Worst Jobs In America: Newspaper Reporter, Logger, Broadcaster Top The List


Newspaper reporters, loggers, and broadcasters top the worst jobs in America, according to a jobs rating report.'s 28th annual Jobs Rated report analyzes a particular job's physical and emotional environment, the number of hours spent working, the income growth potential, and employment growth in relation to 11 stress factors to identify which type of work is the least desirable.

Technology has changed the way people live and work. As it has opened more job opportunities, it has also made some jobs become obsolete. In 2014 CareerCast report of endangered jobs, most include those that are greatly affected by technology such as mail carriers, travel agents, and lumberjacks. The present list of worst jobs follows the same trend.

For three consecutive years, newspaper reporters make it to the list at No. 200. Print publication is undergoing a steep decline in recent years. Fewer job prospects, stressful working environment and low pay make newspaper reporters the worst job for 2016. Jobs for newspaper reports are seen to shrink to about 9 percent by 2024.

Low demand for paper greatly affected the logging industry; add to it the dangers and stress of the working environment. Publication, for instance, shifted online, making the need for paper lesser and lesser over the years. With only a meager annual median salary of $35,160 and a negative 4 percent growth outlook, being a logger is not the best job to have right now.

Making the list at No. 198, broadcasters make it to the top three of the worst jobs report. Broadcasting was once considered a high-profile job, but limited career options are expected to decline to 9 percent in eight years' time.

News media outlets are particularly hit in the report because of high stress working environments and declining advertising revenues.

"The news business has changed drastically over the years, and not in a good way," said president of Baldwin Media PR and former broadcaster Ann Baldwin. "When people ask me if I miss it, I tell them 'I feel as if I jumped off a sinking ship.'"

Other high-stress jobs that made the list include fire fighters, taxi drivers, advertising sales persons, and pest control workers.

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