Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Physician (General Practice)
40
Overall Rating:
40/200
653
Median Salary:$205,029

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
193/200
81.50
Stress
High
132/200
25.290
Projected Growth
Very Good
30/200
23.69
Psychologist
41
Overall Rating:
42/200
658
Median Salary:$67,179

Studies human behavior, emotion, and mental processes, and provides counseling and therapy for individuals.

Work Environment
Fair
110/200
61.47
Stress
High
153/200
28.790
Projected Growth
Good
42/200
21.39
Psychiatrist
42
Overall Rating:
43/200
667
Median Salary:$164,250

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
190/200
80.50
Stress
High
127/200
24.500
Projected Growth
Very Good
33/200
23.10
Astronomer
43
Overall Rating:
44/200
669
Median Salary:$87,216

Uses principles of physics and mathematics to understand the workings of the universe.

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
51.91
Stress
Medium
102/200
21.160
Projected Growth
Fair
109/200
12.16
Optician
44
Overall Rating:
45/200
672
Median Salary:$33,143

Fills lens prescriptions, and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Work Environment
Very Good
23/200
50.30
Stress
Low
50/200
15.430
Projected Growth
Very Good
16/200
29.33
Surgeon
45
Overall Rating:
46/200
680
Median Salary:$305,078

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
197/200
90.50
Stress
High
152/200
28.780
Projected Growth
Very Good
27/200
24.18
Respiratory Therapist
46
Overall Rating:
47/200
682
Median Salary:$54,083

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

Work Environment
Poor
121/200
63.13
Stress
Medium
92/200
19.830
Projected Growth
Very Good
18/200
26.53
Accountant
47
Overall Rating:
48/200
695
Median Salary:$62,174

Prepares and analyzes financial reports to assist managers in business, industry and government.

Work Environment
Very Good
40/200
52.13
Stress
Medium
91/200
19.740
Projected Growth
Fair
91/200
15.44
Economist
48
Overall Rating:
49/200
702
Median Salary:$89,223

Studies and analyzes the effects of resources such as land, labor, and raw materials, on costs and their relation to industry and government.

Work Environment
Very Good
25/200
50.47
Stress
Low
71/200
17.230
Projected Growth
Poor
147/200
7.33
Paralegal Assistant
49
Overall Rating:
50/200
718
Median Salary:$47,159

Assists attorneys in preparation of legal documents; collection of depositions and affidavits; and investigation, research and analysis of legal issues.

Work Environment
Very Good
19/200
49.97
Stress
Low
64/200
16.590
Projected Growth
Good
69/200
17.89
Medical Records Technician
50
Overall Rating:
51/200
720
Median Salary:$32,152

Maintains complete, accurate, and up-to-date medical records for use in treatment, billing, and statistical surveys.

Work Environment
Very Good
5/200
45.30
Stress
Very Low
2/200
7.520
Projected Growth
Good
49/200
20.52
Social Worker
51
Overall Rating:
52/200
731
Median Salary:$40,162

Assists individuals, families, and groups in need of counseling and special social services.

Work Environment
Good
67/200
55.34
Stress
High
128/200
24.620
Projected Growth
Very Good
25/200
24.42
Stenographer/Court Reporter
52
Overall Rating:
53/200
739
Median Salary:$48,250

Transcribes testimony, judicial decisions, and other proceedings of a court of law.

Work Environment
Very Good
15/200
49.16
Stress
Low
78/200
18.500
Projected Growth
Fair
90/200
15.60
Anthropologist
53
Overall Rating:
54/200
745
Median Salary:$54,187

Studies the social customs, language, and physical attributes of people throughout the world.

Work Environment
Good
76/200
56.47
Stress
High
142/200
26.870
Projected Growth
Good
48/200
20.57
Archeologist
54
Overall Rating:
54/200
745
Median Salary:$54,187

Studies, analyzes, and collects data based on research of ancient, often preliterate cultures.

Work Environment
Good
76/200
56.47
Stress
High
142/200
26.870
Projected Growth
Good
48/200
20.57
Medical Technologist
55
Overall Rating:
56/200
752
Median Salary:$56,097

Performs lab analysis for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Work Environment
Very Good
23/200
50.30
Stress
Low
55/200
15.970
Projected Growth
Poor
125/200
10.27
Architect
56
Overall Rating:
57/200
753
Median Salary:$73,179

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
173/200
72.80
Stress
Very High
182/200
39.790
Projected Growth
Very Good
26/200
24.29
Management Consultant
57
Overall Rating:
58/200
783
Median Salary:$78,216

Researches and analyzes information in order to make recommendations to managers. Their tasks may vary from client to client.

Work Environment
Very Poor
170/200
72.00
Stress
High
149/200
28.160
Projected Growth
Very Good
37/200
22.06
Nuclear Engineer
58
Overall Rating:
59/200
784
Median Salary:$100,112

Conducts research, designs, and monitors the operation and maintenance of nuclear reactors and power plant equipment.

Work Environment
Very Good
37/200
52.06
Stress
Very High
169/200
32.120
Projected Growth
Poor
124/200
10.32
Loan Officer
59
Overall Rating:
60/200
792
Median Salary:$56,261

Loan officers help people apply for loans. This lets people do things like buy a house or a car, or pay for college.

Work Environment
Good
80/200
56.82
Stress
Low
42/200
14.610
Projected Growth
Fair
98/200
14.81