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25 Worst Jobs In America

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Have you ever asked yourself if your job is the worst in the world? Well, you will be glad to find out that you are doing pretty much ok than other people. According to research, the medical profession and technology continue to occupy the top position of the best jobs in America. Not only is the remuneration great but the potential of growth is high. Problem is the same field is plagued by stressful environment. For example, surgeons can spend over 24 hours in the operating room saving the life of a person. The good news is that these professionals receive a good break compared to the worst jobs listed below. So, what makes a job to be categorized the worst? The stressful environment one has to work in, low pay and limited chance of growth career wise are the three top factors. Here are the 25 worst jobs in America.

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Automobile Mechanic

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

Basically, the work of an automobile mechanic is to diagnose, inspect, disassemble, repair cars and quote prices for their customers. According to CareerCast, a mechanic has the worst job due to the high levels of stress, very poor work environment, lack of room to advance career wise and low pay.

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Automobile Assembler

Work environment – Fair
Stress – Medium
Projected growth – Very Poor

Today, majority of car assembly lines are fitted with robotic arms that perform much of the duties. They include welding and all manner of fabrication. There are factories that still rely on the touch of a person in order to provide the customer with a great product. Problem is being an automobile assembler is not a fancy job even though one ends up assembling some of the most expensive sports cars and luxury sedans plus SUVs. With a median salary of $30,930 according to Careercast and very poor projected growth, it means you will be stuck at the same position forever if possible.

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Food Server

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Low
Projected growth – Poor

To become a food server, all you need is a pair of hands, a body to dress in the company’s apparel, eyes to watch who you are serving and no formal education. Basically what you will be doing is to take orders and fulfill them by serving customers what they ordered for. As a food server, you may have to deal with temperamental customers both adults and children. On some occasions, one has to endure insults from customers for having mixed up orders. This is quite dehumanizing but there is hope. There are pretty good customers who will surely make your day.

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Police Officer

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Poor

Over the years, Hollywood has portrayed cops as a career with the potential of turning one into a hero. In movies, actors portraying cops do not die but in real life, danger lurks in every corner. Gangs are real, drugs are real and bullets kill. Police officers have to deal with the scum of the world while at the same time portraying a brave face and smile when it comes to their families. Most people may think that firing up the siren is fun. No, it’s not. It’s a call for the officer to place his or her life on the line.

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Flight Attendant

Work environment – Fair
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

At the airport, you see them passing by in their crisp uniform with luggage behind. In the plane, they are at your beck and call. If you want water, wine or to report a rowdy passenger, all you have to do is summon them by pressing a button. Flight attendants not only have to deal with several hours of flight traveling from one location to another without enough rest but they have to go about their work with a fake smile just to assure customers everything is ok. Good news is, you get to fly to different locations around the world for free.

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Truck Drivers

Work environment – Poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

Truck drivers have a duty of transporting containers full of goods from one location to another. Not only do they have to endure long hours on the road but they to deal with reckless drivers. Furthermore, when approaching cities, traffic snarl ups affects their schedules. While truck drivers have the opportunity of traveling from one city to another, the stress levels are high making the job not worth it if you have another option.

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Welder

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

As a welder, you are called upon on projects that need the fusing of two metals together. To accomplish the projects, welders must be equipped with a welding machine and power supply. Safety equipment is also needed to ensure protection. The problem is the job is quite dangerous and unhealthy. Although the eyes are protected, your mouth and nose are not. This means that one has to deal with the foul smell generated during welding. Furthermore, there are high chances of burns to the eyes and body.

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Construction Worker

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Good

If you reside in a hurricane prone area, then you know how handy construction workers are. This is the same for project managers who are overseeing a new building construction. Despite the merits that come with this job, workers have to deal with many risks. For starters, they have to work in buildings that have the potential of collapsing. At times, they have to dangle hundreds of meters from the ground. Just thinking of what would happen if one made a single mistake while working high up the skyscraper makes your skin crawl.

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Child Care Worker

Work environment – Poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

With a median salary of $21, 170, child care workers have to deal with a lot. For starters, the workers have to deal with children they don’t know. Just imagine being given the responsibility of taking care of brats. When you factor in the time you have to spend with them, the duties ahead of you and the pay, well…you have one of the worst jobs. This does not mean the experience is always that bad. There are kids who are pleasant to deal with but the problem is…who are they?

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Dock Worker

Work environment – Poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

Dock workers earn a median salary of $25, 980 and they have to deal with loads of goods from the ship to the warehouse. The job presents a lot of danger. Since one is in the midst of heavy machinery and heavy cargo, there is a probability of serious injuries. Just imagine carrying a heavy load and you end up slipping?

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Painter

Work environment – Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Poor

Painters are usually called upon to give a building and its rooms a new fresh coat of paint. At the project site, not only do they have to protect furniture and other items from the paint but they have to set up scaffolding to reach some areas. To top it all, the paint is formulated with heavy metals like lead which pose a great danger to the health of the painter.

