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Jobs Rated 2014: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best To Worst

By CareerCast.com

Every year since 1988, the Jobs Rated report has measured different careers through a variety of metrics. Understanding the challenges and rewards of a career is especially important given how vested we are in our work life.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the average American employee spends more than two-thirds of his or her day at work or on work-related activities.

Of course, much can change in the rankings of our Jobs Rated report over 26 years. Consider publication editor. Just 12 years ago, it ranked No. 31 overall. It checks in at 139 in this year's Jobs Rated report.  

 

Technology has a profound impact on the demand, compensation and environment of a job. It's also a career path all its own—and a rewarding one, as evident by the ranking of IT jobs in the 2014 Jobs Rated report.

Cultural shifts are also crucial to the job market. The institution of the Affordable Care Act and an aging Baby Boom generation contribute to growing demand in the healthcare field, and that is reflected in the favorable ranking of many jobs in the industry.

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 you can determine the best job for your abilities and passions. However, the Jobs Rated report exists as a road map that will you determine the career field that is right for you.

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

  • Overall Score: 63.00
  • Income: $101,360.00

  • Work Environment:
    2.000
  • Stress:
    24.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    19

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: 73.00
  • Income: $68,970.00

  • Work Environment:
    1.000
  • Stress:
    4.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    47

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

  • Overall Score: 96.00
  • Income: $75,560.00

  • Work Environment:
    8.000
  • Stress:
    54.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    12

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

  • Overall Score: 103.00
  • Income: $93,680.00

  • Work Environment:
    10.000
  • Stress:
    54.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8

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

  • Overall Score: 110.00
  • Income: $69,720.00

  • Work Environment:
    31.000
  • Stress:
    1.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    8

Cleans teeth, examines patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provides other preventative dental care. A dental hygienist also educates patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

  • Overall Score: 112.00
  • Income: $70,210.00

  • Work Environment:
    51.000
  • Stress:
    11.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    6

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

  • Overall Score: 125.00
  • Income: $93,350.00

  • Work Environment:
    56.000
  • Stress:
    18.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    24

Develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.

  • Overall Score: 126.00
  • Income: $79,680.00

  • Work Environment:
    13.000
  • Stress:
    58.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18

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

  • Overall Score: 129.00
  • Income: $75,400.00

  • Work Environment:
    45.000
  • Stress:
    28.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    11

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

  • Overall Score: 138.00
  • Income: $69,870.00

  • Work Environment:
    36.000
  • Stress:
    17.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    32

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

  • Overall Score: 149.00
  • Income: $55,240.00

  • Work Environment:
    17.000
  • Stress:
    7.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    30

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

  • Overall Score: 159.00
  • Income: $86,960.00

  • Work Environment:
    53.000
  • Stress:
    61.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    13

Plans, directs, and/or coordinates all human resource activities and staff of an organization.

  • Overall Score: 172.00
  • Income: $99,720.00

  • Work Environment:
    31.000
  • Stress:
    44.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    78

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

  • Overall Score: 173.00
  • Income: $97,820.00

  • Work Environment:
    69.000
  • Stress:
    70.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    14

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

  • Overall Score: 178.00
  • Income: $79,860.00

  • Work Environment:
    7.000
  • Stress:
    20.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    102

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: 183.00
  • Income: $67,520.00

  • Work Environment:
    105.000
  • Stress:
    35.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    5

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

  • Overall Score: 187.00
  • Income: $47,820.00

  • Work Environment:
    74.000
  • Stress:
    5.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    25

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

  • Overall Score: 188.00
  • Income: $91,860.00

  • Work Environment:
    36.000
  • Stress:
    65.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    63

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.

  • Overall Score: 199.00
  • Income: $72,560.00

  • Work Environment:
    50.000
  • Stress:
    81.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    10

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

  • Overall Score: 202.00
  • Income: $130,280.00

  • Work Environment:
    94.000
  • Stress:
    86.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    14


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Nice. My daughter is

Nice. My daughter is qualified for three of the top four. She's just beginning the job hunt, so we'll see how it goes.

Computer Technician - Healthcare

I'm pretty satisfied with this industry, it's definitely consistantly growing.

The worst job

The worst job is not having one.

The worst job

Amen. I am currently unemployed and looking daily for a job...it sucks!

The top two...

I was a university professor who was also involved with a lot of math (chemistry).  It is a delight to work with bright students, and I can't imagine anything more interesting than doing basic research.  However, the pursuit is not a cream-puff because you have to get your union card first (i.e., the Ph.D.), then propose and secure research funding, actually do the proposed work and finally get it published.  The latter is a never-ending cycle until you retire, not a one-time thing, and it is genuinely hard  work (your students also experience parts of that cycle).  The teaching part is not a trivial matter, either.  If you don't ask the right questions the research may have unanticipated outcomes, including dead ends, so there are possible negatives in this kind of career.  The work is personally consuming, and you can miss out on some of the better things of life.  I know that I did, but if I had my life to re-live, I'm sure I would do it again.     

Economist

Someone who is good with numbers but didn't have the personality to be an accountant.

As an economist, I assume

As an economist, I assume this to be true.

The chart?

How do you interpret these green bars/graphs?

factor

I suggest to add one more factor of criteria  -  physical laor requirement

Thanks for the Explanation of ratings

So is it 1 being best on the Work Environment, Stress, and Hiring outlook??Because if so how does Petroleum Engineer come in at #20 if two of the three are 94 or 86 and the other one is at #14

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