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.

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

Median Annual Salary: $36,200

Projected Job Growth (through 2020): 17 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus extensive on-the-job training.


Looking for a job as an auto mechanic? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $48,179

Projected Job Growth: 23 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus apprenticeship.


Looking for a job as an electrician? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $47,186

Projected Job Growth: 26 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus apprenticeship.


Looking for a job as a plumber? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $87,122

Projected Job Growth: 10 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree in education administration or leadership.


Looking for a job as a school principal? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $89,223

Projected Job Growth: 6 percent (slower than average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree, though most jobs in this field require a master's degree.


Looking for a job as an economist? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $47,159

Projected Job Growth: 18 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus extensive on-the-job training.

Typical educational requirements: Associate degree or certificate in paralegal studies.


Looking for a job as a legal assistant? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $62,174

Projected Job Growth: 16 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field.


Looking for a job as an accountant? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $61,236

Projected Job Growth: 41 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: At least a bachelor's degree, with top positions requiring a master's degree.


Looking for a job as a market research analyst? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $73,285

Projected Job Growth: 31 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Doctorate or professional degree.


Looking for a job as a biologist? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $82,190

Projected Job Growth: 36 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Doctor of veterinary medicine degree and state license.


Looking for a job as a veterinarian? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $78,133

Projected Job Growth: 19 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachlor's degree, with a master's typically required for management positions.


Looking for a job as a civil engineer? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $78,148

Projected Job Growth: 22 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement.


Looking for a job as a computer analyst? Click here to get started.

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