Top 10 Worst Jobs of 2011

worst jobs In a field where 12-hour shifts are not uncommon other factors such as a dangerous work environment, extremely physical labor, and low pay have combined to earn the field of Roustabout the title of "Worst Job" for a second year running according to a survey of the 200 worst jobs conducted by

Their survey looked at five key factors in determining what qualified as the "worst jobs." These factors include work environment, physical demands, outlook, income and stress. Not only did roustabout perform poorly in each category, but when combined with the fact that much of the off-shore drilling off the continental U.S. has been suspended, the demand for new hires in the field has really taken a hit.

10. Construction Worker

Average Hourly Rate: $13.78

What They Do: Construction workers perform a variety of tasks from clearing debris such as fallen trees to asbestos, to building structures, roadways, bridges and tunnels. In order to assemble these structures necessary to modern civilization, construction workers utilize a variety of equipment including cranes, jackhammers, and hydraulic boring machines.

Job Outlook: Growth in this field is expected to be faster than average, due to increasing demand as well as the spending of stimulus dollars on major infrastructure improvements around the nation. The demand is especially high for skilled construction workers.*

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9. Meter Reader

Average Hourly Rate: $14.23

What They Do: Meter readers usually work for utility companies reading meters for gas, water, steam or electric consumption. They may also work in the diagnosing and repair of faulty meters.

Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected to decline rapidly due to new technological advancements, which allow many meters to be read from a central location, severely reducing the demand for readers.*

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8. Painter

Average Hourly Rate: $16.06

What They Do: Painters clean, sand, and paint the interior and exterior of both residential and commercial buildings. Additionally some painters perform their duties on bridges, roads, and ships.

Job Outlook: Growth in this field is expected to remain slow but steady for the next several years. This is due, at least in part, to demand created by retiring baby boomers moving into new housing*

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7. Welder

Average Hourly Rate: $16.48

What They Do: Welders join pieces of metal together using a heat source. Right now the most common equipment used in the trade is the arc welder, which uses an electrical current to create heat.

Job Outlook: Little change is expected in the demand for workers in this field over the next several years. Since so many industrial fields require the use of welding, this has been somewhat of an evergreen career field.*

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6. Emergency Medical Technicians

Average Hourly Rate: $13.77

What They Do: EMTs are dispatched by 911 operators to the scenes of emergencies requiring medical assistance. Such incidents might include car accidents, gunshot wounds, child births or heart attacks.

Job Outlook: Growth in this field is expected to keep pace with average job growth across all sectors of the economy. This means the demand for EMTs should grow moderately over the next few years.*

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5. Taxi Driver

Average Base Annual Salary: $35,209

What They Do: Taxi drivers provide transportation for customers who either lack their own vehicles or would be inconvenienced by using public transpiration.

Job Outlook: This field is expected to grow in the near future. As the economy picks up, so should both business and vacation travel. Additionally, baby boomers which represent a large segment of the population, will rely more heavily on taxis as they age.*

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4. Roofer

Average Hourly Rate: $16.14

What They Do: Roofers install and repair roofs which come in several varieties including tile, shingle, and metal.

Job Outlook: Some slow growth is expected in this field over the next few years. Much of the turnover in this field is due to people leaving the trade because of the difficult nature of the work. As the economy improves more roofing projects should be undertaken, which is the major factor behind predictions of growth.*

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3. Lumberjack

Average Hourly Rate: $14.75

What They Do: Lumberjacks uses axes and chainsaws to cut trees for lumber. Additionally, lumberjacks may be involved in the loading of lumber onto trucks and the transportation of the product from sourcing areas to processing centers.

Job Outlook: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has little to report on the projected change in demand for workers in the field of logging.*

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2. Iron Worker

Average Hourly Rate: $19.07

What They Do: Iron workers place and install iron construction materials, such as girders and columns in order to form various structures such as bridges or buildings.

Job Outlook: The BLS has projected around 12% growth for the period between 2008 and 2018. Iron workers are yet another field which should pick up as the economy turns around and more construction projects are initiated.*

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1. Roustabout

Average Hourly Rate: $16.70

What They Do: Roustabouts provide installation and maintenance services for oil rigs and pipelines. They must work wherever oil is being drilled, which may be a platform-rig in the middle of the ocean, an isolated arctic rig, or one of the many oil wells located in desert climates.

Job Outlook: The BLS has little to report on the projected change in demand for roustabouts.*

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* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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