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Has Your Job Lived Up to Expectations?


Three health care jobs have made the list of the top 10 most overrated jobs because of the stress and the long hours.

Finding the perfect job is probably close to impossible. If you go for the big salary or the prestigious title you’ll find it comes with a lot of stress, responsibility and long hours. CareerCast has listed its top overrated jobs of 2011 and three health care jobs made the top 10.

The job search site admitted that naming something as overrated is hugely subjective, but it looked at jobs that seem outstanding on the surface, but actually have huge downsides people don’t realize.

To analyze jobs that could be considered overrated, CareerCast looked at work environment, income, stress, physician demands and hiring outlook. It probably isn’t much of a surprise, given the responsibilities and long hours, that senior corporate executive topped the list, despite the generous pay.

Of course, there is a lot that will be missed in this sort of list, such as personal satisfaction. For many people, the stresses of their job might be worth it.

Surgeon ranked number two on the list. The job has the highest income average with $365,258, but there are a lot of demands that caused it to be so high on the overrated scale, such as being responsible for people’s lives, long hours and physical demands resulting from long surgeries.

Physicians, at number three, might find their jobs overrated because of the constant changes to the field, including increased regulations and staying abreast of new developments.

And the third health care job to make the top 10, is psychiatrist, at number four. Psychiatrists have to deal with a combination of the issues surgeons and physicians worry about — responsibility over another person, long hours and increased regulation.

Read more and see which jobs fill out the top 10.

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