Jobs Rated 2009: A Comprehensive Ranking of 200 Different Jobs

Jobs Rated 2009: A Comprehensive Ranking of 200 Different Jobs

By: Andrew Strieber

Choosing a career path is one of the biggest decisions you can make. Whether you're the type who "lives to work" or just "works to live," in most cases your job will consume much of your time and be a vital part of your identity. Yet despite this central role employment plays in daily life, many people wind up in a given career virtually by chance. For all those who decide on a profession at an early age, a great deal more simply select the best opportunity that comes along, regardless of their interests.

JobsRated.com offers help for uncertain job seekers by analyzing 200 different jobs according to 5 vital criteria: Stress, Work Environment, Physical Demands, Income and Outlook. In every area each job receives a specific score, and data is mined to provide the most detailed information possible – for example, rather than listing average incomes, our rankings combine each job's mid-level salary with its outlook score, which eliminates data from employees making too much or too little to provide a more accurate result (for complete details on how we score, visit the JobsRated.com Methodology Page).

By bringing data on 200 jobs into one central list and ranking them, JobsRated.com serves as a resource for anyone trying to see a clearer picture of today's uncertain job market, whether you're looking to apply to grad school or trying to decide between multiple offers. Even if you just want to know how your job stacks up against another, our rankings can help you find alternatives that may better suit you. In addition to this complete list of 200 jobs, rankings are broken into the 10 best and 10 worst professions, as well as reports based on stress, work environment, and other criteria that will debut in the coming weeks. There is also a ranking of the nation's 10 most satisfying jobs, based on unique data.

Mathematician
1
Overall Rating:
1/200
104
Median Salary:$94,160

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

Work Environment
Very Good
2/200
89.72
Stress
Very Low
21/200
24.670
Actuary
2
Overall Rating:
2/200
128
Median Salary:$88,146

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

Work Environment
Very Good
9/200
179.44
Stress
Very Low
3/200
20.187
Statistician
3
Overall Rating:
3/200
152
Median Salary:$72,197

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

Work Environment
Very Good
1/200
89.52
Stress
Low
44/200
27.980
Biologist
4
Overall Rating:
4/200
153
Median Salary:$74,273

Studies the relationship of plants and animals to their environment.

Work Environment
Very Good
28/200
314.37
Stress
Very Low
37/200
26.950
Software Engineer
5
Overall Rating:
5/200
178
Median Salary:$86,139

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

Work Environment
Very Good
5/200
150.00
Stress
Very Low
25/200
25.000
Computer Systems Analyst
6
Overall Rating:
6/200
182
Median Salary:$75,160

Plans and develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.

Work Environment
Very Good
3/200
90.78
Stress
Very Low
24/200
24.970
Historian
7
Overall Rating:
7/200
189
Median Salary:$61,209

Analyzes and records historical information from a specific era or according to a particular area of expertise.

Work Environment
Very Good
4/200
136.41
Stress
Low
50/200
28.420
Sociologist
8
Overall Rating:
8/200
204
Median Salary:$63,195

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

Work Environment
Very Good
31/200
318.29
Stress
Medium
83/200
34.100
Industrial Designer
9
Overall Rating:
9/200
205
Median Salary:$58,206

Designs and develops manufactured products.

Work Environment
Very Good
8/200
177.00
Stress
Low
76/200
32.080
Accountant
10
Overall Rating:
10/200
208
Median Salary:$59,173

Prepares and analyzes financial reports to assist managers in business, industry and government.

Work Environment
Very Good
26/200
276.78
Stress
Low
69/200
31.138
Economist
11
Overall Rating:
11/200
210
Median Salary:$83,222

Studies and analyzes the effects of resources such as land, labor, and raw materials, on costs and their relation to industry and government.

Work Environment
Very Good
15/200
227.35
Stress
Medium
116/200
38.650
Philosopher
12
Overall Rating:
12/200
214
Median Salary:$58,200

Studies questions concerning the nature of intellectual concepts, and attempts to construct rational theories concerning our understanding of the world around us.

Work Environment
Good
43/200
361.44
Stress
Low
63/200
30.497
Physicist
13
Overall Rating:
13/200
230
Median Salary:$100,140

Researches and develops theories concerning the physical forces of nature.

Work Environment
Very Good
23/200
269.46
Stress
Low
60/200
30.314
Parole Officer
14
Overall Rating:
14/200
234
Median Salary:$46,169

Monitors, counsels, and reports on the progress of individuals who have been released from correctional institutions to serve parole.

Work Environment
Good
47/200
381.06
Stress
Very Low
33/200
26.463
Meteorologist
15
Overall Rating:
15/200
239
Median Salary:$81,234

Studies the physical characteristics, motions and processes of the earth's atmosphere.

Work Environment
Very Good
10/200
179.64
Stress
Low
56/200
29.192
Medical Laboratory Technician
16
Overall Rating:
16/200
241
Median Salary:$53,100

Conducts routine laboratory tests and analyses used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Work Environment
Good
59/200
454.30
Stress
Very Low
17/200
23.748
Paralegal Assistant
17
Overall Rating:
17/200
244
Median Salary:$46,155

Assists attorneys in preparation of legal documents; collection of depositions and affidavits; and investigation, research and analysis of legal issues.

Work Environment
Very Good
21/200
263.82
Stress
Very Low
13/200
23.084
Computer Programmer
18
Overall Rating:
18/200
249
Median Salary:$70,176

Organizes and lists the instructions for computers to process data and solve problems in logical order.

Work Environment
Very Good
22/200
265.08
Stress
Very Low
40/200
27.000
Motion Picture Editor
19
Overall Rating:
19/200
253
Median Salary:$49,368

Supervises the filming and editing of motion pictures for entertainment, business, and educational purposes.

Work Environment
Very Good
24/200
274.68
Stress
Medium
85/200
34.335
Astronomer
20
Overall Rating:
20/200
255
Median Salary:$102,233

Uses principles of physics and mathematics to understand the workings of the universe.

Work Environment
Very Good
28/200
314.37
Stress
Low
45/200
28.069