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Insurance Agent: The Job Everybody Else Wants

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Last week, we looked at 10 jobs that ranked higher than insurance agent. You were good sports, and the whole thing blew over without any confrontation in the parking lot. Well, now it’s time to profile 10 jobs that ranked below insurance agent. And there were quite a few.

See also: Insurance Agent: Almost the Best Job Ever

To recap, ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Insurance agent came in at No. 68, but from today’s perspective, it’s the No. 1 job, which the 132 professions left on the list must eye with envy.

Continue on to see 10 occupations that placed lower than yours. It’s guaranteed to make you smile.

brick mason

Brick Mason, No. 72

Thank this profession for any structure made of brick or masonry materials. Brick masons earn $47,172 a year for very physically demanding work in tough environments. Stress is low and hiring outlook has a surprisingly solid foundation. Could be another sign the construction industry is on the mend, or wolves wreaking havoc on straw and stick structures again.

insurance underwriter

Insurance Underwriter, No. 79

Underwriters assess and analyze the inherent risks in insuring potential policy holders before making recommendations to the insurance company they work for. The job is risky with a hiring outlook one-third that of insurance agents. They do earn $59,178 a year, which is $12K more than an insurance agent. Yet, they’re lower on the list. Aw-kward.

nuclear decontamination technician

Nuclear Decontamination Technician, No. 115

With paper towels and a dust mask, nuclear decontamination techs clean nuclear power plant equipment and personnel of irradiated material. No, the tools and apparel are slightly more sophisticated than that, which explain this job’s high scores in work environment, stress and physical demands. Hiring outlook is fair, but $38,156 a year is hard to get excited about — even for an isotope.

corporate executive

Corporate Executive (senior), No. 116

Senior executives formulate the policies and direct the operations of private and publicly-held companies. Everything about this job is top-level: The view, the tough work environment, the stress load, the physical demands and the salary – $166,141 a year. The only thing this job lacks is job security, which is why the parachutes are gold.

high school teacher

High School Teacher, No. 137

Does anyone know what a high school teacher does? Well, you would if you had paid attention during class! Add work environment, stress, physical demands and hiring outlook together, and divide that by $53,137 a year, what do you get? Anyone, anyone? That’s right: a-b-y-s-m-a-l.

military general

Military General, No. 141

High-ranking leaders in their branch of the armed forces command troops through military training operations and into battle. It doesn’t take much to imagine what kind of work environment, stress and physical demands this occupation entails, but any job that pays $196,017 a year and is still this far down the list probably isn’t a day at the beach. Hiring outlook isn’t just low, it’s negative. And no, that does not mean there’s an opening.


Bartender, No. 162

Bartenders listen to all your problems, and occasionally mix and serve drinks to customers. This all happens in a tavern, restaurant or lounge setting, which is, apparently, a tougher work environment than it appears when sitting on the other side of the bar. Stress is 3% by volume and the hiring outlook is low because it’s really not as cool as the first half-hour of the movie “Cocktail.”


Actor, No. 178

Actors entertain, inform and instruct audiences by interpreting dramatic roles on stage, film, television or radio. An income of $50,118 a year seems high. Either the mega-actors commanding $20 million a movie are really pulling up the average or the income from regular actors’ day-jobs (Waiter/Waitress, No. 195) is factored in. This job rated surprisingly well on stress, physical demands and work environment, which explains why everyone wants to be one. Too bad critics give the hiring outlook half a star.


Firefighter, No. 185

Firefighters protect individuals, and save lives and property from fire — and keep Dalmatians en vogue. They make $45,226 a year and have the harshest work environment AND toughest physical demands of any other job on the entire list. Seriously, next time they flash their lights at you, do them a solid and pull your car over — they have enough to deal with.


Lumberjack, No. 200

Timber de-verticalization engineers fell, cut and transport trees to be processed into lumber, paper and other wood products. Hiring outlook is almost zero, stress is high, no doubt from just trying to stay alive each day, and the incredible physical demands are certainly not from lugging the $32,114 a year to the bank.