No. 2: Lumberjack
Long hours, physical demands, high risk of injury and paltry job growth made lumberjack the No. 1 worst job in the country for 2014. Its ranking has only slightly improved for 2015.
"My day usually starts at 6 o'clock in the morning, and I get home when I get done what I have to do that day," says Doug Fleegle, owner of DF Logging Inc. in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. "It's a 12-, 13-hour day."
Logging workers earn a median of $33,630 per year, according to the most recent BLS data. You don't need postsecondary education to break into the field, but it can be tough finding work in an industry expected to shrink by 9 percent over the decade ending in 2022.
The joys of shouting, 'Timber!'
Even so, the physical work in the great outdoors makes the profession worthwhile, says Fleegle.
"You can take a 30-inch or a 36-inch poplar or oak tree that weighs thousands of pounds, and you can lay that down in a spot exactly where you want to put it, exactly how you want to do it without damaging trees around it," he says. "To be able to do that with something that size, to me, is just fantastic."