Median salary: $79,340
Hiring outlook (job growth through 2020): 19%
Civil engineers are the engineers who design and supervise large construction projects such as roads, buildings, bridges and water-treatment plants.
As the economy improves, there's more money for infrastructure projects—and that's good news for civil engineers.
Their hiring outlook is above average and their pay is near the top of the list for underrated jobs.
"The job isn't seen as glamorous, but many civil engineers wouldn't want to do anything else," Lee said.
And you'll always have bragging rights to say, "You see that bridge? Yeah, I built that!"