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Paralegal Is Better Job than Lawyer, Ranking Says

Posted Jan 6, 2011 7:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A paralegal job outranks lawyer in a new rating of 200 jobs by a career website.

The job of paralegal assistant is in 13th place, while the job of attorney is in 82nd place on the list by CareerCast.com. The ranking is based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, outlook and stress.

Stenographer/court reporter is ranked 31st, while judge is ranked 53rd.

CareerCast.com lists an income figure for each job that is based on estimated midlevel income and income growth potential. For paralegal, the income score is $47,153. For lawyer, it is $113,211. The website also lists a hiring outlook that is based on expected employment growth, income growth potential and unemployment data. For paralegal, the hiring outlook is 23.53, while for lawyer it is 10.11.

The top-ranked job is software engineer, with a hiring outlook of 27.40 and midlevel income figure of $87,140, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. Last year’s top job, actuary, dropped to third place, behind mathematician. The lowest-rated job was roustabout.

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