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Jobs Rated 2013: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best To Worst

The Many Faces of the Workplace By CareerCast.com

THIS IS THE 2013 VERSION OF OUR REPORT. CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2014 JOBS RATED REPORT

Our annual Jobs Rated report celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year, 25 years removed from its inception in 1988.

From the outset, the Jobs Rated report has generated a lot of attention primarily because most Americans spend more time on the job than they do on anything else, and knowing how their job ranks against other jobs is compelling information. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the average employee spends more than two-thirds of his or her day at work or on work-related activities. That’s more time than we spend sleeping or raising our children.

The findings we present here are more than just curiosities. Unlike many other facets of life, the jobs we work at are choices we make; ones we can stick with or change. Therefore the “measure” of a job can tell us a lot about the quality of our lives.

No two work experiences are guaranteed to be alike, and different career paths cater to unique skills and interests. Ultimately, only the individual can determine the best job for her or his abilities and passions. However, the Jobs Rated report exists as a road map for determining the career field that is right for you.

 

Interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.

  • Overall Score: 123.00
  • Income: $91,211.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.000
  • Stress:
    16.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    29.11

Anazlyes and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

  • Overall Score: 133.00
  • Income: $85,163.00

  • Work Environment:
    49.000
  • Stress:
    16.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    62.63

Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific, and industrial purposes.

  • Overall Score: 136.00
  • Income: $89,147.00

  • Work Environment:
    49.000
  • Stress:
    12.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    17.67

Diagnoses and treats hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function.

  • Overall Score: 140.00
  • Income: $68,135.00

  • Work Environment:
    52.000
  • Stress:
    9.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    37.35

Related to careers in portfolio management, the financial planner offers a broad range of services aimed at assisting individuals in managing and planning their financial future.

  • Overall Score: 159.00
  • Income: $107,222.00

  • Work Environment:
    49.000
  • Stress:
    19.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    32.22

Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

  • Overall Score: 161.00
  • Income: $69,107.00

  • Work Environment:
    53.000
  • Stress:
    12.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    36.07

Develops individualized programs of activity for mentally, physically, developmentally and emotionally impaired persons, to aid them in achieving self-reliance.

  • Overall Score: 166.00
  • Income: $74,108.00

  • Work Environment:
    52.000
  • Stress:
    13.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    32.08

Diagnoses visual disorders and prescribes and administers corrective and rehabilitative treatments.

  • Overall Score: 190.00
  • Income: $95,254.00

  • Work Environment:
    53.000
  • Stress:
    17.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    35.54

Plans and directs treatment to improve mobility and alleviate pain in persons disabled by injury or disease.

  • Overall Score: 199.00
  • Income: $78,102.00

  • Work Environment:
    58.000
  • Stress:
    14.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    38.02

Develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.

  • Overall Score: 212.00
  • Income: $79,145.00

  • Work Environment:
    45.000
  • Stress:
    16.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    20.45

Treats physical problems by manipulating various parts of the body, especially the spinal column.

  • Overall Score: 216.00
  • Income: $66,361.00

  • Work Environment:
    55.000
  • Stress:
    13.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    29.61

Assesses hearing, speech, and language disabilities and provides treatment. Assists individuals with communication disorders through diagnostic techniques.

  • Overall Score: 218.00
  • Income: $69,143.00

  • Work Environment:
    51.000
  • Stress:
    12.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    22.43

Assesses, plans, or implements fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

  • Overall Score: 224.00
  • Income: $83,058.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.000
  • Stress:
    15.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    28.58

Instructs students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

  • Overall Score: 244.00
  • Income: $64,343.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.000
  • Stress:
    6.450
  • Hiring Outlook:
    16.43

Administers to the care of animals through the use of preventative and diagnostic techniques.

  • Overall Score: 258.00
  • Income: $83,184.00

  • Work Environment:
    66.000
  • Stress:
    15.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    36.84

Assesses patients' dietary needs, plans menus, and instructs patients and their families about proper nutritional care.

