foreman? 50k at least! I'd like to know the Job that the list preparer holds.

honeydipper

I think the cleaning of porta potties and the disposal of the contents should be right up there in the listings.

Marketing???

I guess marketing sucks as much as I think it does :(

WTF?

I do not know how they calculate this salaries. I am in Sciences and is amazing to see that a Meter Reader earns more than a Research Coordinator and only $10,000 less than a Research Associate.And I bet they do not have to pay Student Loans.

wtf

Unions

median pay

The median pay is $35K.  If you are a career meter maid then you will make more.  This is something that I have had trouble reconciling with.  I can have higher quality and production numbers than a sixty year old woman in my office, but she makes more than I do because she has been there for twenty years.  This doesn't make sense to me.

Your grammar is terrible and

Your grammar is terrible and it scares me that you are in "Sciences."

Agree

I also agree most of your points

reporter/newspaper is the worst!?!?

seriously newspaper/reporter is the worst?

wtf

even a cashier gets better points than a reporter.. 

cashier vs reporters

at least people dont have toget a college degree and then pay for it to be a cashier. seems like a low salery for an educated person.

Electrician Engineer

Why Electrician Engineer is not listed? It is out of 200? can you post the score? tks

What about foundry workers?

What about foundry workers? Where are we on the list?  Its hot and dirty work and can be very dangerous. 

Looks like military generals

Looks like military generals make more than most others.

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