Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Cosmetologist
100
Overall Rating:
101/200
1,051
Median Salary:$23,163

Creates hair styles, and advises clients about caring for their hair between appointments.

Work Environment
Good
69/200
55.51
Stress
Very Low
13/200
10.630
Projected Growth
Fair
93/200
15.33
Artist (Fine Art)
101
Overall Rating:
102/200
1,052
Median Salary:$45,374

Creates artwork independently, usually in the form of painting, drawing, sculpture, or other visual mediums.

Work Environment
Good
65/200
55.25
Stress
High
124/200
23.740
Projected Growth
Poor
129/200
9.54
Broadcast Technician
102
Overall Rating:
103/200
1,059
Median Salary:$35,300

Runs and maintains the equipment used to transmit radio and television messages.

Work Environment
Very Good
36/200
51.97
Stress
Low
76/200
18.000
Projected Growth
Fair
119/200
11.00
Zoologist
103
Overall Rating:
104/200
1,061
Median Salary:$57,159

Studies the behavior, life processes, origins, and diseases of animals.

Work Environment
Fair
88/200
57.96
Stress
Medium
88/200
19.580
Projected Growth
Poor
141/200
7.98
Commercial Airline Pilot
104
Overall Rating:
105/200
1,068
Median Salary:$103,158

Operates an aircraft to transport passengers and cargo to appointed destinations.

Work Environment
Poor
151/200
68.34
Stress
Very High
197/200
59.580
Projected Growth
Poor
148/200
6.98
Hair Stylist
105
Overall Rating:
106/200
1,071
Median Salary:$23,163

Shampoos, trims, cuts, and styles hair according to the desires of customers.

Work Environment
Good
64/200
55.08
Stress
Very Low
4/200
8.630
Projected Growth
Fair
93/200
15.33
Sales Representative (Wholesale)
106
Overall Rating:
107/200
1,078
Median Salary:$52,304

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
180/200
74.92
Stress
High
158/200
29.480
Projected Growth
Good
80/200
16.64
Tax Examiner/Collector
107
Overall Rating:
107/200
1,078
Median Salary:$49,207

Determines tax liability and collects taxes from individuals or businesses.

Work Environment
Good
61/200
54.91
Stress
Low
69/200
17.070
Projected Growth
Very Poor
166/200
4.37
Construction Machinery Operator
108
Overall Rating:
109/200
1,085
Median Salary:$40,173

Operates one or more machines used in extractive or construction work.

Work Environment
Poor
160/200
69.45
Stress
High
123/200
23.730
Projected Growth
Good
50/200
20.23
Electrical Technician
109
Overall Rating:
110/200
1,097
Median Salary:$56,138

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

Work Environment
Good
78/200
56.66
Stress
Very Low
11/200
10.380
Projected Growth
Very Poor
188/200
-1.72
Architectural Drafter
110
Overall Rating:
111/200
1,109
Median Salary:$46,140

Prepares drawings according to the specifications of scientists, architects, and engineers.

Work Environment
Very Good
17/200
49.59
Stress
Low
72/200
17.400
Projected Growth
Very Poor
172/200
2.60
Hotel Manager
111
Overall Rating:
112/200
1,119
Median Salary:$47,203

Oversees the successful and profitable operation of hotels and motels.

Work Environment
Fair
118/200
62.84
Stress
Medium
114/200
23.030
Projected Growth
Poor
131/200
9.33
Teacher's Aide
112
Overall Rating:
113/200
1,124
Median Salary:$23,112

Supervises elementary school students in the classroom, school yard, and in the cafeteria, operates audio-visual equipment, records grades, and prepares educational materials.

Work Environment
Good
57/200
54.06
Stress
Very Low
38/200
14.120
Projected Growth
Fair
105/200
13.92
Author
113
Overall Rating:
114/200
1,127
Median Salary:$55,276

Creates fiction and non-fiction books, either on assignment from editors, or independently.

Work Environment
Fair
108/200
61.25
Stress
High
159/200
29.760
Projected Growth
Poor
156/200
6.26
Sewage Plant Operator
114
Overall Rating:
115/200
1,129
Median Salary:$41,156

Monitors and controls processes and equipment to remove harmful waste materials from sewage.

Work Environment
Fair
90/200
58.89
Stress
Low
75/200
17.560
Projected Growth
Fair
118/200
11.16
Nuclear Decontamination Technician
115
Overall Rating:
116/200
1,130
Median Salary:$38,156

Cleanses nuclear power plant equipment and personnel of irradiated material.

Work Environment
Poor
125/200
63.66
Stress
Very High
171/200
34.560
Projected Growth
Good
52/200
19.66
Corporate Executive (Senior)
116
Overall Rating:
117/200
1,151
Median Salary:$166,141

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
194/200
83.00
Stress
Very High
194/200
47.410
Projected Growth
Very Poor
163/200
4.81
Security Guard
117
Overall Rating:
118/200
1,157
Median Salary:$24,141

Protects property from damages incurred by theft, fire, and vandalism.

Work Environment
Fair
113/200
61.74
Stress
Low
59/200
16.410
Projected Growth
Fair
83/200
16.21
Forklift Operator
118
Overall Rating:
119/200
1,161
Median Salary:$38,168

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

Work Environment
Good
59/200
54.45
Stress
Very Low
14/200
10.680
Projected Growth
Poor
160/200
5.18
Publication Editor
119
Overall Rating:
119/200
1,161
Median Salary:$51,234

Plans and directs the editorial activities of various publications.

Work Environment
Good
65/200
55.25
Stress
High
133/200
25.340
Projected Growth
Very Poor
181/200
0.94