NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Some jobs look a lot more exciting from the outside looking in than they actually are.
Online job search portal CareerCast has released a new report listing the most overrated jobs in America. It has identified career fields that have a positive public perception but in reality are much less attractive than they seem.
"While the most overrated jobs may have high salary potential, excitement and glamour, there are trade-offs to working in these professions that can include long hours, high pressure and stiff competition for positions or clients," said Kyle Kensing, online content editor at CareerCast.
To assemble the list, CareerCast examined 200 professions, taking into consideration inherent stress, competition, industry volatility and job turnover. Its base methodology for all of its jobs ratings is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and includes four main criteria: environment, income, outlook and stress.
They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but in these eight jobs, you might find weeds.
8. Advertising Account Executive
Annual Median Salary: $115,750
Growth Outlook: 12%
Advertising account executives have an annual median salary of $115,750, which breaks down to $55.65 per hour. The field has a 12% growth outlook, about as fast as average, with 25,400 positions expected to be added from 2012 to 2022. According to the BLS, about a quarter of professionals in the arena work for advertising agencies.
One potential explanation for ad account executive positions being overrated: low morale in the advertising industry as a whole. A recent survey by Campaign US, a publication that covers the advertising sector, found that about a third of employees at advertising companies rate morale at their firms as low or dangerously low, and of those, 70% say they are job hunting.
Annual Median Salary: $73,090
Growth Outlook: 17%
There were about 107,400 architecture jobs in the United States in 2012, and by 2022, there will be about 18,600 more, giving the field a 17% growth rate. That expansion will be good for some, but not all, as it will imply more competition for work. According to the BLS, the number of architecture job applicants often outnumbers available positions.
Architects make a median annual pay of $73,090, or $35.14 per hour, and one in five architects is self-employed.
Annual Median Salary: $113,350
Growth Outlook: 10%
Fictional television attorneys Perry Mason and Jack McCoy may make practicing law appear a lot more fun than it really is.
While lawyers are well-paid and make a median annual wage of $113,530 ($54.58 per hour), they often work long hours. They also face stiff competition as more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.
As of 2012, there are 759,800 jobs available for attorneys, with 74,800 more positions expected to be added over the next decade. However, the BLS has recently revised the way it calculates job openings in the legal profession, and new statistics indicate there will be more job openings than there are graduates in 2016. Not everyone buys into the updated numbers.
Annual Median Salary: $29,790
Growth Outlook: 2%
According to CareerCast's findings, not only do radio and television broadcasters have low pay, but the growth outlook for their field is extremely small. Broadcasters have a median annual salary of $29,790 ($14.32 per hour), and the field is expanding at just a 2% rate.
Broadcaster is also listed as one of the worst jobs of 2015, due to an increasingly competitive marketplace as more outlets opt for syndicated broadcast content and high levels of stress.
4. Event Coordinator
Annual Median Salary: $45,810
Growth Outlook: 33%
Jobs for event coordinators are aplenty, with the BLS estimating a 33% growth outlook for the field over a decade. But in the event coordinating world, tensions run high as well, with the career also making the list of the most stressful jobs of 2015.
Event coordinators make a median salary of $45,810, and the states that offer the most jobs in the field are California, New York and Texas. Interestingly, CareerCast also rates event planning as one of the best jobs for women.
3. Management Consultant
Annual Median Salary: $78,600
Growth Outlook: 19%
Management consultants make a median $78,600 each year ($37.79 per hour). As of 2012, there are 718,700 jobs available, and the field is growing at a quick clip of 19% as the demand for such services increases.
A job as a management consultant often entails frequent travel to meet with clients and long hours. According to the BLS, about a quarter of professionals work more than 40 hours per week.
2. Public Relations Manager
Annual Median Salary: $95,450
Growth Outlook: 13%
A job as a public relations manager comes with a relatively high median annual salary of $95,450 ($45.89 per hour). About 8,000 new positions are expected to be added over the course of a decade, giving the field a 13% growth rate, and CareerCast also highlights the industry as especially attractive for women.
However, PR managers often face high amounts of travel to meet with clients and others within their organizations. Many also work more than 40 hours per week, especially when after-work events are involved.
1. Sales Representative (Wholesale)
Annual Median Salary: $51,670
Growth Outlook: 9%
Wholesale sales representatives earn a median $51,670 annually, or about $24.84 per hour. The job growth outlook for the field is 9%, slightly below average.
What may render sales rep jobs in the wholesale market overrated is the high amount of pressure placed on workers, as income and job security depend on the amount of merchandise sold. High amounts of travel are also often involved, and employment growth largely follows the economy.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.