CareerCast has released their annual worst jobs list and drumroll please…newspaper reporter has landed in the numero uno spot.
Chalking it up to a high stress job with tight deadlines and competition with competing online Web sites, unfortunately the list underscores the shrinking newsroom. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the job growth category the number of jobs is anticipated to drop by six percent by 2020.
Paul Gillin, founder of NewspaperDeathWatch.com, told CareerCast although times have changed, newspapers haven’t. “We didn’t see newspapers respond [to consumer changes] at all. I saw that once [the decline] hit, it would hit very hard and very quickly.”
As if we needed more facts to back it up, the Pew Research Center estimated the newspaper industry generated approximately $49.2 billion in 2006. Five years later earnings plummeted to $23.9 billion.
Gillin noted, “The print model is not sustainable. It will probably be gone within the next 10 years.”
In case you were curious, other occupations on the list were lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor, oil rig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, roofer and flight attendant.