Newspaper reporter, broadcaster and pest control worker ranked among the worst jobs of 2016


Who has the worst job in America?

According to’s 28th annual Jobs Rated report’s 10 worst jobs list, it’s a newspaper reporter.

The Jobs Rated report’s methodology analyzes each job’s environment (emotional, physical and hours worked), income (growth potential and salary), outlook (employment growth, income growth potential and unemployment), and 11 stress factors to determine which professions are among the least desirable.

“A gradual decline in print publications at the turn of the century became a steep downturn for the past decade,” CareerCast writes in what is fairly obvious. “Publications folding mean far fewer job prospects, and declining ad revenue means unfavorable pay for those in the Fourth Estate.”

The next worse job? That would be loggers.

“Declining use of paper, as more content moves to digital, has negatively impacted employment prospects in the logging industry,” writes CareerCast.

That’s followed by broadcasters, disc jockeys, enlisted military personnel, pest control workers, retail salespeople, advertising salespeople, taxi drivers and firefighters.

And who has the best job? That would be data scientists. The report says that the average salary for this gig is $128,240, with a 16 percent growth outlook.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten are 2) statisticians, 3) information security analyst 4) audiologist, 5) diagnostic medical monographer 6) mathematician, 7) software engineer, 8) computer system analyst, 9) speech pathologist and 10) actuary.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]


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