Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Surgeon
101
Overall Rating:
100/200
528
Median Salary:$365,258

Diagnoses ailments and performs operations to repair, reconstruct, remove, or replace organs, limbs, and bodily systems.

Work Environment
Very Poor
198/200
1962.00
Stress
Very High
164/200
30.580
Projected Growth
Very Good
16/200
20.58
Electrical Equipment Repairer
102
Overall Rating:
102/200
529
Median Salary:$51,132

Installs and repairs electronic equipment for military installations, manufacturers, and businesses.

Work Environment
Fair
97/200
657.16
Stress
Low
63/200
16.320
Projected Growth
Poor
155/200
-3.68
Insurance Agent
103
Overall Rating:
103/200
531
Median Salary:$46,342

Sells insurance and advises clients about amount and type of coverage based on needs and circumstances.

Work Environment
Poor
158/200
1085.52
Stress
Very High
177/200
36.420
Projected Growth
Good
64/200
9.42
Receptionist
104
Overall Rating:
103/200
531
Median Salary:$25,118

Greets visitors to offices, answers questions, and refers customers to appropriate staff.

Work Environment
Fair
100/200
665.21
Stress
Medium
120/200
23.180
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
4.18
Cashier
105
Overall Rating:
105/200
533
Median Salary:$18,067

Receives payments, makes change, and provides receipts for goods sold.

Work Environment
Fair
85/200
595.36
Stress
Very Low
30/200
12.670
Projected Growth
Very Poor
175/200
-9.33
Advertising Account Executive
106
Overall Rating:
106/200
536
Median Salary:$62,105

Negotiates to procure accounts, and supervises advertising campaigns for products, companies, and organizations.

Work Environment
Poor
149/200
1010.10
Stress
Very High
189/200
41.050
Projected Growth
Poor
135/200
-0.95
Vending Machine Repairer
107
Overall Rating:
107/200
538
Median Salary:$30,147

Performs maintenance and repairs on coin-operated vending and amusement machines.

Work Environment
Good
63/200
469.40
Stress
Very Low
19/200
11.470
Projected Growth
Poor
150/200
-3.53
Architect
108
Overall Rating:
108/200
542
Median Salary:$73,193

Plans and designs spaces to be constructed or remodeled according to specifications of clients.

Work Environment
Very Poor
171/200
1195.00
Stress
Very High
185/200
39.930
Projected Growth
Fair
88/200
5.93
Electrical Technician
109
Overall Rating:
108/200
542
Median Salary:$32,969

Develops, assembles, and tests electrical equipment according to principles of electrical engineering.

Work Environment
Good
70/200
502.26
Stress
Very Low
8/200
8.690
Projected Growth
Very Poor
189/200
-14.31
Computer Service Technician
110
Overall Rating:
110/200
547
Median Salary:$37,164

Repairs malfunctions, maintains service according to manufacturers' schedules, and sometimes installs computers and peripheral equipment.

Work Environment
Fair
87/200
610.22
Stress
Very Low
29/200
12.640
Projected Growth
Very Poor
180/200
-11.36
Stockbroker
111
Overall Rating:
111/200
548
Median Salary:$67,470

Facilitates the purchase and sale of stocks, bonds, and other securities for individual and institutional clients.

Work Environment
Very Poor
169/200
1155.75
Stress
Very High
184/200
39.700
Projected Growth
Fair
99/200
4.70
Forklift Operator
112
Overall Rating:
111/200
548
Median Salary:$30,114

Operates industrial trucks and tractors to move products and raw materials for manufacturing firms.

Work Environment
Good
60/200
454.50
Stress
Very Low
13/200
10.140
Projected Growth
Very Poor
169/200
-7.86
Public Relations Executive
113
Overall Rating:
113/200
552
Median Salary:$90,160

Helps governmental bodies, businesses and individuals maintain a positive image with the public.

Work Environment
Very Poor
172/200
1247.13
Stress
Very High
198/200
47.600
Projected Growth
Fair
111/200
2.60
Corporate Executive (Senior)
114
Overall Rating:
114/200
556
Median Salary:$161,141

Formulates the policies and directs the operations of private and publicly-held companies.

Work Environment
Very Poor
188/200
1540.00
Stress
Very High
197/200
47.410
Projected Growth
Poor
143/200
-2.59
Construction Foreman
115
Overall Rating:
115/200
558
Median Salary:$82,210

Supervises the work of employees and ensures that equipment and materials are being used properly and effectively.

Work Environment
Poor
135/200
923.21
Stress
Very High
166/200
31.100
Projected Growth
Good
58/200
10.10
Piano Tuner
116
Overall Rating:
116/200
559
Median Salary:$33,229

Adjusts piano strings to achieve proper musical pitch.

Work Environment
Good
80/200
563.28
Stress
Low
45/200
14.290
Projected Growth
Poor
156/200
-3.71
Furniture Upholsterer
117
Overall Rating:
117/200
560
Median Salary:$30,147

Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.

Work Environment
Good
71/200
504.36
Stress
Very Low
16/200
10.470
Projected Growth
Very Poor
164/200
-6.53
Communications Equipment Mechanic
118
Overall Rating:
118/200
562
Median Salary:$56,132

Installs, repairs and maintains residential and commercial phone systems.

Work Environment
Fair
87/200
610.22
Stress
High
130/200
24.320
Projected Growth
Poor
145/200
-2.68
Agricultural Scientist
119
Overall Rating:
119/200
564
Median Salary:$34,150

Researches methods to improve quantity and quality of yields from farm crops and livestock, and attempts to find practical solutions to problems in agriculture.

Work Environment
Good
68/200
494.01
Stress
Medium
91/200
19.500
Projected Growth
Poor
124/200
0.50
Compositor/Typesetter
120
Overall Rating:
120/200
565
Median Salary:$33,165

Typesetters operate keyboards to prepare print documents, while compositors lay out pages, check proofs and make corrections.

Work Environment
Good
55/200
440.90
Stress
Low
68/200
16.650
Projected Growth
Very Poor
182/200
-12.35