There are a lot of high level careers that, thanks to television, appear to be a really cool way to make a living. Believe me, none of those jobs are anything like they play out on TV.

For example, 'Mad Men' has really made the world of advertising look cool and glamorous. Take it from me, it's an ulcer producing, highly stressful world.

Advertising is one of those highly overrated jobs, but there are several careers out there that are vastly underrated and, best of all, they pay well.

 

CareerCast.com has created a list of the most underrated and most overrated jobs.

 

Computer systems analyst may sound like a job Matt Damon has before he’s forced to rescue his wife and son in an action movie, but it’s actually a pretty good job. In fact, it’s the most underrated, with a median salary of nearly $80,000.

Advertising account executive clocks in with the same median salary, but not nearly the same prestige – it topped the list of most overrated jobs, mostly due to the stress of the position and the competitive nature of the business.

12 Most Overrated Jobs With Median Salaries:

1. Advertising Account Exec -- $79,680
2.
Surgeon -- $166,400
3.
Stockbroker -- $71,720
4.
Public Relations Manager -- $95,450
5.
Senior Corporate Executive -- $168,140
6.
Event Coordinator -- $45,810
7.
Architect -- $73,090
8.
Commercial Airline Pilot -- $114,200
9.
Attorney -- $113,530
10.
Computer Programmer -- $74,280
11.
Economist -- $91,860
12.
Psychologist -- $67,650

12 Most Underrated Jobs With Median Salaries:

1. Computer Systems Analyst -- $79,680
2.
Veterinarian -- $84,460
3.
Biologist -- $72,700
4.
Market Research Analyst -- $60,300
5.
Accountant -- $63,550
6.
Emergency Medical Technician -- $31,020
7.
Legal Assistant -- $46,990
8.
Civil Engineer -- $79,340
9.
School Principal -- $87,760
10.
Plumber -- $49,140
11.
Electrician -- $49,840
12.
Librarian -- $55,370