U.S. News and World Reports come out every year with a ranking of the 100 best jobs across the nation. This list is based on a number of different factors such as expected job openings, advancement opportunities, career fulfillment, salary expectations, and stress level. Other considerations along with these criteria include emotional factors, income potential, and the rate of unemployment within a specific job.
However, even with so many different criteria, there are a few occupations that top the ranking list of the worst jobs – such as ‘being a lawyer’. People always write about the most happening jobs; however, I thought of providing some information about the worst jobs that US citizens can expect. As it is important to know where you can work, equally important is to know where you can be stressed working.
Most Americans spend most of their time on their jobs than they do on anything else. An average employee spends more time of the total day at work and work allied activities. Sometimes they spend more time in work than they spend it in sleeping or raising their children. Such a situation is sure to raise stress level. If your job is demanding you to face certain unpredictable conditions again and again, sometimes some immediate dangers, and a bit high-stakes situations, and still is ranking among the most stressful jobs or best jobs in USA – of the year 2014; you might see this situation changing soon.
There are some careers which essentially require a unique kind of resilience and thus, can also pay you excellently. The only tough thing is that you have to be bold enough to pursue such careers. On the other side, there are some jobs which demand extreme efforts from employees and still pay the worst. Such jobs are always there in the list of worst paying and most stressful jobs.
Here’s a quick view of the worst jobs in USA in 2014; the median salaries mentioned here are according to the reports of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The job of a flight attendant involves a lot of stress and in addition to it, the job market always faces a risk of shrinking
National salary median: $37,740
The work is cyclical and workers have to spend long hours in heat or cold
National salary median: $34,220
Due to remote reading, this is the declining profession
National salary median: $36,400
The mail carrier’s job is becoming significantly obsolete
National salary median: $53,090
Dairy farming is another job that leaves you unsatisfied and stressed out. Small dairy farms are gradually being forced out of business
National salary median: $60,750
Oil rig worker
Being an oil rig worker is more about being isolated at sea for longer durations
National salary median: $37,640
Acting is a career associated with stress, struggle, and extreme competition
National salary median: $17.44/hour
Enlisted military personnel
Enlisted military personnel are supposed to be ready to face dangerous situations and high stress on field
National salary median: $41,998 (for experienced candidates)
Lumberjack’s job has to deal with heavy machinery which obviously carries a risk of dangerous accidents
National salary median: $36,000
In spite of tremendous pressure and stress in this job, it pays low. Reporters’ jobs never assure job security
National salary median: $36,000
Facts and figures
Facts say that Americans work a lot – an average of around one month more every year than they used to work in the year 1970. Americans work far more hours than Japanese, British, French, and most of other countries’ workers. This is the reason why the average productivity for American workers has increased tremendously – 400% since 1950. So now that you get the idea how much more the Americans work; it indeed matters what you do, doesn’t it?