Most Underrated Jobs In America: Not Glamorous, But Well-Paid And Low Stress

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Finding a job in this economy isn't easy, but one way to get ahead is to take a look at careers that fly below the radar of other job hunters.

That's what CareerCast has done in unveiling its latest list of underrated jobs, careers that the job-search website says offer increasing opportunities for job seekers new to the labor force, as well as those who need a career change.

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What makes a job underrated? CareerCast says it's a combination of desirable job attributes -- high growth, low stress and rewarding opportunities -- combined with relatively low consideration among job seekers. In other words, these jobs aren't high on the lists of many people when asked what kinds of jobs they'd like to do.

CareerCast's list includes a wide variety of professions and includes jobs for which only a bit of additional education is needed after high school, as well as those that require a specialized degree or additional schooling. Most of the jobs are also well paying, with more than half earning annual salaries that top $60,000.

Could one of these be the right career for you? Review the gallery below and find out.




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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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shellpas

I have no idea where the information is from but it is not accurate. The average pay for a veterinarian is about $20,000 less than that. The debt load wasn't mentioned. And it is super super stressful!

October 10 2012 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
socraticknight

the most overrated is "community organizer"

October 10 2012 at 2:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lvguy

Mechanic is a very stressful job, have to deal with greedy manager who steal hours from mechanics, service advisors who have no clue of the problem the customer is conveying, on which case then the customer gets upset and threatening the mechanic ( " I will get you fired"), then the salary, tools are not cheap, specially now with special diag testing meters that mechanics have to buy, and then there is the poisonous gases, chemicals and liquids that are such health thread that you find only when is too late, YEP, go on try being a mechanic with that salary.... NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!

October 10 2012 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VMP3080

There are two jobs that DEFINITELY do not fit the description of "low stress and rewarding opportunities." School Principal and definitely Legal Assistant. Obviously those at CareerCast has never worked in either of those positions.

October 10 2012 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome King

I wouldn't fit in any of these jobs.

October 09 2012 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Galen

If you're a male, good luck finding a legal assistant position after you earn a certificate or associate's degree in the subject. I earned a post-BA certificate in legal assistant studies- no legal assistant job after 2 years of searching and applying. The job is associated heavily with women- 90% in that position are female. Male lawyers do not want a male working for them- many of them want the best looking twenty or thirty something chick possible around the office. Female lawyers simply go with the flow and mostly hire females for the job- the job is thought of as mostly female, not neutral. You'll have a much better chance as a male becoming a certified cosmetologist and getting work in a salon. Salons (at least the lower to middle end) are some of the least discriminatory on gender, and even weight, as long as you look presentable and have some ability. It's funny that law firms and legal departments, being run by the highly educated, are so dicriminatory in hiring staff.

October 09 2012 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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'Stephanie Morosi

lawyers also visit escort and strip bars the most...........funny how many of them were prosecutors at one time too.

February 11 2013 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

I just retired after being an auto tech for 45 years and I\'m glad its over.I actually enjoyed my job at the Porsche/Audi dealership until about 10-20 years ago when the cars became a pain in the neck to work on because of stuffing components in tight places and the proliferation of complicated electronics.As the top tech/foreman in the shop my pay stuck at $24 hr on flat rate while the dealer raised the cust rate a few times to over $100 an hour but they couldn\'t afford to give me a raise.In the last 10yrs I was spending an increadable amount of time doing the elaborate documentation required to get paid for warrenty work and having to buy all kinds of extra tools to get access in impossibly tight spots.

October 09 2012 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lindsey

I couldn't imagine a school principal having a low stress job. And obviously the person who chose legal assistant never actually worked as one. If you're working for a major firm, you're at the attorney's beck and call. If the attorney is in the office until 10, you're there until midnight...and expected to be back in by 9am sharp as well as the (not so occasional) weekends.

October 09 2012 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrtott

I would add aircraft technicians. Sounds like a great job. But Mangment and CEO\'s of airlines hate unions. they would pay these people $10 an hour if they could.

October 09 2012 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

Good Auto mechanics are hard to find any more. The ones out of school do not really know how to work on older, low tech cars.

October 09 2012 at 4:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Paul

Most are not \'well paid\' and looked down upon.

October 09 2012 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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