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10. Construction Worker

Average Salary: $29,211
Key Factors: Work environment, stress, salary

Construction workers have a tough work environment that’s physically demanding and for low pay.

To top it off, demand for both commercial and residential construction slowed tremendously during the recession. In the latest jobs report from the Labor Department, another 16,000 construction jobs were lost in December.

Demand is expected to improve, however, when the real-estate market recovers and old infrastructure is replaced. Still, the tough working conditions and low pay may keep it on the worst list.

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