Now taking bets for the worst job in America. Any takers?
If you bet sewage plant operator, funeral director or dishwasher, you lose this round. No, even military generals and maids have a better balance of work environment, stress and hiring outlook than the job that sunk to the bottom of this year's Career Cast rankings with a clunk.
Newspaper reporter earned the number 200 position — landing below lumberjack — due to the company's assessment that print journalists suffer from high stress and a difficult work environment. Not to mention the ranking for their chance at a promising career future falls into the negatives.
Career Cast lists the average income of US newspaper reporters at $35,275, considerably less than the higher-ranked job of photojournalist. However, photojournalists still fall near the bottom of the job list at slot number 188, slightly behind radio and television broadcasters.
The best job in America, according to the list, is actuary. Despite all those probability calculations of death and destruction, the rankings indicate actuaries have a relatively low-stress work environment and a high chance of employment at a high wage.
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Sadly, the longstanding career of port-a-potty cleaner doesn't appear on the list of rankings. If Bloomberg Businessweek's profile of an employee at the company Johnny On The Spot is an indication, it might have beat newspaper reporter for the worst job in America. Maybe.