No. 3: Enlisted military personnel
When Uncle Sam wants you, you accept risks and stress. Enlisted military personnel may live amid constant danger and find themselves stationed away from their families for long periods of time.
Even so, Michael Arsenault, vice president of candidate services for the military job placement and recruiting firm Bradley-Morris, isn't sure this profession belongs on a worst-jobs list.
"In such a large organization, there are all different types of specialties and trainings and occupations and jobs, ranging from the infantrymen to the logistics specialists to the person who does intelligence work to the band," he says.
An arsenal of perks
Median pay for an enlisted member of the armed forces is $44,283 annually, reports CareerCast, but compensation varies with experience. Base pay for active-duty Army privates with less than two years of training, for example, is $18,378 a year, reports GoArmy.com.
Arsenault is quick to point out that military compensation extends far beyond base salary and includes education benefits, job training, free housing and travel opportunities.