The 12 Most Overrated Jobs In 2013

High stress is a recurring theme among these jobs.

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By Vivian Giang

Some jobs just get all the attention. Take event planner, for example: The idea of working alongside famous people and handling big money accounts may seem like an exciting job, but the reality is often a very different picture.

Job search site CareerCast used survey data that "weighed stress, physical demands, and both the current and future employment outlook" across occupations and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to create a list of the most overrated jobs of 2013, released on Tuesday. The list also takes into account data from the company's Jobs Rated report, where a lower score signifies a higher rating, which includes the competitiveness and growth potential of specific fields.

Topping the list are advertising account executive, surgeon, stockbroker, and public relations manager, which all require long, stressful hours. Many of these professions also made last year's list of the most overrated jobs, except economists and computer programmers, which are new this year.

"People don't realize the baggage these jobs come with," Tony Lee, publisher at CareerCast, tells Business Insider. "The perception is cool; the reality is a dog-eat-dog world."

Consider surgeons. Although they make a median salary of $311,078, they deal with high stress levels daily and have a lot of pressure on their hands. "When you're a surgeon, your life is not your own," Lee says. "You cannot go anywhere without your phone. It's also very physical demanding because you stand on your feet all day."

High turnover is also a common theme for many of the professions on CareerCast's most overrated list.

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cpallandro

"When you're a surgeon, your life is not your own," Lee says. "You cannot go anywhere without your phone. It's also very physical demanding because you stand on your feet all day."
?????
I'm constantly under stress. My life isn't my own, I'm on my feet all day, and I'm tethered to a phone. Yet, they make 300k a year? WTF!?! I need a raise!

September 22 2013 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moose

Nursing was left off the list. Very stressful, low paying and lack of respect in this profession.

September 22 2013 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

ever heard of ...retail

September 21 2013 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hertamania

Hmm, good to know i make more that all of those people.

September 21 2013 at 10:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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cpallandro

No, you don't. You wouldn't be posting here if you did. Hell, you wouldn't have even read this article.

September 22 2013 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

Anything related to the entertainment or fashion industries is also the pits. People are attracted by the glamour, but soon realize that it\'s a cutthroat environment populated by really unpleasant people. Unless you are very well connected get ready for some serious abuse.

September 21 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

The people that hired you know the job is an irritating pain. It's why they hired you and didn't take the job themselves. I've had jobs where they paid me because the boss was a jerk and everybody simply quit - they paid me to endure the boss, not the work.
Those are the best positions there are. Why ? You don't need seniority, you will have the job forever. Nobody is trying to get you fired because they certainly don't want your job. If any issue at all comes up all you have to say is "I'll get my boss and see what he thinks" and you immediately win. You can demand all sorts of raises and get them. Everybody is scared to death you'll quit and they'll have to fill-in for you and get stuck there.
Be really, really nice to your jerk boss - get them gifts, buy them coffee, etc. That person is your goldmine.

September 21 2013 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
randmhunley

they forgot
congress
CONGRESS IS VERY OVER RATED
AND HIGHLY OVER PAID
FOR THE WORK THEY DONT DO

September 21 2013 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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cpallandro

This was an article about people who work...

September 22 2013 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fullyscottish40

"...Although they make a median salary of $311,078, they deal with high stress levels daily and have a lot of pressure on their hands.." ohhh i feel so bad for you.. hard to survive and manage the stress on over $300,000 a year. ( inject sarcasm here)

September 21 2013 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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klemon0320

I\'m sorry, but I didn\'t see any of the jobs that listed a median salary of your $311,078 per year. As a recently retired airline captain I can assure you that the median (average) salary is not that high. The very top end of the highest paying airline might approach that and in special cases could exceed, but not the median.

September 21 2013 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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terrycpa1972

The article starts off discussing the median income for surgeons.......which is where the $311,078 originates. Though median income still leaves a lot of ground of course as always it depends on location, etc.

September 21 2013 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
makimaus

Since the holders of a majority of these jobs are Golgafrinchans, I don't see the problem.

September 21 2013 at 8:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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oldbuzzard1959

I admit I had to Google it, but you are correct.

September 21 2013 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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