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Most Overrated and Underrated Jobs

(September 27, 2012) Rates the Most Overrated and Underrated Jobs

Ad Agency Exec is Most Overrated; Computer Systems Analyst is Most Underrated
Some of the most appealing jobs in today's workplace are underrated, while alluring jobs like advertising agency executive, photojournalist and public relations executive may hold cachet - but they also have a downside, landing them on the list of most overrated jobs of 2012. Also placing on the most overrated jobs list were senior corporate executive, commercial airline pilot, stockbroker, surgeon and attorney.

"Poor outlook for future growth, long hours, stress and a multitude of new candidates entering the industry make it especially challenging to break into many of our overrated careers," says Tony Lee, publisher, "Overrated jobs seem attractive from the outside, but often sound better than they really are."'s Overrated Jobs list pinpoints careers that the rest of the world perceives as great, but the truth is somewhat different. The glamorous, Scotch-drinking ad agency executives portrayed on television's popular "Mad Men" are unlike the ad agency executives on Madison Avenue today, who see job turnover resulting from the pressure of high expectations and the stress of competition for accounts with lower budgets.

Although senior corporate executive pays a high median salary of $166,141, as the number two most overrated job, this position shoulders the responsibility of managing almost every facet of an organization and is accountable for the financial security of hundreds (or thousands) of employees.

The rigors of being a commercial airline pilot make it one of the top three most overrated jobs. Commercial flights are down, the result of increased demand and expenses like fuel. The cutbacks have widespread effect, not least of which is a grinding halt to hiring of airline pilots.

Those looking for a rewarding career that has great advantages, including high growth, low stress and rewarding work, should consider the professions computer systems analyst, civil engineer, veterinarian, biologist and market research analyst, which all rank among's most underrated jobs.

Combining technology and business skills -- two of the most essential elements to an organization -- computer systems analysts are the bridges that connect management and IT together. Lucrative possibilities and a positive job growth outlook make this position one of the best in today's workforce and's most underrated job.

Projected increases in infrastructure-related construction result in a positive outlook for the civil engineering profession, the number two most underrated job. With a median pay range of $82,040, veterinarians, the number three most underrated profession, are well compensated for rewarding work. People love their pets, and as a result the demand for veterinarians it expected to increase 36%. Combine that with low stress, and veterinarian is a promising career option.

"The most underrated jobs offer increasing opportunities and rewarding potential for job seekers new to the labor force, or those who need a change," says Lee. "Some positions, such as veterinarian and school principal, require specialized advanced degrees, but you can become a plumber, electrician or automobile mechanic with additional training after high school."'s most overrated jobs:
    1. Advertising Agency Executive, Median Salary $64,107
    2. Senior Corporate Executive, Median Salary $166,141
    3. Commercial Airline Pilot, Median Salary $103,158
    4. Stockbroker, Median Salary $70,474
    5. Surgeon, Median Salary $305,078
    6. Attorney, Median Salary $112,760
    7. Public Relations Manager, Median Salary $92,156
    8. Flight Attendant, Median Salary $38,156
    9. Photojournalist, Median Salary $40,209
    10. Architect, Median Salary $73,179
    11. Event Coordinator, Median Salary $45,260
    12. Psychologist, Median Salary $67,179's most underrated jobs:
    1. Computer Systems Analyst, Median Salary $78,148
    2. Civil Engineer, Median Salary $78,133
    3. Veterinarian, Median Salary $82,190
    4. Biologist, Median Salary $73,285
    5. Market Research Analyst, Median Salary $61,236
    6. Accountant, Median Salary $62,174
    7. Legal Assistant, Median Salary $47,159
    8. Economist, Median Salary $89,223
    9. School Principal, Median Salary $87,122
    10. Plumber, Median Salary $47,186
    11. Electrician, Median Salary $48,179
    12. Automobile Mechanic, Median Salary $36,200
To create the lists of the most "overrated" and "underrated" jobs, weighed stress, physical demands and both the current and future employment outlook more heavily than the other aspects that we rank. By focusing on those criteria, as well as limiting the amount of other criteria we consider, we determined which jobs are the most overrated.

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