journalism job rankings

Being a newspaper reporter in 2014 will suck. But there will be fewer left to suffer.


That’s the only conclusion an objective journalist can draw from a study released yesterday by a jobs website called CareerCast.

The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014 weighed 10 factors ranging from serious (“life of another is at risk”) to dangerous (“own life at risk”) to manic (“deadlines”) to phobic (“meeting the public”) to political (“competitiveness within the organization”) to geographical (“travel”).

The results (see list below) probably aren’t as scientific as the company purports. Still, it ranks “newspaper reporter” as No. 8. Which is only the beginning of the bad news…


While few will dispute that “enlisted military personnel” – soldier, to be succinct – deserves the top spot, ink-in-the-veins news hounds will howl that “public relations executive” came in sixth.


The median salary for newspaper reporter is third-lowest on the list, after soldier and taxi driver – two careers that don’t require college loans.


That means the median salary of one “senior corporate executive” could hire 4.6 reporters.


Besides the two military professions that can’t be quantified by the job market, CareerCast predicts only one stressful job will shrink this year: newspaper reporter by 6 percent. Next closest: 5 percent more senior corporate executives.

Here’s the list. Click to embiggen…

CareerCast Most Stressful Jobs of 2014

So what’s a stressed-out and underpaid newspaper reporter supposed to do?


Teach journalism.

If you can become a tenured college professor, that’s No. 4 on CareerCast’s Least Stressful Jobs of 2014. And it pays better.