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The Best and Worst Jobs in America

The Best and Worst Jobs in America
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By    |   Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:20 PM

The job market is constantly evolving. It ebbs and flows with the changing of times, which is reflected in current trends.

Jobs that did not exist a few years ago are now considered to be some of the best career choices now while other jobs that were once considered the most desirable are no longer top ranking positions.

With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2018 Jobs Rated Report compiled by targeted job opportunity website CareerCast. The report analyzed over 200 career choices and how they fared in terms of income, work environment, stress levels, and overall occupational outlook. 

Based on that data, here are some of the best and worst job in America.

Best 7 jobs in America

1. Genetic Counselor- The best job in America according to CareerCast's report is that of a genetic counselor- a person tasked with determining a patient's risk of inheriting specific medical conditions,  24/7 Wall St. reported. With low stresses and a promising outlook, it is little wonder why this job fares well.

Median annual wages: $77,480

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 29.0%

Total employment: 2,660

2. Mathematician- A high salary is one of the major perks of working a mathematician job but promising projected job growth adds to the appeal of this career choice, 24/7 Wall St. noted

Median annual wages: $103,010

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 29.7%

Total employment: 2,730

3.University Professor- As 24/7 Wall St. noted, college professors have the pick of the lot in terms of jobs as they can work in a number of fields of study. Furthermore, the need for professors will continue to increase as college enrollments continue to grow. College professors have some of the best working environments in America.

Median annual wages: $67,140

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: N/A

Total employment: 1,525,170

4. Occupational Therapist- With strong projected job growth prospects and some of the best work environments around, careers in occupational therapy look promising, according to CareerCast's ratings.

Median annual wages: $83,200

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 23.8%

Total employment: 126,050

5. Statistician- crunching all those figures and data has massive benefits. As one of the fastest growing career fields in America, the number of statisticians is expected to jump dramatically by 2026, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

Median annual wages: $84,060

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 33.8%

Total employment: 36,540

6. Medical Services Manager- Professionals in this role are tasked with overseeing health service centers. This could be an entire hospital or single medical practice, 24/7 Wall St. noted. The biggest perk for this job is its projected growth in the industry. 

Median annual wages: $98,350

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 20.5%

Total employment: 346,980

7. Data Scientist- This career choice ticks all the boxed. Good work environment, low stress at work and good projected employment growth, according to CareerCast's ratings. Data scientists also earn well, 24/7 Wall St. noted.

Median annual wages: $114,520

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 19.2%

Total employment: 27,920

Worst 7 Jobs in America

1. Taxi driver- High stress, less than great work environment, low pay and limited employment growth makes the taxi driving the worst job in America, according to CareerCast's ratings.

Median annual wages: $25,980

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: +5.0%

Total employment: 207,920

2. Logger- The reason why logging ranks as one of the worst jobs in America could be due to the fact that it is highly dangerous, not well paid and extremely strenuous, said 24/7 Wall St.

Median annual wages: $40,650

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -12.6%

Total employment: 37,400

3. Newspaper reporter- By 2026, the number of newspaper reporters will drop by 10 percent as publications lose readers and ad revenue, noted 24/7 Wall St. Furthermore, the job entails stringent deadlines and scrutiny from readers, lessening the appeal of the job. 

Median annual wages: $41,260

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -10.0%

Total employment: 37,140

4. Retail salesperson- Challenging work environments and low salaries make a job in retail sales not very appealing. The estimated job growth for this role doesn't look good either.

Median annual wages: $24,200

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: +1.7%

Total employment: 4,448,120

5.  Enlisted military personnel- While this job is more a personal choice based on patriotic intentions, military personnel are subjected to high levels of stress and one of the toughest working environments while earning low salaries, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

Median annual wages: N/A

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: N/A

Total employment: N/A

6. Corrections officer- A decline in the number of prisoners in America combined with ongoing budgetary issues could explain the why less people are seeking out jobs as a corrections officer, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

Median annual wages: $44,330

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -7.7%

Total employment: 415,000

7. Disc jockey- While there may be a certain allure to being a DJ, the truth is that this is fast becoming a dead-end job. According to CareerCast's ratings, there has been a dramatic decline in DJ jobs and those who do still work in the field are not paid well. 

Median annual wages: $33,220

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -11.6%

Total employment: 27,780

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