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

No. 6: Photojournalist
No. 6: Photojournalist

No. 6: Photojournalist

The trends are negative for news photographers. The market for these jobs is shrinking as the newspaper business declines, and as online outlets turn to syndication services for photos or rely on "citizen journalists" who can take great-quality pictures simply by using their smartphones.

The BLS says job growth in the general category of photographers is slower than average and says salaried jobs are becoming scarcer as media companies make greater use of freelancers rather than hiring their own staff photographers.

Rewards come with risks

CareerCast says its research shows photojournalists typically earn less than $30,000 annually, but the BLS says the median for photographers working for newspapers, magazines and the like is a little over $44,000 per year.

Photojournalists observe and capture history as it unfolds, but the assignments -- which might include shooting wars, civil unrest and natural disasters -- can be hazardous.

A bachelor's degree is often required, and not necessarily in photography. National Geographic says its photojournalists have degrees in a range of disciplines including journalism, anthropology, psychology and fine arts.

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