Stress score: 47.09
Average annual salary: $43,270*
Hours per day: Varies
Much like newscasters, photojournalists are expected to be on the front lines, with a job description that requires them to enter some of the most dangerous, remote or volatile places on earth. Many are on call 24 hours a day. And when news breaks, the photojournalists may have to mobilize with extremely short notice and stay on assignment for extended periods of time.
The dangers of the job are also evident: earlier this year, four journalists for the New York Times were captured and held in Libya and eventually released. In fact, journalists in the US and abroad are killed in the line of work every year (16 so far in 2011 as of this writing), according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Also highlighting the dangers of the job is the most recent tragedy involving photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed covering the events in Libya. Two other photojournalists were also injured in the incident, and their wounds — although severe — are not thought to be fatal.
Working in dangerous areas is just part of the job for photojournalists like Hetherington, who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary on Afghanistan "Restrepo," and Hondros, who was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of unrest in Libya.
*This figure corresponds to “Reporters and Correspondents” according to the BLS.