Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Architectural Drafter
61
Overall Rating:
61/200
390
Median Salary:$46,141

Prepares drawings according to the specifications of scientists, architects, and engineers.

Work Environment
Very Good
13/200
222.95
Stress
Low
77/200
17.410
Projected Growth
Poor
153/200
-3.59
Mechanical Engineer
62
Overall Rating:
62/200
392
Median Salary:$77,136

Develops mechanical products and coordinates the operation and repair of power-using and power-producing machinery.

Work Environment
Very Good
27/200
278.46
Stress
Medium
114/200
22.360
Projected Growth
Fair
114/200
1.36
Optician
63
Overall Rating:
63/200
395
Median Salary:$33,143

Fills lens prescriptions, and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Work Environment
Good
45/200
371.70
Stress
Low
54/200
15.430
Projected Growth
Good
69/200
8.43
Archeologist
64
Overall Rating:
64/200
398
Median Salary:$51,190

Studies, analyzes, and collects data based on research of ancient, often preliterate cultures.

Work Environment
Good
76/200
545.64
Stress
High
148/200
26.900
Projected Growth
Very Good
6/200
25.90
Veterinarian
65
Overall Rating:
65/200
399
Median Salary:$81,198

Ministers to the care of animals through the use of preventative and diagnostic techniques.

Work Environment
Poor
146/200
978.80
Stress
Low
59/200
15.980
Projected Growth
Very Good
3/200
32.98
Typist/Word Processor
66
Overall Rating:
66/200
402
Median Salary:$33,104

Prepares and edits typed or electronic copies of handwritten, printed, or magnetically recorded documents.

Work Environment
Very Good
6/200
160.64
Stress
Very Low
33/200
13.040
Projected Growth
Very Poor
193/200
-16.96
Cosmetologist
67
Overall Rating:
67/200
404
Median Salary:$23,169

Creates hair styles, and advises clients about caring for their hair between appointments.

Work Environment
Fair
82/200
581.14
Stress
Very Low
17/200
10.690
Projected Growth
Very Good
32/200
15.69
Clergy
68
Overall Rating:
68/200
410
Median Salary:$43,226

Leads a congregation in worship and other spiritual services, provides moral guidance to members, and participates in community outreach.

Work Environment
Fair
91/200
626.52
Stress
Medium
108/200
21.260
Projected Growth
Good
41/200
14.26
Chemist
69
Overall Rating:
69/200
411
Median Salary:$68,195

Develops substances through research of properties and composition; assists industry and individuals by study of chemical structures of products.

Work Environment
Good
56/200
449.10
Stress
Low
71/200
16.950
Projected Growth
Poor
140/200
-2.05
Musical Instrument Repairer
70
Overall Rating:
70/200
413
Median Salary:$33,211

Maintains and repairs band and orchestral instruments of all kinds.

Work Environment
Very Good
20/200
234.70
Stress
Very Low
6/200
8.110
Projected Growth
Poor
146/200
-2.89
Zoologist
71
Overall Rating:
71/200
422
Median Salary:$57,166

Studies the behavior, life processes, origins, and diseases of animals.

Work Environment
Very Good
40/200
356.72
Stress
Medium
94/200
19.660
Projected Growth
Fair
90/200
5.66
Conservationist
72
Overall Rating:
72/200
423
Median Salary:$54,114

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

Work Environment
Fair
102/200
673.65
Stress
Low
41/200
14.140
Projected Growth
Good
56/200
10.14
Social Worker
73
Overall Rating:
73/200
424
Median Salary:$40,154

Assists individuals, families, and groups in need of counseling and special social services.

Work Environment
Good
78/200
550.42
Stress
High
132/200
24.540
Projected Growth
Good
76/200
7.54
Set Designer
74
Overall Rating:
74/200
428
Median Salary:$45,219

Plans and assembles theatrical sets for film, television and stage productions.

Work Environment
Very Good
39/200
354.00
Stress
Medium
89/200
19.190
Projected Growth
Fair
115/200
1.19
Dentist
75
Overall Rating:
75/200
431
Median Salary:$142,144

Examines, cleans, and repairs teeth, and diagnoses and treats diseases and abnormalities of the mouth.

Work Environment
Very Poor
163/200
1119.75
Stress
High
126/200
23.440
Projected Growth
Very Good
38/200
14.44
Barber
76
Overall Rating:
76/200
432
Median Salary:$24,169

Shampoos, trims, cuts, and styles hair according to the desires of customers.

Work Environment
Fair
81/200
575.12
Stress
Very Low
8/200
8.690
Projected Growth
Good
75/200
7.69
Occupational Safety/Health Inspector
77
Overall Rating:
77/200
433
Median Salary:$63,145

Examines places of business to ensure that equipment and work conditions do not endanger the health and safety of employees.

Work Environment
Good
75/200
538.92
Stress
Low
78/200
17.450
Projected Growth
Fair
85/200
6.45
Electrical Engineer
78
Overall Rating:
78/200
437
Median Salary:$83,135

Conducts research and plans and directs design, testing, and manufacture of electrical equipment.

Work Environment
Very Good
32/200
318.92
Stress
High
122/200
23.350
Projected Growth
Poor
144/200
-2.65
Psychologist
79
Overall Rating:
79/200
438
Median Salary:$66,179

Studies human behavior, emotion, and mental processes, and provides counseling and therapy for individuals.

Work Environment
Fair
109/200
727.52
Stress
High
155/200
28.790
Projected Growth
Good
80/200
6.79
Publication Editor
80
Overall Rating:
80/200
446
Median Salary:$51,246

Plans and directs the editorial activities of various publications.

Work Environment
Good
64/200
486.75
Stress
High
137/200
25.460
Projected Growth
Poor
151/200
-3.54