America’s Most Overrated Jobs

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

America’s Most Overrated Jobs Photo (cc) by Phil Roeder

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.”

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.

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