Great job opportunities are out there for those inclined to seek them out. As with many aspects of a successful career, finding a great job can be a matter of simply knowing where to look. The most underrated jobs span a variety of different disciplines, but they all share common features.
One feature is evidence of high growth potential. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects hiring of market research analysts to increase 32 percent over the next eight years as companies closely track what consumers want. Market research analysts design surveys to determine what companies should sell, who will buy their products and services, and how to promote their goods.
Even an underrated field like multimedia artist — which is only projected to grow 6 percent over the next eight years, according to the BLS — has the potential to exceed its production. As online mobile interactivity becomes more sophisticated and the use of multimedia in computer games, television shows, videos, commercials, and movies expands, demand for skilled multimedia artists should increase as well. The job also benefits from its flexibility. Additionally, content providers that need multimedia artists can vary greatly, from software companies to advertisers. Seeking work in the field should involve casting a wide net in a variety of industries.
Other underrated jobs offer the opportunity to make a difference, either in a community or with individual patients. In fact, jobs the in health care industry are booming, particularly positions for physical therapists who help the injured and ill return to normal functioning. Physiologists are important because most work in preventative capacities, developing workout programs and teaching proper physical practices to avoid later injury.
Likewise, computer-systems analysts are increasingly in demand, because their blend of business and technological skills helps companies address potential conflicts between the two sides before they arise. Computer-systems analysts are integral in seeing that two very different branches of an organization complement each other to reach their similar goals.
The following is a select list of some of the most underrated jobs for 2014, according to the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated Report:
Average Annual Salary: $63,550
Projected Hiring Outlook: 13 percent
Average Annual Salary: $79,340
Projected Hiring Outlook: 20 percent
Computer Systems Analyst
Average Annual Salary: $79,680
Projected Hiring Outlook: 25 percent
Average Annual Salary: $80,890
Projected Hiring Outlook: 15 percent
Average Annual Salary: $90,890
Projected Hiring Outlook: 16 percent
Average Annual Salary: $46,990
Projected Hiring Outlook: 17 percent
Market Research Analyst
Average Annual Salary: $60,300
Projected Hiring Outlook: 32 percent
Average Annual Salary: $61,370
Projected Hiring Outlook: 6 percent
Average Annual Salary: $42,690
Projected Hiring Outlook: 19 percent
Average Annual Salary: $84,460
Projected Hiring Outlook: 12 percent