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.
To recap, CareerCast.com 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, 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, 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, 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 (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.