The 10 worst jobs to have in 2015
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Oct 05, 2015  |  Vote 0    1

The 10 worst jobs to have in 2015

Metroland Media

Ask enough people what they think is the worst job to have and you’ll likely find someone who believes it is their job.

For a job to receive the title of "worst", it goes beyond low wage. While many of these jobs are invaluable to a functioning society, factors such as stress, work environment and market demand were also considered by jobs rating website when they compiled their 2015 ranking.

Let’s see if your job made the list:

10. Mail Carrier

Paperless bills, emails and text messages have made the mail carriers' load especially light. While it ranks as the tenth worst job to have, it has a less-than-sunny growth outlook, according to a Service Canada job futures factsheet.

9. Firefighter

According to Payscale Canada, the median average salary of a firefighter is $59,000, and while the position can garner nearly six figures for veteran employees, it is considered one of the most stressful jobs around. And the work environment can get a little hot too.

8. Taxi Driver

Taxi drivers make the list for a number of reasons — regular patrons include intoxicated customers and those that are rude and sometimes violent. The hours are long and the pay is low. Plus, new disruptive services such as Uber are making the field more competitive, and with a median salary $25,000, it’s competition the drivers can ill afford.

7. Corrections Officer

A corrections officer comes in at the seventh worst job a person can hold down, and it really isn’t a surprise. The position offers average annual compensation between $40,000 to $75,000, which isn’t a lot of pay for a dangerous and highly stressful job.

6. Photojournalist

The field of journalism was represented on this list with a total of three roles. For photojournalists, trying to capture an image the world will remember may take your entire career. In the interim, the pay is often low and most of the time professional photographic work is contracted out. Full-time positions in this field are also rare.

5. Broadcaster

Broadcasters are just slightly behind their career cousins, the photojournalists. Positions in this field are highly coveted, the pay has decreased over the years and it is a highly stressful position to hold down.

4. Cook

Most people are familiar with the adage, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Cooks work in hot, fast-paced environments with long hours on their feet. But unlike servers or bartenders, they don’t often see generous tips. It’s stressful, demanding and the pay is relatively low - sometimes just a scrape above minimum wage.

3. Enlisted Military Personnel

They serve and protect, but whether in combat or in an office, the salary ranges from $30,000 to $64,000 on average. It's not a lucrative field considering the dangers, stress and extended periods away from family that come with the job.

2. Lumberjack

Lumberjacks work in dangerous conditions, often in isolation, thus earning the number 2 spot on the list of the worst jobs of 2015. The profession is largely dependent on the needs of publishing and construction companies — two industries that have seen considerable declines in the last ten years due to technological advances.

1. Newspaper Reporter

Coming in as the worst job for 2015 is newspaper reporter. With its long hours, a median salary of $34,600 annually or less, stressful environment and decline in advertising revenue - on which the industry relies heavily - it is no wonder this position wins the worst job of the year.

Think you have the worst job? Tell us why in the Comments!

Originally published on May 7, 2015.

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By don | OCTOBER 13, 2015 06:53 PM
trucking, has to be in there!always long hours,terrible weather crappy bosses,bosses who complain how much money your making,they come into work at 8:am but youve be on the job for 4:00 am ..they go home at 3:00 pm but your still on the road until 7:00 pm or longer,traffic condition and stress to make delivery times,and that terrible term TEAM PLAYER,means if you don,t do what they want done after 14 hours on the clock,your not a team player.the license in your pocket belongs to your boss to use and abuse
By Jenn | OCTOBER 07, 2015 12:00 PM
Every job has its dirty secrets. I've worked in a variety of industries and no job is without it's struggles. Just read, Dirty Secrets of the World's Worst Employee, and you'll know exactly what I mean.
By Tomato | OCTOBER 05, 2015 07:10 PM
Worst job in 2015. How about any job in the oil and gas sector? or perhaps include the whole resource sector including mining and logging. Though the headline is about the worse jobs, if you are out of work then you do not have a job to be worst ?
By Steve | OCTOBER 05, 2015 04:08 PM
@Jake. I guess you don't know that a first class firefighter makes virtually the same as a first class constable in the city of hamilton. Had you chosen to google that before you commented, you might not look foolish. You also probably don't know that what the hamilton police get at contract time, so do the firefighters. Also how many fire do you think a firefighter actually fight in a year They spend most of their shifts acting as paramedics in many cases. You may note agree and I respect that, but your reasoning is completely wrong. PS I support our firefighters a1000 %, many of them are my friends...
By Centennial67 | OCTOBER 05, 2015 10:53 AM
The payscale Canada said median, not normal pay. We all know firefighters in large municipalities get more than those in the rural areas where most are volunteer anyway. If this profession is so bad, why is it so hard to get in? Apply for the job sometime and those waiting will dispel your notions about 'worst jobs"
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