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Mail Carrier

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Medium
Projected growth – Very Poor

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of postal workers is estimated to decrease by 28% for the next 10 years. Why? Technology like email, mobile messaging apps and video conferencing tools are slowly eliminating the need for sending paper based mails. Despite that, mail carriers have the worst chances for growth.

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Garbage Collector

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Medium
Projected growth – Poor

Garbage collectors have to deal with the collection of smelly garbage from different homes. They have to haul the bins from the drive way to the truck. Furthermore, they end up having extra work just because a family did not separate the recyclables from the other garbage. At the end of the day, they do arrive at the dumpsite. The smell is awful and the work is heavy.

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Chef

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Fair

Chefs are known to prepare some of the best and mouth-watering food. Together with their assistants, they have the power of converting a bunch of ingredients into a sumptuous meal. They use their creativity to serve the meal to customers be it VIP guests or ordinary customers. Problem is they have to deal with a stressful environment that includes endless demands from customers, heat, minor and major kitchen accidents.

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Glazier

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Poor

The work of a glazier is to cut, install and remove glass from different settings. They include windows, doors, display cases, mirrors, ceilings, cars and tabletops among others. Some of the tools used to complete different projects include cutting boards, glass cutting blades, straightedges, glazing knives, saws, drills, grinders and glazing compounds. The job is quite dangerous. Not only do you have to deal with glass cutting you and causing injuries but you may end up incurring more expenses.

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Taxi Driver

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Good

Before Uber and Lyft came into the arena, taxi drivers worked for associations. They drove around the city picking passengers and dropping them off. Due to ride sharing apps setting shop, taxi drivers are having a harder experience than before. Competition is high; charges are high finally reducing their income. With a median income of $24,300, there is no good news for taxi drivers.

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Retail Salesperson

Work environment – Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Fair

If you have ever thought your job is hard, just imagine trying to convince a customer to buy products from you. Imagine this, you have spent several minutes providing samples to a customer with the hope of convincing them to buy only for them to walk away with a flimsy excuse like “I don’t have the money today or I’ll pass by tomorrow to buy.” Well, they never do. Apart from dealing with lying customers, you have to spend hours standing and walking from one section to another.

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Firefighter

Work environment – Very Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Poor

Firefighters place their lives in front of danger to save people and pets. Not only do they have to deal with raging infernos razing down a building or forest but they have to deal with burned bodies from a fire. Not only that, when rescuing building occupants from a fire, they have to deal with dangerous gases and smoke. This tells you how dangerous the job is.

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Advertising Sales Person

Work environment – Very Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

Just like regular sales people, advertising sales people have to deal with clients in order to convince them to advertise with a particular company. Today, competition is rife thanks to online advertising companies that are offering cheaper advertising options. As a result, advertising sales persons have a difficult to job.

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Disc Jockey

Work environment – Poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Very Poor

So, people are able to recognize you when walking down the streets. They follow you on social media accounts and even chant your name in the disco. Problem is the likes and greetings on the street do not make your work easier. You have to deal with loud music which has the potential of making you deaf. If you play bad music, chances are you will be booed or even be hit with an empty bottle if you are at the club.

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Pest Control Worker

Work environment – Very Poor
Stress – High
Projected growth – Very Poor

Pest control experts ensure your home is pest free but have you ever wondered what they have to deal with. To get rid of pests like termites, rats, wasps and others, pest control workers have to use dangerous chemicals. A small mistake and they will end up breathing in fumes. Furthermore, the pests may end up stinging or biting if they get a chance.

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Enlist Military Personnel

Work environment – Very Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

Serving in the military is one of the most patriotic gesture a man or woman can do for his or her country. What many people don’t know is that enlisting in the military basically means you have signed your life away. If you don’t die in combat, you will end up dealing with PTSD for the rest of your life. Furthermore, in combat you will see things that will haunt you forever.

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Logger

Work environment – Very Poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

Did you know that Clint Eastwood was once a logger? Well, if he left the job to be a Hollywood star and director, why are you doing it? Not only are you placing your life in danger when using power saws but a simple mistake when logging may result in severe injuries if the tree or its branches were to fall on you.

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Broadcaster

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

You see them on your TV screen informing you of the latest news happening within your local area. They provide you with international news as well as weather reports. What you don’t know is that broadcasters have to spend several hours preparing their stories and practicing how they will present. With constant deadlines and erratic working hours, broadcasters have the second worst job.

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Newspaper Reporter

Work environment – Very poor
Stress – Very High
Projected growth – Very Poor

Even though Clark Kent and Lois Lane were newspaper reporters, the job takes the number one slot as the worst job in America. For starters, the job is stressful with long hours when it comes to searching for a story. With the emergence of digital media, newspaper reporters are having a difficult time to stay relevant. Despite having the worst job ever, they go about their work with zealousness even though they know they may get fired.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.