The 10 Worst Jobs in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's rare to meet someone that doesn't complain about their job. Work is stressful, the weeks are too long, the weekends are too short and for many people vacations are few and far between.

People ranting about their jobs tend to say that their jobs are the worst. But what makes up the worst jobs in the U.S.? For some people, not liking what they do for a living makes their job the worst.

Other people love their jobs, but having a job you love, doesn't mean it's the best job to have. Several factors can contribute to a person's claim that they have the worst job, including what they're paid, their workload and the physical demand the job places on them.

Each year CareerCast.com issues a list of the best and worst jobs, based on information collected from the Department of Labor, ranking them using a range of criteria, and then placing the jobs in four categories, stress, outlook, income, and environment.

In its list of the worst jobs for 2014, CareerCast.com noted that jobs ranking in "the bottom 10 tend to be crucial to society."

For example, firefighters are on the list of the worst jobs, not because the individuals hate what they are doing, in fact those well acquainted with firefighters will tell you that they absolutely love what they do, but the high stress, extreme danger, and low pay are the contributing factors to their inclusion on this list.

Do you have one of the worst jobs of 2014? Find out below:


10. Corrections Officer

Median Annual Salary (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics): $38,970

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 5%

Corrections officers face a high level of danger throughout their workday, as they work with and around some of society's most dangerous individuals. The profession is expected to grow only 5% by 2022, and that, coupled with low pay, places corrections officer on the list of worst jobs.



9. Firefighter

Median Annual Salary: $45,250

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 7%

Firefighters are on the list of the worst jobs not because the individuals hate what they are doing. In fact, those well acquainted with firefighters will tell you that they absolutely love what they do. But the high level of stress, extreme danger and low pay are the contributing factors to their inclusion on this list.



8. Garbage Collector

Median Annual Salary: $22,970

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 10%

The job market for garbage collectors is said to be "volatile," with "vast" unemployment fluctuations between 2013 and 2014, CareeCast.com says.

Garbage Collector is on the list of worst jobs due to its low income and work environment.



7. Flight Attendant

Median Annual Salary: $37, 240

Projected Job Growth by 2022: -7%

You'd think that working as a flight attendant would be a job people would fight tooth and nail to get.

World travel is something many people look for when seeking out the right career, but dealing with the excessive demands and irritating behaviors of passengers at 30,000 feet is what makes work as a flight attendant so stressful.

The level of stress, low pay and decline in the job market all add to the reasons flight attendant is a part of the list of worst jobs.



6. Head Cook

Median Annual Salary: $42,480

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 5%

Due to the high level of stress and low pay, head cook is on the list as one of the worst jobs.

"Though lucrative opportunities exist, income is not always commensurate with inherent challenges," writes CareerCast.com.



5. Broadcaster

Median Annual Salary: $55,380

Projected Job Growth by 2022: -13%

As the industry deals with "unfavorable" long term growth, competition among aspiring broadcasters is very high, adding to the stress of what is already a highly demanding job.



4. Taxi Driver

Median Annual Salary: $22,820

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 16%

Stress, low income and working conditions that can sometimes be dangerous, taxi drivers often deal with hazardous road conditions and aggressive and/or drunk customers. It all adds up to one of the worst jobs in the U.S.



3. Enlisted Military Personnel

Annual Median Salary: $28,840

Projected Job Growth by 2022: N/A

It probably isn't a surprise to learn that enlisted military personnel earned the title of most stressful job of 2014. The men and women that join the U.S. armed forces are often placed in extremely dangerous situations.

The stressful life of a soldier and low wages make it one of America's worst jobs.



2. Newspaper Reporter

Median Annual Salary $37,090

Projected Job Growth by 2022: -13%

Once a highly coveted position, newspaper reporters seem to be going the way of the dodo bird as more and more print publications shut down or make the switch to digital news.



1. Lumberjack

Median Annual Salary: $24,340

Projected Job Growth by 2022: 4%

Open positions in the lumberjack field are growing scarce as technological advances in machinery are making the need for human workers obsolete.

Still, those that are working as a lumberjack have to deal with high stress, low pay, and a dangerous working environment.

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