Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Sociologist
20
Overall Rating:
21/200
532
Median Salary:$72,195

Studies human behavior by examining the interaction of social groups and institutions.

Work Environment
Good
45/200
52.47
Stress
Medium
83/200
18.950
Projected Growth
Good
56/200
19.05
Veterinarian
21
Overall Rating:
22/200
534
Median Salary:$82,190

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

Work Environment
Poor
147/200
67.94
Stress
Low
54/200
15.900
Projected Growth
Very Good
7/200
36.80
Geologist
22
Overall Rating:
22/200
534
Median Salary:$83,266

Studies and analyzes the physical properties of the earth's surface, adding to our knowledge of oil and gas exploration techniques.

Work Environment
Good
54/200
53.91
Stress
High
122/200
23.660
Projected Growth
Very Good
34/200
22.86
Orthodontist
23
Overall Rating:
24/200
537
Median Salary:$117,126

Diagnoses and corrects deviations in dental growth, development and position.

Work Environment
Poor
139/200
65.79
Stress
Medium
117/200
23.260
Projected Growth
Good
43/200
21.36
Podiatrist
24
Overall Rating:
25/200
541
Median Salary:$118,246

Diagnoses and treats problems of the feet, through corrective devices, medication, therapy, and surgery.

Work Environment
Poor
132/200
64.94
Stress
Low
60/200
16.460
Projected Growth
Good
41/200
21.46
Physicist
25
Overall Rating:
26/200
558
Median Salary:$106,183

Researches and develops theories concerning the physical forces of nature.

Work Environment
Very Good
27/200
50.91
Stress
Low
67/200
16.830
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
14.03
Physician Assistant
26
Overall Rating:
27/200
561
Median Salary:$86,107

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
173/200
72.80
Stress
Very High
168/200
32.070
Projected Growth
Very Good
15/200
29.57
Biologist
27
Overall Rating:
28/200
564
Median Salary:$73,285

Studies the relationship of plants and animals to their environment.

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
51.91
Stress
Low
53/200
15.850
Projected Growth
Fair
87/200
15.85
Civil Engineer
28
Overall Rating:
29/200
570
Median Salary:$78,133

Plans and supervises the building of roads, bridges, tunnels, and buildings.

Work Environment
Very Good
37/200
52.06
Stress
Medium
109/200
22.330
Projected Growth
Good
59/200
18.73
Meteorologist
29
Overall Rating:
30/200
571
Median Salary:$88,193

Studies the physical characteristics, motions and processes of the earth's atmosphere.

Work Environment
Very Good
14/200
48.91
Stress
Low
46/200
14.930
Projected Growth
Fair
115/200
11.53
Historian
30
Overall Rating:
31/200
578
Median Salary:$65,241

Analyzes and records historical information from a specific era or according to a particular area of expertise.

Work Environment
Very Good
13/200
48.47
Stress
Low
73/200
17.410
Projected Growth
Good
73/200
17.81
Museum Curator
31
Overall Rating:
32/200
580
Median Salary:$48,207

Plans and directs activities of workers and arranges for the exhibition of articles of interest to museum visitors.

Work Environment
Good
47/200
52.80
Stress
Medium
101/200
21.070
Projected Growth
Very Good
21/200
25.87
Market Research Analyst
32
Overall Rating:
33/200
582
Median Salary:$61,236

Collects and evaluates data to make recommendations to businesses concerning trends in consumer purchasing.

Work Environment
Poor
130/200
64.47
Stress
Very High
170/200
32.360
Projected Growth
Very Good
2/200
40.56
Dentist
33
Overall Rating:
33/200
582
Median Salary:$141,144

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
161/200
69.79
Stress
Medium
120/200
23.440
Projected Growth
Good
45/200
21.14
Computer Programmer
34
Overall Rating:
35/200
627
Median Salary:$71,178

Organizes and lists the instructions for computers to process data and solve problems in logical order.

Work Environment
Very Good
22/200
50.18
Stress
Very Low
18/200
11.780
Projected Growth
Fair
113/200
11.78
Parole Officer
35
Overall Rating:
36/200
635
Median Salary:$47,161

Monitors, counsels, and reports on the progress of individuals who have been released from correctional institutions to serve parole.

Work Environment
Very Good
32/200
51.34
Stress
Very Low
24/200
12.610
Projected Growth
Good
57/200
19.01
Vocational Counselor
36
Overall Rating:
37/200
638
Median Salary:$53,169

Helps students with educational and social problems, and provides vocational guidance.

Work Environment
Good
70/200
55.80
Stress
Low
44/200
14.690
Projected Growth
Good
61/200
18.69
Technical Writer
37
Overall Rating:
38/200
642
Median Salary:$63,173

Transforms scientific and technical information into readily understandable language.

Work Environment
Very Good
16/200
49.25
Stress
Low
80/200
18.730
Projected Growth
Fair
86/200
15.93
Nurse (Registered)
38
Overall Rating:
39/200
650
Median Salary:$65,116

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
138/200
65.75
Stress
Very High
162/200
30.160
Projected Growth
Very Good
20/200
26.16
Medical Secretary
39
Overall Rating:
40/200
653
Median Salary:$31,114

Transcribes dictations, prepares correspondence, and assists physicians and other medical scientists in compiling reports, articles, speeches and conference proceedings.

Work Environment
Very Good
12/200
48.28
Stress
Low
47/200
15.140
Projected Growth
Very Good
3/200
39.44