"Newspaper Reporter" and "Broadcaster" Among Nation's Worst Jobs, Says CareerCast.com's 2012 Jobs Rated Report

"Software Engineer," "Actuary" and "HR Manager" Are Top 3 Jobs in the Nation

Apr 10, 2012, 23:00 ET from CareerCast.com

CARLSBAD, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Professions that provide us with our news – Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster – ranked among the worst jobs in the nation, according to the new 2012 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated 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.

"Many jobs in the media are characterized by high stress, short deadlines, long hours and a poor hiring outlook," explains Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com's 2012 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 top-rated jobs have few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook," says Mr. Lee. "Conversely, Lumberjacks and Dairy Farmers, two of the worst jobs in the nation, work in physically demanding, precarious, low-paying professions with a weak hiring outlook."

Three of the worst-rated jobs are in the food industry – Waiter/Waitress, Dishwasher and Butcher.

"While it's true that some people are happy washing dishes, waiting tables or slicing meat as a career, job seekers who want to compete for the nation's best jobs need to gain a competitive edge by expanding their knowledge and skill set with a college education," says Mr. Lee.

To see the full rankings of all 200 jobs and the report's methodology, go to http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated.

Best Jobs in 2012

Midlevel Income

1. Software Engineer


2. Actuary


3. Human Resources Manager


4. Dental Hygienist


5. Financial Planner


6. Audiologist


7. Occupational Therapist


8. Online Advertising Manager


9. Computer Systems Analyst


10.  Mathematician



Worst Jobs in 2012

Midlevel Income

200. Lumberjack


199. Dairy Farmer


198. Enlisted Military Personnel


197. Oil Rig Worker


196. Newspaper Reporter


195. Waiter/Waitress


194. Meter Reader


193. Dishwasher


192. Butcher


191. Broadcaster


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SOURCE CareerCast.com