Even as the economy shows progress toward recovery and the dropping unemployment rate is starting to give a more positive outlook, two recent studies examine the industries that are taking a dive in the current economy and best and worst jobs.
As jobseekers and those interested in a career change consider job markets with the best growth, stability, and salaries, CareerCast.com rated 200 jobs according to work environment, physical demands, job outlook, income levels and stress. Technology and finance reign supreme for the best jobs, whereas dangerous, low-paying jobs like lumberjacks earned the moniker of worst jobs in America.
Best Jobs and their midlevel income:
- Software Engineer, $88,142
- Actuary, $88,202
- Human Resources Manager, $99,102
- Dental Hygienist, $68,109
- Financial Planner, $104,161
- Audiologist, $67,137
- Occupational Therapist, $72,110
- Online Advertising Manager, $87,255
- Computer Systems Analyst, $78,148
- Mathematician, $99,191
Worst Jobs and their midlevel income:
- 200. Lumberjack, $32,114
- 199. Dairy Farmer, $33,119
- 198. Enlisted Military Personnel, $36,261
- 197. Oil Rig Worker, $32,132
- 196. Newspaper Reporter, $35,275
- 195. Restaurant Server, $18,088
- 194. Meter Reader, $35,171
- 193. Dishwasher, $18,044
- 192. Butcher, $29,156
- 191.Broadcaster, $27,324
Read the complete ratings list of 200.
From newspaper publishing to landlines, IbisWorld, a market research firm, identified 10 failing industries. In most cases, these industries are becoming obsolete due to technological advances and global competition, National Public Radio reported.
- Wired telecommunications carriers (landlines)
- Mills (textile, apparel, carpet, and rug mills)
- Newspaper publishing
- Apparel Manufacturing
- DVD, game rental
- Manufactured home dealers
- Video post production services
- Record stores
- Formal wear and costume rental
It’s a clear case of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” with available technology evolving past landlines, newspapers, video and game rental, video services, record stores and photofinishing. Apparel and mills fell victim to cheaper overseas manufacturing, mobile homes are just not selling, and people are willing to purchase formal wear instead of renting it.
-Elise Rambaud Marrion @emarrion_cmn