What do door-to-door salesmen, lumberjacks, soldiers, meter readers, mail carriers and roofers have in common?
They all have better jobs than reporters.
A survey by Careercast.com has found, to no one’s surprise, that being a reporter is the worst job in America (for those of us who do still have jobs) in 2013.
The report used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to assess the quality of more than 200 professions according to criteria including work environment, physical demand, income, stress and job outlook.
Low pay, high stress, terrible schedules, near-universal disdain from media consumers, the rise in popularity of alternative online news and the high cost of journalism school are all factors contributing to the reporting profession’s dubious honor.