Sunday, April 15, 2012

Work more, earn less!

The guy on the couch in the cartoon could be anyone, but more than likely he is a reporter.

Not that journalists have the worst job in the country.

Out of a list of 200 occupations, the job of a reporter came in at No. 196.

The rankings, from, were based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The supporting data came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.

What's worse than being a reporter?

Well, they are:

197: Oil rig worker
198: Enlisted military soldier
199: Dairy farmer
200: Lumberjack

The role of a janitor came in at 151.

As you can imagine, software engineer came in No. 1, considering that Apple, Google and Facebook make "casual Friday" look horribly restrictive and punitive.

The hiring outlook for journalists, though, couldn't be worse.

There are stories daily about the cutbacks at media outlets.

Here's hoping that the journalism school at the University of Oregon takes note.

Studying to be a journalist is as relevant to today's job market as being a blacksmith was 50 years ago.

Better fields for would-be journalists include public relations or marketing. The pay is better and there will always be some company out there willing to pay money for someone to buff their public image.

Besides, much of what passes for journalism is really just P.R. for some company or entity. Might as well get a better paying job with real benefits than settle for less with a struggling newspaper.

Or, you can dream on.

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