Broadcasters, advertising account managers and authors top the list of CareerCast.com’s Most Overrated Jobs of 2016.
Wouldn’t it be great to show up at your high school reunion and answer “author” or “stockbroker” when your old nemesis asks you what you do for a living?
Those are glamorous sounding jobs, but according to CareerCast.com, they are overrated positions. What makes a job overrated? Stress, long hours, high turnover or a poor employment outlook are factors that can land a role on CareerCast’s overrated list.
Here are CareerCast’s Most Overrated Jobs of 2016, with median annual salary and projected annual rate of growth through 2020:
Advertising account manager (annual salary, $124,850; projected annual rate of growth through 2020, 9%)
Author ($60,520, 2%)
Broadcaster ($37,720, -9%)
Corporate executive ($102,690, 6%)
Event coordinator ($46,840, 10%)
Photographer ($31,170, 3%)
Public relations executive ($104,140, 7%)
Stockbroker ($71,550, 10%)
On the flip side, CareerCast also found underrated jobs that are less attention-getting, but have good employment projections, pay and the possibility of having a positive impact on an organization or community.
Most Underrated Jobs of 2016
Computer systems analyst ($85,800, 21%)
Diagnostic medical sonographer ($63,630, 24%)
Dietitian ($57,910, 16%)
Environmental engineer ($84,560, 12%)
Financial analyst ($80,310, 12%)
Human resources manager ($104,440, 9%)
Medical technologist ($50,550, 16%)
Physical therapist ($84,020, 34%)