Do You Have the 'Worst' Job?
Posted: September 7, 2020
Labor Day thoughts about making a living…
Happy Labor Day! Here in the States, we’re celebrating labor by taking the day off!
However, not everyone loves his or her job, so I have in my right hand, direct from CareerCast.com, today’s category: Ten top worst jobs in America. The company took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including “income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.” (Of course, my first question was “Am I on the list?” And second, “Where does “survey-taker” rank on the list?”)
So, here are the results:
- Flight attendant
- Mail carrier
- Meter reader
- Dairy farmer
- Oil rig worker
- Enlisted military personnel
- Lumber jack
And the worst job in America:
- Newspaper reporter
What?! I spent 15 years as a freelance reporter and
Okay, so the top ten jobs have some negatives: Rude, drunken passengers. Nasty weather and vicious dogs. The paparazzi. Separation from family. And, of course, being shot at (That would be a deal-breaker for me!). But CareerCast noted that newspaper reporters may have the worst job ever “but most still love what they do. They don’t care. They got into the business for a reason.”
I was encouraged, though, by another report at myplan.com: . I scored much better!
I taught “Freelance Writing,” “
However, I drop to number 73 as an Author with a 61.8 percent job satisfaction. Huh?! I was shocked to learn that’s significantly lower than Bus Drivers: School at number 32 with a 67.2 satisfaction rate. (There is no way I would want to maneuver a thirty-foot vehicle through traffic with 50 school-aged sociopaths in the back!) Even Middle School Teachers soundly beat authors at number 75 with a 61.6 percent satisfaction. (If you’re a teacher, you have my undying respect!)
I was encouraged though to learn that even though Editors rank 145 with 55.4 percent satisfaction, that’s well above Surgeons who ranked 263 with only 45 percent satisfaction.
It appears that rather than salary and prestige (a surgeon at 263 makes a thousand times more than a college professor at number 5), job satisfaction is much more important. So, here’s my point—actually three.
- Choose a job that fits your passions and talents. If you’re still exploring your career options, visit .
- Your “job satisfaction” is far more important than some silly list—even if you have what others may consider the “worst” job. I loved having the worst job in America!
- And do have a wonderful “labor day” doing no labor! What you do is important, so do it to the best of your ability.
© Copyright 2013 James N. Watkins
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