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A Newspaper Reporter’s Job Is The Worst Job of 2015

A Newspaper Reporter’s Job Is The Worst Job of 2015

Being a Newspaper reporter for print publications now means that you have the worst job in 2015 according to CareerCast’s Jobs Rating list.

Out of the 200 jobs that they rated the bottom of the list was newspaper reporter, it was No.199 last year barely making it better than being a lumberjack, this year though it hit rock bottom.

It looks like being a newspaper reporter is worst than being a lumberjack. Superman sure is not happy in his alter-ego.

Surprisingly, the media industry does make a striking appearance at the bottom of the list. For instance,  Broadcaster is No.196; Photojournalist No.195; Author No. 153; Public Relations Executive No. 121; Publication Editor No. 137 and Social Media Manager No. 101.

The main factors are because of the extremely low pay, high stress and terrible working environment.

Below is the Press Release from CareerCast publishing their report:

Carlsbad, CA (April 14, 2015) – Math skills are key in landing some of the best jobs in the nation, according to CareerCast’s 2015 Jobs Rated report, with four of the nation’s ten best jobs focusing on mathematics. An actuary – who uses mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur – came in at No. 1 on the list, just ahead of mathematician (No. 3) statistician (No. 4) and data scientist (No. 6). Data scientist, a job that was added to the Jobs Rated report this year due to its growing popularity, involves applying predicative models to project consumers’ behavior and has an average salary of $124,149 per year.

“Jobs in mathematics rank among the nation’s best because they are financially lucrative, offer abundant opportunities for advancement and provide the opportunity to do great work in a supportive environment,” says Tony Lee, publisher,

Information technology and healthcare jobs were also highly ranked, evidenced by the favorable growth outlook and high salaries for audiologist, biomedical engineer, dental hygienist, software engineer, occupational therapist and computer systems analyst.

Newspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with mid-level annual salaries of less than $30,000, also ranked at the bottom of the list. However, those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter.

Many of the worst jobs involve danger and a murky job market, such as soldiers, firefighters, taxi drivers (who must compete with new rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft) and lumberjacks.

“Although you might not be suited for the rigors of firefighting, serving in the military or working in the logging industry, some thrive in these dangerous and risky careers,” notes Lee.

Mail carrier, which dropped into the ten worst jobs for the first time this year, has a negative growth outlook of -28.32, in part due to recent declines in total mail volume and cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service. Enlisted military personnel and firefighter remain on the worst jobs list for the third year in a row.

Best Jobs of 2015 vs. How They Fared in 2014 (With Midlevel Income)
1. Actuary (+3) $94,209
2. Audiologist (+3) $71,133
3. Mathematician (-2) $102,182
4. Statistician (-1) $79,191
5. Biomedical Engineer (+7) $89,165
6. Data Scientist (N/A) $124,149
7. Dental Hygienist (-1) $71,102
8. Software Engineer (-1) $93,113
9. Occupational Therapist (no change) $77,114
10. Computer Systems Analyst (-2) $81,150

Worst Jobs of 2015 vs. How They Fared in 2014
200. Newspaper Reporter (-1) $36,267
199. Lumberjack (+1) $34,110
198. Enlisted Military Personnel (no change) $28,840
197. Cook (-2) $42,208
196. Broadcaster (no change) $55,380
195. Photojournalist (-9) $29,267
194. Corrections Officer (-3) $39,163
193. Taxi Driver (+4) $23,118
192. Firefighter (no change) $45,264
191. Mail Carrier (-7) $41,068’s Jobs Rated Report has been published for more than 20 years. The report utilizes a wide range of criteria such as income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands to rank 200 U.S. jobs annually. Each year the 200 professions included in the report are evaluated for relevance in today’s workforce. Outdated titles are eliminated and new relevant jobs added, such as sustainability manager, data scientist and social media manager.

What do you think of CareerCast’s report? Does it reflect the real world?

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