Broadcast, reporting among America’s worst jobs


MicrophoneThe 2012 Jobs Rated Report is out, ranking 200 jobs in the US, and it has found that members of the journalism and broadcast fields are near the bottom of this list. Software engineers rank high, and lumberjacks managed to keep journalists and broadcasters out of the #200 position.

“The top-rated jobs have few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook,” says publisher Tony Lee. “Conversely, Lumberjacks and Dairy Farmers, two of the worst jobs in the nation, work in physically demanding, precarious, low-paying professions with a weak hiring outlook.”

So what’s the deal with broadcasters and reporters?

“Many jobs in the media are characterized by high stress, short deadlines, long hours and a poor hiring outlook,” explained Lee.

Lee concluded, “While it’s true that some people are happy washing dishes, waiting tables or slicing meat as a career, job seekers who want to compete for the nation’s best jobs need to gain a competitive edge by expanding their knowledge and skill set with a college education.”

The best ten jobs (with midlevel income in parentheses) are:
1. Software Engineer ($88,142)
2. Actuary ($88,202)
3. Human Resources Manager ($99,102)
4. Dental Hygienist ($68,109)
5. Financial Planner ($104,161)
6. Audiologist ($67,137)
7. Occupational Therapist ($72,110)
8. Online Advertising Manager ($87,255)
9. Computer Systems Analyst ($78,148)
10.  Mathematician ($99,191)

The worst ten jobs (with midlevel income in parentheses) are:
200. Lumberjack ($32,114)
199. Dairy Farmer ($33,119)
198. Enlisted Military Personnel ($36,261)
197. Oil Rig Worker ($32,132)
196. Newspaper Reporter ($35,275)
195. Waiter/Waitress ($18,088)
194. Meter Reader ($35,171)
193. Dishwasher ($18,044)
192. Butcher ($29,156)
191. Broadcaster ($27,324)

The full study can be found here.

RBR-TVBR observation: So those of us toiling away at RBR-TVBR are reporters who cover broadcasters – just shoot us now!