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If you are looking for a job or considering a career change, the statistics suggest you may want to be a statistician. Or if that doesn’t add up, consider becoming a mathematician. Those are among the top jobs in the U.S. right now, based on growth potential and salary.

Newspaper reporter positions consistently rank among the worst jobs in the U.S., based on salary, stress level, upward mobility and return on educational investment. Reporters, while still occupying an important role in society, take home a median salary of $36,360. The growth outlook for this job is literally negative: -9 percent. That’s actually a better growth outlook than that of broadcast journalists, whose ranks are expected to thin by 13 percent in coming years. The median salary of $37,720 and the incessant stress of the job lands it at the No. 2 position of worst jobs.

The list of the top-10 worst jobs are rounded out by logger; military personnel; pest-control worker; disc jockey; advertising salesperson; firefighter; retail salesperson; and taxi driver.
On the other end of the spectrum, are you good with numbers? Statisticians and mathematicians enjoy some of the best jobs, using the same criteria of salary, stress level and advancement opportunities.

Statisticians enjoy a median salary of $80,000, and are in demand: The growth outlook for statisticians is 34 percent. Mathematicians don’t enjoy the same growth outlook (21 percent), but command a median salary of $111,000.

The list of the best jobs is rounded out by medical services manager; operations research analyst; information security analyst; data scientist; tenured university professor; software engineer; occupational therapist; and speech pathologist.

Remember, this list of best and worst jobs is largely subjective – the single biggest indicator of a good or bad job is whether it’s in a field you love utilizing your natural skillsets. But if you need a job, period, AtWork can help. Our staffing agencies offer a range of temporary or temp-to-hire jobs in a variety of fields, including light industrial, medical and administrative.
We might not find you a job in the newspaper industry, or as a university professor with lifetime tenure, but we might find you a job squarely in the middle, and you might find it a perfect fit.

Contact us today.