CareerCast put together a list of the 10 worst jobs in the country based on five factors: work environment, physical demands, outlook, income and stress. So which jobs made the list?
- Roustabout – Risk, hiring outlook, salary
- Iron worker – Hiring outlook, physical demands
- Lumberjack – Physical demands, hiring outlook
- Roofer – Hiring outlook, physical demands
- Taxi Driver – Risk, Salary, stress
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Stress, salary
- Welder - Hiring outlook, physical demands, salary
- Painter – Hiring outlook, work environment
- Meter Reader – Automation, physical demands
- Construction Worker -Work environment, stress, salary
Most of these jobs have two factors in common. Firstly, they were either dangerous or involved strenuous activity. Secondly, the income wasn’t enough to compensate for the inherent risk and stress levels.
Other jobs that made the list also had poor hiring outlook, which threatens job security. For instance, meter readers are losing their demand since many companies are transitioning to automation. Demand for painters and construction workers have dipped because the construction industry was hit badly by the recession.
However, one factor that all these jobs have in common is that they all don’t require you to have a college degree.
Importance of a Degree
While the cost of education is high, there is no doubt that having a degree is beneficial. If you want the best opportunities in the job market, investing on education is the first step to get you there.
Analyzing the Cost of Education
Did you know that a survey from Key Bank showed that only 12% of college students selected a school based on affordanility? While it’s true that going to college is an educational decision, it is surprising to see just how many people take cost for granted. Many students end up going to a school and taking a program that they can’t afford. Hence, rising student debt shouldn’t be blamed on tuition alone. Consumer habits play a big part of why student debt is becoming a problem.
If you’re thinking about going back to school or participating in a retraining program, don’t be discouraged with the cost of education. There are many options available to you. If you know where to look, you’ll be able to find not just affordable programs, but also financial assistance that can help you accomplish your goals.
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