  • Overall Score: 259.00
  • Income: $54,124.00

  • Work Environment:
    47.000
  • Stress:
    10.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18.24

Advises physicians and patients on the affects of drugs and medications; prepares and dispenses prescriptions.

  • Overall Score: 268.00
  • Income: $113,071.00

  • Work Environment:
    57.000
  • Stress:
    15.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    20.71

Applies mathematical theories and formulas to teach or solve problems in a business, educational, or industrial climate.

  • Overall Score: 270.00
  • Income: $101,171.00

  • Work Environment:
    42.000
  • Stress:
    12.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    13.71

Studies human behavior by examining the interaction of social groups and institutions.

  • Overall Score: 278.00
  • Income: $74,195.00

  • Work Environment:
    47.000
  • Stress:
    18.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18.95

Tabulates, analyzes, and interprets the numeric results of experiments and surveys.

  • Overall Score: 296.00
  • Income: $74,200.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.000
  • Stress:
    14.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    14.0


American Dream

Being an Actuary is like the American Dream because it is a big lie. After you go through college and passed the exams, you realize that there are no jobs.

Filling out a job application

If a person have worked over 25 different jobs should one list all these jobs on the application?

What to do

hi I am 15 years old and i dont know what to do ....... I want to be a electronical engineer and invent things or design software or hardware and work for big firms and buisness like maybe microsoft but im having troubles

I'm 11 years of age and I

I'm 11 years of age and I want to be a dietiton and I was wondering what is it the makes you really love your job?

If you have a really strong

If you have a really strong passion of helping people maintaining their health then you'll love your job because of the rush you get when someone thanks you for being a big part in a new and healthier life.

College Professor

Being a college professor is a best carrer one can have in this competitive world. There are numerous entrance examinations and multitude of aspirants. Someone who can easily deal with the stuffs the students want and can provide the students with an interesting environment then he can yield fruitful and apply a increment to his income. Moreover this jobs are less strssful and more interesting. Rather then this such jobs also demnad being updated with the latest researches, innovations, implements and many other. So, over all it will help us to have a awakening life availing us prominently with our native folks.

Looking at this list Im glad

Looking at this list Im glad I dropped out of college when I did. I'm making 80K at 28 with a HS diploma and will top out at 94K by the time I'm 34. All this with almost no stress and a large amount of autonomy. This includes paid vaction, sick days, holidays and only a 40 hour work week. And truth be told out of a typical 8 hour day I'm literally only working about 1 1/2 hours.The rest of the time I watch movies, play games, surf the web, talk on the phone or socialize. I still cant belive I have the job I have now. And no before you ask I'm not gonig to tell you what it is. The best things in life are best kept a secret.

that is unfair!! haha

that is unfair!! haha

are you a football player?!

are you a football player?!

Actuary is not a good career.

People make it look like the actuarial profession has 0% unemployment rate. It a very hard field to break in. If you're considering majoring in Actuarial Science in college, make sure you secure an internship else you'd have wasted all your time in college. The job market for entry level actuaries is preposterous and disheartening.Don't waste your time on this career. If i had known better, id have majored in Computer science or something it or programming related

You must've not passed any

You must've not passed any actuarial exams, or else, finding a job is not too difficult. 

it's hard getting jobs

even with exams 

Exactly! Actuarial careers

Exactly! Actuarial careers are very bright if you have passed the exams.

university professor

it is true that all university professor tends to have higher stress level...some of us even do not have enough time for our own life.... we were to busy handling students plus doing our own research regarding our field

Starting a career

What sort of clinical setting do you work in? I'm looking to start school and become a dietitian. Any suggestions on schools or programs I should look into? Any help is appreciated. I've had type 1 diabetes since I was 4 and want to learn more about nutrition and start a new exciting Career. Thank you!

EMBEDDED Software Engineer

As a realtime embedded software engineer I am the man inside the box, the robot in your surgery, the DSP in your pacemaker, the auto- in the pilot.  Unlike most desktop/PC applications guys, if my software screws up, people die.  I know and use every kind of math.  I mostly work onsite about 50hrs/week but every few years I have to travel offsite and put in all-nighters when real world events demand.  I have a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Computer Science.  My salary is over $120k/year to make your technological world a reality and, obviously, I love my job!

