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24 of the most overrated and overlooked jobs in America

Just last week, the Deseret News reported on a recent study — which was explored and promoted originally on NPR — that argued for a more conscientious approach to choosing a college major.

Some majors just aren’t practical, the researcher claimed, and students should do the research to know which majors will land them in stable, well-paying jobs.

But a follow-up report by NPR’s Lisa Chow added some nuance to the discussion. Chow contextualized the data, showing that many women (and men, for that matter) were consciously choosing to seek out professions that didn’t pay as much, but have a higher rate of job satisfaction.

Is that reasonable? What should be looked for in a new job? Is there truly more to a career than median pay?

While compiling a list of the most underrated, and overrated, jobs in America, decided to factor in some of the intangible elements of a career. Sure, a healthy median salary is desirable, but so is the potential for career growth.

By combining information from their 2013 Jobs Rated report, which measured both the physical and emotional components of any given career, and income data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerCast distinguished 24 career paths that are either overlooked or overexposed.

Of course, jobs analysis such as this — even with the help of data — is ultimately subjective, as CareerCast is quick to point out on their website.

Nevertheless, such a list can prove to be very helpful for those looking for a career path that serves more than just their financial needs.

Find out the most underrated (and overrated) careers here.

JJ Feinauer is a graduate of Southern Virginia University and a content writer for the Moneywise page on Email:, Twitter: @jjfeinauer.

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