Take this job and love it

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

When I was a full-time journalist, I didn’t wait with bated breath for CareerCast’s annual listing of worst jobs; I knew where I would end up — near the bottom.

Things haven’t changed much since 1970, when I earned $9,000 a year as a TV anchorman. As a comparison, the job I had in government the next year paid $20,000.

CareerCast’s listing for 2018 came out last week. A pest control worker with an average annual salary of $34, 370 was among the worst jobs, but the occupation has a salary growth rate of eight percent. It was listed as  the10th worst job, while taxi driver was at the bottom.

The list goes on:

  • 9. Advertising–$49,680; growth outlook to 2026: minus four present

  • 8. Broadcaster–$49,910, outlook minus nine percent

  • 3. Newspaper Reporter–$39,370, outlook minus 10 percent.

Most journalists don’t do what they do for money, although network TV reporters and senior reporters for high-circulation newspapers, such as The New York Times, do quite well, albeit layoffs have significantly reduced their ranks.

Do I lament I chose journalism and its small checks?

Not on your life.

(Note: Comments are not applicable to my position at Rose Law Group Reporter.)

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