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See if your job is as tough as these

Newspaper reporter

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Think you have a bad job? Perhaps it's not as tough as newspaper reporter, which tops CareerCast's 28th Jobs Rated report as the worst job in U.S. for the third year in a row. The report evaluated work environment, income and growth potential among 200 occupations in creating the rankings.

The three-time champion isn't that surprising as parts of the journalism business have been imploding for a while. Nationally, salaries averaged about $36,000. Print newspaper circulation has fallen 17 percent and advertising revenue is down by more than half over the last decade.

And from 2007 to 2015, the national number of full-time journalists dropped to 32,000 from about 55,000.

"What the report is [probably] pointing to is the job security and the pay," said Cole Rosengren, a young freelance reporter in the Boston area. "A lot of us do have side jobs as well."

Rosengren, who has also worked in retail, restaurants and as a delivery biker in the snow, still said he is happy as a reporter.

What about the other tough jobs out there? Click ahead to see four of the other "worst" jobs as defined by CareerCast chosen from among the top 10. The criteria for these particular occupations were based on how dangerous and off-putting they can be.

By CNBC's Josh Weiss

Posted on April 22, 2016


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Rating right below newspaper reporters are the people who cut down trees for a living. With a yearly salary of $35,000 and negative job growth outlook, logging is also one of the most dangerous professions, says Eric Johnson, an editor for the Northeastern Loggers' Association.

"It's a fairly dangerous occupation," he told CNBC. "A lot of people are cutting manually and putting themselves in jeopardy."

While much of the $80 billion plus industry is safer today through mechanization, different regions, demands and markets may require more manual and therefore perilous labor.

"In comparison to other industries, it may not get any better," said Johnson. Currently, there are more than 100,000 people in this field, according to IBIS World.


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Cockroaches, rats, mice, ants and mosquitoes.

How much will you get paid for spending time with rodents, insects and toxic fumes? Only about $30,000 a year, according to CareerCast and the Bureau of Labor Statistics in this $7 billion industry.

Take, for instance, Pennsylvania-based Harpoon Pest Solutions, a one-man operation. Quincy Jones is the founder and sole employee of the company. He says he knows why pest control has a negative stigma.

"Most people don't think of it as a career path because of having to deal with pests and insecticide," he told CNBC.

Still, it does have its redeeming qualities. "For me, it has to be restoring peace of mind to people," said Jones. "Helping people is the most rewarding part of my job."

Cab driver

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Taxi drivers typically make a little over $20,000 a year while having to deal with drunk or strange customers night and day. However, one car service owner doesn't think it deserves to be counted among the worst.

"I wouldn't say it's the worst [job]. I'd say it's very stressful," said Joseph Rengifo, head of New Jersey-based JR Taxi. Driving a cab doesn't have a lot of prestige, he said.

Retail sales person

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The retail and service industries have a reputation for being tough work. Standing on your feet for long hours, working with irate customers and bad pay are not uncommon. In addition, CareerCast says the average salary is only about $20,000. Yet this bad wrap doesn't fly with Bob Phibbs, a retail consultant and CEO of The Retail Doctor.

"It's an easy can to kick," he told CNBC. "I know guys making $150,000 a year selling at retail, on their feet 40 hours a week."

If you look at many of today's CEOs, they are able to trace important lessons of their success back to their humble days working retail or restaurant jobs, he said.