Jobs Rated 2010: A Ranking of 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Jobs Rated 2010: A Ranking of 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

Sociologist
21
Overall Rating:
22/200
266
Median Salary:$69,198

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
Projected Growth
Fair
96/200
10.98
Stenographer/Court Reporter
22
Overall Rating:
23/200
269
Median Salary:$50,236

Transcribes testimony, judicial decisions, and other proceedings of a court of law.

Work Environment
Good
43/200
361.44
Stress
Medium
81/200
33.130
Projected Growth
Very Good
9/200
26.36
Medical Secretary
23
Overall Rating:
24/200
273
Median Salary:$30,105

Transcribes dictations, prepares correspondence, and assists physicians and other medical scientists in compiling reports, articles, speeches and conference proceedings.

Work Environment
Very Good
33/200
322.24
Stress
Very Low
6/200
21.150
Projected Growth
Very Good
34/200
17.55
Bookkeeper
24
Overall Rating:
25/200
274
Median Salary:$33,133

Maintains financial records and prepares statements of a company's income and daily operating expenses.

Work Environment
Very Good
11/200
204.40
Stress
Very Low
8/200
21.460
Projected Growth
Fair
85/200
11.83
Astronomer
25
Overall Rating:
26/200
282
Median Salary:$101,249

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
28.070
Projected Growth
Poor
133/200
7.49
Economist
26
Overall Rating:
27/200
284
Median Salary:$84,239

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
Projected Growth
Poor
124/200
8.39
Physicist
27
Overall Rating:
28/200
288
Median Salary:$103,179

Researches and develops theories concerning the physical forces of nature.

Work Environment
Very Good
23/200
269.46
Stress
Low
60/200
30.310
Projected Growth
Poor
130/200
7.79
Dietitian
28
Overall Rating:
29/200
292
Median Salary:$51,135

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

Work Environment
Very Good
37/200
334.40
Stress
Very Low
12/200
22.990
Projected Growth
Poor
121/200
8.85
Parole Officer
29
Overall Rating:
30/200
293
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
26.460
Projected Growth
Good
75/200
12.19
Medical Technologist
30
Overall Rating:
31/200
294
Median Salary:$54,108

Performs lab analysis for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Work Environment
Good
45/200
371.70
Stress
Low
54/200
28.910
Projected Growth
Good
70/200
12.58
Motion Picture Editor
31
Overall Rating:
32/200
295
Median Salary:$51,348

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
34.340
Projected Growth
Good
56/200
13.98
Geologist
32
Overall Rating:
33/200
299
Median Salary:$79,269

Studies and analyzes the physical properties of the earth's surface, adding to our knowledge of oil and gas exploration techniques.

Work Environment
Good
56/200
449.10
Stress
Low
77/200
32.560
Projected Growth
Very Good
14/200
24.19
Civil Engineer
33
Overall Rating:
34/200
305
Median Salary:$75,142

Plans and supervises the building of roads, bridges, tunnels, and buildings.

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
322.42
Stress
Medium
104/200
36.850
Projected Growth
Very Good
31/200
18.42
Computer Programmer
34
Overall Rating:
34/200
305
Median Salary:$70,178

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
Projected Growth
Very Poor
181/200
-3.22
Industrial Designer
35
Overall Rating:
11/200
205
Median Salary:$57,216

Designs and develops manufactured products.

Work Environment
Very Good
8/200
177.00
Stress
Low
76/200
32.080
Projected Growth
Poor
123/200
8.66
Petroleum Engineer
36
Overall Rating:
36/200
310
Median Salary:$108,152

Plans drilling locations and effective production methods for optimal access to oil and natural gas.

Work Environment
Very Good
34/200
322.42
Stress
Low
42/200
27.640
Projected Growth
Poor
154/200
4.52
Medical Laboratory Technician
37
Overall Rating:
37/200
311
Median Salary:$35,135

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

Work Environment
Good
59/200
454.30
Stress
Very Low
17/200
23.750
Projected Growth
Good
44/200
15.85
Occupational Therapist
38
Overall Rating:
38/200
314
Median Salary:$67,128

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

Work Environment
Good
72/200
505.56
Stress
Medium
109/200
37.920
Projected Growth
Very Good
16/200
23.78
Insurance Underwriter
39
Overall Rating:
39/200
320
Median Salary:$57,186

Assesses and analyzes the risks inherent in insuring potential policy holders before making recommendations to the insurance companies that employ them.

Work Environment
Very Good
16/200
228.10
Stress
Low
51/200
28.510
Projected Growth
Poor
143/200
6.36
Purchasing Agent
40
Overall Rating:
40/200
326
Median Salary:$54,162

Assesses an establishment's needs and available products, and buys raw materials, equipment and machinery, furniture, and other supplies accordingly.

Work Environment
Very Good
19/200
230.85
Stress
Low
52/200
28.860
Projected Growth
Poor
135/200
7.12