No. 2: Newspaper reporter
"You have to cope with stress efficiently or basically just surrender to it," says Sonny Albarado, a former board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a trade organization based in Indianapolis. "You (have) pressures from your supervisors to produce copy, sometimes on really tight deadlines, and then you (have) the stress of actually having to go out and talk to people, interview them for the topic ... and then there's the stress of making sure that you're accurate and not misquoting people or getting facts wrong or libeling anyone."
There's also stiff job competition, stagnant salaries and unpredictable work schedules. The BLS shows that the median salary for reporters is $37,090, and jobs in the field decreased by 13 percent between 2011 and 2012.
However, many journalists love their career, and the outlook is bright for those with a reporter's skill set, Albarado says. Reporters could apply their research and writing skills to communication gigs for online news venues, nonprofit organizations or other media outlets.
"Despite the doom and gloom, being a journalist is still one of the best damn jobs on the planet," Albarado says.