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May 3, 2013

The best and worst jobs in the current economy

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Tony Lee, CareerCast.com's publisher, says journalism itself isn't so bad – it's just the fact that newspapers appear to be a dying industry.

A satirical job listing for the Chicago Sun-Times that was put together by The Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, includes such qualifications as:

- Ability to interview subjects anytime, anywhere as there is no newsroom. Candidate should have a car, as it may be your office. Familiarity with locations offering free WiFi a plus.

- Must be willing to file stories from public locations such as coffee shops/libraries that will tolerate your presence. Candidate must be comfortable using public restrooms.

Change with the times

"People who love to write can consider working for online publications or transition to advertising or public relations," Lee said. "Many jobs in communications offer better hours, greater stability, a work/life balance and a healthier hiring outlook than being a newspaper reporter."

Of course, there's more to being a reporter than writing. You have to cover events and try to pry information out of people who strongly dislike you. Almost everyone will tell you they could do your job better than you.

Also making the list of worst jobs in today's economy, just one notch above newspaper reporter, is lumberjack. Mail carrier, flight attendant, actor and enlisted military personnel are also on the rather eclectic list of worst jobs.

Of course, all of this is subjective. Some measure jobs differently. For example, U.S. News says being a dentist is the best job in 2013, citing a median salary of over $142,000. Last, on its list of 100 jobs, is telemarketer.

If you are considering a career change, this information might prove useful. But if you are young, and headed off to college, it may help you choose a promising field. But be sure the craft you choose is one for which you have aptitude and one you think you'll enjoy.

You won't enjoy being an actuary if you really have your heart set on being a lumberjack. 

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.

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