Report: Newspaper Reporter, Oil Rig Worker Among Nation’s Worst Jobs

Carlsbad, Calif. — April 10

Professions that provide us with our news — newspaper reporter and broadcaster — ranked among the worst jobs in the nation, according to a new report.

Lumberjacks, who work on the hottest and coldest days in a highly dangerous occupation with a low salary and a history of high unemployment, were rated as having the worst job in the nation, according to the new 2012 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated Report.

On the other end of the spectrum, software engineer remains the nation’s best job for the second year in a row. Rounding out the top five rated jobs are actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist and financial planner, the report said.

Three of the worst-rated jobs are in the food industry — waiter/waitress, dishwasher and butcher.

Best Jobs in 2012 (included with midlevel Income):

1. Software engineer: $88,142
2. Actuary: $88,202
3. Human resources manager: $99,102
4. Dental hygienist: $68,109
5. Financial planner: $104,161
6. Audiologist: $67,137
7. Occupational therapist: $72,110
8. Online advertising manager: $87,255
9. Computer systems analyst: $78,148
10. Mathematician: $99,191

Worst Jobs in 2012(included with midlevel Income):

200. Lumberjack: $32,114
199. Dairy farmer: $33,119
198. Enlisted military personnel: $36,261
197. Oil rig worker: $32,132
196. Newspaper reporter: $35,275
195. Waiter/waitress: $18,088
194. Meter reader: $35,171
193. Dishwasher: $18,044
192. Butcher: $29,156
191. Broadcaster: $27,324

Source: CareerCast.com