Special Report

12 Occupations With the Worst Job Security

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3. Telemarketers
> Unemployment rate: 15.1%
> Average annual wage: $26,470
> Total employment: 61,000
> Total unemployment: 11,000

Telemarketers are typically entry level workers that cold-call businesses and households in order to sell a product or service. An antiquated profession, telemarketing is slowly disappearing. Telemarketers are prohibited from calling mobile phones, which, in the pockets of an estimated 92% of Americans, are replacing landlines as the preferred mode of communication. Within the next decade, demand for telemarketers is projected to drop by 3%. Declining employment in the field is one reason some 15.1% of telemarketers are looking for work.

Models, demonstrators, and product promoters
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2. Models, demonstrators, and product promoters
> Unemployment rate: 23.4%
> Average annual wage: $30,100
> Total employment: 59,000
> Total unemployment: 18,000

For many of the 77,000 American models, sporadic unemployment is an expected part of the job. Modeling primarily consists of part-time, temporary jobs, with periods of unemployment in between. The unpredictable nature of the business likely explains the occupation’s high unemployment rate, at nearly one unemployed model, demonstrator, or product promoter for every four who have work. Likely in part because work is sporadic and typically part time, models earn an average of just $30,100 per year, less than the average annual wage across all jobs of $48,320.

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1. Actors
> Unemployment rate: 26.6%
> Average annual wage: N/A
> Total employment: 47,000
> Total unemployment: 17,000

The entertainment industry is one of the most difficult industries for finding steady employment, and there is little guarantee that investment and dedication will be rewarded with a job. Occupations with the most job security have high premiums on experience and have a limited supply of qualified workers in relation to available positions. In the entertainment industry, however, older actors with decades of experience can have difficulty finding work, and the supply of talented actors far outweighs the number of paid roles. Additionally, most acting work is gig-based, and long spells of unemployment are to be expected. According to the BLS, more than one in four actors are unemployed.