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

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

Electrical Equipment Repairer
121
Overall Rating:
121/200
560
Median Salary:$44,133

Installs and repairs electronic equipment for military installations, manufacturers, and businesses.

Work Environment
Fair
97/200
657.16
Stress
Medium
82/200
34.030
Projected Growth
Poor
144/200
6.33
Vending Machine Repairer
122
Overall Rating:
122/200
562
Median Salary:$30,156

Performs maintenance and repairs on coin-operated vending and amusement machines.

Work Environment
Good
63/200
469.40
Stress
Very Low
14/200
23.470
Projected Growth
Very Poor
182/200
-3.44
Railroad Conductor
123
Overall Rating:
123/200
568
Median Salary:$53,142

Operates an electric, diesel-electric, or gas-turbine- electric locomotive to transport passengers and freight.

Work Environment
Poor
126/200
830.28
Stress
Medium
97/200
35.410
Projected Growth
Poor
128/200
7.92
Shipping/Receiving Clerk
124
Overall Rating:
123/200
568
Median Salary:$28,139

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

Work Environment
Good
73/200
520.32
Stress
Low
61/200
30.350
Projected Growth
Very Poor
163/200
3.39
Waiter/Waitress
125
Overall Rating:
125/200
570
Median Salary:$17,114

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

Work Environment
Fair
104/200
687.42
Stress
Low
55/200
28.940
Projected Growth
Fair
102/200
10.14
Photographer
126
Overall Rating:
126/200
572
Median Salary:$29,265

Uses shutter-operated cameras and photographic emulsions to visually portray a variety of subjects.

Work Environment
Fair
99/200
663.75
Stress
Medium
107/200
37.610
Projected Growth
Fair
90/200
11.15
Advertising Salesperson
127
Overall Rating:
127/200
573
Median Salary:$44,309

Negotiates contracts with clients for advertising in publications and on radio and television.

Work Environment
Very Poor
176/200
1293.57
Stress
Very High
173/200
59.890
Projected Growth
Very Good
23/200
21.09
Physician (General Practice)
128
Overall Rating:
128/200
576
Median Salary:$162,071

Performs examinations, diagnoses medical conditions, and prescribes treatment for individuals suffering from injury, discomfort or disease.

Work Environment
Very Poor
185/200
1471.50
Stress
Very High
179/200
64.040
Projected Growth
Fair
101/200
10.21
Commercial Airline Pilot
129
Overall Rating:
129/200
581
Median Salary:$115,069

Operates an aircraft to transport passengers and cargo to appointed destinations.

Work Environment
Poor
155/200
1064.16
Stress
Very High
195/200
85.350
Projected Growth
Fair
115/200
9.19
Automobile Body Repairer
130
Overall Rating:
130/200
582
Median Salary:$37,186

Mends cosmetic and structural damage to car, truck, and bus chassis.

Work Environment
Fair
101/200
669.90
Stress
High
122/200
40.670
Projected Growth
Good
73/200
12.36
Maid
131
Overall Rating:
131/200
584
Median Salary:$19,093

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

Work Environment
Fair
103/200
682.02
Stress
Low
49/200
28.420
Projected Growth
Fair
83/200
11.93
Telephone Operator
132
Overall Rating:
131/200
584
Median Salary:$32,183

Operates manual or computerized telephone switchboards and assists in the placement of local and long distance calls.

Work Environment
Fair
108/200
719.82
Stress
Very Low
38/200
26.990
Projected Growth
Very Poor
200/200
-39.67
Corporate Executive (Senior)
133
Overall Rating:
131/200
584
Median Salary:$159,148

Formulates the policies and directs the operations of private and publicly-held companies.

Work Environment
Very Poor
188/200
1540.00
Stress
Very High
199/200
108.630
Projected Growth
Very Poor
169/200
2.98
Undertaker
134
Overall Rating:
134/200
586
Median Salary:$52,210

Prepares bodies for burial, and arranges and directs funerals.

Work Environment
Poor
150/200
1015.40
Stress
High
148/200
46.960
Projected Growth
Good
66/200
13.10
Flight Attendant
135
Overall Rating:
135/200
588
Median Salary:$36,225

Tends to the care and comfort of passengers on commercial and corporate aircraft.

Work Environment
Poor
122/200
803.00
Stress
High
144/200
46.170
Projected Growth
Fair
89/200
11.25
Surgeon
136
Overall Rating:
136/200
594
Median Salary:$300,118

Diagnoses ailments and performs operations to repair, reconstruct, remove, or replace organs, limbs, and bodily systems.

Work Environment
Very Poor
198/200
1962.00
Stress
Very High
197/200
99.460
Projected Growth
Good
49/200
14.68
Bus Driver
137
Overall Rating:
137/200
601
Median Salary:$34,180

Transports passengers according to a specific schedule along metropolitan and community routes.

Work Environment
Very Poor
164/200
1124.48
Stress
Medium
119/200
39.160
Projected Growth
Good
63/200
13.30
Bartender
138
Overall Rating:
138/200
603
Median Salary:$18,107

Mixes and serves drinks to customers of a tavern, restaurant, or lounge.

Work Environment
Fair
119/200
796.74
Stress
Low
61/200
30.350
Projected Growth
Fair
103/200
10.07
Fashion Designer
139
Overall Rating:
139/200
605
Median Salary:$61,291

Designs articles or complete lines of clothing for men, women, or children.

Work Environment
Poor
136/200
929.25
Stress
Very High
176/200
63.060
Projected Growth
Poor
142/200
6.41
Furniture Upholsterer
140
Overall Rating:
140/200
606
Median Salary:$29,142

Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.

Work Environment
Good
71/200
504.36
Stress
Very Low
31/200
26.270
Projected Growth
Very Poor
192/200
-10.08