Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

School Principal
41
Overall Rating:
40/200
312
Median Salary:$85,119

Supervises the educational curricula and day-to-day activities in elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

Work Environment
Good
54/200
432.99
Stress
High
136/200
25.190
Projected Growth
Good
77/200
7.19
Dental Laboratory Technician
42
Overall Rating:
42/200
317
Median Salary:$35,176

Makes and repairs dentures, crowns, and orthodontic devices.

Work Environment
Good
50/200
404.10
Stress
Very Low
21/200
11.760
Projected Growth
Good
45/200
12.76
Tax Examiner/Collector
43
Overall Rating:
43/200
330
Median Salary:$49,214

Determines tax liability and collects taxes from individuals or businesses.

Work Environment
Good
56/200
449.10
Stress
Low
75/200
17.140
Projected Growth
Good
46/200
12.14
Web Developer
44
Overall Rating:
44/200
332
Median Salary:$83,086

Creating and maintaining layout, navigation, and interactivity of intranet and internet websites.

Work Environment
Very Good
25/200
275.00
Stress
Medium
113/200
21.860
Projected Growth
Good
65/200
8.86
Physical Therapist
45
Overall Rating:
45/200
333
Median Salary:$74,104

Plans and directs treatment to improve mobility and alleviate pain in persons disabled by injury or disease.

Work Environment
Fair
107/200
716.21
Stress
Very Low
38/200
14.040
Projected Growth
Very Good
4/200
28.04
Vocational Counselor
46
Overall Rating:
46/200
338
Median Salary:$53,171

Helps students with educational and social problems, and provides vocational guidance.

Work Environment
Good
79/200
556.40
Stress
Low
49/200
14.710
Projected Growth
Good
60/200
9.71
Motion Picture Editor
47
Overall Rating:
47/200
339
Median Salary:$51,352

Supervises the filming and editing of motion pictures for entertainment, business, and educational purposes.

Work Environment
Very Good
24/200
274.68
Stress
Medium
102/200
20.520
Projected Growth
Fair
82/200
6.52
Physiologist
48
Overall Rating:
48/200
349
Median Salary:$51,181

Studies the life functions of plants and animals, both in their natural habitats, and under experimental or abnormal conditions.

Work Environment
Good
42/200
359.28
Stress
Low
70/200
16.810
Projected Growth
Fair
89/200
5.81
Nuclear Engineer
49
Overall Rating:
49/200
352
Median Salary:$97,109

Conducts research, designs, and monitors the operation and maintenance of nuclear reactors and power plant equipment.

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
322.42
Stress
Very High
171/200
32.090
Projected Growth
Fair
97/200
5.09
Insurance Underwriter
50
Overall Rating:
50/200
355
Median Salary:$58,175

Assesses and analyzes the risks inherent in insuring potential policy holders before making recommendations to the insurance companies that employ them.

Work Environment
Very Good
16/200
228.10
Stress
Low
69/200
16.750
Projected Growth
Very Poor
161/200
-5.25
Industrial Designer
51
Overall Rating:
51/200
360
Median Salary:$58,200

Designs and develops manufactured products.

Work Environment
Very Good
8/200
177.00
Stress
High
135/200
25.000
Projected Growth
Fair
119/200
1.00
Orthodontist
52
Overall Rating:
52/200
365
Median Salary:$121,065

Diagnoses and corrects deviations in dental growth, development and position.

Work Environment
Poor
139/200
940.59
Stress
Medium
116/200
22.650
Projected Growth
Very Good
24/200
17.65
Museum Curator
53
Overall Rating:
53/200
367
Median Salary:$48,211

Plans and directs activities of workers and arranges for the exhibition of articles of interest to museum visitors.

Work Environment
Good
53/200
428.00
Stress
Medium
106/200
21.110
Projected Growth
Very Good
21/200
19.11
Judge
53
Overall Rating:
53/200
367
Median Salary:$113,439

Arbitrates legal matters coming under the jurisdiction of the federal government, using a thorough knowledge of federal statutes and legal precedent.

Work Environment
Fair
96/200
655.98
Stress
Medium
110/200
21.390
Projected Growth
Poor
138/200
-1.61
Personnel Recruiter
55
Overall Rating:
55/200
370
Median Salary:$46,211

Interviews prospective employees, administers tests, and provides information about company policies and available jobs.

Work Environment
Fair
112/200
737.85
Stress
Medium
98/200
20.110
Projected Growth
Very Good
35/200
15.11
Geologist
56
Overall Rating:
56/200
372
Median Salary:$81,274

Studies and analyzes the physical properties of the earth's surface, adding to our knowledge of oil and gas exploration techniques.

Work Environment
Good
56/200
449.10
Stress
High
128/200
23.740
Projected Growth
Very Good
36/200
14.74
Podiatrist
57
Overall Rating:
57/200
373
Median Salary:$116,249

Diagnoses and treats problems of the feet, through corrective devices, medication, therapy, and surgery.

Work Environment
Fair
117/200
783.04
Stress
Medium
82/200
18.490
Projected Growth
Good
62/200
9.49
Market Research Analyst
58
Overall Rating:
58/200
375
Median Salary:$62,229

Collects and evaluates data to make recommendations to businesses concerning trends in consumer purchasing.

Work Environment
Poor
130/200
863.93
Stress
Very High
172/200
32.290
Projected Growth
Very Good
14/200
21.29
Jeweler
59
Overall Rating:
59/200
376
Median Salary:$34,200

Manufactures and repairs rings, bracelets, pins, and necklaces using precious or semi-precious metals and stones.

Work Environment
Very Good
30/200
316.40
Stress
Very Low
5/200
8.000
Projected Growth
Very Poor
170/200
-8.00
Anthropologist
60
Overall Rating:
60/200
380
Median Salary:$53,175

Studies the social customs, language, and physical attributes of people throughout the world.

Work Environment
Good
69/200
500.17
Stress
High
146/200
26.750
Projected Growth
Very Good
7/200
25.75