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Worst jobs of 2014

It probably comes as no surprise to those working in the industry, but the job of journalist is ranked as one of the worst for 2014.

Of the 200 ranked jobs in the annual CareerCast report on Workopolis, print journalists hold the distinction of coming in at number two.

The report looked at factors such as high stress, low pay, and dwindling opportunities in making their list and point to fewer and fewer people reading daily print publications as a reason behind the low ranking.

If journalists are to take away something positive from the latest report, it's that they have moved up from last year’s ranking of dead last – being a lumberjack is the least favourable occupation for 2014.

In addition to the diminishing job prospects, being a lumberjack is also physically dangerous work carried out with heavy equipment in remote locations often for relatively low pay. The median salary for a lumberjack in Canada is just over $40,000 a year.

Journalists fare slightly better, earning a median wage of $52,000 a year in Canada, according to the report.

CareerCast creates its best and worst jobs of the year ranking based on four criteria: the working environment, income level, employment outlook and stress. Based on negative scores on those factors, here’s where you don’t want to be working right now.

The 10 worst jobs of 2014:

  1. Lumberjack
  2. Newspaper Reporter
  3. Military Personnel
  4. Taxi Driver
  5. Broadcaster
  6. Head Cook
  7. Flight Attendant
  8. Garbage Collector
  9. Firefighter
  10. Corrections Officer

Based on that same criteria, CareerCast has also identified the best jobs to have in 2014. These careers offer a safe working environment, ample prospects, good pay and low stress.

The ten best jobs of 2014

  1. Mathematician
  2. University Professor
  3. Statistician
  4. Actuary
  5. Audiologist
  6. Dental Hygienist
  7. Software Engineer
  8. Computer Systems Analyst
  9. Occupational Therapist
  10. Speech Pathologist

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