Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Author
81
Overall Rating:
81/200
448
Median Salary:$54,279

Creates fiction and non-fiction books, either on assignment from editors, or independently.

Work Environment
Fair
114/200
752.25
Stress
Very High
161/200
29.790
Projected Growth
Good
66/200
8.79
Attorney
82
Overall Rating:
81/200
448
Median Salary:$113,211

Counsels clients in legal matters; using interpretation of laws and rulings to advise and represent businesses and individuals.

Work Environment
Very Poor
173/200
1261.50
Stress
Very High
176/200
36.110
Projected Growth
Good
57/200
10.11
Physician (General Practice)
83
Overall Rating:
83/200
449
Median Salary:$192,065

Performs examinations, diagnoses medical conditions, and prescribes treatment for individuals suffering from injury, discomfort or disease.

Work Environment
Very Poor
185/200
1471.50
Stress
High
138/200
25.650
Projected Growth
Very Good
15/200
20.65
Engineering Technician
84
Overall Rating:
84/200
462
Median Salary:$55,142

Assists engineers in planning, design, and development by applying a practical knowledge of civil, mechanical, or industrial engineering.

Work Environment
Good
67/200
493.79
Stress
High
124/200
23.420
Projected Growth
Poor
142/200
-2.58
Physician Assistant
85
Overall Rating:
85/200
463
Median Salary:$84,105

Aids in the performance of essential procedures which free physicians to attend to more specialized aspects of their work.

Work Environment
Very Poor
179/200
1295.80
Stress
Very High
170/200
32.050
Projected Growth
Very Good
1/200
37.05
Bank Teller
86
Overall Rating:
86/200
469
Median Salary:$24,083

Cashes checks, makes deposits and withdrawals, and handles a variety of other transactions for bank customers.

Work Environment
Fair
95/200
642.56
Stress
Very Low
32/200
12.830
Projected Growth
Poor
128/200
-0.17
Artist (Fine Art)
87
Overall Rating:
87/200
477
Median Salary:$44,335

Creates artwork independently, usually in the form of painting, drawing, sculpture, or other visual mediums.

Work Environment
Good
64/200
486.75
Stress
High
122/200
23.350
Projected Growth
Fair
86/200
6.35
Respiratory Therapist
88
Overall Rating:
88/200
482
Median Salary:$53,085

Treats and rehabilitates patients suffering from cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) ailments which interfere with normal breathing.

Work Environment
Poor
133/200
884.73
Stress
Medium
97/200
19.850
Projected Growth
Good
44/200
12.85
Bookbinder
89
Overall Rating:
89/200
483
Median Salary:$31,194

Participates in the assembly of books or magazines for commercial printing companies.

Work Environment
Good
41/200
359.20
Stress
Very Low
1/200
5.940
Projected Growth
Very Poor
197/200
-24.06
Photographic Process Worker
90
Overall Rating:
90/200
491
Median Salary:$26,182

Develops photographic film, makes prints and slides, prepares enlargements, and retouches photographs.

Work Environment
Good
50/200
404.10
Stress
Very Low
2/200
6.820
Projected Growth
Very Poor
196/200
-20.18
Teacher's Aide
91
Overall Rating:
91/200
495
Median Salary:$23,119

Supervises elementary school students in the classroom, school yard, and in the cafeteria, operates audio-visual equipment, records grades, and prepares educational materials.

Work Environment
Good
77/200
546.78
Stress
Low
42/200
14.190
Projected Growth
Poor
132/200
-0.81
Psychiatrist
92
Overall Rating:
92/200
496
Median Salary:$160,242

Studies, diagnoses, and treats mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

Work Environment
Very Poor
183/200
1417.00
Stress
High
131/200
24.420
Projected Growth
Good
64/200
9.42
Heating/Refrigeration Mechanic
93
Overall Rating:
93/200
504
Median Salary:$41,154

Installs and services air-conditioning and furnace systems in businesses and residences.

Work Environment
Fair
92/200
633.50
Stress
Medium
103/200
20.540
Projected Growth
Very Good
27/200
17.54
Nurse (Registered)
94
Overall Rating:
93/200
504
Median Salary:$64,114

Assists physicians in administering holistic medical care and treatment to assigned patients in clinics, hospitals, public health centers, and health maintenance organizations.

Work Environment
Poor
151/200
1018.75
Stress
Very High
163/200
30.140
Projected Growth
Very Good
17/200
20.14
Sewage Plant Operator
95
Overall Rating:
95/200
506
Median Salary:$40,148

Monitors and controls processes and equipment to remove harmful waste materials from sewage.

Work Environment
Fair
111/200
734.24
Stress
Low
79/200
17.480
Projected Growth
Very Good
34/200
15.48
Hotel Manager
96
Overall Rating:
95/200
506
Median Salary:$46,207

Oversees the successful and profitable operation of hotels and motels.

Work Environment
Poor
123/200
807.12
Stress
Medium
119/200
23.070
Projected Growth
Fair
118/200
1.07
Telephone Installer/Repairer
97
Overall Rating:
95/200
506
Median Salary:$58,134

Installs, services, cleans, tests, and repairs telephones and switchboard systems.

Work Environment
Fair
97/200
657.16
Stress
Low
47/200
14.340
Projected Growth
Poor
154/200
-3.66
Industrial Machine Repairer
98
Overall Rating:
98/200
507
Median Salary:$44,131

Maintains, inspects, and repairs industrial machinery.

Work Environment
Good
52/200
422.46
Stress
Low
62/200
16.310
Projected Growth
Poor
131/200
-0.69
Broadcast Technician
99
Overall Rating:
99/200
518
Median Salary:$33,272

Runs and maintains the equipment used to transmit radio and television messages.

Work Environment
Very Good
38/200
351.76
Stress
Low
80/200
17.720
Projected Growth
Very Poor
173/200
-9.28
Teacher
100
Overall Rating:
100/200
528
Median Salary:$51,132

Introduces children to the basics of mathematics, language, science, and social studies, and assists other aspects of child development.

Work Environment
Fair
106/200
709.60
Stress
High
150/200
27.320
Projected Growth
Good
70/200
8.32