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Just last week, the Deseret News reported on a recent study — which was explored and promoted originally on NPR — that argued for a more conscientious approach to choosing a college major.

Some majors just aren’t practical, the researcher claimed, and students should do the research to know which majors will land them in stable, well-paying jobs.

But a follow-up report by NPR’s Lisa Chow added some nuance to the discussion. Chow contextualized the data, showing that many women (and men, for that matter) were consciously choosing to seek out professions that didn’t pay as much, but have a higher rate of job satisfaction.

Is that reasonable? What should be looked for in a new job? Is there truly more to a career than median pay?

While compiling a list of the most underrated, and overrated, jobs in America, CareerCast.com decided to factor in some of the intangible elements of a career. Sure, a healthy median salary is desirable, but so is the potential for career growth.

By combining information from their 2013 Jobs Rated report, which measured both the physical and emotional components of any given career, and income data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerCast distinguished 24 career paths that are either overlooked or overexposed.

Of course, jobs analysis such as this — even with the help of data — is ultimately subjective, as CareerCast is quick to point out on their website.

Nevertheless, such a list can prove to be very helpful for those looking for a career path that serves more than just their financial needs.

Computer Systems Analyst
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $79,680
Projected Growth Outlook: 22 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 10

Advertising Account Executive
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $66,913
Projected Growth Outlook: 14 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 124

Veterinarian
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $84,460
Projected Growth Outlook: 36 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 15

Surgeon
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $166,400*
Projected Growth Outlook: 24 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 51

Biologist
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $72,700
Projected Growth Outlook: 31 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 70

Stockbroker
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $72,060
Projected Growth Outlook: 15 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 104

Market Research Analyst
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $60,300
Projected Growth Outlook: 41 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 39

Public Relations Manger
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $95,450
Projected Growth Outlook: 21 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 73

Accountant
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $63,550
Projected Growth Outlook: 16 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 47

Senior Corporate Executive
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $168,140
Projected Growth Outlook: 5 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 155

Emergency Medical Technician
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $31,020
Projected Growth Outlook: 33 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 97

Event Coordinator
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $45,810
Projected Growth Outlook: 44 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 62

Legal Assistant
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $46,990
Projected Growth Outlook: 18 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 41

Architect
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $73,090
Projected Growth Outlook: 24 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 61

Civil Engineer
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $79,340
Projected Growth Outlook: 19 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 32

Commercial Airline Pilot
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $114,200
Projected Growth Outlook: 11 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 129

School Principal
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $87,760
Projected Growth Outlook: 10 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 90

Attorney
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $113,530
Projected Growth Outlook: 10 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 117

Plumber
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $49,140
Projected Growth Outlook: 26 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 66

Computer Programmer
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $74,280
Projected Growth Outlook: 12 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 38

Electrician
Wikimedia commons

Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $49,840
Projected Growth Outlook: 23 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 76

Economist
Associated Press

Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $91,860
Projected Growth Outlook: 6 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 119

Librarian
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Underrated or overrated: Underrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $55,370
Projected Growth Outlook: 7 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 89

Psychologist
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Underrated or overrated: Overrated

BLS Average Median Salary: $67,650
Projected Growth Outlook: 22 percent
2013 Jobs Rated Rank: 58