There are a lot of rewarding jobs that may not seem glamorous, but the pay is great and the job growth high.
These factors put them at the top of job site CareerCast.com's list of the most underrated jobs of 2013 published Tuesday. The company used survey data that "weighed stress, physical demands, and both the current and future employment outlook," combined with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The list also takes into account data from the company's Jobs Rated report, which includes the competitiveness and growth potential of specific fields.
"Perception is not reality in this case," Tony Lee, publisher at CareerCast, tells Business Insider. "There are some really great jobs on this list that you may not have considered because they don't seem so exciting."
Take an emergency medical technician, for example. The job doesn't require a college degree, but the job growth is a whopping 33%. Plus, it's a great way to break into the health-care industry.
"People who are EMTs love it," Lee says. "They are passionate about it, and we find that most of them wouldn't want to do anything else."
A stable hiring outlook, competitive pay, and life-enriching work are the common themes of many of the professions on CareerCast's most undervalued jobs list.
The 12 Most Underrated Jobs In 2013
12 Of The Most Underrated Jobs In 2013
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."