Special Report

The Worst Jobs in America

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10. Broadcaster
> Median annual wage: $33,220
> Total employment: 27,780
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: -7.3%

Broadcasters read news reports and commercial messages, announce artists, or interview guests for radio and TV stations. This career is in decline, as stations are consolidated and turn to syndicated programming. Even though more than 42% of broadcasters have at least a bachelor’s degree, they are typically not well compensated. The occupation has a median annual wage of $33,220 — more than $5,000 less than the median across all jobs.

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9. Advertising salesperson
> Median annual wage: $51,740
> Total employment: 133,110
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: -2.2%

Among the 25 worst jobs in America, advertising sales is one of just two occupations in which most workers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Advertising salespeople are responsible for selling ad space — a job that is becoming increasingly difficult. With the decline of print newspapers and the increasing automation of online advertising, demand for ad salespeople is projected to decline. The BLS projects there will be 2% fewer advertising salespeople in 2028 than there were in 2018.

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8. Nuclear decontamination technician
> Median annual wage: $42,030
> Total employment: 44,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +10.6%

Nuclear decontamination technicians are tasked with removing nuclear waste and other hazardous materials. The job can be perilous and requires numerous safety precautions, including protective suits and up to 40 hours of safety training. In addition to the hazardous environment, the job can also be challenging because it often requires the technicians to work overtime, including nights and weekends.

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7. Disc jockey
> Median annual wage: $27,720
> Total employment: 7,480
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +2.5%

Disc jockeys act as a master of ceremonies at weddings, parties, clubs, sporting events, and other places, making announcements and playing music over public broadcast systems. The job requires little formal education or training. Disc jockeys are not typically well compensated, and most earn less than $28,000 per year.

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6. Correctional officer
> Median annual wage: $44,330
> Total employment: 415,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: -7.2%

Corrections officers are responsible for overseeing those who have been charged or convicted of crimes in jails and prisons. The job is a stressful one, as these officers are often involved in confrontations with inmates. It is also a challenging occupation because many officers have to work long shifts, including nights and weekends. Due to state and local budget issues that constrict hiring of new corrections officers, the number of correctional officers is expected to decrease by more than 7% by 2028.