12 Of The Most Underrated Jobs In 2013

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I came across the below list of the 12 most underrated jobs in 2013 and found some of them rather interesting.  Aside from Librarian, I really don’t understand how any of the rest qualify as underrated. I know I wouldn’t underrate a principle, electrician or plumber and especially not a civil engineer, but that’s just me. What do you think?

12. Librarian

Median Salary: $55,370

Projected Growth: 7%

Why: “Competition for jobs can be stiff — librarian scored No. 148 in the 2013 Jobs Rated outlook metric — but the field can be rewarding, evident in its ranking in both stress levels and workplace environment. Managerial qualities are important to overseeing a smoothly operating library.”


11. Electrician

Median Salary: $49,840

Projected Growth: 23%

Why: “Similar to plumbers, electricians are in increased demand despite the slow construction market.” At 23% projected growth through 2020, the BLS estimates a total of 133,700 jobs.

“Homes and businesses need more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components,” the BLS reports.


10. Plumber

Median Salary: $49,140

Projected Growth: 26%

Why: “Despite slowed growth in the construction sector, specialty trades have provided opportunities for those seeking good jobs. Few are as accommodating as plumbing, which has seen strong hiring growth in the last year and is projected to swell another 26% by 2020.”

“Demand for plumbers is expected to come from new building construction and stricter water efficiency standards for plumbing systems, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads,” the BLS reports. With stability and the position’s low stress level score, it’s a more valauble job than many might imagine.


9. School Principal

Median Salary: $87,760

Projected Growth: 10%

Why: “Education can be a rewarding field, but low pay is a frequently cited argument against pursuing a career as a teacher. Principals, on the other hand, earn a median annual salary of over $87,000. Principals also take an active approach in formulating the direction of a school and the lives of their students.”


8. Civil Engineer

Median Salary: $79,340

Projected Growth: 19%

Why: “Projected increases in infrastructure-related construction resulted in a positive outlook for the civil engineering profession. Median salary is competitive, and a positive work environment rounds out an overall great prognosis for the field.”


7. Legal Assistant

Median Salary: $46,990

Projected Growth: 18%

Why: “While opportunities for attorneys dwindle, legal assistants are in increased demand. Legal assistants offer firms versatile professionals who can take on numerous essential tasks, yet tend to work 9-to-5 and avoid the typical stress factors of working in the field of law.”


6. Emergency Medical Technician

Median Salary: $31,020

Projected Growth: 33%

Why: “Emergency medical technician moved into the top half of the Jobs Rated report in 2013. The field is fast-pace and can be stressful — it was the No. 21 most stressful career measured — but burgeoning opportunities to begin in this rewarding career make it a high potential field for those breaking into health care.”


5. Accountant

Median Salary: $63,550

Projected Growth: 16%

Why: “Experienced accountants are in increased demand amid economic turbulence. That spells a jump in employment for a field benefitting from a high quality work environment, low stress and low physical demand.”


4. Market Research Analyst

Median Salary: $63,550

Projected Growth: 16%

Why: “One of the fastest growing fields per the BLS, market research analyst makes a vital impact on the direction of business decisions by applying data of economic and technological trends.”


3. Biologist

Median Salary: $72,700

Projected Growth: 31%

Why: “Combining many elements of science, biologists have a unique work perspective. Most also enjoy favorable conditions: minimal physical demands, low stress levels and a pleasant work environment.”


2. Veterinarian

Median Salary: $84,460

Projected Growth: 36%

Why: “With a median pay range in the top 20% of the 2013 Jobs Rated report, veterinarians can be well compensated for rewarding work. People love their pets, and as a result the demand for veterinarians is expected to increase 36% over the next seven years per Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. Combine that with low stress, and veterinarian is a promising career option.”


1. Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary: $79,680

Projected Growth: 22%

Why: “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. Strong compensation and a positive job growth outlook make computer systems analyst one of the best fields in today’s workforce.”


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Founder of Degrees and Debt. Edgar just wrapped up his MS in Project Management with a focus on Information Security Management. Battling back to even from student loans, mortgage and credit card debt is an art Edgar is learning to master. This is his journey.

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