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Reporter�worst job in US

Reporter�worst job in US
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It is worse than that of a garbage collector and the worst: Survey New York (PTI): A news reporter's job is the worst among all the professions �...

It is worse than that of a garbage collector and the worst: Survey

job2New York (PTI): A news reporter's job is the worst among all the professions � worse than even that of a lumberjack, dishwasher or garbage collector among others, a new survey claimed.

The study of 200 professions, conducted by US-based human resource consultancy CareerCast, has taken into account four parameters � work environment, income, employment outlook and the job stress � and found the job of 'actuary' as the best of the all. It mostly covered jobs in the US and is based on data from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics and other government agencies.

As per the annual survey, the reporter's job has gone from bad to worse in the past year, as it was ranked fifth worst in the 2012 study. Also, the software engineer's job was ranked as the best last year. In this year's study, newspaper reporter has been ranked last at 200th, below the likes of lumberjack (199), enlisted military personnel (198), actor (197), oil rig worker (196) and dairy farmer (195).

About news reporter's job, the study said, "...(It) has lost its lustre dramatically over the past five years and is expected to plummet even further by 2020." On the other hand, job of an actuary, who interprets statistics, has topped the list in the best jobs category, followed by biomedical engineer, software engineer, audiologist and financial planner.

Actuary earns a median income of $87,650 with few physical demands and minimal stress, it noted. The study said that a reporter earns a median income of $36,000 per year. Other careers which are ranked among the lowest are flight attendant (191), photojournalist (188), waiter/waitress (185), broadcaster (184), butcher (183) and maid (181). Interestingly, the jobs of fashion designer (182), painter (174), photographer (172), author (156) have also ranked lowly in the list.

Among others in the top 10 best jobs for 2013 include dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist and computer systems analyst.

Reasons why a reporter is a bad job

Pay: "It's never paid terribly well compared to lots of other jobs."

Stress: "It's always been a relatively high-stress job. You're working under deadline, which immediately makes it more stressful. You're essentially in the public eye because others can read your work and take issue with what you write."

Hours: "You're essentially in demand all the time. Clearly there are times when you're off, but if something happens on your beat or you're in a small town, you need to drop what you're doing and go to work."

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