PR pros: You may think you’ve got it rough having to pitch reporters to cover your companies and clients, but the guy or gal at the other end of that pitch has it worse—much worse.
The CareerCast.com annual list of the Worst Jobs has ranked newspaper journalist as the absolute worst job a person can have.
According to the site, “Readership has steadily moved from print publications, whether they be newspapers or magazines, in favor of online outlets. The resulting decline in advertising revenue has left newspapers — and thus, newspaper reporters — feeling the pinch.”
Newspaper reporter was ranked 200th out of the 200 jobs that were ranked based on work environment, stress, income and hiring outlook.
By comparison, PR, social media and marketing-related jobs fared pretty well, though they weren’t in the top echelon. Social and community manager came in at No. 83, market research analyst was No. 95, social media manager was No. 101 and PR executive was No. 121.
As a former newspaper journalist, I can confirm that the pay is bad, the hours can be brutal, the constant threat of layoffs did nothing to boost morale and yes—I can see how an outsider might think it’s the worst job. But I never had more fun in a job than I did as a newspaper reporter.
Would I ever go back? Can’t say I would—as much as I loved reporting, I love being able to afford mortgage payments even more.
That said, any reporters who may be looking for a career change should know that actuary scored highest on the list.