Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Speech Pathologist
21
Overall Rating:
21/200
251
Median Salary:$65,143

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

Work Environment
Good
61/200
463.43
Stress
Very Low
25/200
12.430
Projected Growth
Very Good
28/200
17.43
Astronomer
22
Overall Rating:
22/200
252
Median Salary:$105,233

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

Work Environment
Very Good
28/200
314.37
Stress
Medium
109/200
21.330
Projected Growth
Very Good
39/200
14.33
Loan Officer
23
Overall Rating:
23/200
256
Median Salary:$55,239

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

Work Environment
Good
49/200
390.56
Stress
Very Low
40/200
14.110
Projected Growth
Fair
93/200
5.39
Petroleum Engineer
24
Overall Rating:
24/200
257
Median Salary:$109,147

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

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
322.42
Stress
Medium
87/200
18.930
Projected Growth
Good
54/200
10.47
Dietitian
25
Overall Rating:
25/200
270
Median Salary:$52,127

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

Work Environment
Very Good
37/200
334.40
Stress
Very Low
14/200
10.270
Projected Growth
Fair
103/200
4.27
Technical Writer
26
Overall Rating:
25/200
270
Median Salary:$63,170

Transforms scientific and technical information into readily understandable language.

Work Environment
Very Good
12/200
221.25
Stress
Medium
85/200
18.700
Projected Growth
Fair
99/200
4.70
Optometrist
27
Overall Rating:
27/200
273
Median Salary:$96,163

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

Work Environment
Good
74/200
538.34
Stress
Low
67/200
16.630
Projected Growth
Very Good
18/200
19.93
Computer Programmer
28
Overall Rating:
27/200
273
Median Salary:$71,176

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

Work Environment
Very Good
22/200
265.08
Stress
Very Low
21/200
11.760
Projected Growth
Very Poor
168/200
-7.24
Librarian
29
Overall Rating:
29/200
282
Median Salary:$54,197

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

Work Environment
Good
48/200
385.20
Stress
Very Low
20/200
11.480
Projected Growth
Fair
84/200
6.48
Medical Technologist
30
Overall Rating:
30/200
285
Median Salary:$55,100

Performs lab analysis for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Work Environment
Good
45/200
371.70
Stress
Low
60/200
16.000
Projected Growth
Good
59/200
10.00
Stenographer/Court Reporter
31
Overall Rating:
31/200
292
Median Salary:$48,256

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

Work Environment
Good
43/200
361.44
Stress
Medium
83/200
18.560
Projected Growth
Very Good
25/200
17.56
Chiropractor
32
Overall Rating:
32/200
296
Median Salary:$68,358

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

Work Environment
Fair
83/200
587.28
Stress
Very Low
37/200
13.580
Projected Growth
Very Good
12/200
21.58
Civil Engineer
33
Overall Rating:
33/200
297
Median Salary:$76,139

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

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
322.42
Stress
Medium
115/200
22.390
Projected Growth
Very Good
11/200
22.39
Medical Secretary
34
Overall Rating:
34/200
298
Median Salary:$30,110

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

Work Environment
Very Good
31/200
318.29
Stress
Low
51/200
15.100
Projected Growth
Very Good
9/200
24.10
Medical Laboratory Technician
35
Overall Rating:
35/200
299
Median Salary:$36,129

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

Work Environment
Good
59/200
454.30
Stress
Very Low
10/200
9.290
Projected Growth
Very Good
40/200
14.29
Pharmacist
36
Overall Rating:
36/200
302
Median Salary:$109,070

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

Work Environment
Fair
118/200
788.64
Stress
Low
57/200
15.700
Projected Growth
Very Good
37/200
14.70
Industrial Engineer
37
Overall Rating:
37/200
307
Median Salary:$75,122

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

Work Environment
Very Good
17/200
230.30
Stress
Medium
99/200
20.220
Projected Growth
Fair
87/200
6.22
Purchasing Agent
38
Overall Rating:
38/200
309
Median Salary:$55,165

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

Work Environment
Very Good
19/200
230.85
Stress
Medium
93/200
19.650
Projected Growth
Fair
81/200
6.65
Bookkeeper
39
Overall Rating:
39/200
311
Median Salary:$33,138

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

Work Environment
Very Good
11/200
204.40
Stress
Very Low
24/200
12.380
Projected Growth
Fair
102/200
4.38
Medical Records Technician
40
Overall Rating:
40/200
312
Median Salary:$31,148

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

Work Environment
Very Good
7/200
165.20
Stress
Very Low
4/200
7.480
Projected Growth
Fair
84/200
6.48