Some jobs seem to garner all the attention. Take for example the idea of getting to work alongside a famous individual, or handling a large amount of money. That dream of doing what you think is "cool" and earning a large paycheck is the aspiration of a lot of young adults but the reality is often very different.
This past September the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a list of the most overrated jobs of 2013. It took a good look at the stresses, physical demands, and future employment outlooks for these career tracks. The conclusion that the study came to is that many young adults don't consider the kind of "extras" these jobs come with. We're not talking about positive extras either. This is baggage that weighs down happiness. For example, if you were to become a surgeon you might make a median salary of just over $310,000, but the stress and pressure of the job coupled with the long hours means you're not likely to have a life of your own. You're on call every day and you're on your feet for most of the day.
Other jobs that made the list include:
-Advertising Account Executive: high pressure, competitive industry with a higher turnover.
-Stockbroker: Volatile markets means a much higher likelihood of failure.
-PR Manager: Higher demands and faster turnaround due to the digital age make this one of the highest stress careers.
-Event Coordinator: lower median salary of around $45,000 is not commensurate with the high stress of critical clients who want events to go off without a hitch.
-Architect: Despite a slowly recovering housing market, architects are finding far fewer opportunities, resulting in increased stress.
-Commercial Airline Pilot: Due to the challenges in the industry, most airlines have had to scale back their staffing, meaning that pilots have an increased load in time at the stick. The result is that this job is rated in the top 3 most stressful jobs.
-Attorney: Entry into this field is diminishing quickly. Wall Street Journal reported that in 2012 the number of law school graduates being hired dropped to 62% (from 85% the previous year).
-Computer Programmer: IT careers have traditionally been winners, but organizations continue to outsource programming overseas at much lower rates which cripples opportunities for new graduates in the U.S.
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