As college graduation season approaches, one job they hopefully didn’t choose as a career is newspaper reporter, which has been named as the worst job in the nation by CareerCast.com.
In 1988, when CareerCast first started ranking the best and worst jobs in the U.S., newspaper reporter was in the middle of the pack at number 126, and slipped in 2012 to 196, before falling to dead last at number 200 this year.
Despite the bleak ranking, CareerCast isn’t ready to bury journalism just yet:
“People who love to write can consider working for online publications or transition to advertising or public relations,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “Many jobs in communications offer better hours, greater stability, a work/life balance and a healthier hiring outlook than being a newspaper reporter.”
In other words, pursuing a career in journalism is fine as long as you don’t want to work for a newspaper.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, as newspapers have continued to trim jobs as they struggle with the plethora of news available free online. In some cities, the newspapers have even moved to online-only models, which requires fewer journalists.
But the telltale sign for just how bad things have become for newspaper reporters is that last year’s worst job—lumberjack—actually finished one notch ahead of the journalists.