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10 worst jobs of 2014

No. 1: Lumberjack
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No. 1: Lumberjack

"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."

Long hours, physical demands, high risk of injury and paltry job growth earn lumberjacks the No. 1 worst job in the country for 2014. Logging workers rake in around $33,630 per year and don't need postsecondary education to break into the field, according to the BLS, but it can be tough finding work with the industry losing about 3,800 jobs each year. Even still, the physical work and ability to be outside make 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, doing the minimal amount of collateral damage," he says. "To be able to do that with something that size, to me, is just fantastic."

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