Ever feel that your job does not get the recognition it deserves? While you may not have a flashy advertising job mingling with the who’s who in the city, but perhaps you fall in one of the top 5 most underrated jobs of 2015. In a new report by job-search site CareerCast.com, jobs were ranked that factored in potential for advancement, a favorable hiring outlook, job security and low stress. Accountants, engineers and human resource managers may lack buzz, but they also tend to lack the stress and long hours, making them among the most underrated, according to CareerCast’s report.
The 5th most underrated job: Accountant
With an annual median salary of $63,550 and growth outlook of 13 percent, despite the stress around tax deadlines, accountants perhaps have one of the boring jobs, but that is not a bad thing as accountants also the most steady, as they work with clients preparing financial records and ensuring that taxes are paid properly. Talk about job security.
The 4th most underrated job: Environmental Engineer
With an annual median salary of $80,890 and growth outlook of 15 percent, having a background in engineering and science, environmental engineers can work on all aspects of recycling, water and air pollution, and public health. “Environment engineers tie into the future of energy and are necessary for everyday life,” said CareerCast content editor Kyle Kensing.
The 3rd most underrated job: Geologist
With an annual median salary of $90,890 and growth outlook of 16 percent, geologist’s survey land and draw up safe building plans, studying Earth’s materials, and with a large interest in fossil fuels these days, geologist’s expertise in Earth’s structure and composition makes them in “high demand from firms with deep pockets,” said CareerCast’s Kensing.
The 2nd most underrated job: Civil Engineer
With an annual median salary of $79,340 and growth outlook of 20 percent, civil engineers design, supervise and maintain large construction projects and systems such as roads, bridges, railroads, and roller coasters. It can be exciting but is highly technical, so there is great competition between candidates.
#1 most underrated job: Human Resource Manager
With an annual median salary of $99,720 and growth outlook of 13 percent, human resource managers are a link between a company’s staff and management and work with top executives on strategic planning, and oversee the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff. Sounds like a pretty important job to me!