Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Typist/Word Processor
140
Overall Rating:
141/200
1,243
Median Salary:$33,104

Prepares and edits typed or electronic copies of handwritten, printed, or magnetically recorded documents.

Work Environment
Very Good
10/200
48.16
Stress
Very Low
30/200
13.040
Projected Growth
Very Poor
198/200
-13.46
Military General
141
Overall Rating:
142/200
1,252
Median Salary:$196,017

As a high-ranking leader in their branch of the armed forces, they command troops through military training operations and into battle.

Work Environment
Very Poor
196/200
89.00
Stress
Very High
199/200
65.170
Projected Growth
Very Poor
186/200
-0.83
Jeweler
142
Overall Rating:
143/200
1,253
Median Salary:$35,221

Manufactures and repairs rings, bracelets, pins, and necklaces using precious or semi-precious metals and stones.

Work Environment
Good
41/200
52.20
Stress
Very Low
3/200
8.210
Projected Growth
Very Poor
195/200
-6.99
Computer Service Technician
143
Overall Rating:
144/200
1,263
Median Salary:$37,157

Repairs malfunctions, maintains service according to manufacturers' schedules, and sometimes installs computers and peripheral equipment.

Work Environment
Fair
96/200
59.94
Stress
Very Low
23/200
12.570
Projected Growth
Very Poor
162/200
5.07
Aircraft Mechanic
144
Overall Rating:
145/200
1,267
Median Salary:$53,112

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

Work Environment
Poor
124/200
63.60
Stress
High
144/200
27.120
Projected Growth
Poor
155/200
6.42
Automobile Mechanic
145
Overall Rating:
146/200
1,273
Median Salary:$36,200

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
165/200
70.85
Stress
High
138/200
26.000
Projected Growth
Fair
84/200
16.20
Recreation Worker
146
Overall Rating:
147/200
1,279
Median Salary:$22,138

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

Work Environment
Fair
117/200
62.36
Stress
Medium
97/200
20.380
Projected Growth
Good
76/200
17.48
Photographer
147
Overall Rating:
148/200
1,280
Median Salary:$29,271

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

Work Environment
Fair
94/200
59.25
Stress
High
151/200
28.710
Projected Growth
Fair
108/200
12.21
Electrical Equipment Repairer
148
Overall Rating:
149/200
1,282
Median Salary:$52,121

Installs and repairs electronic equipment for military installations, manufacturers, and businesses.

Work Environment
Fair
106/200
60.94
Stress
Low
57/200
16.210
Projected Growth
Very Poor
191/200
-2.69
Buyer
149
Overall Rating:
150/200
1,283
Median Salary:$50,210

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
162/200
70.17
Stress
Very High
177/200
37.100
Projected Growth
Poor
143/200
7.50
Sheet Metal Worker
150
Overall Rating:
151/200
1,287
Median Salary:$42,196

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
168/200
71.66
Stress
High
155/200
28.960
Projected Growth
Fair
100/200
14.46
Janitor
151
Overall Rating:
152/200
1,291
Median Salary:$22,131

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

Work Environment
Good
47/200
52.80
Stress
Low
48/200
15.310
Projected Growth
Poor
140/200
8.01
Sailor
152
Overall Rating:
153/200
1,292
Median Salary:$37,148

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
187/200
77.84
Stress
High
131/200
25.220
Projected Growth
Good
74/200
17.78
Chauffeur
153
Overall Rating:
154/200
1,293
Median Salary:$22,125

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

Work Environment
Poor
142/200
66.29
Stress
Medium
104/200
21.250
Projected Growth
Good
72/200
17.85
Appliance Repairer
154
Overall Rating:
155/200
1,298
Median Salary:$35,185

Performs major and routine maintenance on a variety of electrical home appliances.

Work Environment
Fair
96/200
59.94
Stress
Very Low
27/200
12.850
Projected Growth
Poor
159/200
5.35
Real Estate Agent
155
Overall Rating:
156/200
1,305
Median Salary:$40,375

Acts as intermediary between buyer and seller in real estate transactions, usually by being the prime salesperson of a property.

Work Environment
Very Poor
176/200
73.91
Stress
Very High
179/200
38.750
Projected Growth
Fair
120/200
10.95
Office Machine Repairer
156
Overall Rating:
156/200
1,305
Median Salary:$37,157

Repairs and maintains business machines.

Work Environment
Fair
101/200
60.07
Stress
Low
51/200
15.570
Projected Growth
Very Poor
162/200
5.07
Highway Patrol Officer
157
Overall Rating:
158/200
1,308
Median Salary:$54,163

Patrols roads and highways, and enforces traffic regulations and criminal statutes.

Work Environment
Very Poor
192/200
81.15
Stress
Very High
184/200
40.630
Projected Growth
Poor
135/200
8.83
Cashier
158
Overall Rating:
158/200
1,308
Median Salary:$19,063

Receives payments, makes change, and provides receipts for goods sold.

Work Environment
Good
52/200
53.21
Stress
Very Low
25/200
12.630
Projected Growth
Very Poor
168/200
4.03
Child Care Worker
159
Overall Rating:
160/200
1,310
Median Salary:$19,081

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

Work Environment
Fair
119/200
62.89
Stress
High
136/200
25.810
Projected Growth
Good
77/200
17.21