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worst job in America: newspaper reporterWhat is the worst job in America? In a troubled economy, where unemployment is high and the employed are overworked and underpaid, the competition is surely stiff. But each year CareerCast.com, the employment website, ranks 200 professions in America to come up with the answer.

The list is based on five factors: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. This year, the 25th year of the CareerCast list, technological advancements appear to have complicated -- if not threatened -- several once-comfortable and sought-after American professions.

Not all jobs at the bottom of the list pay badly. One even pays an average salary of $60,750, while the average salary for a full-time worker in the U.S is around $41,000. In fact, the list of the worst jobs includes gigs that might always be considered desirable -- that is, once you reach the top of the field. Below are the bottom 10 on the list of 200 jobs, along with average salary information -- with No. 1 on the ranking being considered the least desirable. But tell us, what do YOU think is the worst job in America?

The Worst Jobs of 2013:

10. Flight Attendant -- Average income: $37,740.

9. Roofer -- Average income: $34,220.

8. Mail Carrier -- Average income: $53,090.

7. Meter Reader -- Average income: $36,400.

6. Dairy Farmer -- Average income: $60,750.

5. Oil Rig Worker -- Average income: $37,640.

4. Actor -- Average income: $17.44/hour.

3. Enlisted Military Personnel -- Average income:$41,998.

2. Lumberjack -- Average income: $32,870.

1. Newspaper Reporter -- Average income: $36,000.

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Median Annual Salary: $36,200

Projected Job Growth (through 2020): 17 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus extensive on-the-job training.


Looking for a job as an auto mechanic? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $48,179

Projected Job Growth: 23 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus apprenticeship.


Looking for a job as an electrician? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $47,186

Projected Job Growth: 26 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus apprenticeship.


Looking for a job as a plumber? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $87,122

Projected Job Growth: 10 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree in education administration or leadership.


Looking for a job as a school principal? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $89,223

Projected Job Growth: 6 percent (slower than average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree, though most jobs in this field require a master's degree.


Looking for a job as an economist? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $47,159

Projected Job Growth: 18 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma plus extensive on-the-job training.

Typical educational requirements: Associate degree or certificate in paralegal studies.


Looking for a job as a legal assistant? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $62,174

Projected Job Growth: 16 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field.


Looking for a job as an accountant? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $61,236

Projected Job Growth: 41 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: At least a bachelor's degree, with top positions requiring a master's degree.


Looking for a job as a market research analyst? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $73,285

Projected Job Growth: 31 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Doctorate or professional degree.


Looking for a job as a biologist? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $82,190

Projected Job Growth: 36 percent (much faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Doctor of veterinary medicine degree and state license.


Looking for a job as a veterinarian? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $78,133

Projected Job Growth: 19 percent (about as fast as average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachlor's degree, with a master's typically required for management positions.


Looking for a job as a civil engineer? Click here to get started.

Median Annual Salary: $78,148

Projected Job Growth: 22 percent (faster than average).

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement.


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