No. 1: Newspaper reporter
The headlines about the newspaper profession have not been very encouraging and have helped to put it at the top of this year's worst-jobs roster. Publication schedules and jobs have been cut amid growing online competition and shrinking advertising revenues.
Print journalists also must deal with stiff job competition, stagnant salaries, tight deadlines and unpredictable work schedules.
"You have to cope with stress efficiently or basically just surrender to it," says Sonny Albarado, a former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, a trade organization based in Indianapolis.
But many still love journalism
The BLS shows that the median salary for reporters is $40,810, and CareerCast says jobs in the field are in the midst of a 13 percent decline over 10 years.
However, many journalists love their career, and those with a reporter's skill set 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.