For the third year in a row, and fourth out of the last five, being a newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America.
The Jobs Rated Report has been compiled by CareerCast since 1988, and ranks 200 U.S. jobs based on a wide range of criteria that includes income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.
Just ahead of newspaper reporter is the job of broadcaster, which dropped from 198 to 199 this year.
The report summarized the challenges facing those employed in the newspaper reporting and broadcasting industries:
“The two lowest-ranking jobs of 2017 have recently taken center stage in American culture in a way not seen in many years. The value of trained, professional Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters has taken on heightened importance recently as well as increased scrutiny. Journalists covering politics in particular, have been under extreme pressure as they strive to credibly cover the news and keep our nation informed.
Working extensively in the public eye and often under tight deadlines contributes to the high stress rankings for both Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters. In addition, both industries have also felt the years-long squeeze of diminishing job prospects, due to declining advertising revenue that has impacted the newspaper, radio and television industries. The two professions rank among the 13 worst for job outlook, with negative growth forecasted through 2024 in this year’s Jobs Rated report.
As newspapers continue to disappear and readers turn more and more to their phones and tablets for news, the traditional newspaper reporter job will likely remain at the bottom of the heap for as long as the job exists.