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For those seeking work in the logging industry or in traditional newspaper reporting, the numbers are not in your favor.

Eric Johnson, executive editor of Northern Logger magazine in Old Forge, N.Y., beat the odds in both industries. After graduating college with a journalism degree, he says he worked as a lumberjack on his family’s tree farm in Wisconsin while seeking work as a reporter.

His combined experience in the two fields has given him a unique leg up in the ever-changing job market.

“The two industries have changed dramatically since I started,” he says. Newspaper reporter and lumberjack rank No. 199 and No. 200 in the 2014 Jobs Rated report, in part due to dwindling hiring prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 9% drop in logging positions by 2022, and a 13% decline in reporters.

Coincidentally, Johnson says there is a direct correlation between the two fields’ tumbling employment numbers, as the paper on which newspapers are printed is produced from the wood pulp logging companies provide.


The evolution of the newspaper industry is a move to more of a digital model. Similarly, the lumberjack’s job is increasingly modernized through technology. Johnson says mechanization has made for a safer work environment, but also streamlined the field and eliminated jobs. “If a guy owns the machinery, he owns the business,” he explains. And those who own the businesses need fewer lumberjacks.

“You incur a lot more expenses if you’re hiring people,” Johnson explains. “Companies are taking a crew that was maybe 25 people and now is down to three.”

Dim hiring prospects are a recurring theme among the jobs ranked at the bottom of our report: Eight of the 10 rank 146th or worse for outlook. Income and stress are also contributing factors.

Despite improved safety through technology, Johnson says logging "is still a very dangerous business.” The risk is an unavoidable byproduct of a field that is essential to how we live our daily lives, as lumberjacks contribute heavily to the construction and energy industries.

Likewise, others jobs to rank in the bottom 10 tend to be crucial to society.

Firefighters have the most stressful civilian job according to our 2014 Jobs Rated report and the last-ranked environment, which is a primary reason the field checks in at No. 191. Enlisted military personnel are not far behind at 199th in environment, ranking second in stress level and No. 198 in the Top 200 Jobs of 2014.

Those inclined to work in these challenging but noble paths do so because of what 31-year firefighting veteran Richard Keyworthy of Elk Grove Village, Ill., describes as “dedicating yourself to serving your fellow man.”

Worst Jobs of 2014: 200. Lumberjack

BLS Median Annual Salary: $24,340
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 4%
Jobs Rated Score (the lower the better): 739

Technological advancement have contributed to dwindling job opportunities in this 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.

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Radio is Dead

They need to add traditional Radio to the list.  More people are listening to online stations or streaming their own music now.  This is why the two biggest Radio Companies Clear Channel and Cumulus Broadcasting continue today to layoff full-time employees and replace them with computers, which is how radio is ran now a days or they replace them with part-time employees at minium wage and have their employes that remain there full-time double if not triple up on their work responsibilities, but without no extra pay!  Very sad how this industry has turned around just within the past few years.

Add truck driving lol 

Add truck driving lol 

Working in Forestry in British Columbia Canada

We are just launching our strategy to attract some 5,000 people to the forest industry on the coast of British Columbia. Our industry is vastly different from that in the US and is seeing a slight growth but is also experiencing a significant retirement from the industry. As a result there are huge job opportunities coming. We are in the middle of a recruitment and training initiative. Forestry is still the most sustainable work out there. If we manage our forests properly we will have an endless supply of lumber and wood fibre while still having everything else we hold important (fish, wildlife, recreation and so on). Having an office outside makes forestry one of the most desirable jobs in my opinion. 


These reports always seem to miss a sector of people working on the railroad making $110K a year with a high school diploma. Keep on reporting...  

What about a nursing

What about a nursing assistant?? 


