The 2019 Jobs Rated Report

The 2019 Jobs Rated Report

By:
CareerCast.com

When determining the ranking for every profession tracked in the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report, four main criteria are weighed – work environment, job stress, occupational outlook and salary. The worst jobs of 2019, per the Jobs Rated methodology, run the full spectrum of qualities that can render a job objectively challenging.

Jobs in steep hiring decline rank in the bottom 10 for 2019, including Logging Worker (-13%), Newspaper Reporter and Disc Jockey(-9%). The common theme among these professions is technological advancement that has driven down demand for their products and services. In the case of Logging Workers, less demand for paper products has played a significant part in the industry’s hiring drop. For Disc Jockeys, the boom in popularity of services like Spotify, while radio stations have gone to using automation, have had their own negative effects.

The worst job of 2019, Taxi Driver, still checks in with a positive growth outlook, but has seen a precipitous drop in its projections commensurate with the rising popularity of ride-share apps.

A June 2018 NBC News story that looked into the impact ride-sharing has had on taxis shows what some describe as, “an economic crisis across the industry.”

The sentiment echoes one that resonated throughout the newspaper industry last decade, when circulations nationwide dropped from the record-highs of the early 1990s (around 62 million) to 45 million in 2009. Subscriptions fell by almost seven million in just five years per an Alliance of Audited Media study, and has continued a steep decline since with more consumption online. 

The job of Retail Salesperson maintains a low salary ($24,340) and nominal growth outlook of 2%. The increase in online sales is expected to continue over the next decade, limiting the growth of the number of physical retail stores and moderating the demand for Retail Salespeople.

But while technology is often at the heart of falling growth outlook, other factors contribute as well.

In the case of Correctional Officers, faced with a projected -7% hiring dip, state and federal laws as well as budgets influence hiring. Meanwhile, growth is just one of four criteria the Jobs Rated report evaluates to determine job quality.

With a declining outlook (-9%) for Disc Jockeys, competition for jobs in the field has intensified. Contributing to the poor outlook for DJ’s is station consolidation, technology improvements that enable content to be used by multiple stations, and increasing competition from satellite radio.

Pay is another of the core criteria, and of the 10 worst jobs of 2019, four of them pay an annual median salary below $32,000. Only one pays above $52,000. And that job – Broadcaster, with an annual median salary of $66,880 – scores highly for Stress due to the imposing and frequent deadlines, as well as working in the public eye.

The careers that make up 2019’s bottom 10 do not score lowly across the board – not all of them, anyway – but often check multiple boxes on the more challenging end of the four criteria. The stress factors are a unifying theme.

Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters work extensively in the public eye and under tight deadlines. Logging Workers face demanding environmental conditions that place the life of either themselves or others at risk. Death or injury can come from trees falling in the wrong direction, or hitting another tree and falling back on someone.

The dangers are also true for Nuclear Decontamination Technicians, who handle hazardous materials as a daily task.

When you understand the objective criteria used to determine the best and worst jobs – criteria that does not vary from industry to industry or profession to profession – you can see why the worst jobs of 2019 rank where they do. But that ranking doesn’t diminish their importance.

In fact, some of the most important jobs to our society land in the bottom 10, like Enlisted Military Personnel and Newspaper Reporters. These are necessary jobs that, for those with the ability to face the challenges, are especially rewarding.

Aerospace Engineer
41
Overall Rating:
41/200
295
Median Salary:$115,220
Work Environment
Very Good
35/200
44.90
Stress
Medium
111/200
21.319
Projected Growth
Poor
160/200
6.00
Pharmacist
41
Overall Rating:
41/200
295
Median Salary:$126,120
Work Environment
Fair
82/200
49.60
Stress
Low
44/200
14.816
Projected Growth
Poor
160/200
6.00
Technical Writer
43
Overall Rating:
43/200
300
Median Salary:$718,150
Work Environment
Very Good
32/200
44.80
Stress
Medium
93/200
19.643
Projected Growth
Fair
91/200
11.00
Loan Officer
44
Overall Rating:
44/200
304
Median Salary:$63,040
Work Environment
Fair
86/200
50.00
Stress
Low
57/200
16.000
Projected Growth
Fair
91/200
11.00
Civil Engineer
45
Overall Rating:
45/200
305
Median Salary:$86,640
Work Environment
Good
63/200
47.80
Stress
High
123/200
23.509
Projected Growth
Fair
91/200
11.00
Translator
46
Overall Rating:
46/200
313
Median Salary:$49,930
Work Environment
Very Good
7/200
42.40
Stress
Medium
120/200
23.320
Projected Growth
Good
41/200
18.00
Accountant
47
Overall Rating:
47/200
315
Median Salary:$70,500
Work Environment
Good
48/200
46.50
Stress
Medium
108/200
20.951
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
10.00
Industrial Engineer
48
Overall Rating:
48/200
317
Median Salary:$87,040
Work Environment
Good
68/200
48.30
Stress
Medium
113/200
21.389
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
10.00
Multimedia Artist
49
Overall Rating:
49/200
318
Median Salary:$72,520
Work Environment
Good
57/200
47.30
Stress
Low
45/200
14.974
Projected Growth
Poor
132/200
8.00
Dietitian
50
Overall Rating:
50/200
326
Median Salary:$60,370
Work Environment
Very Good
28/200
44.60
Stress
Very Low
13/200
11.278
Projected Growth
Good
54/200
15.00
Computer Support Specialist
51
Overall Rating:
51/200
327
Median Salary:$53,470
Work Environment
Fair
110/200
52.60
Stress
Very Low
31/200
13.865
Projected Growth
Fair
91/200
11.00
Natural Sciences Manager
52
Overall Rating:
52/200
330
Median Salary:$123,860
Work Environment
Poor
138/200
57.60
Stress
Medium
97/200
20.104
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
10.00
Orthodontist
52
Overall Rating:
52/200
330
Median Salary:$208,000
Work Environment
Poor
139/200
57.80
Stress
High
139/200
25.120
Projected Growth
Very Good
37/200
19.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
54
Overall Rating:
54/200
331
Median Salary:$71,410
Work Environment
Very Good
37/200
45.00
Stress
Very Low
1/200
5.069
Projected Growth
Very Good
25/200
23.00
Podiatrist
55
Overall Rating:
55/200
334
Median Salary:$129,550
Work Environment
Poor
156/200
60.20
Stress
Medium
99/200
20.245
Projected Growth
Fair
104/200
10.00
Vocational Counselor
55
Overall Rating:
55/200
334
Median Salary:$56,310
Work Environment
Fair
92/200
50.80
Stress
Low
56/200
15.813
Projected Growth
Good
72/200
13.00
Medical Technologist
57
Overall Rating:
57/200
335
Median Salary:$51,770
Work Environment
Good
68/200
48.30
Stress
Low
69/200
17.385
Projected Growth
Good
63/200
14.00
Hair Stylist
58
Overall Rating:
58/200
336
Median Salary:$25,850
Work Environment
Good
59/200
47.50
Stress
Very Low
3/200
6.722
Projected Growth
Good
72/200
13.00
Computer Programmer
59
Overall Rating:
59/200
339
Median Salary:$84,280
Work Environment
Good
50/200
46.60
Stress
Very Low
18/200
12.826
Projected Growth
Very Poor
195/200
-7.00
Mechanical Engineer
60
Overall Rating:
60/200
342
Median Salary:$87,370
Work Environment
Good
68/200
48.30
Stress
High
121/200
23.426
Projected Growth
Fair
115/200
9.00
Type of Ranking
Year
2019