Your job outlook, job

Your job outlook, job opportunities, and pay will be much better as a nurse compared to a dietitian.

Energy managment

N/A

Wow!!!

There are a lot of stupid people on here that simply feel the need to make noise! First, grammar is spelled g-r-a-m-m-A-r not g-r-a-m-m-E-r.  Second, I agree that a degree doesn't get you a job.  Businesses today are looking for the whole package and both spoken and written communication is a big factor.  I know a person who was hired without a single Actuarial Exam under her belt.  This person was very well spoken, intelligent, hard-working and personable.  Unfortunately, she just wasn't actuary material.  After failing the first exam several times the company finally had to let her go.  Obviously you have to be able to pass the exams to become an actuary, but exams aren't the only thing employers are looking for.  These young kids today just don't get it. 

For all the medical jobs

For all the medical jobs listed above, a degree (and a license) are exactly what gets you the job.

Work on your grammEr

"both spoken and written communication is a big factor." both spoken and written communication are big factors.

Google it

It's grammar my friend, don't be so self assured and check yourself (before....)

It's grammar my friend...

Not all of us, writting at the forum, are english native speakers, so please, be a little indulgent with grammatical mistakes.

Audiology

Excellent career, there is stress but it can be managed.  The salary for the education required is a bit low.  Requires 4 years undergrad and 4 year doctoral program.  Perhaps the salary should be more in line with other ancillary medical professions like physical therapy.  Just a little point but otherwise I love my job.

I think I win!

City Council member in a general law city makes average of $3.00 per hour to always make a lot of people unhappy no matter how hard you work to help people and do the right thing for most of the people. For this high-priced job, you get yelled at, threatened, called names, lied about, and lose lots of family and most personal time.

Sounds Like...

Sounds like teaching in NC

How about Grocery Store merchandisers?

Your day starts at 6 AM, ends at 11 PM. Then you drive home from work. You work 7 days a week, get 4 hours off (7 PM-11 PM) on Christmas day. NO OTHER days do you get off. You wear the same uniform for 3 days, you take a "bath" in the men's room of a grocery store. You watch movies at the soft drink distributor (can you say Coke?) that show you how to vandalize your competitions displays (can you say Pepsi?). For $25,000 a year.And how about government jobs? Be a water meter repairman. Water meter manufacturers are now selling water meters that are sealed; not repairable. At 400% markup sales to the government. The department manager is taken to play golf, free lunches, free dinners, and a very nice 'kick-back' after hours. The workers repairing the water meters? They get laid-off.... Oh well.

Railroad Employee?

Wow, I just thought my job sucked. Not even making it into the rankings while lumberjack and sewage plant worker did kind of spells it out.

Audiology

Woot! Audiologist is #4! Being an audiologist is awesome! Join us in a super rewarding career!

Not sure if we live in same country

I make 22000$ a year and I couldn't be happier. I don't that much. I have a lot of time for myself. I'm enjoying my life. Don't have many expenses. Simply put not sure who makes all of these 50000 to 75000 a year. Are they superman? I will never ever ever ever kill myself to work my ass off for somebody else. Why would I waste my life making somebody else rich and even feel good about it. I do simple job, 8 hours, no stress, and then I go out and play basketball. I feel sorry for all of you 50000 to 75000 people that are killing themselves working 80 hour weeks. Communism needs to come back and give power back to the working people.

your an idiot

 Move out of America... Communism give 0 power to the peoplen do a little reading so you know what in the hell your talking about and take a little pride in your self

Eh. I make 70K as a software

Eh. I make 70K as a software developer working 40-hour weeks with little stress and am also enjoying my life. You don't have to grind yourself down to a nub to make good money, you just have to be in the right field.

People actually settle for jobs making this little?

