Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Disc Jockey
180
Overall Rating:
181/200
1,435
Median Salary:$27,387

Selects and plays records or tapes; comments on areas of interest to a particular radio audience.

Work Environment
Poor
150/200
68.25
Stress
High
160/200
29.870
Projected Growth
Poor
136/200
8.77
Dressmaker/Tailor
181
Overall Rating:
182/200
1,439
Median Salary:$27,133

Follows design instructions, operates a sewing machine to join, reinforce, and decorate parts of garments or other textiles.

Work Environment
Fair
89/200
58.43
Stress
Very Low
1/200
7.330
Projected Growth
Very Poor
187/200
-1.67
Maid
182
Overall Rating:
183/200
1,453
Median Salary:$19,088

May perform a variety of services, including cleaning and upkeep for residential and institutional employers.

Work Environment
Good
71/200
55.89
Stress
Medium
82/200
18.880
Projected Growth
Very Poor
164/200
4.68
Mail Carrier
183
Overall Rating:
184/200
1,454
Median Salary:$54,047

Delivers and collects mail along prearranged rural and urban routes.

Work Environment
Very Poor
171/200
72.28
Stress
High
121/200
23.470
Projected Growth
Very Poor
197/200
-12.53
Shipping/Receiving Clerk
184
Overall Rating:
184/200
1,454
Median Salary:$28,132

Monitors the movement of shipments of merchandise into and out of places of business.

Work Environment
Good
68/200
55.36
Stress
Very Low
40/200
14.320
Projected Growth
Very Poor
190/200
-2.38
Firefighter
185
Overall Rating:
186/200
1,458
Median Salary:$45,226

Protects individuals and saves lives and property from the ravages of fire.

Work Environment
Very Poor
200/200
110.17
Stress
Very High
198/200
60.260
Projected Growth
Poor
128/200
9.86
Automobile Assembler
186
Overall Rating:
187/200
1,463
Median Salary:$27,269

Assembles parts or contributes to the final assembly of automobiles and trucks.

Work Environment
Fair
86/200
57.63
Stress
Very Low
5/200
8.690
Projected Growth
Very Poor
199/200
-18.91
Taxi Driver
187
Overall Rating:
188/200
1,467
Median Salary:$22,125

Operates a taxi cab over the streets and roads of a municipality, picking up and dropping off passengers by request.

Work Environment
Very Poor
198/200
91.29
Stress
Very High
192/200
46.250
Projected Growth
Good
72/200
17.85
Conservationist
188
Overall Rating:
190/200
1,481
Median Salary:$24,165

Conducts research into range problems, and manages range lands to make efficient use of livestock and wildlife without destroying their habitat.

Work Environment
Fair
81/200
56.91
Stress
Low
43/200
14.650
Projected Growth
Very Poor
177/200
1.65
Drill-Press Operator
189
Overall Rating:
191/200
1,509
Median Salary:$32,129

Operates drilling machines to place holes in metal or nonmetal pieces according to predetermined specifications.

Work Environment
Fair
111/200
61.52
Stress
Very Low
15/200
11.290
Projected Growth
Very Poor
196/200
-10.71
Shoe Maker/Repairer
190
Overall Rating:
192/200
1,517
Median Salary:$23,112

Refurbishes and mends worn shoes, saddles, and boots.

Work Environment
Good
78/200
56.66
Stress
Low
70/200
17.120
Projected Growth
Very Poor
200/200
-24.98
Broadcaster
191
Overall Rating:
189/200
1,480
Median Salary:$27,324

Prepares and delivers news and related presentations over the air on radio and television.

Work Environment
Poor
134/200
65.25
Stress
Very High
186/200
42.240
Projected Growth
Poor
138/200
8.14
Butcher
192
Overall Rating:
193/200
1,527
Median Salary:$29,156

Prepares meat for sale to distributors, supermarket customers, and other consumers.

Work Environment
Poor
144/200
66.90
Stress
Medium
87/200
19.560
Projected Growth
Poor
153/200
6.46
Dishwasher
193
Overall Rating:
194/200
1,539
Median Salary:$18,044

Cleans the plates, glasses and silverware used by patrons of an eating establishment, and the pots, pans and cooking utensils used by chefs.

Work Environment
Fair
103/200
60.18
Stress
Low
41/200
14.440
Projected Growth
Very Poor
174/200
2.44
Meter Reader
194
Overall Rating:
195/200
1,545
Median Salary:$35,171

Monitors public utility meters, and records volume of consumption by customers.

Work Environment
Poor
143/200
66.36
Stress
Medium
108/200
21.710
Projected Growth
Very Poor
176/200
1.91
Waiter/Waitress
195
Overall Rating:
196/200
1,575
Median Salary:$18,088

Takes customer orders, serves food and drink, and prepares meal checks.

Work Environment
Very Poor
163/200
70.18
Stress
Low
45/200
14.880
Projected Growth
Poor
158/200
5.58
Reporter (Newspaper)
196
Overall Rating:
197/200
1,594
Median Salary:$35,275

Covers newsworthy events for newspapers, magazines, and television news programs.

Work Environment
Poor
157/200
69.25
Stress
Very High
189/200
44.750
Projected Growth
Very Poor
192/200
-4.75
Oil Rig Worker
197
Overall Rating:
198/200
1,627
Median Salary:$32,132

Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both on and off shore.

Work Environment
Very Poor
189/200
79.47
Stress
High
140/200
26.320
Projected Growth
Poor
152/200
6.62
Enlisted Military Soldier
198
Overall Rating:
199/200
1,703
Median Salary:$36,261

From serving food in the mess hall to fighting a battle on the front line to avoiding land mines along the path to a village, the duties a soldier carries out have very different levels of responsibility.

Work Environment
Very Poor
199/200
109.00
Stress
Very High
200/200
84.610
Projected Growth
Very Poor
179/200
1.61
Dairy Farmer
199
Overall Rating:
200/200
1,748
Median Salary:$33,119

Directs and takes part in activities involved in the raising of cattle for milk production.

Work Environment
Very Poor
186/200
77.66
Stress
High
139/200
26.190
Projected Growth
Very Poor
193/200
-6.11