After ranking 200 different job categories on five critera such as stress, physical demands and income, the Careercast.com Web site now says the worst job categories – lumber jack and dariy farmer – involve lots of physical labor and extended time out in the weather.
W hat makes being a lumberjack so unappealing? The Web site said loggers “perform backbreaking physical labor in an unpleasant environment” while dairy farmers have to “rise with the dawn and work hard for a minimum of 50 hours every week.”
In exchange for the tough environment, the Web site points out, both pay less than the salary earned by an entry-level bookkeeper. In fact, most of the worst-rated professions have an average salary of less than $40,000.
The other bad jobs are “saddled with other glaring deficiencies” the Web site claims.
- Taxi drivers deal with crime and the stress of traffic all day;
- A seaman is away from home for most of the year while dealing with storms and pirates; and
- Roustabouts, who maintain oil rigs and pipelines, shoulder intense physical demands in a dangerous environment.
About garbage collectors, the Web site offers: “the disadvantages of being a garbage collector are pretty self-explanatory.”
The Ten Worst Jobs
(ranked in order)
Fells, cuts, and transports timber to be processed into lumber, paper, and other wood products.
2. Dairy Farmer
Directs and takes part in activities involved in the raising of cattle for milk production.
3. Taxi Driver
Operates a taxi cab over the streets and roads of a municipality, picking up and dropping off passengers by request.
May perform any number of tasks involved in the operation of ships, boats, barges, or dredges.
5. Emergency Medical Technician
Attends to situations which demand immediate medical attention, such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, and gunshot wounds.
Installs roofs on new buildings, performs repairs on old roofs, and re-roofs old buildings.
7. Garbage Collector
Collects refuse on a designated municipal route, and transports trash to disposal plants or landfill areas.
Joins or repairs metal surfaces through the application of heat.
Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both on and off shore.
Raises the steel framework of buildings, bridges, and other structures.