I work as an IT Trainer and I make $75K per year and only work 140-160 eight-hour days per year.  I feel sorry for you.  Heck, I was making more than $25K with a warehouse job back in the early 1990s.  I guess if you sit on your ass and expect someone to give you something for nothing, you'll find out soon enough that your earning potential is extremely low.

work and reward

Very true. There's a quote by Thomas Edison that I like: "Many overlook opportunity because it arrives wearing overalls and resembles hard work." Too many people expect opportunity and reward to drop into their laps. Why else ould realtiy TV be so popular as a path to wealth? I'm always offended when people dismiss my financial success as "luck" when it has been the result of hard work and sacrifice on my part to get where I am now.

Best job on Earth.

As a retired airline pilot, all things considered, I can truthfully say there is none better.

Found it funny oil workers were so low

I live and work around oil an I found it really funny that we were ranked so low considering most positions start at $26/hr and you don't need a collage education. I know tons and tons of oilfield operators that make in the $150 00/year range. The hours can be long and it can be dangerous but just cause it may belooked down apon by people that hate oil but they are still good jobs. Whoever took the pay stat needs to be fired jk

Learn to spell

Learn to spell

Go back to primary school.

So you could work on your grammar.

Are you able to find

Are you able to find spell-checker on your keyboard?

It seems like

It seems like you weren't able to find the spell checker on your keyboard either!

yea i think they just made up

yea i think they just made up a number for the income. i work in the oilfield and started off making more than that.

Actuarial redundancies

A big 4 firm just made a quarter of its actuaries redundant. I beg to differ.

Being an actuary

Being an actuary is way overated!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am working in a cosultancy for 2 years now. It is SO stressful!! working ridiculously late hours for no overtime under serious pressure, and getting a salary nowhere near what is should be. Exams are tough, and you're expected to study while working. I have sacrificed my life to the point that I don't even have time to anything other than work and recover from work during the weekend (which I sometimes may have to work too!). On top of that fit in studying somewhere, meaning absolutely no social life! Job security is also very bad, the solvency 2 delays mean lots of companies and consultancies are laying off staff they recruited to prepare for the regulatory change.

Think Out Of The Box!

You sound like a talented driven individual. Consider finding an hour or two a week to focus on creating your own enterprise. Perhaps you could contract your services to companies for a fee... reduce stress and the amount of hours worked and more time for living. I went from working 80 hours for an employer to 100 hours working for myself... then learned to outsource what I did not want to do. Now I work when I want, if I want, and am enjoying life. Good luck to you!

audit firm?

Consulting actuaries differ greatly from insurance actuaries.  If you work for an audit firm and are a consulting actuary, it is very stressful and you work very long hours (during busy season, especially).  Insurance actuaries work regular hours in a lower stress envirnment.

Second that ^

I work in the insurance industry. Life has never been so great. Started a couple months ago and already looking to purchase my first home. Not only the money, but the respect. It took time to realize that the majority of people forget all math skills they learned in school. They are helpless to solve anything numerical for themselves. People look at me like I am a god around the office due to the fact that I can solve any problem they have. I work a strict 40, 4 weeks vacation, paid time to leave my desk and go study outside for a couple hours each day, etc etc etc... Best Job Ever.  I also do not know of too many jobs where a 23 year old is included in executive meetings, and not just to take notes. I contribute, suggest paths to go down, and ultimately control how the company performs based on my research. The only reason that people say it is a boring or unsatisfying job is mainly becuase they don't have what it takes. Those who can't do, teach. And those that can't do either, complain on the internet. 

At 23?!

 You have an amazing career! I just wanted to say! All the best!!!!!

This makes no sense

Who comes up with this junk? Where is the methodology and explanation of categories? The choices seem completely arbitrary.Being a dental hygenist is a "better job" than optometrist or college professor? I guess, if you like cleaning teeth.All of these jobs could be enjoyable, depending on the person, but how can you say, for example, that being a softward engineer is "better" than being a financial planner? This list is stupid.

There is a pretty clear link

There is a pretty clear link to methodology right there.  

Work environment

Sewage planet operator scored higher on work environment than librarian. 

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