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10 Worst Job Markets in the US

10 Worst Job Markets in the US: the job market offers many different types of employment and occupations. Currently, the global economy’s fluctuation has made even once-solid positions vulnerable. Moreover, the global market’s pace sets the trends for local economic development. While certain industries become more important, new job opportunities come up, and positions become high-demand. Yet unemployment has affected a large amount of the US population. According to a Gallup report, twenty percent of Americans have named unemployment or job problems as the most important problem facing the country, as of May, 2014.

Moreover, different cultural patterns affect the job market, introducing new trends and variables. Also, technology and its development have a deep impact on the demand and environment of an occupation, as well as on its remuneration. Indeed different fields can be enhanced, and particular job experiences are likely to progress. But of course, each country provides diverse job opportunities or not aside from the overall market for certain professions. If you are curious about what the 10 worst job markets in the world are, check out the list we’ve made, featuring the top countries in which people reported having the hardest time finding a job.

Nevertheless, even when getting a job, everyone knows that not every position is the best. Some jobs provide better living standards than others, some are more stressful, some more tranquil, some require more skills, etc. Some are okay and some are definitely not. We’ve gathered some of the worst job markets in the US currently, and compiled a list of those career paths you may wish to get out of or avoid altogether. This list has been assembled taking into account a report made by CareerCast, containing an analysis of the 200 most populated jobs, and ranking them on a variety of criteria that fall into four key categories: environment, income, outlook and stress. Check out which jobs are better to avoid in the US, if you seek a healthy and happy life!


No. 10 Corrections officer


BLS Median Annual Salary: $38,970

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 5%

Key factors for ranking: work environment and stress

A correction officer faces more dangerous situations that one might imagine, which naturally makes for a rather stressful job. Average salary is rather low, and growth outlook is low.

The nine worst job markets in the US can be found and subsequently steered clear of on the following pages.

No. 9 Firefighter


BLS Median Annual Salary:$45,250

Projected Job Growth by 2022:7%

Key factors for ranking: stress

Being a firefighter is indeed a high risk job. These workers face dangerous situations daily with high levels of stress. Payment also isn’t increasing, despite their working conditions.

No. 8 Garbage collector


BLS Median Annual Salary: $22,970

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 10%

Key factors for ranking: income, stress

This job has always ranked low. It has tough working conditions, and is poorly paid. Moreover, the recent cutbacks on municipal budgets have pushed waste management towards the private sector, affecting the wages and salaries.

No. 7 Flight attendant


BLS Median Annual Salary: $37,240

Projected Job Growth by 2022: -7%

Key factors for ranking: income, outlook

This is a job only those who really love to fly can handle. High stress, low income and a shrinking market combines to put this job in the seventh position for worst jobs. Cutbacks in the airline industry have tightened the available positions, while income hasn’t been appreciably increasing.

No. 6 Head cook


BLS Median Annual Salary: $42,480

Projected Job Growth by 2022:5%

Key factors for ranking: stress, income

The cook! You might think cooking is always a nice experience, but it definitely is not when considering the amount of stress involved in producing meals at rush hours, overseeing the execution of every dish and working long hours, mostly without taking a seat.

No. 5 Broadcaster


BLS Median Annual Salary: $55,380

Projected Job Growth by 2022:-13%

Key factors for ranking: income, stress, outlook

It’s no news that broadcasting is a high-stress, low-paying career. Moreover, these positions are increasing their amount of responsibilities, and now involve activities such as posting material online to increase visibility. On top of that, the high instability of the industry affects long-term positions, resulting in high competition and stress.

No. 4 Taxi driver


BLS Median Annual Salary: $22,820

Projected Job Growth by 2022:16%

Key factors for ranking: work environment

Working conditions for a taxi driver are chiefly stressful, and they might also be dangerous, as being in a car on the street every day involves certain risks, such as car crashes, and other hazards.

No. 3 Enlisted military personnel


Annual Median Salary: $28,840

Projected Job Growth by 2022: N/A

Key factors for ranking: work environment

This job is considered one of the most stressful in the US market. Men and women who volunteer are constantly in dangerous situations, and their life is always on the line. On top of that, the recent cutbacks have affected their income.

No. 2 Newspaper reporter


BLS Median Annual Salary: $37,090

Projected Job Growth by 2022:-13%

Key factors for ranking: hiring outlook, stress

Despite what some might think, a reporter has long working hours, tight deadlines and low pay. Moreover, it has lost the flashy appeal of adventure it once had, and is likely to drop 13% by 2022.

No. 1 Lumberjack


BLS Median Annual Salary: $24,340

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 4%

Key factors for ranking:  work environment, income and outlook.

And the worst job of all in the lumberjack’s. Their job is dangerous, the environment rather hostile, and all for low income. Steer clear of the falling trees inherent in this poor career choice.