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10 worst jobs of 2015: Is your career at the bottom of the work barrel?

No. 8: Taxi driver
No. 8: Taxi driver

No. 8: Taxi driver

Cabbies have always had it tough. And thanks to rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, competition is getting fiercer. Now that anyone can ferry passengers part time, the job of taxi driver has become even more difficult, says Barry Korengold, a seasoned driver and president of the San Francisco Cab Drivers Association.

"We're playing on a very unfair playing field right now," he says, noting that rideshare drivers aren't regulated in the same way as cabbies.

While the market for taxi drivers is expected to grow by 16 percent over the 10 years ending in 2022, the median pay is only about $11 per hour, or less than $23,000 annually, according to the most current BLS data.

Grueling hours, obnoxious passengers

Workdays are long -- sometimes 10 to 12 hours for full-timers, says Korengold. He appreciates the job's flexibility but says he could do without the frequent rudeness from cab customers.

"We get a lot of disrespect, and then after a while that wears on you," he says. "People treat you like crap, so you have to defend yourself. You end up putting up this wall."

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