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The 12 most underrated jobs of 2013

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7. Legal assistant

Median salary: $46,990
Hiring outlook (job growth through 2020): 18%

"My son, the legal assistant!," said no mom to anyone ever.

Well, that may be true, moms who wanted their sons to be lawyers, but that's just one reason why legal assistants have one of the most underrated jobs. First, they tend to have better hours and lower stress than lawyers, Lee said, and their hiring outlook is above average. "Probably better than actually being an attorney," Lee said.

"This job has fared well every time we looked at it," Lee said.


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