Corrections should be at the lowest mark. I make about $26,000 and have way more stress than a firefighter.  I face stressors 5 days a week where as a firefighter may go a month without having to deal with any type of emergency. 

you really have no idea what

you really have no idea what being a firefighter entails do you? even an on-call firefighter, who works a full-time job on top of being a firefighter has stress. a full time firefighter may only work 2 24-hour shift, or maybe even a 10-14 rotation, but the fact that you can get called back at any time, it is a 24-7 job. not just 5 days a week

I know numerous correctional

I know numerous correctional officers. Yeah your job can be tough at times but the majority of the time you walk around and are glorified babysitter. firefighters face adversities constantly from the responsibility of saving one's life to protecting their own life to protecting peoples homes. the majority of the time they are first on scene which means they save your life or keep you alive till medics get there. How many times have you had someone's life held in your hands? So you deal with criminals, you have weapons to protect yourselves.

You say that you know correctional officers.

Knowing a correctional officer and being a correctional officer are two to totally different things. I have much respect for all firefighters. You are right about being a glorified babysitter. But sounds like you have no idea what it means to be a correctional officer. We protect the public from criminals, from drug users, rapist, child abusers, to cold blooded killers. I do not know the CO's that you know, but where I work, I get to carry a 5 oz can of pepper spray. we get called every name in the book and then some. We get assaulted in more ways than one, like getting spit on, getting physically assaulted, or worse getting urine or feces thrown at us. You can not image the diseases that we can get by getting spit on or the urine or feces just coming in contact with us. I can go on and on. But you are right about firefighters, they SAVE LIVES. Like I said, I have all the respect in the world for firefighters, even volunteer firefighters. Correctional officers just protect the public, from the smallest criminal to the most harden ones. There is more to being a correctional officer than just being a glorified babysitter. It takes a special type of person to walk into a burning building. Just like it takes a special person to walk into any penitentiary and be a babysitter. 

People often debate the type

People often debate the type of work that some of these professions do and whether or not they deserve to be paid what they get paid. What you need to remember is that everyone on the top ten list is a professional and they are professions that require a GRADUATE level of education. The tenured professor and audiologist are doctoral level professionals and the rest are masters level, except maybe the dental hygienist and computer analyst.

The bottom ten shows jobs than can be accomplished with vocational training or a two year degree or at best, a bachelors in the case of the reporter. (Bachelors are becoming less valuable in today’s society depending on the field of study.)

The top 10 are not “jobs” per say but professions in which you need specialized training and a graduate level of education (a Master’s degree or higher). For example, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist both need a Masters degree in order to get licensed because these are health professions that both treat and diagnose disorders; therefore, they can put a person’s life at risk. For example, a speech therapist diagnoses and treats swallowing disorders which can lead to aspiration pneumonia and death if misdiagnosed.

You also need to remember that, in almost every society, people with higher education and people who work in health earn more money so this is not an inaccurate or unjust distribution. This does not mean that you cannot earn well if you don’t have an education, but the statistics shown here provide us with population averages not individual or special cases. On average, people with a higher education make about a million dollars more than people with no education over the course of their lifetime (of course, there are other variables that impact this but again, I am only stating averages). If you want to make more money, go to school and get a GRADUATE education (because, nowadays, I find that only people in the hard sciences, like biochemistry, earn well with just a bachelors). Even if you have to take out loans, in the long run the benefits tend to outweigh the cost.

Just be smart about what you choose to major in because not all Master’s degrees are created equal. A master’s degree in education will lead to a lower paying career than a master’s degree in health or technology or the hard sciences so if you want to get the most bang for your buck, career wise, then do some research so that you can select the best option.

10 worst jobs

they need to add working for the school system as #1



There's nothing worse than any service industry.

Whether it's retail, food, or hotel you have to put up with awful hours, working shiftwork and holidays dealing with mean spirited people trying to take advantage of you and treating you terribly because they know they can get away with it. 

Indeed. A thankless job that

Indeed. A thankless job that no one respects.


Construction worker should be here. Pay stinks stuck outside all day and noone's building right now.

I also worked in newspaper. I

I also worked in newspaper. I believed in the value of the format (and still do), but unfortunately not many publishers seem to share that ideal. 

I was a newspaper reporter

I was a newspaper reporter for more than 20 years before getting laid off last year. Now i write for several different corporate newsletters, and I make twice as much working half as hard.

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