The Worst Jobs in America – 24/7 Wall St.

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An employee’s job satisfaction largely depends on their particular employer. But in some careers, dangerous tasks, high stress levels and public scrutiny are commonplace and can hurt employee satisfaction, regardless of the boss.

24/7 Wall St. rated 2018 CareerCast Job Evaluation Report, a targeted job posting website, to determine the worst jobs in America. The report ranks over 200 careers based on the overall quality of their work environment, stress levels, career prospects and earnings.

Many of the worst jobs in America are misclassified because they have among the least secure in the American labor force. The rise of automation could reduce or completely eliminate some unskilled occupations as well as some of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Of the 30 worst jobs in America, the median annual salary of 23 is less than $50,000 per year. While people in many parts of the country can live comfortably on this income, some of these professions – like taxi drivers, journalists, broadcasters, etc. – are based in larger cities, where the cost of living tends to be higher.

All jobs come with at least some kind of stress, such as public scrutiny and the pressure to succeed. In the worst jobs, these stresses are often more acute — like the physical danger faced by firefighters and the military, or the stress of dealing with the angry customers of retail and restaurant workers.

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To determine the worst jobs in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2018 job evaluation report from the CareerCast jobs website. We supplemented the CareerCast ranking with data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual earnings data for May 2018 and total employment are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program. Projected job growth rates from 2016 to 2026 are also from the BLS.

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