Being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the United States in 2013.
That's according to the latest “Jobs Rated
Report” by CareerCast.com, which surveys and ranks professions by their desirability, including factors like prospects for
Newspaper reporter ranked last out of 200 jobs in the 2013 CareerCast survey, down four spots from 2012. It was judged to be worse than lumberjack, in 199th place, military enlisted personnel, at 198th, and actor, at 197th. Mail carrier also ranked in the bottom 10, at 193rd.
At the top end of the spectrum, the top-ranking job was actuary, in first
place, followed by biomedical engineer and software engineer, in second and third place, respectively.
In addition to not being very desirable, there are a lot fewer newspaper reporting jobs to go around.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment in the newspaper publishing industry plunged from 414,000 in 2001 to
246,020 in 2011, equaling a 40.6% drop in 10 years. The 2011 figure is down 5% from 258,950 in 2010 and 20.4% from 309,000 in 2009.
Separate figures from the American Society of Newspaper Editors indicate that total newsroom employment shrank from 56,400 in 2001 to 40,566 in 2012, for a 28.1% decline in a little over a decade. The 2012 figure is down 2.5% from 41,609 in 2011.
The Newspaper Association of America recently reported that total advertising revenues fell from $49.3 billion in 2006 to $25.3 billion in 2012, for a roughly 50% decline in six years.