Job listing and advice site CareerCast.com has come out with its annual list of the most overrated jobs -- and the most underrated. Find out if yours is among them.
(Underrated) 12. Librarian (Median salary: $55,370) -- Yes, there are still libraries, and yes, they still need librarians. In fact, competition for these jobs can be stiff because the field can be very rewarding and boasts low stress levels and a pleasant workplace environment.
11. Electrician (Median Salary: $49,840) -- Demand for electricians is on the rise despite the slow construction market, mainly because homes and businesses need more wiring than ever before.
10. Plumber (Median Salary: $49,140) -- There's no college degree required for this job and a ton of baby boomer plumbers are retiring, making for a sweet outlook for the plumbing profession.
9. School Principal (Median Salary: $87,760) -- Principals manage and lead, but don’t have the same stresses as teachers do in a classroom. They have a higher level position, more authority and more power.
8. Civil Engineer (Median Salary: $79,340) -- Right now there is huge demand for rebuilding bridges, roads and other infrastructure, all of which require civil engineers.
7. Legal Assistant (Median Salary: $46,990) -- Legal assistants have a variety of job options -- be it at a law firm or in the legal department of a corporation. And the profession doesn't require a law degree.
6. Emergency medical technician (Median salary: $31,020) -- It's a fast-paced job and can definitely be stressful, but it also boasts a lot of opportunities for anyone breaking into the health care field.
5. Accountant (Median Salary: $63,550) -- Accountants are needed whether the economy is good or bad, so this is a very solid, secure profession.
4. Market Research Analyst (Median Salary: $60,300) -- America has become such a consumer nation that aren't many products or services that don't require market research.
3. Biologist (Median Salary: $72,700) -- Physical demands in this field are minimal, stress levels are low and the work environment is generally pleasant.
2. Veterinarian (Median Salary: $84,460) -- Demand for veterinarians is expected to increase 36 percent over the next seven years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. Median pay is pretty high, too.
1. Computer Systems Analyst (Median Salary: $79,680) -- Strong compensation and positive job growth are both forecast for this profession, which combines technology and business skills -- two essential elements of any business.
(Overrated) 12. Psychologist (Median Salary: $67,650) -- Being a psychologist means long hours -- and often nights and weekends, given that many clients work until 5.And unless you work for a hospital or clinic, you have to do your own marketing and deal with changes in patient health care plans.
11. Economist (Median Salary: $91,860) -- While the median salary is great, the hiring outlook for economists is low and jobs are hard to come by.
10. Computer programmer (Median salary: $74,280) -- While the tech industry is still booming, the outlook for computer programmers is dimmer than other jobs. Many American companies are now sending programming work overseas to save money, meaning fewer jobs here at home.
9. Attorney (Median Salary: $113,530) -- The legal profession took a huge hit from the recession, with hiring dwindling all the way down to 62 percent in 2012 from 85 percent a year ago, according to the Wall Street Journal. Turnover is also high and the work is grueling.
8. Commercial Airline Pilot (Median Salary: $114,200) -- The airline industry has been devastated by cost-cutting efforts, which means on top of passenger safety, terrorism, and bad weather, many pilots now face lower salaries and budget pressures. The job market is also pretty stagnant.
7. Architect (Median Salary: $73,090) -- Being an architect has always been grueling work, full of long hours, but the profession took a huge hit when the housing bubble burst. Growth in construction also continues to be stagnant.
5. Event Coordinator (Median Salary: $45,810)
5. Senior Corporate Executive (Median Salary: $168,140) -- Executives are responsible for the careers and lives of everyone who works for the company. Any wrong decision is on your head. And if the company is publicly-traded, you’re responsible to shareholders, too.
4. Public Relations Manager (Median Salary: $95,450) -- Now one of the most popular college majors, public relations is very stressful and you're often at the mercy of clients and the media. Turnover is also high and hours are long.
3. Stockbroker (Median Salary: $72,060) -- If there's one thing America learned from the financial crisis, it’s that the stock market is a high stress, highly competitive, highly stomach-churning job. Sure, you could make millions, but you could also lose millions.
2. Surgeon (Median Salary: $166,400-plus) -- Surgery has always been stressful -- it’s long hours on your feet, patients’ lives are in your hands and you’re on call 24/7. But with increased health care regulations, surgeons now often spend most of their time on administrative work.
1. Advertising Agency Executive (Median Salary: $66,913) -- Jon Hamm might make it look easy and so glamorous on "Mad Men," but the truth is, advertising is a very stressful, high-turnover business that is pretty overrated.
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