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The Worst Jobs in America

The job market is making a clunky recovery and there are some bright spots, as was evident in the Best Jobs of 2012list from CareerCast.

But with the good comes the bad, hence the 10 Worst Jobs for 2012. CareerCast evaluates 200 professions to come up with the best and worst lists, adding and subtracting a few jobs from the list of 200 each year.

So what makes a job one of the worst?

High stress, high physical demands, and a tough or dangerous work environment, according to CareerCast. Several of the worst jobs in America involve working “in physically demanding, precarious, low-paying professions with a weak hiring outlook,” said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast’s 2012 Jobs Rated Report.While many college graduates remain unemployed, causing many to question the value of a college degree, the value is reflected in the lists: Nearly all of the “best” jobs require a college degree and many of the “worst” don’t even require a high-school diploma.

The food-service industry always ranks pretty low, given the tough working conditions and low pay, but the industry was even harder hit by the recession, when many people cut back on going out to eat.

“While it’s true that some people are happy washing dishes, waiting tables or slicing meat as a career, job seekers who want to compete for the nation’s best jobs need to gain a competitive edge by expanding their knowledge and skill set with a college education,” Lee said.

The one new job that made the worst list this year was Enlisted Military Personnel for obvious reasons — a high-stress job in often dangerous conditions.

Click ahead to find out what the 10 Worst Jobs for 2012 are.

By Cindy Perman
Posted: 10 April 2012

Note: Pay levels are “midlevel income”

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