Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Plasterer
181
Overall Rating:
181/200
742
Median Salary:$38,160

Applies the plaster finish to interior walls and ceilings, and cement finish and stucco to exterior surfaces.

Work Environment
Poor
138/200
929.67
Stress
High
133/200
24.600
Projected Growth
Very Poor
163/200
-6.40
Butcher
182
Overall Rating:
182/200
743
Median Salary:$29,150

Prepares meat for sale to distributors, supermarket customers, and other consumers.

Work Environment
Poor
148/200
987.80
Stress
Medium
91/200
19.500
Projected Growth
Very Poor
162/200
-5.50
Automobile Mechanic
183
Overall Rating:
183/200
749
Median Salary:$35,200

Diagnoses problems with automotive vehicles, makes repairs, and performs routine maintenance.

Work Environment
Poor
159/200
1100.55
Stress
High
141/200
26.000
Projected Growth
Poor
139/200
-2.00
Dairy Farmer
184
Overall Rating:
184/200
751
Median Salary:$32,114

Directs and takes part in activities involved in the raising of cattle for milk production.

Work Environment
Very Poor
186/200
1474.48
Stress
High
143/200
26.140
Projected Growth
Good
72/200
8.14
Photojournalist
185
Overall Rating:
185/200
753
Median Salary:$40,209

Photographs newsworthy events for publication in newspapers and magazines.

Work Environment
Very Poor
180/200
1327.50
Stress
Very High
196/200
47.090
Projected Growth
Fair
113/200
2.09
Child Care Worker
186
Overall Rating:
186/200
769
Median Salary:$19,100

Cares for infants and toddlers when parents are at work or are unable to do so for other reasons.

Work Environment
Poor
141/200
947.25
Stress
High
141/200
26.000
Projected Growth
Poor
126/200
0.00
Sheet Metal Worker
187
Overall Rating:
187/200
770
Median Salary:$41,208

Constructs, installs, and maintains sheet metal products for home, commercial, and industrial use.

Work Environment
Very Poor
175/200
1266.14
Stress
High
158/200
29.080
Projected Growth
Poor
134/200
-0.92
Reporter (Newspaper)
188
Overall Rating:
188/200
777
Median Salary:$34,275

Covers newsworthy events for newspapers, magazines, and television news programs.

Work Environment
Poor
160/200
1106.25
Stress
Very High
192/200
44.750
Projected Growth
Very Poor
188/200
-14.25
Sailor
189
Overall Rating:
189/200
780
Median Salary:$36,150

Performs any number of tasks involved in the operation of ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

Work Environment
Very Poor
193/200
1660.56
Stress
High
159/200
29.500
Projected Growth
Fair
101/200
4.50
Stevedore
190
Overall Rating:
190/200
786
Median Salary:$39,186

Loads and unloads cargo from vessels, routes cargo to proper locations.

Work Environment
Poor
157/200
1084.59
Stress
High
134/200
24.860
Projected Growth
Very Poor
187/200
-14.14
Construction Worker
191
Overall Rating:
191/200
798
Median Salary:$29,211

Assists construction trade workers by performing a wide variety of tasks requiring physical labor.

Work Environment
Very Poor
189/200
1555.85
Stress
Very High
162/200
30.110
Projected Growth
Good
78/200
7.11
Meter Reader
192
Overall Rating:
191/200
798
Median Salary:$34,171

Monitors public utility meters, and records volume of consumption by customers.

Work Environment
Very Poor
165/200
1127.36
Stress
Medium
112/200
21.710
Projected Growth
Very Poor
198/200
-30.29
Painter
193
Overall Rating:
191/200
798
Median Salary:$34,152

Prepares surfaces, and applies paints, varnishes, and finishes to the interiors and exteriors of houses and other structures.

Work Environment
Poor
152/200
1034.02
Stress
Very High
169/200
31.520
Projected Growth
Poor
149/200
-3.48
Welder
194
Overall Rating:
194/200
811
Median Salary:$35,126

Joins or repairs metal surfaces through the application of heat.

Work Environment
Very Poor
170/200
1180.14
Stress
High
121/200
23.260
Projected Growth
Very Poor
192/200
-15.74
Emergency Medical Technician
195
Overall Rating:
195/200
814
Median Salary:$30,168

Attends to situations which demand immediate medical attention, such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, and gunshot wounds.

Work Environment
Very Poor
191/200
1610.70
Stress
Very High
183/200
39.680
Projected Growth
Fair
100/200
4.68
Taxi Driver
196
Overall Rating:
196/200
821
Median Salary:$21,127

Operates a taxi cab over the streets and roads of a municipality, picking up and dropping off passengers by request.

Work Environment
Very Poor
199/200
2317.21
Stress
Very High
195/200
46.270
Projected Growth
Fair
94/200
5.27
Roofer
197
Overall Rating:
197/200
863
Median Salary:$34,168

Installs roofs on new buildings, performs repairs on old roofs, and re-roofs old buildings.

Work Environment
Very Poor
187/200
1481.20
Stress
Very High
165/200
30.680
Projected Growth
Very Poor
174/200
-9.32
Lumberjack
198
Overall Rating:
198/200
868
Median Salary:$32,109

Fells, cuts, and transports timber to be processed into lumber, paper, and other wood products.

Work Environment
Very Poor
196/200
1817.53
Stress
Very High
186/200
40.090
Projected Growth
Poor
125/200
0.09
Ironworker
199
Overall Rating:
199/200
887
Median Salary:$34,127

Raises the steel framework of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

Work Environment
Very Poor
190/200
1593.72
Stress
Very High
167/200
31.270
Projected Growth
Very Poor
184/200
-12.73
Roustabout
200
Overall Rating:
200/200
892
Median Salary:$32,143

Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both on and off shore.

Work Environment
Very Poor
194/200
1731.45
Stress
High
145/200
26.430
Projected Growth
Very Poor
195/200
-19.57