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The 12 Most Underrated Jobs of 2012

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These Jobs Get No Respect! But They Should...

These are the jobs that you usually don’t hear a mother proudly say, “My son is a ________!” or see Hollywood glamorizing one of these underrated jobs -- but when you look at the stats, they should be!

“You never saw a movie about a civil engineer or a TV show starring a computer-systems analyst!” said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

The job listing and advice site has come out with its annual listof the most underrated jobs – and the most overrated jobs.

So, what makes a job underrated?

“The pay is better, the hiring outlook is better , the level of stress tends to be lower, and the physical demands aren’t that great,” Lee said. “It’s a good job with a good forecast.”

He added: “The most underrated jobs offer increasing opportunities and rewarding potential for job seekers new to the labor force, or those who need a change.” What’s more, several of these positions don’t even require a college degree.

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By Cindy Perman
Posted 26 Sept 2012

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