CareerCast has released its top 200 jobs of 2013. Among the best jobs were physical therapist, optometrists, pharmacists, software engineers, and financial planners. With unemployment at 7.6% and recent graduate unemployment/underemployment rates even higher, it’s something to consider when choosing a career. Here are eight to avoid:
8. Mail Carrier
With the severe drop of letters in the digital age, the USPS’ burden of prefunding retiree health benefits, and growing financial trouble, job prospects are grim for this profession.[[nid:1213385]]
7. Meter Reader
With the installation of smart meters to replace traditional gas and water meters, this profession is in decline as the ability to remotely monitor customer utilities continues to grow.
6. Dairy Farmer
Long hours, low profit margins and increasing competition from larger farms makes job prospects for this profession low.
5. Oil rig worker
With the rise of alternative energy, particularly solar power, this high-risk, isolated job faces a challenge in 2013.
“There’s no business like show business,” says the Irving Berlin song, but full-time prospects as an actor are slim and competition is fierce, except for the few who break into the spotlight.
3. Enlisted Military Personnel
With this high-risk, dangerous job facing sequestration cuts and the general drawdown of forces, it could rank as the most stressful of 2013.
Working in remote areas for low pay with dangerous heavy machinery, plus limited job opportunities, puts this among the worst ways to make a living in 2013.
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1. Newspaper Reporter
Print continues to decline as readers flock to digital outlets and rely more on social media to stay in touch with the world.