America's most overrated jobs

CareerCast has released its list of jobs that really aren't as glamorous as they seem.

By MSN Money Partner 17 hours ago

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.


Have you ever dreamed about the glamorous life of a lawyer or advertising executive? It turns out both jobs are anything but, despite what you may have seen on television with "Mad Men" or "Suits."


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High stress, weak hiring prospects for entry-level applicants and a so-so annual salary push advertising execs to the top of CareerCast.com's new list of the most overrated jobs in America.


Here are the top five most overrated jobs for 2014:

  • Advertising account executive. The projected hiring outlook is negative 1 percent over the next eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Lawyer. If you want dramatic courtroom showdowns like those depicted on TV, think again. "Being a lawyer is a lot of long hours spent poring over reading material and memorizing precedents," CareerCast said.
  • Author. It's incredibly challenging (and competitive) to become a published author, especially if you want to write full time, CareerCast said.
  • Bookkeeper. Low pay and the threat of automation are hallmarks of bookkeeping.
  • Event coordinator. Despite a positive outlook for growth, event coordinators have to be able to adapt to a variety of clients and their demands. It's a "high-stress, high-pressure job," CareerCast said.

Click here for the complete list of overrated jobs in America. If you want to check out CareerCast's list of the most underrated jobs in the U.S., click here.


Do you agree with CareerCast's rankings? What jobs do you think are overrated and underrated?


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17 hours ago
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The #1 overrated job is....  MSN Article editor!

16 hours ago
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  #6 President of the United States, comes with a 24 hour a day News Station and a Congress that will stop at nothing to link you to anything and everything bad that happens in the U.S. and the world.

   With little or no evidence these people will spend billions each year slandering you and debasing everything you do, even though your most disputed law was their idea in the first place.

16 hours ago
16 hours ago
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The only thing in visible decline on MSN are the percentage of articles where comments may be offered. If someone based their college experience and actual working career upon a fictional story seen on TV or movies, learning something "real" is well past due. I guess the disillusioned can flip over to other MSN think tanks such as "Living" or "Glo" for some reinforcement...you are ALL winners! ;)
16 hours ago
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The head of the federal reserve is overrated. Who does she report to? Who does the president report to? Who stops the over exuberant spread of rampant inflation? Who is responsible? Not me or some over rated invisible being behind the transparent administration in charge. No responsibility or accountable for anything - Federal Reserve - Overrated.
13 hours ago
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Well, they all beat working for a living.
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Most overrated is law enforcement. Almost everyone hates them for doing their job.
15 hours ago
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We still do lots of bookkeeping for folks. In fact, automation has allowed us to take on more accounts. Some people just don't want to mess with it, so that's where we come in.
16 hours ago
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#6 DNC troll.  Max Sparticas would know all about this one.
15 hours ago
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When Doritos, aka PepsiCo, continue to air video ads made by fans, who need Mad Men. Dick the Butcher, aka William Shakespeare, told his king, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." When many of those who went to Journalism School can't write the truth or write with fairness, how can we tell the different between an author and a blogger. If bookkeepers are replaced by automation, can computers actually use Common Core math. 



11 hours ago
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ha. how about electricians, i was one for over 30 years and made good money when with a union. but anymore a drywaller makes more than a electrician. speaking of which, try to find a drywaller that isn't an illegal mexican.
16 hours ago
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Union K12 teacher aka babysitter sponge.


We should all have near 40-80k/year jobs were we fail 50%+ of the time(half the kids can't read or do basic math or just quit, this is FACT), get 4 months off and are ran by a corrupt union that funnels union dues to the DNC so we keep our jobs and high pay.


Thumbs down = loving that kids can't read.


11 hours ago
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Best rated ***** Military contractor #1 Bank executive is # 2 for obvious reasons. Then reality TV skank, followed by various celebrities of dubious talents. Politicians don't count; their not real.
13 hours ago
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I would say the president is over-rated....not the job but the president himself. Truth is, his ratings are in the toilet....MSN and the rest of the Lame Stream Media?........silent.
14 hours ago
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Teacher.

 

They make more than any other teachers in the world and work 9 months tops, but yet think they constantly deserve more $$$.

 

 

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insofar as income  doctors   lawyers  and airline  pilots  waaaaaaaaay    overpaid thus   "  overrated"
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Being a president is an overrated job it should not be given to anyone unless they behead most of the politicians that's how you can see who deserves the job or not. Too many puppets for Israel makes it impossible to trust these con artists.
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