The 10 Most Underrated Jobs Of 2014

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By Jacquelyn Smith and Emmie Martin

Some of the highest-paying, fastest-growing, most rewarding jobs in America are underrated.

Why?

Perhaps it's because they're not the most glamorous professions or they don't seem exciting. Or maybe it's because they haven't always been associated with fat paychecks and phenomenal growth opportunities. But, if you're looking to change careers, you could be doing yourself a huge disservice by failing to consider these jobs.

To identify which professions are most underrated in the U.S., CareerCast.com researchers analyzed BLS data and used their own judgment to determine high-paying, low-stress jobs with strong employment outlooks that are also undervalued.

"Underrated jobs often share certain traits, such as high growth potential, low stress, and the opportunity to make a difference," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast, in a press release. "While these jobs may not attract as much attention, they can be more fulfilling than a high-stress, high-profile career."

Most of the underrated jobs are in the STEM sector, which is consistent with widespread research showing that careers in science, engineering, technology, and math will provide healthy careers for years to come, Lee tells Business Insider. "They tend to be seen as boring and not glamorous, yet having a long-term career in a great field should be seen as pretty exciting."

CareerCast also rounded up the most overrated jobs in America, which includes attorneys, event coordinators, and surgeons. (See the complete list here.)

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What they do: Accountants examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others, according to the BLS.

Average Annual Salary: $63,550

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 13%

> Find a job as an accountant

What they do: The BLS says civil engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. 

Average Annual Salary: $79,340

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 20%

> Find a job as a civil engineer

What they do: According to the BLS, these professionals analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. 

Average Annual Salary: $79,680

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 25%

> Find a job as a computer systems analyst

What they do: The BLS says they research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. 

Average Annual Salary: $80,890

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 15%

> Find a job as an environmental engineer

What they do: Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future, says the BLS.

Average Annual Salary: $90,890

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 16%

> Find a job as a geologist

What they do: Legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents, according to the BLS.

Average Annual Salary: $46,990

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 17%

> Find a job as a legal assistant

What they do: According to the BLS, market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They also help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

Average Annual Salary: $60,300

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 32%

> Find a job as a market research analyst

What they do: The BLS says multimedia artists create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Average Annual Salary: $61,370

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 6%

> Find a job as a multimedia artist

What they do: They assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardio respiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility, according to the BLS.

Average Annual Salary: $42,690

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 19% 

> Find a job as a physiologist

What they do: The BLS says veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.

Average Annual Salary: $84,460

Projected Hiring Outlook (between 2012 and 2022): 12%

> Find a job as a veterinarian

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