Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Garbage Collector
160
Overall Rating:
160/200
1,310
Median Salary:$33,184

Collects refuse on a designated municipal route, and transports trash to disposal plants or landfill areas.

Work Environment
Very Poor
169/200
71.76
Stress
High
125/200
23.840
Projected Growth
Good
78/200
17.04
Ironworker
161
Overall Rating:
162/200
1,317
Median Salary:$35,122

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
185/200
77.27
Stress
Very High
165/200
31.220
Projected Growth
Good
65/200
18.12
Bartender
162
Overall Rating:
163/200
1,320
Median Salary:$19,094

Mixes and serves drinks to customers of a tavern, restaurant, or lounge.

Work Environment
Fair
91/200
58.94
Stress
Very Low
29/200
12.940
Projected Growth
Poor
149/200
6.94
Police Officer
163
Overall Rating:
164/200
1,325
Median Salary:$54,163

Provides protection against crime, investigates criminal activity, and works with the public on crime-prevention measures.

Work Environment
Very Poor
195/200
84.15
Stress
Very High
187/200
43.630
Projected Growth
Poor
135/200
8.83
Furniture Upholsterer
164
Overall Rating:
165/200
1,329
Median Salary:$30,130

Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.

Work Environment
Good
56/200
54.03
Stress
Very Low
10/200
10.300
Projected Growth
Very Poor
173/200
2.50
Dockworker
165
Overall Rating:
166/200
1,333
Median Salary:$40,191

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

Work Environment
Poor
126/200
64.17
Stress
High
130/200
24.910
Projected Growth
Poor
139/200
8.11
Photojournalist
166
Overall Rating:
167/200
1,335
Median Salary:$40,209

Photographs and/or videotapes newsworthy events for publication in newspapers and magazines.

Work Environment
Very Poor
178/200
74.25
Stress
Very High
193/200
47.090
Projected Growth
Fair
114/200
11.59
Stationary Engineer
167
Overall Rating:
168/200
1,343
Median Salary:$52,124

Operates, monitors, and repairs power plants and industrial heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

Work Environment
Poor
154/200
68.89
Stress
High
145/200
27.240
Projected Growth
Poor
154/200
6.44
Painter
168
Overall Rating:
169/200
1,345
Median Salary:$34,164

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

Work Environment
Poor
131/200
64.77
Stress
Very High
167/200
31.640
Projected Growth
Fair
95/200
15.14
Handyman
169
Overall Rating:
170/200
1,353
Median Salary:$35,167

Performs a variety of household maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to require the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, but require a certain skills and knowledge.

Work Environment
Poor
141/200
66.27
Stress
Medium
90/200
19.670
Projected Growth
Poor
122/200
10.67
Bank Teller
170
Overall Rating:
171/200
1,355
Median Salary:$24,083

Cashes checks, makes deposits and withdrawals, and handles a variety of other transactions for bank customers.

Work Environment
Good
75/200
56.16
Stress
Very Low
26/200
12.830
Projected Growth
Very Poor
184/200
0.13
Musical Instrument Repairer
171
Overall Rating:
172/200
1,358
Median Salary:$32,195

Maintains and repairs band and orchestral instruments of all kinds.

Work Environment
Fair
91/200
58.94
Stress
Very Low
34/200
13.950
Projected Growth
Very Poor
170/200
2.85
Precision Assembler
172
Overall Rating:
173/200
1,373
Median Salary:$31,140

Works on sub-assembly or final assembly of products such as machinery, electronic equipment, or aircraft.

Work Environment
Fair
86/200
57.63
Stress
Very Low
8/200
9.400
Projected Growth
Very Poor
182/200
0.60
Construction Worker
173
Overall Rating:
174/200
1,382
Median Salary:$29,205

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
183/200
76.05
Stress
Very High
161/200
30.050
Projected Growth
Good
63/200
18.35
Welder
174
Overall Rating:
175/200
1,388
Median Salary:$35,125

Joins or repairs metal surfaces through the application of heat.

Work Environment
Poor
152/200
68.39
Stress
Medium
116/200
23.250
Projected Growth
Fair
117/200
11.25
Flight Attendant
175
Overall Rating:
176/200
1,398
Median Salary:$38,156

Tends to the care, safety and comfort of passengers on commercial and corporate aircraft.

Work Environment
Fair
102/200
60.15
Stress
Very High
188/200
44.560
Projected Growth
Very Poor
183/200
0.36
Roofer
176
Overall Rating:
177/200
1,411
Median Salary:$34,177

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

Work Environment
Very Poor
172/200
72.32
Stress
Very High
163/200
30.770
Projected Growth
Fair
99/200
14.57
Travel Agent
177
Overall Rating:
177/200
1,411
Median Salary:$32,130

Makes arrangements for travel according to the specific needs of individuals and businesses.

Work Environment
Poor
148/200
68.13
Stress
Very High
183/200
40.300
Projected Growth
Poor
137/200
8.30
Actor
178
Overall Rating:
179/200
1,420
Median Salary:$50,118

Entertains, informs, and instructs audiences by interpreting dramatic roles on stage, film, television, or radio.

Work Environment
Very Poor
181/200
75.25
Stress
Very High
190/200
45.180
Projected Growth
Very Poor
185/200
0.08
Farmer
179
Overall Rating:
180/200
1,433
Median Salary:$61,269

Manages the successful operation of a crop, livestock, dairy, or poultry farm.

Work Environment
Very Poor
184/200
76.66
Stress
High
141/200
26.690
Projected Growth
Very Poor
194/200
-6.31