Newspaper reporter is ‘the worst job of 2015’

Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says:

jackNewspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with mid-level annual salaries of less than $30,000, also ranked at the bottom of the list. However, those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter.

Other rankings for 2015: Broadcaster, 196 (of 200 jobs); Photojournalist, 195; Author, 153; Public Relations Executive, 121; Publication Editor, 137; and Social Media Manager, 101.

A few years ago, I called CareerCast publisher Tony Lee and told him it was a brilliant move to put reporter on the bottom of his list. He swore he didn’t tweak the rankings to get more attention. (He did admit, thought, his website traffic was up ten-fold.)

“The data is the data,” said Lee. “We didn’t manipulate it in any way. I can walk you through why newspaper reporter ended up at the bottom. …We take a very analytical approach. We try to remove all subjectivity.”

* Best jobs of 2015 | Worst jobs of 2015 (careercast.com)

Earlier CareerCast reports:
* 2014: Newspaper reporter is no longer the worst job
* 2013: Why lumberjack did better than newspaper reporter in career report

Earlier: Here’s a newspaper reporter who loves his job (jimromenesko.com)

The press release for the 2015 CareerCast Jobs Rated report is after the jump.

Carlsbad, CA (April 14, 2015) – Math skills are key in landing some of the best jobs in the nation, according to CareerCast’s 2015 Jobs Rated report, with four of the nation’s ten best jobs focusing on mathematics. An actuary – who uses mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur – came in at No. 1 on the list, just ahead of mathematician (No. 3) statistician (No. 4) and data scientist (No. 6). Data scientist, a job that was added to the Jobs Rated report this year due to its growing popularity, involves applying predicative models to project consumers’ behavior and has an average salary of $124,149 per year.

“Jobs in mathematics rank among the nation’s best because they are financially lucrative, offer abundant opportunities for advancement and provide the opportunity to do great work in a supportive environment,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com.

Information technology and healthcare jobs were also highly ranked, evidenced by the favorable growth outlook and high salaries for audiologist, biomedical engineer, dental hygienist, software engineer, occupational therapist and computer systems analyst.

Newspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with mid-level annual salaries of less than $30,000, also ranked at the bottom of the list. However, those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter.

Many of the worst jobs involve danger and a murky job market, such as soldiers, firefighters, taxi drivers (who must compete with new rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft) and lumberjacks.

“Although you might not be suited for the rigors of firefighting, serving in the military or working in the logging industry, some thrive in these dangerous and risky careers,” notes Lee.

Mail carrier, which dropped into the ten worst jobs for the first time this year, has a negative growth outlook of -28.32, in part due to recent declines in total mail volume and cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service. Enlisted military personnel and firefighter remain on the worst jobs list for the third year in a row.

Best Jobs of 2015 vs. How They Fared in 2014 (With Midlevel Income)
1. Actuary (+3) $94,209
2. Audiologist (+3) $71,133
3. Mathematician (-2) $102,182
4. Statistician (-1) $79,191
5. Biomedical Engineer (+7) $89,165
6. Data Scientist (N/A) $124,149
7. Dental Hygienist (-1) $71,102
8. Software Engineer (-1) $93,113
9. Occupational Therapist (no change) $77,114
10. Computer Systems Analyst (-2) $81,150

Worst Jobs of 2015 vs. How They Fared in 2014
200. Newspaper Reporter (-1) $36,267
199. Lumberjack (+1) $34,110
198. Enlisted Military Personnel (no change) $28,840
197. Cook (-2) $42,208
196. Broadcaster (no change) $55,380
195. Photojournalist (-9) $29,267
194. Corrections Officer (-3) $39,163
193. Taxi Driver (+4) $23,118
192. Firefighter (no change) $45,264
191. Mail Carrier (-7) $41,068

CareerCast.com’s Jobs Rated Report has been published for more than 20 years. The report utilizes a wide range of criteria such as income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands to rank 200 U.S. jobs annually. Each year the 200 professions included in the report are evaluated for relevance in today’s workforce. Outdated titles are eliminated and new relevant jobs added, such as sustainability manager, data scientist and social media manager. To see the full rankings of all 200 jobs and the report’s methodology, go


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