10 Worst Jobs of 2016: Is your career at the bottom of the work barrel? We all at some point or other in time feel that we are stuck in the worst job ever! A recent survey by Career Cast, a US-based job site, has provided some interesting insights.
The following is the list of the 10 worst jobs of 2016:
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Annual Median Wage: $36,390
Growth Outlook: -9%
CareerCast’s worst job for 2016 is that of a print newspaper reporter. Like broadcast correspondents, print reporters report on and analyzes information to inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally and locally. Their work generally is seen or heard through newspapers, magazines and other printed material.
The sub-industry is in decline as the media industry moves increasingly toward digital formats. The group’s employment is projected to decline 9% for the 10-year period through 2024.
Annual Median Wage: $35,160
Growth Outlook: -4%
Logging workers are in the business of harvesting trees, and the timber that is obtained from each harvest is the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
The job is very physically demanding, not to mention dangerous, and can send loggers away from their homes and families for many weeks or months at a time.
Broadcaster on Air
Annual Median Wage: $37,200
Growth Outlook: -9%
Broadcast news reporters or correspondent report on and analyze information to inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally and locally. Their work generally is seen or heard through television, radio and Web sites.
Employment for the broadcast news reporter group, which includes other news correspondents, is projected to decline 9% for the 10-year period through 2024.
Disc Jockey (DJ)
Annual Median Wage: $29,010
Growth Outlook: -11%
The term “announcer” is generally used as the umbrella term that a disc jockey falls under. Announcers, such as those on the radio, present “music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these or other important topics,” according to the agency. They may also act as an emcees or DJs at weddings, parties, or clubs.
Unfortunately, the growth prospects for this employment group is expected to decline by double-digit percentages by 2024 as consumers, businesses and customers switch to using streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.
Enlisted Military Service Personnel
Annual Median Wage: $27,936
Growth Outlook: flat
Being a member of the Military is a job that comes with great honor, but CareerCast named enlisted military service as the fifth worst job this year. Enlisted military make up the vast majority of military careers (approximately 82%, while the remaining 18% are military officers).
Enlisted military personnel typically “participate in, or support, military operations, such as combat or training operations, or humanitarian or disaster relief,” They may also “operate, maintain, and repair equipment; perform technical and support activities; Supervise junior enlisted personnel.” While the total number of active-duty and reserve personnel serving in the Armed Forces is expected to remain roughly the same through 2024, there should be opportunity for qualified individuals.
Pest Control Worker
Annual Median Wage: $30,660
Growth Outlook: -1%
Pest control workers are skilled at removing unwanted animals and bugs, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs and termites that could potentially infest buildings and surrounding areas.
Pest control employment is projected to show little or no change for the 10-year period through 2024.
Annual Median Wage: $21,670
Growth Outlook: 7%
Retail sales workers sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, as well as spare and replacement parts, such as automobile parts.
Despite the rise of online shopping, retail employment is projected to rise 7% over the 10-year period through 2024, which is about average for the pace of growth for all occupations.
Annual Median Wage: $47,890
Growth Outlook: -3%
Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations and maintain client accounts. The industry is seeing a massive change as media makes the transition from print to digital forms as well as due to the rise of programmatic advertising.
Ad sales employment is projected to decline 3% for the 10-year period through 2024.
Annual Median Wage: $23,210
Growth Outlook: 13%
Working as a taxi driver or chauffeur also requires long hours, often on evenings and weekends — but the growth prospects for the job are strong given the rise of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
Taxi driver employment is projected to rise 13% over the 10-year period through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Annual Median Wage: $45,970
Growth Outlook: 5%
Firefighting is a dangerous career choice, certainly, but it’s taxing in other ways too. Firefighters do not work a typical 9-to-5 day, and hours can be long and stressful as they deal with the life-and-death situations of fires and medical emergencies.
Firefighter employment is projected to rise 5% over the 10-year period through 2024, which is about average for the pace of growth for all occupations.