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The 10 worst jobs to have in 2014

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Lumberjacks have the worst job in the world, according to the latest annual report by CareerCast.

Working outside in the worst conditions (both freezing cold and extreme heat) and putting their lives at risk with heavy machinery, lumberjacks are frequently injured and have to put their lives in danger. Couple this with extremely low average pay and you have the worst job in 2014.

Thankfully in Singapore not many of us are confronted with this sort of occupation, but last year’s worst job – this year’s second-worst – is something slightly more common.

Newspaper reporters may have jumped up one spot on the list, but with a poor hiring outlook and low median salaries, the chances of career development and pay rises is still slim.

Although I no longer qualify as a newspaper reporter as the editor of this magazine, I have had plenty of experience as a newspaper reporter and concur with the low pay, high stress environment.

However, the one flaw CareerCast doesn’t take into consideration in this annual list is the fact that if you love what you do, you won’t mind the challenging environment and lower wages. And I would argue this would be the case for a number of professionals in these ‘worst’ jobs.

The list, which has been compiled since 1995, uses a formula which takes into consideration things like salary (in USD), competitiveness, physical demands, stress factors and the potential for growth in the role.

From the very worst tracking upwards, here are the worst 10 jobs of the year:

1. Lumberjack
BLS Median Annual Salary: $24,340
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 4%

Technological advancements means fewer job opportunities, and it is an extremely dangerous job working with heavy machinery. Coupled with low pay, it’s the worst job of 2014.

2. Newspaper reporter
BLS Median Annual Salary: $37,090
Projected Job Growth by 2022: -13%

It’s no longer the worst job, but it’s expected to plummet further as more print publications abandon operations.

3. Enlisted military personnel
Annual Median Salary: $28,840
Projected Job Growth by 2022: N/A

This is the most stressful job of 2014, as the men and women who volunteer in the Armed Forces are routinely placed in dangerous situations.

4. Taxi driver
BLS Median Annual Salary: $22,820
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 16%

It’s a stressful and sometimes dangerous job with comes with low average pay.

5. Broadcaster
BLS Median Annual Salary: $55,380
Projected Job Growth by 2022: -13%

The industry faces an unfavorable long-term job outlook, resulting in fewer opportunities for aspiring broadcasters. Competition and stress is high.

6. Head cook
BLS Median Annual Salary: $42,480
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 5%

This is a new addition to the report due to its stressful environment. Though lucrative opportunities exist, income is not always commensurate with the inherent challenges.

7. Flight attendant
BLS Median Annual Salary: $37,240
Projected Job Growth by 2022: -7%

High stress, low pay and a shrinking job market all contribute to flight attendant’s inclusion.

8. Garbage collector
BLS Median Annual Salary: $22,970
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 10%

It’s a volatile job market for garbage collectors. Unemployment fluctuated and income levels and work environment also make for a challenging career.

9. Firefighter
BLS Median Annual Salary: $45,250
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 7%

Firefighters face high-stress, dangerous situations as part of their daily work days.

10. Corrections officer
BLS Median Annual Salary: $38,970
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 5%

Few careers face danger comparable to that which corrections officers see on a routine basis. Growth outlook is also low, as is average salary.

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