Maybe we should all think twice about feeling sorry for the plumber who gets his hands dirty or the biologist who we judge as a total geek, because little do we know how rewarding these jobs actually are. Job titles such as ‘electrician’ or ‘librarian’ are generally frowned upon and immediately dismissed when in search for a stable and enriching job. But we’re wrong about that because although these occupations may not indicate glitz, glamour and sophistication, they in fact have an impressive pay and the job growth is high.
Is it time you reconsidered and revaluated your chosen career? There are twelve trades that have made it to Career Cast’s top list of most underrated jobs of 2013. Check them out below:
1. Computer Systems Analyst
Average Salary: $79,680
Projected Growth: 22%
Reason: “Strong compensation and a positive job growth outlook”
Average Salary: $84,460
Projected Growth: 36%
Reason: “People love their pets, and as a result the demand for veterinarians is expected to increase 36% over the next seven years…”
Average Salary: $72,700
Projected Growth: 31%
Reason: “…favorable conditions: minimal physical demands, low stress levels and a pleasant work environment."
4. Market Research Analyst
Average Salary: $60,300
Projected Growth: 41%
Reason: “…market research analyst makes a vital impact on the direction of business decisions by applying data of economic and technological trends."
Average Salary: $63,550
Projected Growth: 16%
Reason: “a field benefitting from a high quality work environment, low stress and low physical demand."
6. Emergency Medical Technician
Average Salary: $31,020
Projected Growth: 33%
Reason: “…burgeoning opportunities to begin in this rewarding career make it a high potential field for those breaking into health care."
7. Legal Assistant
Average Salary: $46,990
Projected Growth: 18%
Reason: “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."
8. Civil Engineer
Average Salary: $79,340
Projected Growth: 19%
Reason: “Projected increases in infrastructure-related construction resulted in a positive outlook for the civil engineering profession.”
9. School Principal
Average Salary: $87,760
Projected Growth: 10%
Reason: “…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.”
Average Salary: $49,140
Projected Growth: 26%
Reason: “Demand for plumbers is expected to come from new building construction and stricter water efficiency standards for plumbing systems,”
Average Salary: $49,840
Projected Growth: 23%
Reason: “Homes and businesses need more wiring than ever before…”
Average Salary: $55,370
Projected Growth: 7%
Reason: Rewarding for “stress levels and working environment”