Bad news for US lumberjacks – their occupation has been identified as the worst job in America.
Newspaper reporters – last year’s worst job – is now the nation’s second-worst profession.
According to the 2014 Jobs Rated report from the website CareerCast.com – lumberjack has taken the top spot on the list due to technological advancement contributing to dwindling job opportunities in the field.
“Coupled with the inherent danger of working with heavy machinery in remote locations and typically low pay, lumberjack is ranked No. 200 in the 2014 Jobs Rated report,” CareerCast.com said.
The study ranked the top 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. – looking at working environment, income, future outlook and stress. The decline of the newspaper industry contributed to a poor outlook for journalists.
Military personnel, taxi drivers and broadcasters were also high up on the list of worst jobs, with the least appealing prospects.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, newspaper reporters earn a median salary of $37,090 – higher than the median pay of lumberjacks, enlisted military members and taxi drivers. But according to the Huffington Post, “dwindling hiring prospects” are a major reason the occupation ranks so low.
Pew Research Center found that the number of working journalists in the U.S. has dropped dramatically in the last six years – from 55,000 in 2006 to just 38,000 in 2012.