Top Five Most Overrated Careers
Think your dream job is all glamour and prestige? You may want to think again.
On the hit TV dramas “ER,” “House,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” being a doctor is all about white coats, intrigue, and getting busy in the on-call rooms.
Sounds glamorous, right?
What TV doesn’t show you are the huge bills from all those years of medical school, grueling work shifts, and the pressures of having a literally life-or-death responsibility in your hands.
Unfortunately, doctors are just one of many careers you might consider overrated once you learn about their gritty reality.
“While most people focus first on salary or prestige, it’s more important to focus on how you will spend your days, and who you will be surrounded by on your job,” says Dr. Katharine Brooks, director of liberal arts career services for the University of Texas at Austin. “Work/life balance is also an important issue.”
Worried the career you’re considering may be more of a nightmare than a dream job? Before you make any career decisions, take a look at these seven overrated professions and the alternatives that could prove to be a better option.
Overrated Career #1 - Teacher
Average Annual Salary: $54,330*
The Fantasy: Two words: summer vacation. Oh, and work days that end at 3 p.m. Plus, the obvious reward of shaping young lives.
The Reality: “Teaching, while rewarding, can involve difficult students and parents and lots of pressure related to test scores, not to mention tighter restrictions on lesson plans,” says Brooks. There’s also the potential for violence in schools and stress due to workload – sadly those short days at school sometimes turn into long nights of grading papers.
Career Alternative for Teachers: Education Leadership
Postsecondary education administration is one option to look into if you want to get into the field, but don’t want to actually teach. Administrators are usually responsible for supervising areas such as student affairs or admissions and can be found at colleges, universities, and more. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields, like accounting, marketing, or social work could be enough for entry-level posts, but higher positions usually require a master’s or doctorate degree in education. It may require more school, but the average pay ($83,710*) isn’t bad.