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04/23/2013

Reporting ranked as the worst job of 2013

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Margo Kidder playing Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman: would she still have a job? (Handout: TMS and DC Comics)

Send a memo to journalism schools everywhere.

Reporting has been ranked as the worst job of 2013 because of low pay, high stress and instability, according to a study of 200 jobs by CareerCast.com.

"Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters," the study states.

The number of newspapers has been declining since 1985 when there were 1,730 in circulation in the U.S. every day compared with 1,382 papers still in print. The number of available reporting jobs is expected to fall by 6 per cent by 2020.

Online reporting has some better prospects -- if employees don't mind lower pay, higher stress and being on call at all times. Farmers, dishwashers and waiters are all ranked higher than reporters. Even lumberjacks, who face dangerous working conditions fare marginally better on the list.  

If all that is enough to turn budding journalists off the industry, they may consider becoming an actuary which CareerCast rated the best job based on working environment, stress levels and pay. The median salary of actuaries is $87,650 compared with the average salary of reporters at $36,000. If you're wondering what an actuary does, they interpret "statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters," the report reads.  

Other top five jobs are biomedical engineer, financial planner and software engineer.

 

Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at the Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour

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