'Worst Job of 2013' is Newspaper Reporter, Beats Out Lumberjack and Soldier


An annual ranking of occupations, put together by recruitment site CareerCast.com, rated 200 professions based on five different criteria.

The criteria included physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. 

They place actuary at the top of the list, which involves assessing risk probabilities for insurance purposes. The job averages a salary of $91,211 and offers flexible work arrangements.

Also included at the top were software engineer, financial planner, occupational therapist and optometrist. 

At the bottom of the list was news reporting. With an average salary of $36,000 and stressful work conditions, the job seems to be the worst of all, at least according to the site.

Along with news reporting, dairy farming, acting, roofing and logging also made the bottom of the list.

The list was released on Tuesday and quickly sparked a debate about whether or not the rankings were correct.

An anonymous commenter said there are a lot of occupations missing from the list, including being a musician.

Another commenter, Ryan, said the list is not realistic, as many people would think certain jobs are more stressful than others based on personal preferences.

"Different people respond to different types of stress, which is what this sort of list ignores," he said.

"The physical labor of a brick layer, for example, may be tolerable to someone fit, but hell for someone who's not. Likewise, some reporters may thrive on the stress that would be considered unpalatable by others."

"Ultimately, the quality of a job is determined by the individual's aptitude and attitudes, to a much greater extent than any 'career formula."

Researchers who completed the list gathered their information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and multiple studies.

While many believe that the list does not accurately portray the stressfulness of any job, some said the list is reliable.

An attorney, who commented anonymously, said "I'm a 117! Accurate to me. Did an actuary predict the list…?"

The site also admitted that the list is not meant to be taken seriously.

"No two work experiences are guaranteed to be alike, and different career paths cater to unique skills and interests. Ultimately, only the individual can determine the best job for her or his abilities and passions. However, the Jobs Rated report exists as a road map for determining the career field that is right for you."

Sources: Daily MailSlate


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