Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Janitor
141
Overall Rating:
141/200
626
Median Salary:$22,125

Cleans offices and other spaces within buildings, and keeps areas in good condition.

Work Environment
Good
66/200
489.60
Stress
Low
53/200
15.250
Projected Growth
Very Poor
165/200
-6.75
Plumber
142
Overall Rating:
142/200
628
Median Salary:$46,182

Builds and repairs water, waste disposal, drainage and gas delivery systems for residential, commercial and industrial structures.

Work Environment
Poor
127/200
836.38
Stress
Medium
117/200
22.820
Projected Growth
Fair
105/200
3.82
Fashion Designer
143
Overall Rating:
143/200
633
Median Salary:$61,291

Designs articles or complete lines of clothing for men, women, or children.

Work Environment
Poor
136/200
929.25
Stress
Very High
178/200
36.910
Projected Growth
Very Poor
167/200
-7.09
Photographer
144
Overall Rating:
144/200
638
Median Salary:$30,265

Uses shutter-operated cameras and photographic emulsions to visually portray a variety of subjects.

Work Environment
Fair
99/200
663.75
Stress
High
154/200
28.650
Projected Growth
Fair
110/200
2.65
Shoe Maker/Repairer
145
Overall Rating:
144/200
638
Median Salary:$23,112

Refurbishes and mends worn shoes, saddles, and boots.

Work Environment
Fair
86/200
597.24
Stress
Low
74/200
17.120
Projected Growth
Very Poor
199/200
-31.88
Nurse's Aide
146
Overall Rating:
146/200
642
Median Salary:$24,089

Assists practical nurses in caring for patients. Nursing homes and hospitals are the primary employers of nurse's aides.

Work Environment
Poor
132/200
872.96
Stress
Medium
118/200
22.890
Projected Growth
Good
53/200
10.89
Recreation Worker
147
Overall Rating:
147/200
643
Median Salary:$22,138

Organizes and supervises a variety of leisure activities, including sports, arts, crafts, drama, singing, dancing, and story telling.

Work Environment
Poor
134/200
889.14
Stress
Medium
101/200
20.380
Projected Growth
Good
55/200
10.38
Electrician
148
Overall Rating:
147/200
643
Median Salary:$47,176

Maps layout and installs and repairs electrical wiring and fixtures.

Work Environment
Poor
129/200
855.76
Stress
Medium
105/200
20.760
Projected Growth
Poor
136/200
-1.24
Flight Attendant
149
Overall Rating:
147/200
643
Median Salary:$40,184

Tends to the care and comfort of passengers on commercial and corporate aircraft.

Work Environment
Poor
122/200
803.00
Stress
Very High
193/200
44.840
Projected Growth
Fair
109/200
2.84
Glazier
150
Overall Rating:
150/200
645
Median Salary:$36,186

Measures, cuts, and installs glass in residential and commercial buildings.

Work Environment
Fair
120/200
796.86
Stress
High
147/200
26.860
Projected Growth
Good
79/200
6.86
Nuclear Decontamination Technician
151
Overall Rating:
150/200
645
Median Salary:$37,163

Cleanses nuclear power plant equipment and personnel of irradiated material.

Work Environment
Poor
125/200
821.88
Stress
Very High
174/200
34.630
Projected Growth
Good
43/200
13.63
Automobile Body Repairer
152
Overall Rating:
152/200
649
Median Salary:$38,178

Mends cosmetic and structural damage to car, truck, and bus chassis.

Work Environment
Fair
101/200
669.90
Stress
Medium
86/200
18.780
Projected Growth
Very Poor
178/200
-11.22
Sales Representative (Wholesale)
153
Overall Rating:
153/200
650
Median Salary:$51,308

Represents wholesalers who distribute products to stores, manufacturers, and businesses.

Work Environment
Very Poor
178/200
1293.84
Stress
Very High
180/200
37.080
Projected Growth
Fair
117/200
1.08
Drill-Press Operator
154
Overall Rating:
154/200
651
Median Salary:$31,124

Operates drilling machines to place holes in metal or nonmetal pieces according to predetermined specifications.

Work Environment
Fair
110/200
728.32
Stress
Very Low
18/200
11.240
Projected Growth
Very Poor
200/200
-40.76
Aircraft Mechanic
155
Overall Rating:
155/200
655
Median Salary:$53,118

Performs scheduled inspections, maintenance and repairs on commercial and private aircraft.

Work Environment
Poor
147/200
981.20
Stress
High
149/200
27.180
Projected Growth
Fair
116/200
1.18
Buyer
156
Overall Rating:
156/200
661
Median Salary:$49,207

Orders merchandise and maintains inventory control for wholesale and retail sales firms.

Work Environment
Very Poor
162/200
1108.08
Stress
Very High
179/200
37.070
Projected Growth
Poor
157/200
-3.93
Chauffeur
157
Overall Rating:
157/200
665
Median Salary:$22,119

Drives limousines or other vehicles to transport passengers to and from specified locations.

Work Environment
Poor
140/200
945.80
Stress
Medium
107/200
21.190
Projected Growth
Fair
96/200
5.19
Farmer
158
Overall Rating:
158/200
666
Median Salary:$59,222

Manages the successful operation of a crop, livestock, dairy, or poultry farm.

Work Environment
Very Poor
174/200
1263.84
Stress
High
144/200
26.220
Projected Growth
Fair
95/200
5.22
Salesperson (Retail)
159
Overall Rating:
158/200
666
Median Salary:$20,153

Provides courteous and efficient service to customers in retail stores.

Work Environment
Poor
128/200
836.43
Stress
Medium
111/200
21.530
Projected Growth
Poor
123/200
0.53
Corrections Officer
160
Overall Rating:
160/200
673
Median Salary:$39,150

Supervises inmates' activities and enforces regulations in jails, prisons, and other correctional facilities.

Work Environment
Very Poor
192/200
1646.75
Stress
Very High
168/200
31.500
Projected Growth
Good
61/200
9.50